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A goal kick takes place in a game of football when the attacking team sends the ball out over the byline. In the majority of cases, the goal kick will be taken by the goalkeeper, but it can in fact be taken by any member of the defending team, though this usually only happens if the goalkeeper is having some kind of injury problems. Certain conditions apply to the taking of a goal kick – the ball has to be stationary and opponents have to stay outside the penalty area until it has been taken.
It’s possible to place a bet on the number of goal kicks which will be taken during the course of a match. The bookmaker will offer a number of total ranges, i.e. 0-5, 5-10, etc. and bets will win if the correct range is chosen. Alternatively, a bettor may bet on the spread of the number of goal kicks.
In a bet of this kind the bookmaker might offer a spread of 8-10 goal kicks during the match. Bettors will buy at 10 if they think there will be more than 10 goal kicks or sell at 8 if they think there will be less than 8. If there are eventually 12 goal kicks during the match, then a £100 bet would pay out like this:
Bought at 10 – the bet has won. There were 2 more than 10 goal kicks, and so the profit on the bet will be £200
Sold at 8 – the bet has lost. There were four more than 8 goal kicks, and so the loss will be £400.
It should be noted that to count toward the total, the goal kick in question usually has to have been taken, and not simply awarded.
Bets of this kind can also be placed on the numbers of corners, throw ins or free kicks during a match. The downside with placing bets of this kind is that they are generally very difficult to predict accurately. Even knowing the form of a team, and the fact that they will attack a great deal, for example, doesn’t make it any clearer whether they will generate a high number of goal kicks, or corners. For that reason betting on goal kicks is something of a ‘fun’ bet, similar to buying a lottery ticket.