Bandy Overview and Best Betting Strategy for Bandy
What is Bandy
Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. Bandy is often described as a cross between soccer and hockey. At first glance bandy may be mistaken for ice hockey – it’s played on ice with sticks, but the game is more comparable with soccer. Played on a rink the size of a soccer pitch with 11players per team, two 45-minute halves, the same offside rule and unlike hockey there is no puck, bandy players use a small plastic orange ball.
The first match, more recently dubbed the original bandy match, was held at The Crystal Palace in London in 1875. However, at the time, the game was called “hockey on the ice”, probably as it was considered an ice variant of field hockey. The sport’s English name comes from the verb “to bandy”, from the Middle French bander (“to strike back and forth”), and originally referred to a 17th-century Irish game similar to field hockey. The curved stick was also called a “bandy”.
Bandy diffusion in the World
The first national bandy league was started in Sweden in 1902. The Swedish Bandy Association is the governing body of bandy in Sweden. It organizes the bandy leagues, Elitserien and Allsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women, and the men’s and women’s national teams. It was established on 5 April 1925, and is based in Stockholm. Bandy was played at the Nordic Games in Stockholm in 1905 between Swedish, Finnish and Russian teams in Helsinki in 1907. A European championship was held in 1913 with eight countries participating. Despite various countries hosting Bandy Leagues, the Swedish Elitserien is probably the most established league in the world.
Bandy in Sweden it is a part of the national culture, drawing 30,000 or more to the annual championship game. In Russia more than one million people play bandy, with a professional league that pays top players up to $500,000 a year to play in crumbling Stalin-era outdoor stadiums before crowds of 200 to 15,000. In the United States, just 300 men, 50 women and 200 youngsters play bandy. The Federation of International Bandy (FIB) is the international governing body for the sport of bandy, including the variant called rink bandy. Here the main nations where Bandy it’s practiced and there is a Bandy’s Sport Federation:
- United States
Bandy World Cup
Bandy World Cup is played in Sweden in the beginning of the bandy season every year, in autumn. The teams which should participate is decided based on their results in the whole of the last bandy season. The World Cup is not played by national teams but is for bandy clubs from around the world, and should therefore not be confused with the Bandy World Championship.
The first ever Bandy World Championship was organised in 1957. For a long time, only four countries competed in the world championships: the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The interest for the sport has spread to other parts of Europe, North America and Asia.
Betting on Bandy
There are a number of ways to bet on bandy with bookmakers on Bettingrunner. Bettors have the opportunity to mix up their bets with a variety of different betting formats for Bandy. Betting on bandy at the best odds can help you win up to 30 % more. Outright betting for Bandy: predict which team will win the league or any other competition or tournament. Over-under betting in Bandy. Total score: predict whether the number of goals scored by both sides in the match will be over or under the value set by the odd-makers. For instance, ‘Over 13,5’ and ‘Under 13,5.’ Winner betting: predict which team will win the match. Handicap betting: the team which is considered to be an underdog in the game is given an advantage in the form of goals so that the chances of both sides winning the match are equal. Half-goal added eliminates the draw outcome. For instance, 1.85 Odds – Favorite Team A (-7,5 goals), 1.85 Odds – Favorite team B (7,5 goals).
Bandy Betting Rules
All bandy bets are settled on 90 minutes play unless specifically stated otherwise by bookmakers. Overtime does not count. If 90 minutes play is not completed for any reason then all bets will be void, unless an official result is declared. If a match is played in 3 x 30 minutes periods instead of 2 x 45 minute periods, bets will stand and will be settled on 90 minutes play.
If a match is postponed and rescheduled to take place within 48 hours of the original start time, your bet on that match will stand unless cancelled by mutual consent. If the match does not take place within 48 hours your bet will be void.
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