A combination of increased awareness through the availability of DFS contests on its games in recent years and the rapid growth of legalized single-game sports betting in North America has led to a gradual expansion of the League’s profile. Canadian Football League (CFL). Below we’ll look at all the different ways you can bet on CFL odds and compare play lines for each Canadian Football League competition.
Odds for every CFL game will be available soon. Futures contracts are already available, which you can view and bet below.
The league’s visibility and interest in its product could reach a new high in the coming months following the advent in early April of the legalization of single-game sports betting in Ontario, the most populated by Canada. All of the major commercial sportsbooks – FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars and PointsBet among them – that have established themselves in the lucrative US market, have already or are in the process of opening up in Ontario. Legal Canadian sportsbooks in other provinces are also expected to follow shortly.
Many US sportsbooks have been offering CFL betting markets since 2018. Ontario operators are naturally expected to offer the widest range of CFL betting to date, given the league’s popularity and the fact that three teams – the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks – are located in the provinces.
CFL rules: how they differ from the NFL
Experienced NFL bettors, or even just fans of the football version of the league, would be wise to familiarize themselves with the few but critical differences in certain rules between the American and Canadian versions. Unlike the NFL, the CFL includes:
Three tries instead of four
This usually equates to more assists overall and, therefore, sometimes higher game totals than one might see in the NFL in a season. However, the flip side is that there are also more chances of sacks and interceptions due to the higher number of kickbacks.
A longer and wider playing surface/end zone
The CFL uses a field that is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide, surpassing the NFL by 10 yards in length and 11.75 yards in width. This provides the opportunity for offensive players to rack up more yardage overall – an important aspect to keep in mind for player prop bets – and the wider field and longer end zone ( 20 yards, compared to 10 for the NFL) has the potential to help facilitate more red zone scoring.
12 players per side, unlimited movement behind line of scrimmage
This additional real estate space accommodates one more player each on offense and defense than the NFL’s 11-man units.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that in the CFL, all offensive players, except the quarterback, are allowed unlimited pre-snap movement up to one yard behind the line of scrimmage; this can certainly lead to disadvantages for the defense and also increase the chances of more prolific individual and team offensive stats.
The possibility of a one-point scoring game
“Red,” also known as “single,” is a CFL quirk that can sometimes lead to unusual point totals.
A red is awarded to a kicking team when the ball is kicked into the end zone by any legal means other than a conversion attempt or field goal and the receiving team does not return or kick the ball outside his end zone. A red is also awarded when a kick, excluding a kick-off, goes out of bounds in the end zone without being hit.