Smarkets general betting rules (1-11) will apply unless superseded by the Terms and Conditions or sports specific betting rules.
12. Football rules
12.1 Football markets apply to the standard length of 90 minutes including stoppage/injury time unless stated otherwise. Markets for standard 90-minute games do not take extra-time or penalty shootouts into account.
12.2 For Friendly matches, all bets apply to the full duration of regular time play according to the match officials. Markets for these matches do not take extra time or penalty shootouts into account. In the case of ambiguity over the official result, the outcome will be determined using information from independent sources.
12.3 Where a team is playing at their home stadium, this team will be listed first on the Smarkets website. In the case the home team is incorrectly listed second, all bets matched prior to this being corrected will be voided. In games played at neutral venues, or in International competitions, the teams may be listed in either order. Change of venue rules apply.
12.4 If a football match is not properly completed, cancelled or otherwise abandoned, and is not completed within the 36-hour period as defined in general rules 6.1 and 6.3, markets will be voided, except for bets on any markets that have been unconditionally determined. (i.e. half-time markets if the match is abandoned in the second half).
12.5 Types of Football Markets Offered
12.5.1 Winner: This market will be settled on which team has won after regular time has expired or if there is a draw.
12.5.2 Correct score: This market will be settled on the correct score after regular time has expired.
12.5.3 Total goals: This market will be settled on the sum of the goals for each team during regular time.
12.5.4 Half-time/full-time winners: This market will be settled on the result at half-time, including stoppage time from the first half, and the result at end of regular time, including stoppage time.
12.5.5 Team to score in both halves: This market will be settled on whether the team scores in regular time (including stoppage time) in both halves of the event.
12.5.6 Half-time result and score markets: These markets will be settled based on the result of the game when the half-time whistle is blown (regular time plus any stoppage time).
12.5.7 Over/Under markets: These markets will settle based on the number of goals scored at the end of regular time and any stoppage time. Penalties or extra-time will not be included.
12.5.8 Asian Handicaps: These markets will settle based on the final score at the end of regular time and any stoppage time. Penalties or extra-time will not be included.
12.5.9 First Goalscorer: This market will be settled based on which player scores first during regular time and any stoppage time. Bets will be voided on players who take no part in the match or who come on as substitute after the first goal is scored. Own goals do not count for this market. Subsequent appeals or rulings will not be considered.
12.5.10 Draw No Bet: This market will be settled on the full-time result. In the event of a draw all bets will be voided.
12.5.11 To advance markets: For tournaments featuring single-elimination and similar formats, this market will be settled on a match's final result, including extra time or penalties.
12.6 Outright markets
12.6.1 A season or competition is declared as started once the the first game of the scheduled season or competition has begun.
12.6.2 If a team is thrown out, disqualified or otherwise removed from a league, one of two actions will apply:
- If this happens prior to the relevant season/tournament starting, all bets on affected markets will be voided.
- If this happens after the relevant season/tournament has started, affected markets will stand and the team will be deemed to be relegated/eliminated and all bets on that team will be settled accordingly (assuming that before the end of the season/tournament said team is not reinstated).
12.6.3 For 'Top Goalscorer' markets only the goals scored in the league or competition stated in the quoted division/ tournament count. For example, if a player joins a club during the season, goals scored in a different league will not count, however goals scored in the same league for a different club will count. Own goals will not count nor will goals scored in penalty shootouts. All bets stand whether or not the chosen player plays any minutes of football in the stated competition or season. Dead heat rules apply.
12.6.4 'Outright Winner' markets will be settled on the final position/points total of teams at the completion of all scheduled matches. In the event of two or more teams tying the result will be determined by the official result of the governing body. Dead heat rules apply.
12.7 Instant match
12.7.1 For the purposes of football, we deem a material event to be one of: goal, penalty, red card.
12.7.2 For the purposes of football, we deem a set-piece event to be either a corner or a free-kick deemed dangerous by our scouting feed.
12.7.3 If no data relating to a material or set-piece event is received in the eight seconds following an order execution, the bet is confirmed.
12.7.4 - If data is received indicating that there is a material event potentially occurring (possible goal, possible penalty, possible red card), we halt the markets, and extend the period of pending confirmation for all bets in pending state.
18.104.22.168 - If subsequent data indicates this event did not actually happen (no goal, no penalty, no red card), we resume the markets and confirm the bets in a pending state.
22.214.171.124 - If subsequent data indicates this event did happen (confirmed goal, confirmed penalty, confirmed red card), we resume the markets and void the bets in a pending state.
12.7.5 - If data is received indicating there is a significant set-piece occurring (corner kick, free-kick in a dangerous pitch zone), we extend the period of pending confirmations for all bets in pending state, but do not halt the markets.
126.96.36.199 - If subsequent data indicates the set-piece has ended (defending team regain possession, ball goes safe, other non-goal event occurs), we confirm the bets in a pending state.
188.8.131.52 - If subsequent data indicates the set-piece has lead directly to a goal, we void the bets in a pending state.
Last modified: July 18, 2017