The international break provides opportunities for the domestic leagues around Europe and the rest of the world to reset after a period of action. It also offers opportunities at leading betting sites for wagering on international competitions such as the World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, along with Nations League matches.

There are ample markets for international break betting on matches themselves. There will be a series of competitions played across the world by international teams either qualifying for the World Cup, or regional tournaments such as the European Championships, Africa Cup of Nations and Copa América. The Nations League is also a prevalent part of the international calendar.

You will have access to bet on individual matches with popular markets, such as Result, Both Teams to Score, over/unders, First Goalscorer, cards, corners, double chance, and handicap betting. Accumulator options are also available using the majority of those markets, given the amount that are played over the course of the international break.

Outright markets will be available on international teams to qualify for major tournaments or finish top of their respective group. Player markets include Top Scorer in Qualifying Rounds, which can be a valuable wager given the unpredictable nature of international football.

International breaks occur at regular intervals throughout the football season. The 10-day intervals – which take place in September, October, November and March – allow international teams to play qualifiers and Nations League matches. As a result, domestic leagues are paused for two weeks.

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Although the Premier League is not active during the international break, it does not mean that there is a shortage of betting markets available.

The international break provides a natural pause for the season that gives teams time to reflect, while also offering the same opportunities for bettors considering wagers on outright markets.

For instance, your perspective on the Premier League title winner may have changed since the start or middle of the campaign. If the race is a close contest like it was between Manchester City and Liverpool in the 2018/19 season, backing one side over another could prove valuable. Better yet, it could be a three- or four-horse race for the crown, improving the value of the odds available.

Other outright betting markets on the Premier League that are well worth a bettor's consideration are the top four and six finishes. Considering the volatility of the Premier League at the moment, where the discrepancy between the clubs battling for these spots is marginal, the right wager could become a profitable one!

The outright market regarding relegation and survival is more valuable in the early months of the season rather than later on in the campaign. As a result, this might be worth a swerve in the March international break, since the amount of teams that can be relegated is more or less decided.

The Top Goalscorer market should go down to the final throes of the season; therefore, it can make sense to peruse during the calm of the international week. There might be a player that has caught your eye but not reached peak form yet, which will provide an optimum price for a bet.

The Premier League is not the only elite division that pauses for the international break. LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 (among others) are also halted as their stars represent their countries.

As a result, you will be able to find all the respective outright markets for those leagues on leading betting sites, providing great value on odds. The top betting operators in the business provide extensive coverage on divisions outside of the Premier League as they do on the English top flight.

There will several outright markets available, including Winner, Top Four, Top Six, To Be Relegated and Top Goalscorer. Bettors well-versed in European football will be monitoring these markets throughout the season, but the break for internationals allows more time to analyse stats and break down the odds to gain optimum value on punts.

There is no shortage of opportunities to make the perfect wager!

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    Specials betting will be available in all parts of the seasons, but leading betting sites will place particular focus on this area during the international break.

The pause in the season allows both fans and clubs across the world to take stock. Occasionally, that can lead to managerial changes that opens up the next manager betting market. There will be open vacancies, and leading betting sites will compile the list of people linked to the respective posts, and provide odds for the leading candidates.

If you are well-tuned to the fortunes of the clubs at hand and wager at the right time, then it can be profitable market.

Transfers are almost as big as games these days. Considering the demand for big names and significant fees, the leading clubs in the news are linked with top players on a daily basis. The top betting sites have responded by providing transfer markets to back players to join certain clubs.

Again, if you keep up-to-date with the news and have a strong intuition regarding transfers, it can be a worthwhile market to browse during international week.

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    TIP: These markets are particularly notable during the October and November breaks ahead of the January transfer window.

There are leagues that are unaffected by the international break due to the fact that the majority of their players will not be representing their countries.

In England, League One and League Two maintain their fixture programme, which offers betting opportunities on matches on the usual markets such as Result, Both Teams to Score, Both Teams to Score/Result, over/unders, corners, cards and First Goalscorer.

You will also be able to wager on the outright markets of the respective leagues. Accumulator betting will be available given the amount of games available, which may include price boosts from leading betting sites.

If you wish to turn away from football betting during the international break and focus your priorities elsewhere, there are plenty of alternatives! And horse racing, which takes place throughout the year in locations across the world, is one of the most popular sports for betting online.

Those bettors in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be familiar with the two forms of horse racing. The jumps season – otherwise known as the National Hunt – traditionally runs from October to the beginning of May. The flat season takes place from the beginning of May until the end of October, although there is an element of crossover due to international races.

National Hunt

The betting opportunities during the international break mainly occur in the National Hunt. There are a number of leading races to consider in the early stages of the season, including the Betfair Chase, Tingle Creek Chase, Christmas Hurdle and the King George VI Chase.

These races are available to bet on in the days before the event or through ante-post wagering. Regular meets occur across the country, and you will find prices and markets with ease on top operators in the betting industry.

March is perhaps the most popular time to bet on horse racing due to the Cheltenham Festival betting sites. It is arguably the biggest betting event of the calendar in the sport, with up to 28 races that take place at Cheltenham Racecourse in the second week of the month.

All the leading betting sites will have horse racing markets and odds catered towards the event, ensuring that bettors receive optimum value across the week. The top races include the Arkle Chase, Champion Hurdle, Stayers’ Hurdle and the signature event of the week: the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Grand National is the most famous racing event in the world, and it is held on the second Saturday of April. You will find ante-post odds for the race throughout the year, but it does take on significance during the National Hunt, with the horses' performances over the course of the term dictating the odds for the event.

Flat Racing

The majority of the flat racing season falls outside of the football schedule, but there are overlaps that coincide with the international break. The Champions Series occurs late in October, with several group one races occurring in the festival at Ascot. These races include the Champion Stakes, Fillies and Mares’ Stakes, Sprint Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

International races are also prevalent during the break in the football calendar. Depending on the timing of the events, there could be several elite competitions active during the international break.

In France, the most prestigious event of the season, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, occurs in October. It is one of the biggest races in the world, and the leading betting sites will carry special odds for this event and others during the Festival at Longchamp.

The Breeders' Cup occurs in the United States in November. It features a number of quality races, such as the Breeders’ Cup Classic. As one of the major betting events of the US sporting calendar, betting sites will be providing odds and a diverse range of markets. There is a growing British and Irish influence over major races in the States, so there will be additional interest from the bookies based in the UK and Ireland.

American sports take on greater interest during the international break, since they will have the attention of football fans looking for betting opportunities elsewhere. American sports are a growing market in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to the rise in television coverage of the leading events, namely the NFL, NBA and MLB.

So, what you can look for when considering a bet during the international break on these sports?

NFL Betting

The NFL season takes place between September and February, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to place wagers on games or outrights markets during the international break.

You will be able to place the following bets on the NFL matches: Result, handicap, over/unders, Touchdown Scorer, as well as yes and no markets. Moreover, a developing market for match betting are bet builders, which are becoming more common across leading betting sites.

Depending on the time of the NFL campaign, you may be considering an outright bet. The leading markets for outright betting include, among others: the Super Bowl winner, AFC Conference winner, NFC Conference winner, division winners and MVP.

NBA Betting

The NBA season occurs from October to June. Therefore, there are also ample opportunities for NBA betting on matches and outright markets during the international break in three intervals in the football schedule.

On NBA games, you will be able to place wagers on the following: Result, handicap and over/unders. Bet builders are also becoming prevalent among top betting operators.

Outright bets are also valuable options at points during the campaign, with markets such as the NBA Finals Winner, Eastern Conference winner, Western Conference winner and MVP among the leading ones available.

MLB Betting

The MLB season runs from April until the beginning of November, which offers the opportunity to bet on individual games and playoff series towards the end of the year. Result, Run Line, over/unders, player props, innings props and game props are all baseball markets you can place wagers on.

Leading MLB betting sites also allow you to place outright bets on the season, on markets such as the World Series winner, World Series MVP, American League winner, National League winner, AL MVP, NL MVP and Cy Young Award.

There are a number of other high-profile sports that are played during the international break that will offer the chance to bet on outright markets and games.

Tennis Betting

The four major competitions of the tennis season are not usually played during the international break, although the US Open does fall in the month of September. Therefore, there will be ante-post wagering available for these tournaments. However, both the WTA and ATP Tours have regular events, which will provide opportunities for match betting on tennis, along with outrights for the competitions.

Golf Betting

Golf falls under the same umbrella as tennis in that the major tournaments are usually wrapped up towards the end of the year, while the March international break comes too early for the start of the major campaign.

However, there are leading golf events on the PGA and European Tours that are active. You can bet on the winner of those tournaments, along with breakdowns of individual rounds with the leading betting operators in the business. You can always find ante-post odds for the four majors at all times of the year, although it does come at a greater risk.

Cricket Betting

Cricket is another sport that's out of season in England during the international break, but there may be options for betting on major tournaments such as the ICC World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20 events.

Foreign domestic competitions are also active with the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Big Bash being played during the English winter. There will be ample betting opportunities for these leagues, ranging from betting on games to outright markets.

International games too will be played during the winter, with England touring the southern hemisphere. The Three Lions are always active during the period, presenting wagering options on events such as the Ashes and tours of India, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa.

The international break provides a pause in the domestic seasons of club sides around the world. In the absence of these leagues, there are betting opportunities to wager on qualifying matches, along with the Nations League and friendlies.

However, there is also a great number of alternative markets and sports offered by the top operators in the betting industry to consider. You will find plenty of intriguing sports with a lot to offer bettors in terms of their value and the creativity of their markets. Therefore, you will not be missing out when domestic leagues halt at intervals over the course of the year!

The international football break is a pause in the domestic seasons of European teams and sides from around the world, allowing their players to represent their respective countries.

The next international break will occur on 24th January 2022 and run until 2nd February 2022.

International teams play qualifying matches for major tournaments along with Nations League and friendly games. However, you can also find football games played in the lower tiers of domestic football, such as League One and Two.

The international break causes the Premier League to halt for two weeks, while the majority of players in the top flight represent their countries in rounds of qualifiers, Nations League or friendly matches.

Yes. There will be odds readied for the return of the Premier League for the matches following the international break. However, you will find the best odds for the outright markets on the English top-flight during this period.

You can bet on a number of other sports during the international break. These can include horse racing, golf, tennis, cricket, NBA, NFL and MLB, among others.

Yes. The leading betting sites in the industry offer the same value you will find on your football odds when wagering on other sports.

WRITTEN BY Adam Abela View all posts by Adam Abela

Adam is avid sports writer (5 years and counting) who has been betting for as long as he's been legally able to. As an Arsenal fan, he knows a thing or two about the importance of patience (and heartbreak).

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