MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: A general view during the 2019 AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

Considering how popular the Australian Football League is in Australia, it should be no surprise that it’s also one of the top sports to bet on in the country. But if you’re new to betting on the AFL, here are some tips for getting started.

AFL: An Overview

Founded in 1896, the AFL has gone through many changes since it was first established. It’s now comprised of 18 teams: 10 in Victoria, 2 in Western Australia, 2 in South Australia, 2 in New South Wales, and 2 in Queensland. The teams play for 23 rounds during the regular season, with the top 8 going on to the AFL finals. The top 2 teams of the AFL finals will then go on to the AFL Grand Final, which typically takes place in late September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Do Some Research

You should know more about the AFL than a general overview — you should also have some idea of the league’s history and each team’s history so that you can make more informed bets. For example, the top two teams with the most premierships right now are Carlton and Essendon, at 16 wins each. But Carlton hasn’t won since 1995, and Essendon hasn’t won since 2000.

So you can’t simply determine the best teams based on who has won the most premierships. You need to get to know the current all-star teams and players — and the worst teams, particularly those over the last decade. For instance, when considering premiership wins and recent wins, four of the best teams are Collingwood (15 wins, last won in 2010), Hawthorn (13 wins, last won in 2015), Richmond (12 wins, won this year’s premiership), and Geelong (9 wins, last won in 2011).

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: A general view of play from the new MCC Members stand during the AFL Round 18 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG July 31, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Types of Wagers

There are many different types of bets that can be placed on the AFL. Some of those options are line bets, proposition bets, straight-win bets, multi-bets, margin bets, total points bets, and over/under bets. With line betting, for example, the bookkeeper sets a margin par score. The team with the minus sign is the favorite to win and the team with the plus sign is the unlikely team to win. Proposition bets, on the other hand, might include who will score the first goal or who will score the most goals.

How to Wager

As mentioned, betting on the AFL is extremely popular in Australia, so you shouldn’t have too many difficulties finding a bookkeeper who will offer the wager you want. Outside of Australia, bookkeepers might not offer the option to bet on the AFL at all, or else just on the outcome of the AFL Grand Final. That’s where betting online comes in to play.

Unlike placing bets offline, sports betting sites like Skybet have a wide variety of wagers to choose from for seemingly every sport. Bettors can then choose to wager on specific matches, outcomes, players, events, and specialty events. So not only are you more likely to find the type of wager you want to make online, but it’s also a lot more convenient.

Before placing a bet, it’s a good idea to check out all of the different types of wagers that are offered, even if you already know the bet you want to place. This will help you to get a better idea of who the favorites are to win and who the sites are paying the most attention to.

In particular, the AFL Grand Final is the biggest event to bet on, so you’ll likely see higher stakes around this time. Although the AFL is well known for its upsets, as long as you’ve been following the season, you should have as good a chance as anyone.

Really, all it comes down to is doing your research, checking out the types of bets that are being offered, and staying up to date on AFL news and analysis. If you do all of that, you’ll be making the most informed bets you can possibly make.