Betting on football in India is popular, particularly I-League matches. It is rivaled only by Cricket, and to a lesser extent, horse racing and tennis betting. Football is often referred to at online bookmakers as soccer. When it comes to I-League betting options for Indians, we recommend, Bet365.com and M88.com. There are other sites that offer odds on I-league like Betfair, but we find it very difficult to deposit with them from India.
Each site brings something to the table for sportsbetting. Bet365 is our favorite site all around for online betting because they offer a full array of sports betting options as well as casino and poker. They are also one of the easiest to deposit with. However, while they do offer I-League odds, we have not found live odds for I-League at Bet365. That is where M88 comes in.
We have found that M88.com does offer live I-league odds, but they do not have live streaming of the events. However, if you watch the event live on TV, you can follow the odds through M88.
Best Site for I-League Betting for Indians
Finding I-League Odds at Bet365
You will find I-League betting fixtures at Bet365 by selecting Soccer >> Rest of the World >> India I-League
Finding I-League Odds at M88
You can find I-League odds at M88 by selecting Soccer >> Indian I-League
How to Deposit for I-League Betting
When depositing from India, we recommend using ewallets, mainly Neteller and Skrill. You can find more on our dedicated pages (Skrill and Neteller), but to summarize, they work like online bank accounts. You can load money onto your ewallet using several methods including credit/debit cards and bank transfers (wire transfers). Once you have loaded money onto your ewallet, you will be able to deposit and withdraw using this ewallet with any betting sites that accept these methods. Both Bet365.com and M88.com accept Skrill and Neteller. They also BOTH accept INR directly!
Learn more about ewallets on our deposit page.
I-League schedule 2012-2013
The season began on October 6, 2012 with 4 matches that day and will conclude on April 28, 2013 with a match between McDowell Mohun Bagan A.C v Pailan Arros. Of course the team with the most points at the end of the season will be deemed champion.
To find the complete listings of fixtures for I-league teams, we recommend going directly to the official I-league site.
Brief History of I-League Football
The I-League began in 2007 and is the premier pro league for football in India. It is currently made up of 14 clubs. The league was created after the National Football League was disbanded and the decision was made to create a new league in its place. While football in India is not as popular as cricket, it has experienced a small rise in popularity since the 2011 AFC Asian Cup where the India National Football Team took part in the tournament. Even though they did not place very high in the cup, many were proud of their team and the sport saw a rise in popularity after this performance. Betting on I-League remains extremely popular among those interested in sports betting in India. It seems that this will continue as the popularity of football rises in general.