Football Association Profile

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and also includes the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man to which all of England’s professional football clubs belong. Its origins date back to 26 October 1863, when the founder members of the Football Association met in the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street, London to determine a uniform set of rules to play by.

The FA is responsible for organizing the prestigious FA Cup and for appointing the management of England men’s and women’s national teams. Internationally, the FA is a member of both UEFA and FIFA, and holds a permanent seat on the International Football Association Board.

The Football Association has veto power over the appointment of the League Chairman and Chief Executive and over any changes to league rules but does not participate in the day-to-day operations of the Premier League. Football at the local level is run by 43 County Football Associations affiliated to The Football Association.

The Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man Football Associations are organised as County Football Associations below the FA. In England, approximately 40,000 clubs are registered with the FA; even without taking relative population into account, England has more football clubs than any other country in the world.

The FA owns and runs both Wembley Stadium and the National Football Centre (The National Football Centre is currently under construction with a target for completion set for 2010). Its main commercial asset is its ownership of the television rights to England internationals and the FA Cup.

Turnover for the year ending 31 December 2007 was £237.9 million. For the four seasons from 2008 to 2012, the FA has secured £425 million from ITV and Setanta for England and FA Cup games domestic television rights and £145 million for overseas television rights. The FA uses its revenue to run its own operations as well as to support five charities that it chooses every year.

English Football Betting

English Football betting is a crucial part of the betting industry in the United Kingdom, closely rivaling horseracing in the popularity stakes amongst punters. The passion for the game in England means that millions of people back their favourite clubs in the English football betting markets every week, with many investing a great deal of time to find the best sports betting odds.

Literally dozens of markets are opened for Premiership and FA Cup matches by top English sportsbooks like William Hill. These markets allow football fans to bet on virtually any aspect of play in a single game or on the broader picture of a particular English football tournament.

Some of the more popular English Football betting options are:

  • Match Betting: This simple betting option allows fans to back their favourite team in a particular match. English football betting odds in these markets don’t tend to be high unless fans decide to take their chances and back an underdog.
  • Handicap Betting: Handicap betting markets allow football fans to support some of the minnows of English football against the richer and more powerful teams. While the odds on offer aren’t high, nothing beats the satisfaction of earning a payout when a poorly funded underdog defeat a top team with the help of a handicap.
  • Scorecast Betting: Football fans in search of high odds need look no further than scorecast betting. Scorecast betting offers punters the opportunity to bet on the final score of any particular English football match. The high odds on offer allow fans to place multiple bets covering different final scores, thereby increasing their chances of earning a payout.
  • Goalscorer Betting: Reading the form of the best strikers in English Football is key when betting on goalscorers. The odds on offer are high, but the risks are greater when placing bets on a particular player to score a goal in a match. As is the case with scorecast betting goalscorer betting allows fans to place multiple bets, and if more than one selection scores the payouts can be very lucrative.
  • Outright Tournament Winner Betting: Football fans are given the opportunity to bet on their favourite clubs before the season even begins. Outright tournament betting allows fans to bet on the final outcome of any of the exciting leagues or knockout competitions in English football. Each way betting options are available when placing these bets, which means bets pay out of the odds on offer if selection finish their tournament’s placed.