CFL Betting Odds, Spreads & Lines

Canada's professional football league draws millions of viewers every season. If you want to get in on the action, we've got the latest CFL odds and betting lines from all the top-rated sportsbooks in one place. Also, see which team has the best chance at snagging the Grey Cup with our CFL futures.
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Did you know that the most popular form of football was first played in Canada? The Canadian Football League (officially founded in 1958) isn’t one of the longest-running pro football circuits in North America,but its roots do stretch back to 1907, and many of the rules familiar to today’s NFL viewers were introduced by Montreal’s McGill University when they played Harvard in 1874.

The Canadian game of football shouldn’t be too alien to American fans. Betting action on the nine Canadian Football League teams stretching from British Columbia to Quebec is often busier than it is for NBA, MLB and NHL games. Here’s how you can get in on all the action the CFL football season has to offer.

CFL Betting Odds Overview

Most if not all of the sports betting sites we recommend at Bookmakers Review will have the CFL in their online betting arsenal. And betting on these games works exactly the same as when you bet on the NFL or college football.

Understanding Canadian Football League Odds

There are many ways to bet on the CFL brand of professional football. Here are a few things to watch for when you’re browsing the lines at your chosen online sportsbook:

Vegas Odds

Also known as American odds, this is the standard format on both sides of the border for quoting odds across all professional sports. The favorite is shown with a negative sign (like Montreal –250 shows they are the moneyline favorite), and the underdog with a positive sign (like Toronto +210).

Decimal Odds

Used more commonly in Europe for their version of football, decimal odds sometimes pop up in Canadian sports betting; the equivalent decimal odds for the Vegas odds in our previous example would be Montreal 1.4 and Toronto 3.1.

Opening Lines

The first CFL odds to hit the online betting board will usually be the point spread, moneyline bet and game totals. Other betting opportunities will come later during the week, including our next category:

Second-Half Odds

In Canadian sports betting, as in the States, you can wager on the results of just the second half; these lines will be posted by half-time, and will close once the second half kicks off.

Grey Cup Odds

Playoff football in the CFL is all about one thing: the Grey Cup. This is the second-most important trophy in Canada behind only the Stanley Cup; six of the nine CFL teams will qualify once the regular season ends, and there are four more football games to be played before the Grey Cup final, each with playoff odds attached just like the NFL.

Common CFL Betting Markets

The aforementioned spread, moneyline and total take up most of the CFL sports betting market, but there are many other wagers you can make beyond standard single-game sports betting. Your betting options include alternate lines, game prop bets (e.g. Margin of Victory), player props, team props – you can even place a futures bet on who will win the next Grey Cup.

How to Place a CFL Bet

Whether you live north or south of the 49th Parallel, Canadian sports betting looks and cooks just like its American cousin. Simply visit your chosen online sportsbook, select a tasty wager or two from the CFL odds list, and submit your bet slip.

Frequently Asked Questions About CFL Betting Odds

How are the Canadian Football League rules different from the National Football League?

The three-down rule is the most familiar of the differences in rules between the CFL and the NFL. There are also 12 players per side instead of 11, and rosters are only allowed a limited number of American players, which ensures employment for Canadian players.

How many football teams play in the CFL?

There are nine Canadian Football League teams as of 2023: Four in the East Division, and five in the West.

Where can I watch CFL games outside of Canada?

ESPN has streaming coverage of all games for CFL fans in the United States, with occasional games aired on ESPN2 and ESPNews.

When does the CFL season start?

Unlike American football, a typical CFL regular season runs from June through October, with the Grey Cup in late November.

When do sportsbooks release their CFL odds?

Major sportsbooks usually release their CFL game lines early in the week before kick-off; futures odds for who will win the next Grey Cup should be available at your chosen online sportsbook shortly after a new champion is crowned.