How do the Football Pools work?

PLAYING GUIDES / Feb 2, 2024
How do the Football Pools work?

Hannah Timoney

Feb 2, 2024 5 min read
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Football pools can bring an element of nostalgia to gamblers of a certain generation who remember filling in a slip for the weekend's games and hoping for the best, but you must be surprised to discover that football pools are still played to this day!

While the older generation may be familiar with the concept of the pools, it is relatively old-hat to younger gamblers, who generally favour online casino sites. The original game is quite simple, it involves betting on which match fixtures will result in a score draw. You can still take part in this betting medium today, just in a different way to how your grandparents played. So, how do you get involved?

The rules of football pools

While there was originally very little choice on how and what to bet on in the football pools, nowadays the choice of pools has greatly expanded. Not only can you still enjoy the classic pools, there is also Soccer 6, Goal Rush 8, Premier 10, and Jackpot 12 to choose from! There's more choice than ever and that means more chance to win. We've put together a comprehensive guide of all the types of pools for you so you'll find your match.

Classic Pools

To play the football pools, fill out a form with your choice of 10 matches from a list of 49 pre-selected games that you think will end in a tie with goals scored by both teams. If the match ends in a draw with goals scored by both teams (so 1-1, 2-2), you get 3 POINTS.

For each match that ends in a no-score draw, that is to say 0-all, you are awarded 2 points. If one team wins the match the player is awarded 1 point. 

Your top 8 picks determine your final points tally. The maximum score you can get is 24, to win the largest prize. The players with the highest scores share from the Prize Pool. Prize sizes are influenced by the overall count of score draws across all 49 matches and the performance of other participants.  

Not sure about football? Do a lucky dip. Working in the same way as the lottery lucky dip does, randomly generated numbers will determine your coupon and set you in with a chance of winning.

It costs £1 to choose 10 games or you can subscribe for more chances to win. Subscription costs £10 per month, for Pick 10 games only. Payment can be made through Direct Debit or Recurring Card Payment. This subscription automatically includes entry into all available games, which range from 9 to 12 games per month..

Premier 6

With Premier 6 you select the outcome of 6 football matches, choosing between Home, Draw, or Away (1X2). The cost to play is either £1 or £2 per line, with a minimum transaction of £2. To win, you need to correctly predict the outcomes of all 6 matches and you'll have a chance to win a share of the prize pool. 

Once all the matches have been played anyone with 6 correct results will win the pool, or share if there are multiple winners.

Goal Rush

In Goal Rush your aim is to choose 8 fixtures out of the 35 which you think will result in both teams scoring at any time. Guess correctly and win all of or a share of the £1 million top prize! Not only that, if you guessed 7 correctly you’ll still get yourself a nice consolation prize. 

Premier 10

Premier 10 gives you 10 fixtures and you simply have to guess the outcome, win home, win away, or draw. Guess all 10 correctly and you’ll win all of or a share of the pool, with winners nabbing themselves on average £18,000! You’ll also win money if you get 9 correct, with an average of £400. 

Premier 12

Premier 12 works in much the same way as Premier 10, with players choosing the outcomes of the 12 selected matches. Winners get the pool, or a share of the pool if there are multiple winners. For increased chances players can select more than one outcome in each match, for more lines in the pools!

Lucky Clovers

Lucky Clover centres around the first 6 numbers drawn in the main Irish National Lotto draws, held every Wednesday and Saturday.

For this game there are two options, first is the Pick 3 offer, just select 3 Lucky Numbers for the Irish Lotto. Match the first 3 numbers drawn to win £400! Then, add 3 millionaire numbers. If you match all 6 numbers you will scoop £1 MILLION!

The sedond offer is Pick 5 offer, choose 5 Lucky Numbers. If the first 5 numbers drawn are a match you will pocket £65,000! Then, add your millionaire number. Match all 6 numbers to win £1 MILLION!

Remember, winnings for guaranteed prizes do not include Irish National Lotto bonus numbers.

Six Clovers

This game is very similar to Lucky Clovers. To play pick 5 Lucky Numbers along with a Millionaire Maker for the Irish Lotto Main Draw, held every Wednesday and Saturday. To win on this game you need to match at least 2 of your first 5 numbers! If you match all 5 numbers plus the Millionaire Maker you can claim the £1 Million top prize. If there are multiple winners with 6 correct numbers, the £1 Million prize will be shared among them.

Why the football pools declined in popularity

When the lottery was introduced in 1994, the football pools decreased in popularity massively. The lottery meant people could guess six numbers and possibly win millions, without relying on football players to score a certain number of goals. While there wasn’t much difference in the odds of guessing the right amount, the lottery had no ties to sport so the average punter could join in without any sports understanding. 

The ‘Lucky Dip’ made things even easier for the players, as they didn’t even have to choose their own numbers, they could rely on chance right from the start. The ‘football pools’ was on its way out, and the lottery was replacing it.

Online betting which became massively popular in the early 2000s marked another huge blow for the football pools. No longer did you need to fill out a coupon to place your bets, or even bet on a whole accumulator, you could bet on any game whenever and wherever you wanted online. With the National Lottery moving online as well, people had access to multiple forms of betting in one place, without having to turn to the Football Pools to satisfy them.

But, can you still play the pools?

Yes! If you’re itching for a Football Pools fix you can still play the original football bet, this time online, under the name The New Football Pools. You can pick 10 draws from a selection of 49 teams, and as there are no physical coupons anymore you can also play new coupons such as Premier 6, Premier 10, Premier12, Lucky Clover, Six Clovers and Goal Rush, and many more. 

The New Football Pools site is also a fully licensed casino! With a huge selection of online slots, jackpot slots, and table casino games the pools is making a name for itself in the online gambling market beyond the sports betting your grandparents knew and loved.

Author

Hannah Timoney

Hannah has written news articles and lifestyle blogs for three years. Venturing into the gambling industry Hannah is writing gambling content for Online Bingo and has written content for Lodgis Paris.