Goal Scorer Bets: Types and rules

We have several different goalscorer markets to bet on - the following are some of our more popular:

First goalscorer

This just means you are picking the first player to score. There are a couple of things to look out for:

Insurebet first goalscorer

Within this market you are having a bet on your selection to score first at slightly reduced odds compared to frst goalscorer - win or each way. If your selection does not score the first goal but subsequently scores later in the match your stake will be refunded. Own goals do not count for settlement purposes.

Own goals

If the first goal is an own goal it does not count as a goal for settlement purposes. All bets on first goalscorer will therefore be settled on the next goal scored. Own goals do not effect the settlement of any bets placed on correct score or other related markets. A goal will be considered an own goal if it is officially recognised as such on the day of the game - subsequent decisions by the dubious goals panels do not affect settlement.

Your player doesn't start or is subbed

If your player doesn't start and there has already been a first goalscorer decided before they come on then your first goalscorer bet is void. If they come on and no first goalscorer has been decided yet then it is still a valid bet as they still have an opportunity to score the first goal.

Each way

Paddypower offer each way goalscorer bets - we pay each way odds for five places. This can be 1/3, 1/4 or 1/5 the odds depending on the match. If your player doesn't score the first but does score 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th goal then you will be paid at the each way odds. Remember, own goals do not count so it is the first five goals that are scored disregarding any own goals.


Anytime goalscorer

Your bet is that your player will score at any time during the match. Usual 90 minutes rule apply and own goals do not count for settlement purposes.

Your player doesn't start or is subbed

If a player has any opportunity to fulfil the bet they are counted as a runner, regardless of how long they have played. This means that if your player goes off injured in the first minute and hasn't scored they are deemed a loser; likewise, if your player comes off the bench late on and doesn't score they are also deemed a loser.

  • Scorecast: A scorecast is predicting the first goalscorer and the correct score. Scorecasts must be placed via a special market listed not as a correct score and first goalscorer double. When you scroll down through the markets for a particular match the market at the bottom will generally be 'Wincast' above this is a market with two dropdown menus - this is where you place your Scorecast. Simply select your first goalscorer from the left menu and score from the right menu. Clicking on the price offered on the right-hand side will generate the selection to the betslip. We do not fully void a scorecast if the player does not partake in the game instead the bet is settled as a correct score single. The first goalscorer part of the bet is governed by the same rules as first goalscorer single bets - own goals do not count and if your player either comes on before the first goal is scored or goes off without scoring, the entire bet is deemed as a loser.
  • Wincast: This is a bet on a player to score in 90 minutes and the nominated team to win the game. It slightly differs from a scorecast in that it is completely voided if the player does not take part, it is not settled as a single on the team to win. If a player plays any part in the game they are deemed to have been active and therefore the bet stands.

Please see our soccer rules article for a list of all rules governing football betting.

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