Make Your Own Football Pool – A Step By Step Guide

Hosting a party on game day, especially a Super Bowl party, is a great way to get your group of friends together for a laid back, exciting party. A football pool is a fun way to get everyone, sports fan or not, involved in the big game. We’ll outline the steps to help you easily create your own football pool for your party. When you send your football party invitations, make sure to let your guests know that there will be a football pool so they’ll know to bring a little cash if they’d like to participate.

Football Party Invitations

PurpleTrail has plenty of invitations perfect for a football party. Whether you’ll be watching the first game of the season or finishing it off with a Super Bowl party, you’ll find the style you need in our sports party collection.

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PurpleTrail Super Bowl party invitation

Make Your Own Football Pool Planning Tips

The most common type of betting pool is one displayed on a 10 x 10 grid with numbers along both the top and left side of the page. You can sell the squares for any amount you wish. $1.00 per square is a typical amount. This puts $100 in the pool.

The object of this pool is to have the combination of number that match the last numbers in the score of the game. Payouts are based on the score of each team at the end of each quarter. Please note that the digit used is always the second number. For example, if a team has 17 points at the end of the quarter, the 7 is used to determine the winner. You can make the payouts equal for each quarter, but it is also common to have a larger payout for the end of the game.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Television- to watch the game of course!
  • Colored Pens
  • Construction Paper
  • Permanent Markers
  • Poster Boards
  • Colored pens
  • Permanent markers

Making the Grid:

Step 1: Get pens and a large piece of blank paper.
Step 2: Draw a 10-by-10 grid.
Step 3: Write the numbers 0 through 9 across the top, above each square.
Step 4: Write the numbers 0 through 9 along the left side of the grid, next to each square.
Step 5: Write one Super Bowl team’s name at the top and the other on the left side.
Step 6: Sell each square for one unit, which will provide a 100-unit payoff. Players may want to acquire more than one square; it’s best to use all squares.
Step 7: Write the initials of the buyer in the corresponding square.

Final Step: As you watch the game and enjoy the commercials, match the last digit of each team’s final score with the grid to decide the winner. For example, a score of Team A 13, Team B 26, would mean finding the square where 3 on the vertical scale meets 6 on the horizontal. If Mike chose the space where these two numbers meet, he’s the winner. Remember you can also do this at the end of each quarter or at half time and the final score.

The result is one exciting party where guests are excited to see what each quarter holds. No matter what’s happening on the TV screen, you can be sure there won’t be a dull moment at your football party. 

Prize Ideas 

Obviously, the winners of the football pool get to keep the cash they’ve earned through their bets. But if you’d like to make it even more interesting, you can offer some bonus prizes to some other lucky guests. These can be given to the first person to win in the first quarter, the person who wins the entire thing, the person who best predicts the final score or even the poor person who makes multiple bets and doesn’t win a thing. Here are a few ideas for consolation and second place football pool prizes:

  • A plate of homemade cookies, brownies or cupcakes frosted with team colors
  • A gift certificate to a coffee shop
  • A movie night gift basket with a DVD, boxes of candy and microwave popcorn
  • A coupon for a free night of babysitting the kids
  • An gift card
  • A bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer
  • A fancy water bottle or coffee tumbler
  • A basket of candy
  • A pack of playing cards and a fancy cigar
  • Candles and bubble bath
These tips will help you create a great football pool and host the ultimate football party. If you’re having a Super Bowl party this year, check out all of our Super Bowl party ideas on the PartyTrail blog.