How To Bet On The NWSL

There are currently five different casinos that offer sports betting, allowing bettors to wager on the National Women’s Soccer League in Maryland. In Maryland, sports betting was approved last year, but only in-person betting launched in December.  MGM National Harbor, Live! Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Ocean Downs, and Hollywood Casino are the essential five casinos. However, there could be up to nine more in-person sportsbooks launching later this year making it easier to find the best NWSL odds in Maryland.

While online sports betting is coming, it hasn’t launched just yet, and, unfortunately, it could be close to the end of the year or the beginning of 2023 before it arrives.

Where Can You Bet On NWSL In Maryland?

Each of the five retail casinos in Maryland has partnered with a sportsbook:

MGM National Harbor – BetMGM
101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Live! Casino & Hotel – FanDuel Sportsbook
7002 Arundel Mills Cir, Hanover, MD 21076

Horseshoe – Caesars Sportsbook
1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Ocean Downs – TwinSpires Sportsbook
10218 Racetrack Rd, Berlin, MD 21811

Hollywood – Barstool
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD 21903

So far though, none of these sportsbooks currently have NWSL odds available ahead of the 2022 Challenge Cup or regular season. It’s likely that DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, BetRivers Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook will be among the first sports betting apps to get licenses in Maryland when online betting does start. The only sportsbook that currently offers NWSL odds in some compacity is DraftKings.

The NWSL Challenge Cup is currently on the list of approved wagers in Maryland but the regular season is not included on that list.

Women’s Sports Betting

Women’s sports have been growing in popularity, especially in the past few years. We’ve seen huge jumps in viewership, but it’s still difficult to find consistent coverage across mainstream platforms. The struggles in coverage and visibility could play a factor in the lack of sports betting options as well.

When it comes to other women’s sports, we’re seeing women’s college basketball and the WNBA pop up on sportsbooks more frequently. In 2021, the LPGA announced a multi-year deal with BetMGM as the official betting operator and partner of the LPGA Tour. As the NWSL is set to begin their 10th season, it hopefully won’t be long before betting for the league becomes more widely available across multiple sportsbooks.

One sportsbook to keep an eye on for the NWSL is Caesars. In 2020, CBS announced a partnership with William Hill (now known as Caesars Sportsbooks). The partnership makes them the official sportsbook and data provider for all CBS Sports platforms. That same year, the NWSL secured a three-year media rights deal with CBS.  The 2020 Challenge Cup was the first time in NWSL history that sports bettors could bet on individual games in the league, and it was William Hill who posted those odds for the first time.

NWSL Future Odds

Futures bets are popular ones and involve betting on a future outcome — usually, they are popular during tournament formats. Future bets have the potential for high payouts depending on how far in advance the bet is placed.

Closest NWSL Teams

Of the 12 teams in the league, the closest to Maryland is the Washington Spirit who used to play in Boyds, Maryland, but is now centered in Washington, DC. The Spirit called Maryland home from 2012-2020 before they eventually moved to Loudon, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Now the team splits their home games between Audi Field and Segra Field, the Washington Spirit head into the 2022 season as the defending champions and under new ownership.

A little bit farther away is NJ/NY Gotham FC, which plays at Red Bull Arena in Newark, New Jersey. Gotham, which was previously known as Sky Blue FC, underwent a major rebrand ahead of the 2021 season.

NWSL Odds FAQs

Do Maryland’s legal sportsbooks offer bets on NWSL?

No, currently none of the state casino’s sportsbooks or partners offer NWSL odds as we head into the Challenge Cup, but the regular season doesn’t start until May.

Does the NWSL have any partnerships with a sportsbook?

No, the NWSL does not have any partnerships with a sportsbook. The league’s sponsor list and popularity are rapidly growing, so it would not be surprising if in the near future they secure a partnership with a sportsbook.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in Maryland?

Yes, it is legal. However, it only offers fantasy sports until online sports betting apps launch later this year.

Does DraftKings Sportsbook offer odds on NWSL?

Yes. DraftKings does have future betting odds for the Challenge Cup. They currently only have the future odds for team finishing spots. As of right now, there are no other types of bets available and none are listed for the regular season.

How popular is betting on the NWSL?

Right now, it’s not very popular, but the demand is likely growing. The NWSL’s viewership and fan base are on an upwards trend, so sportsbooks have the opportunity to capitalize on this growth.

Is FanDuel Sportsbook legal in Maryland?

Yes. FanDuel has partnered with Live! Casino to bring their sportsbooks to Maryland.

About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.