New Zealand Soccer a ‘New’ Target for Bookmakers

Soccer betting is increasingly becoming popular. The massive number of soccer tournaments around the globe means that soccer gamblers have a lot to enjoy, as far as their betting options are concerned. Besides the recently concluded World Cup 2018, which was watched by millions around the globe, other major leagues like the Spanish La Liga, and the English Premier League, are incredibly popular.

Lesser-known leagues like the New Zealand Premier leagues, and other amateur soccer leagues have a far lower profile. This could be a reason that some punters resort to casino games like blackjack, over the alternatives at For a long time, such soccer competitions have only been followed by local supporters, and some of their star players are rarely known outside the country.

With technology, it is now a lot easier to follow these little-known soccer competitions. The advent of sports betting, and the likelihood of making money from soccer, has ignited interest among most players. In light of this, those lower leagues have turned into a prime target for bookmakers.

As different sports gamblers turn to lower leagues, New Zealand football has been a principal beneficiary. Geographical factors and the timing of amateur soccer competitions in New Zealand have made it a target for online casinos and bookmakers.

In response to the interest in New Zealand soccer by bookmakers, the government, and key stakeholders in this industry, such as the New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA), have been quick to set measures aimed at combating any negative influence this new development could have on soccer.

Among the initiatives meant to combat any adverse effects on the game, the list includes the use of education to deliver integrity models, the red button app for reporting match-fixing related incidents, and strict rules against any unsporting behaviour.

These developments, coupled with the efforts of bookmakers, saw close to $800,000 wagered on the national league, and close to $33 million wagered on offshore markets.