Sports Explained: Glossary F

Sportsbook Glossary: Ff

Face-Off Ice Hockey
A face-off is the method used to begin play in ice hockey and some other sports. The two teams line up in opposition to each other, and the opposing skaters attempt to gain control of the puck after it is dropped between their sticks by an official. Face-offs are generally handled by centres, although some wingers handle face-offs and very rarely, some defensemen as well. One of the referees drops the puck at centre ice to start each period and following the scoring of a goal. The linesmen are responsible for all other face-offs.

Fair Ball Baseball
In baseball, a fair ball is a batted ball that entitles the batter to attempt to reach first base.

Fair Catch Football
A fair catch is a feature of American football and several other codes of football, in which a player attempting to catch a ball kicked by the opposing team either on a kickoff or punt is entitled to catch the ball without interference from any member of the kicking team.

The team bookmakers expect will win their game. Team or individual that is expected to win a particular event.

Often time in proposition (prop) bets, bettors are allowed to bet the field. This refers to an accumulation of all the teams or players that are not listed specifically.

Field Goal Football
A field goal is a means of scoring in American football and Canadian football equivalent to 3 points. To score a field goal the team in possession of the ball must place kick, or drop kick, the ball through the goal, i.e., between the uprights and over the crossbar, during a play from scrimmage.

Amount owed by or to a bookmaker.

A female horse about to the age of 4.

Wagering huge sums of money.

First Half Bet
A bet on the first half of a game.

Five Second Rule Basketball, Often referred to as the "Mark Jackson Rule"
In Professional basketball, the five-second rule, or five-second violation, is a rule that helps promote continuous play. There are multiple situations where a five-second violation may occur.

Fixed Odds Betting
Fixed odds betting is a process of placing bets on pre-determined odds, meaning that you know exactly how much you stand to earn at the time of placing a bet. Regardless of how much the odds fluctuate after you have placed your bet, your potential returns will not change.

Flat Racing Horse Racing
A form of horse racing which is run over a level track at a predetermined distance.

Fly Out Baseball
In baseball, a batted ball is any ball that, after a pitch, is contacted by the batter’s bat. One or more of several terms are used to describe a batted ball, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands.

Force Play Baseball
In baseball, a force is a situation when a baserunner is compelled (or forced) to vacate his time-of-pitch base-and thus try to advance to the next base-because the batter became a runner. A runner at first base is always forced to attempt to advance to second base when the batter becomes a runner. Runners at second or third base are forced only when all bases preceding their time-of-pitch base are occupied by other baserunners and the batter becomes a runner.

Formation Football
A formation in American football refers to the position players line up in before the start of a down. There are both offensive and defensive formations and there are many formations in both categories.

Formula One Auto Racing, also Formula 1 or F1
Highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Fourth Out
In baseball, the fourth out is a legal out made by the defense after three outs in a half-inning already have been recorded. According to the rules, the third out does not cause the ball to become dead; if the fielders make a subsequent out that prevents a run from scoring, this out will supersede the apparent third out, thus becoming the recorded third out.

Fractional odds
Popular way of expressing odds in the European and Australian betting markets. The stake is not included in the return. For example, 2/1 is equal to 3 decimal, as it only expresses the winning part of the bet.

Free Throw
In basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted area on the court (the free throw line; informally known as the foul line or the charity stripe), and are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team. Each successful free throw is worth one point.

Freemont Cannon College Football
An American college football rivalry game played annually by the Nevada Wolf Pack football team of the University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) and the UNLV Rebels football team of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Fumble Football
In American and Canadian football, a fumble occurs when a player who has possession and control of the ball loses it before being downed (tackled) or scoring. By rule, it is any act other than passing, kicking, punting, or successful handing that results in loss of player possession.

Future Bet
This refers to bets that come down in advance of an event. For example, one can bet a Super Bowl future prior to the beginning of the season by selecting who they believe will win the championship. A bettor would receive payment at the end of the season if their selection did claim the title.