The FIFA World Cup is one of the most anticipated and regarded international soccer tournaments, where players represent their countries to win the World Cup. The tournament is held every four years since 1930, meaning there have been 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup. In 90 years, we have seen plenty of FIFA World Cup betting odds and we plan to take full advantage of the huge array of games and options available.
The next FIFA World Cup will be in 2022, hosted by Qatar in November (this is the first instance where it is not held in May-July). This will be the first instance of the FIFA World Cup being held in an Arab country.
Viewership for the FIFA World Cup is exponential. It is the most viewed and prestigious sporting event and even overshadows the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
The tournament format includes a qualification phase, a knockout phase, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be played on December 18, 2022. The tournament has hosted 32 teams since 1998, and 2022 will be the last year for this as the number of teams will increase to 48 to allow for more inclusion of smaller African and Asian associations.
Past FIFA World Cup Winners
- 2018 - France
- 2014 - Germany
- 2010 - Spain
- 2006 - Italy
- 2002 - Brazil
- 1998 - France
- 1994 - Brazil
- 1990 - West Germany
- 1986 - Argentina
- 1982 - Italy
- 1978 - Argentina
- 1974 - West Germany
- 1970 - Brazil
- 1966 - England
- 1962 - Brazil
- 1958 - Brazil
- 1954 - West Germany
- 1950 - Uruguay
- 1946 - Not played due to World War II
- 1942 - Not played due to World War II
- 1938 - Italy
- 1934 - Italy
- 1930 - Uruguay
The FIFA World Cup finals are the finale of the tournament, and the winners are crowned the World Cup title holders for four whole years until another team wins. With such a large and prestigious tournament, oddsmakers and sportsbooks offer plenty of betting opportunities and FIFA World Cup betting odds on each match throughout the month-long event.
But first, let’s look at some popular FIFA World Cup betting options, and where we can place our wagers for the 2022 World Cup.
Popular FIFA World Cup Betting Options
World Cup Moneyline
While the usual betting type in soccer betting is a three-way moneyline, we are only going to focus on the regular moneyline betting type, as many sportsbooks will not offer the draw option for the FIFA World Cup - as there needs to be a winner of each game.
It depends on the sportsbook you use for your World Cup wagering - they could offer a draw option if their rules state that there could be a draw option at the end of the 90-minute regular time. This would be so highly unlikely and the soccer odds would be high, we aren’t certain it would be a good bet to place - so let’s stick with the two team moneyline.
You will see your two moneyline options - both teams playing in the game: the favored team and underdog and your job is to decide which team will win the game straight up.
Here’s an example of a moneyline - we’ll use the 2018 FIFA World Cup final:
- France -225
- Croatia +165
- France is favored to win this match, and Croatia is the underdog. Since this game happened in the past and we know that France won the game, if you placed a $225 wager on France, you would have won $100 plus your initial stake. If Croatia won, and you bet $100 on them, you would have won $165 plus your initial stake.
World Cup Spread Betting
Spreads are popular when betting on any professional sport, and in soccer, they’re going by a different name: goal line bets, not point spreads because soccer tracks goals instead of points. Soccer games are usually rather low scoring, so the spreads aren’t high.
A common World Cup spread you may see is -1.5/+1.5, which means that the oddsmakers are giving the underdog a head start before the game even begins. This means that the underdog needs to win the game or lose by less than one goal, and the favored team will need to win by one or more goals.
If we use the same teams as above, and the World Cup Final spread looked like this:
- France -1.5
- Croatia +1.5
If you bet on France, they would need to win by two goals for your bet to cash (which they did in the 2018 final). If you bet on Croatia, they would need to win the game by any amount or lose by less than 1 goal (which they didn’t do, so your bet would have lost).
Over/Under or Totals Betting
Totals betting during the FIFA World Cup is just like betting on any other game in any other sport. You will be betting on whether you think the total combined score for both teams will be higher or lower than the oddsmaker’s set line.
The difference between soccer and other professional sports is that totals are shown in multiples of .25 since the scoring in soccer is so lower on average. You may see totals of 2.5, 2.75, 3.0, etc.
If the 2018 FIFA World Cup total was set at 5.5, the over would have cashed as the final score was 4-2 (6). If you took the under you would have lost the wager.
FIFA World Cup Futures
Long before the tournament, even years in advance, FIFA World Cup futures are released on many sportsbooks. World Cup Futures are betting options that have all the team names and their odds to win the FIFA World Cup, they will be ranked based on how likely they are to win the championship. You can place your wagers years and even months in advance and look for huge payouts once the championship ends and a victor is crowned.
Usually, the previous year’s winner sits at the top of the oddsboard until we get into the qualification round. The issue with having the tournament every four years is that you never get the exact same team twice, so teams perform vastly different each World Cup, and there have only ever been two back to back champions in the history of the tournament.
It’s always possible to cash out bets at any point before the team gets eliminated because you’re betting so far in advance, there’s no way to determine how a team might perform. If you change your mind on your chosen team, you can cash out your bet - you likely won’t get your full stake back but it’s good to save some of your wagers.
Odds to Win the 2022 FIFA World Cup
The odds were last updated on April 15, 2021:
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