Football Betting is Becoming More Popular in India

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Over the past few decades, the gambling industry in India has soared and increased in popularity with an impressively high market value to match, and we can say that this is all thanks to football. The origin of football in India dates back to the 19th century, when the game was brought forward and introduced by British soldiers. The rise of football in India began after establishing Mohun Bagan’s club during the 1890s. Indian football gained popularity and came to prominence after they qualified for the 1950 FIFA world cup in Brazil.


Although cricket is India’s first love, football is the second most favourite sport and the sports betting industry has grown and seen significance thanks to it. The sports sector in India has witnessed several recent developments brought forward by the significant growth of not only football but the sports industry as a whole. Football has historically been one of the top three sports in player participation, TV viewership and receiving support from fans.

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Apart from online betting, playing football and watching matches online, football has played a powerful role in uplifting communities and contributing to the Indian economy.

India began as a single sport nation and has evolved tremendously to what it is today. Although India has come a long way with its football journey, there is still a lot more development required. Things like better infrastructure, increased corporate investments, promotion by the governments, and sports participation are among the few departments that need attention.

Football has been reimagined and glamorised into more than just various games played with a ball. Many fans follow the lifestyle of football players and their teams. They know them well enough to understand everything that happens around the lives of football stars which in turn allows fans to make better decisions when it comes to betting on the winning team.

If you want to experience the exhilarating thrill of live betting, look no further because football is your go-to sport. Having extensive knowledge of football betting, along with the leagues and terms for which you are betting, will go a long way in this field.

The Law

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The legalities around sports betting in India have been controversial for the longest time. The public gaming act of 1867 once prohibited gambling throughout the country. As time went by, the restrictions were lifted. Today online betting is fully legal and legitimate to be enjoyed all across India for the best betting sites for football and sports fans across the country. Since there are no defined laws that make online football betting illegal, the games continue.

Online sports betting

The number of mobile internet users in the country keeps growing rapidly. This trend prompted a surge for bookmakers to expand their gambling options beyond the Indian horizons. This was done by developing betting websites and software applications for its punters. With an impressively large percentage of Indians using their desktops and smartphones, it is not surprising that online football betting with rupees is thriving in India. Digital platforms allow players to access both foreign and national betting markets for all those international betters who follow through with Indian football.

Betting on football online has been made simple. Placing your bet is as easy as choosing your favourite betting site, making a deposit, getting access to the football betting section and finally putting your bet. Leading sports betting sites often launch promotions for regular and new subscribers. These could be free live bets in premier leagues, a weekend promotion on one of those big matches,  or promotions generally centred around ongoing football tournaments. Most of the tournaments that allow for bets consist of various football matches between teams, so there’s always something to get excited about. But note that these tournaments take place every year or every few years.

Betting requires a disciplined and strategic approach. Online betting sites have measures and safety checks in place that allow players to keep track of their gambling habits. The aim is to enjoy football games while practising safe gambling.

Betting Websites

Note that football is a very big sport with a large crowd of supporters, and everyone is looking to capitalise where they can. Although many sites claim to be the best online betting sites, only a few can live up to that claim; therefore, choosing a reliable site is very important. For the longest time, betting in India has had a bad reputation due to multiple reasons in security systems. However, these sites employ the latest security systems to safeguard private information. Most of these sites have also improved their deposits and withdrawal methods to offer more payment options like google pay, paytime, and phonepe, which extends to more than just football betting. Another plus point of online betting is that users are presented with infinite betting markets. 

Any decent online football betting site must have a variety of betting markets. Indian markets tend to focus more on bookings, cards, team goals, the total number of goals scored, whether both teams will score or not, the winning margin, and the potential goal scorers. Hence, it’s important to always be abreast with the football team you plan on betting for. As a committed long term punter looking to make healthy, consistent profits, you should take into account several factors to help you decide the odds, such as competitions, football leagues, injuries, news, player form, team’s recent forms, teams head to head and also to watch the highlights to see how the team is performing in the league. The more knowledge you have on the team’s tactics, the more informed bets you can make. 

Due to the rising popularity of online betting services, more betting websites and services will likely launch upgraded software versions in the near future, giving fans of football a wide variety of opportunities and better betting options on their favourite games, players, sport and teams. Football betting offers both brick-and-mortar betting shops and an online service, meaning that you won’t run into any trouble when it comes to finding services for pacing bets on upcoming games and tournaments.

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In Short

Through smartphones, the continuous development of technology and internet access has put sports betting in everyone’s pocket. The sports betting industry is so massive and grants you access from anywhere and anytime. It’s important to research because the more knowledge you have on the team’s tactics, the more informed bets you can make.

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Krishna Mali
Krishna Mali
Founder & Editor of TechGraph.

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