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Asian Handicap soccer betting began in Indonesia in the 1990s.  Culturally speaking, local bookmakers knew that their bettors preferred the elimination of the draw and Asian Handicaps accomplish this.  In eliminating the draw and adding a manner of handicap, the odds that are applied to both available selections tend to be relatively even.

Asian Handicap soccer betting involves your selection either giving or receiving an “X ball start” where X is a number from zero, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 and the term ‘ball’ refers to a goal.   

Asian Handicaps are also unique because they can include either one or two handicap parameters.  When you have two handicap parameters against which the result will be measured, there are actually three potential outcomes for you: A) You can win 100% of your bet, B) you can win 50% of your bet and have the other 50% stake refunded, or C) you can lose the bet entirely.  If you select an Asian Handicap line with just one parameter, you will simply either win or lose the bet.

All of the sportsbook companies listed on this page offer a main Asian Handicap line for every match, but many also offer a nearly comprehensive list of all the possible combinations of Alternate Asian Handicaps, so you have full freedom to choose how you bet.  In other words you can select the exact handicap for how you think the match may finish.  If you think a blowout is likely, you may want the high odds that come with overcoming a 3 ball start.

Here is a brief explanation of how some of the Asian Handicap Line combinations would work:  (Or scroll now to the best Asian Handicap Soccer Sportsbooks)


Handicap Line 0.5 Ball

Team receiving a 0.5 ball start (+):

- Win by any score - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Draw - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Lose by any score - All bets on this selection are losers.


Team giving a 0.5 ball start (-):

- Win by any score - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Draw - All bets on this selection are losers.

- Lose by any score - All bets on this selection are losers.


Handicap Line 0.5,1 Ball

Team receiving a 0.5,1 ball start (+):

- Draw or win by any score - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Lose by exactly 1 - Half the stake is refunded to the customer. The other half is classed as a loser.

- Lose by 2 or more - All bets on this selection are losers.


Team giving a 0.5,1 ball start (-):

- Win by 2 or more - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Win by exactly 1 - Half the stake is settled at the price of the chosen selection. The other half is refunded to the customer.

- Draw or lose by any score - All bets on this selection are losers.


Handicap Line 1 Ball

Team receiving a full ball start (+):

- Win by any score or draw - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Lose by exactly 1 - All bets on this selection are void and refunded to the customer.

- Lose by 2 or more - All bets on this selection are losers.


Team giving a full ball start (-):

- Win by 2 or more - All bets on this selection are winners.

- Win by exactly 1 - All bets on this selection are void and refunded to the customer.

- Draw or lose - All bets on this selection are losers.


Below you’ll find the best soccer betting sites offering Asian Handicaps and their associated odds margins:

Asian Handicap soccer betting is becoming more popular around the world because it removes the draw from the equation, but not every online sportsbook offers it.  Learn how Asian Handicaps work and which sites offer it.

Asian Handicap Betting