Football office pools are the most popular form of sports betting. While easy to set up and run, we've included instructions below just in case you need them. Most states in the U.S. have clarified their laws regarding this form of entertainment, allowing it as long as 100 percent of the funds in the pool are paid back out to the contestants. We strongly suggest that you check both your local laws and workplace rules before participating in any office pools.
Football Square Pools
Arguably, this is the most common type of football office pool and is used often for big college bowl games, the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl.
The pool is displayed on a grid of squares with numbers along both the top and left side of the page. The top row of numbers represents one team and the side row represents the other team. The numbers are not actually placed on the top and side, however, until the grid has been filled with the contestants' names. Once filled, numbers are drawn out of a hat and placed left to right along the top of the grid, and top to bottom down the side of the grid.
Click links below for printable rules, sheets, and templates of the most popular football square pools:
33 Point Pool
The object of the 33 Point Football pool is to have your team score 33 points. Each week is a new opportunity to win. If no team scores 33 points, the pot is rolled over to the next week. Scoring exactly 33 points only happens a few times a season, so the pots can be very large.
NFL Football Power Rankings Pool
The object of the power ranking pool is to predict which teams will win the most games during the NFL season by ranking them from #1 to #32. Points are awarded to teams that win each week based on their ranking. Teams with a higher ranking get more points and teams with lower rankings get fewer points. At the end of the season, the participant with the most points wins.
Pro Football Season Long Pick 'Em Pool
The weekly Pick 'Em pool is a season long test of endurance for NFL fans. Each week, players attempt to pick the winner of every pro football game being played. If you plan to compete in this type of office pool it is advisable that you first lay down some hard, fast, and enforceable rules. For example, you will want to decide how picks will be submitted. There are websites devoted to tracking picks for this type of contest. You may want to consider such a site if your contest is large. If you're running a contest with a few of your friends it is easiest to just submit picks via e-mail.
The winner of the contest is, obviously, the player who picks the most winners. If you are playing for money, and we know that you are, then you may want to pay for 2nd and 3rd places as well. If you are paying 1st and 2nd places only, the most common prize split is 70% to the winner and 30% to the runner up. If you are paying 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, the most common distribution of winnings is 50%, 30%, and 20% respectively. If you wish, you can also have a prize for weekly winners and a prize at the end of the season given to the player who gets the most right in any one week. It's your office pool contest, so you get to decide exactly how you want it to be run.
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Pro Football Suicide Pool
Suicide pools have become an extremely popular form of football office pool. Suicide pools seem so easy, yet they are extremely challenging. The object of a suicide pool is quite simple. All you have to do is pick the winner of one game per week. If you are correct, you live to play another week. If you are wrong, you're out. The big catch, or rub if you will, is that players may only use a team one time during the season. The game lasts until there is only one player left. The game has also been called King of The Hill, Survivor, Knockout, and Last Man Standing.
NFL Suicide Pool - Printable Rules and Template:
NFL Playoff Bracket Pool
Playoff brackets are a great way to enjoy the NFL playoffs with your co-workers and friends. Just fill out the bracket before the playoffs begin and cheer your teams on as they progress towards the Super Bowl.
Playoff Bracket Pool - Printable Rules and Template:
Super Bowl Prop Pool
Proposition bet pools are a unique way to bet on the Super Bowl. All you need to do is come up with questions about what will or will not happen in the Super Bowl. Then, as each question is answered during the Super Bowl, points are awarded. It's an easy pool to set up and a ton of fun for the participants. We provide a template of 25 prop questions you can print out or use for inspiration to create your own.