Football Pools - Free Printable Templates and Instructions
Want to know how to set up an NFL Football office pool? Look no further! We have everything you need to set up football pools including free printable grid templates and instructions.
Football pools are the most common source of office wagering. Running an office pool is very easy to do - we even tell you how below in case you don't know. Most states in the U.S. have clarified their laws regarding this form of entertainment to allow 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
This is probably the most common type of office betting pool, the kind most often used 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.
Below are links to the printable rules and templates for the most popular NFL Football Square pools:
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 your 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 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