Traditional soccer powerhouses litter the top of FIFA World Cup odds boards as we draw closer to the great tournament. Brazil remains the favorite at +450 while France checks in at +600. England, Argentina, Spain and Germany have odds to win it all anywhere between +650 and +1000 at most sportsbooks.
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Below we will monitor how the odds to win the World Cup change in the weeks and months leading up to the giant soccer tournament in Qatar.
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World Cup Draw
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is the competition’s 22nd edition and will be like no other. Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, this will be the first one held in the winter. Many believe this could result in one of the best World Cups ever. In the past, they have taken place in the summer at the end of the European domestic schedule, where players are tired and burned out from a long season. With the competition scheduled to run from Nov. 21st to Dec. 18, players will be less than halfway through the season and at peak physical condition.
After much pomp and pageantry, FIFA completed the draw for the fall’s World Cup. Thirty-two teams will vie for soccer’s greatest prize starting on Nov. 21. The United States drew Group B and will start against the UEFA Path A winner, either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine, on the tournament’s opening day. They’ll face England on Black Friday, the 25th. Group play will conclude against Iran on the 29th. They’ll look to make the group stage in three consecutive appearances (they failed to qualify in 2018) for the first time in program history.
- Group A: Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal, and Ecuador
- Group B: England, Iran, Scotland/Ukraine/Wales, USA
- Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia
- Group D: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Australia/UAE/Peru
- Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica/New Zealand
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Morocco
- Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon
- Group H: Portugal, Ghana, South Korea, and Uruguay
As hosts, Qatar was seeded in Group A and will play Ecuador in the first game of the tournament. They’ve drawn tough opponents in the Netherlands and Senegal. Qatar has the lowest ranking of any of the 29 directly qualifying teams in the draw, at 51st in the FIFA rankings.
Defending champions France took the seeded spot in Group D and will face Denmark, Tunisia, and the winner of the intercontinental playoff between Australia/UAE and Peru.
Consensus favorite Brazil drew into Group G. They’ll face Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.
Despite winning the final CONCACAF qualifying stage, Canada’s FIFA World Ranking placed them in Pot 4. Their group stage opponents will be Belgium, 2018’s runner-up Croatia, and Morocco. For their first appearance in the tournament since 1986, this is a tough draw in what could be 2022’s “Group of Death.”
Mexico will face some marquee names in Group C. This includes 2021 Copa America champions Argentina, in what will likely be Lionel Messi’s international swan song, Poland with the electric scorer Robert Lewandowksi, and Saudi Arabia.
Odds to win World Cup
Here is a futures report for the 15 teams who have qualified for this year’s World cup.
Brazil 🇧🇷 (2)
Star Player: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Brazil are the early favorite and the only nation to appear at all 22 World Cups. They cruised CONMEBOL qualification with a record of 12W-3D, scoring 32 and conceding five with three games left to play. Be aware they were heavy favorites at last year’s Copa America and came up short in the final, losing 1-0 to Argentina.
France 🇫🇷 (3)
Star Player: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)
Didier Deschamps’ has the most impressive player pool to choose from, and it will be interesting to see what changes he makes to bounce back from a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign. The reigning World Cup champions never found top gear and went out on penalties to Switzerland after letting a 3-1 lead slip.
England 🏴 (4)
Star Player: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
After years of underachievement and disappointment, England have emerged as serious players on the international scene under Gareth Southgate. He guided them to the 2018 World Cup semifinals and the Euro 2020 final, where they lost on penalties to Italy. If he can inspire them to go one better, 2022 will be the year ‘Football’s coming home.’
Spain 🇪🇸 (7)
Star Player: Pedri (Barcelona)
Luis Enrique’s young side surprised everyone at Euro 2020 when they made the semifinals. Poor finishing cost them a place in the final, and the experience will serve them well in Qatar. Spain breezed through UEFA Group B Qualification with a record of 6W-1D-1L, scoring 15 goals and conceding five.
Germany 🇩🇪 (12)
Star Player: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
The Joachim Löw era lasted for far too long and finally ended at Euro 2020. Hansi Flick has taken the reigns and revitalized the national side just like he did Bayern Munich. They have won all seven matches scoring 31 goals, conceding two goals, and keeping four clean sheets. They represent the best value in my eyes.
Argentina 🇦🇷 (5)
Star Player: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
At 34-years-old this is Lionel Messi’s last realistic chance of winning a World Cup. Last Summer’s Copa America victory could be the spark that brings everything together and allows them to challenge for the trophy.
Belgium 🇧🇪 (1)
Star Player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Don’t be fooled by Belgium’s number one FIFA ranking and Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, and Romelu Lukaku being at the peak of their powers. They have big issue’s in defense with Jan Verthonghan and Toby Alderwield on the wrong side of 30. The pair struggled at Euro 2020 and still heavily relied upon.
Netherlands 🇳🇱 (10)
Star Player: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
The Dutch FA convinced Louis van Gaal to come out of retirement and manage the Netherlands for the third time. He led ‘Clockwork Orange’ to third place in 2014, and they could be the tournament’s dark horse with Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk at center-back.
Denmark 🇩🇰 (9)
Star Player: Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria)
The Dane’s showed unbelievable resilience and team spirit to make the semifinals at Euro 2020 after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in the first match. With Brazil, Argentina, and other strong nations taking part, it will be difficult for Denmark to reach those heights again.
Switzerland 🇨🇭 (13)
Star Player: Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Switzerland will be at the World Cup for a fifth straight tournament, and the bigger nations have found them a difficult nut to crack in recent years. At Euro 2020, they came from 3-1 down to knock France out on penalties in the Round of 16. They held Italy to a 1-1 draw in Rome to book their spot in Qatar at the Euro 2020 champions’ expense.
Croatia 🇭🇷 (15)
Star Player: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
It will be difficult for the 2018 World Cup finalists to reach the showpiece again. Time has caught up with the Croatia squad, who struggled at Euro 2020 and ground out a 1-0 win over Russia in their final UEFA Group H game to qualify.
Qatar 🇶🇦 (48)
Star Player: Akram Afif (Al-Sadd)
The host country have been doing everything in their power to make the most of this opportunity. Players have been brought in from around the world to play in the Qatar Stars League and be nationalized after five years to improve the squad. They invested $1.4bn into the Aspire Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility to develop players.
Qatar played in the 2019 Copa America and 2021 Gold Cup after CONMEBOL and CONCACAF signed lucrative sponsorship deals with Qatar Airways. They were invited to join UEFA qualifying as a ghost team in Portugal’s group, playing each opponent but not listed in the table.
Their crowning moment was winning the Asian Cup for the first time in 2019, beating South Korea and Japan en route.
Serbia 🇷🇸 (23)
Star Player: Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio)
This will be Serbia’s third appearance at the World Cup under their own flag after gaining independence in 2006. They booked their ticket to Qatar in the most dramatic fashion when Aleksander Mitrović scored a 90th-minute winner to beat Portugal 2-1 in their final UEFA Group A Qualification match. They’ve never made it to the Knockout Stage and will be hoping 2022 is their year.
Iran 🇮🇷 (21)
Star Player: Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen)
Iran booked their third successive appearance at the World Cup in January with a 1-0 win over Iraq. They have never progressed past the Group Stage and will be hoping Sardar Azmoun can replicate his qualification form. The Bayer Leverkusen striker has scored nine goals in eight appearances with two games left to play.
South Korea 🇰🇷 (33)
Star Player: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
This is South Korea’s ninth straight World Cup, and they are the only Asian team to reach the semifinal stages when they co-hosted the tournament in 2002. They have been in great form, losing one competitive game – 1-0 defeat to Qatar in the Asian Cup final – since September 2018.
How The World Cup Works
Qatar’s small size will give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match per day during the group stage. In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 nations scheduled for the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
FIFA governs six confederations that oversee soccer across the major continents around the world. They hold qualification contests to determine which nations in their region make it to the World Cup final tournament. The names of the confederations and the number of slots they are allocated:
- UEFA (Europe): 13
- CAF (Africa): 5
- CONMEBOL (South America): 4 or 5
- AFC (Asia): 4 or 5
- CONCACAF (North/Central America and Caribbean): 3 or 4
- OFC (Oceania): 0 or 1
The current final tournament format has been used since 1998 and features 32 national teams. There are two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage.
In the group stage, eight teams are seeded and drawn into separate groups. The remaining 24 sides are assigned to different “pots,” usually based on geographical criteria, and teams in each pot are drawn at random to the eight groups.
Since 1998, constraints have been applied to the draw to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any other confederation. The Group Stage draw for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is scheduled to take place on April 1st.
Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. Each group’s last round of games is scheduled simultaneously to preserve fairness among all four teams.
FIFA brought the rule into place after suspicion of collusion when West Germany beat Austria 1-0 in the 1986 World Cup. Algeria had played their last group game a day before the West Germany-Austria match and went home on goal difference while the two European sides advanced.
Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. After all six games are completed, the two nations with the highest amount of points advance to the knockout stage.
Sometimes the second and third-ranked sides finish on the same amount of points. In such a case, the ranking among these teams is determined as follows:
- Greatest combined goal difference in all group matches
- Greatest combined number of goals scored in all group matches
If more than one team remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined as follows:
- Greatest number of points in head-to-head matches among those teams
- Greatest goal difference in head-to-head matches among those teams
- Greatest number of goals scored in head-to-head matches among those teams
Fair play points system in which the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches are considered according to the following deductions:
- First yellow card: minus 1 point
- Second yellow card/indirect red card: minus 3 points
- Direct red card: minus 4 points
- Yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
- If any of the teams above remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined by the drawing of lots
The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament where teams play each other in one-off matches.
If the scoreline is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is to be played. It shall always consist of two periods of 15 minutes each, with an interval of five minutes at the end of normal playing time, but not between the two periods of extra time.
If the score is still level after extra time, penalty kicks shall be taken to determine the winner.
It begins with the Round of 16, in which the winner of each group plays against the runner-up of another group. This is followed by the quarterfinals, the semifinals, the third-place match (contested by the losing semi-finalists and arguably the most pointless fixture in the world of sport), and the final.
At this year’s tournament, five substitutions are permitted in normal playing time and a sixth in extra-time as follows:
During the match, each team:
- may use a maximum of five substitutes
- has a maximum of three substitution opportunities*
- may additionally make substitutions at half-time
Where extra time is played, each team:
- may use an additional substitute (whether or not the team has used its maximum number of substitutes)
has one additional substitution opportunity* (whether or not the team has used its maximum number of substitution opportunities)
- may additionally make substitutions: in the period before the start of extra time, at half-time in extra time
If a team has not used its maximum number of substitutes or substitution opportunities, the unused substitutions, and opportunities may be used in extra time.
* Where both teams make a substitution simultaneously, this will count as a used substitution opportunity for each team.
If a player receives two cautions in two different matches, he will be automatically suspended for his team’s following match. There is a reset at the semifinal stage. This is to prevent players from being suspended from the final for yellow card accumulation. A straight red or earning a pair of yellows in the semifinals would still see a player banned from the final.
If a player is sent off due to a direct or an indirect red card, he will be automatically suspended from his team’s following match. In addition, further sanctions may be imposed in the case of a direct red card.
Any suspension that cannot be served during this competition will be carried over to the representative team’s subsequent official match.
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Football Technologies
FIFA and/or the confederation, when applicable, may use football technologies such as goal-line technology (GLT), a video assistant referee (VAR) system, or electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS), as stipulated in the Laws of the Game.
A video assistant referee (VAR) may assist the referee in making a decision using replay footage in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Laws of the Game in force at the time of the preliminary competition and as laid down by The International Football Association Board.
How To Watch FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Fox and Telemundo own the rights to broadcast the competition. West coast fans, if you plan on watching the early games before work, you will need to stock up on coffee and five-hour energy drinks. Group matches will kick off (in EST) at 5AM, 8AM, 11AM, and 2PM. The knockout matches will kick off at 10AM and 2PM.
FIFA World Cup Winners
Only eight nations have lifted the World Cup, and only nations from UEFA (Europe) and CONMEBOL (South America) have appeared in a World Cup final. Brazil is leading the way in victories with five. Germany has appeared in the final eight times, more than any other nation.
- 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 🇺🇾
- 1938 Italy 🇮🇹
- 1934 Italy 🇮🇹
- 1930 Uruguay 🇺🇾
FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winners
The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup. While every World Cup had a ranking of the goalscorers, the first time an award was given was in 1982, under the name Golden Shoe Award. FIFA renamed it the Golden Boot Award in 2010.
In 1994 FIFA introduced tie-breaker rules in case two or more players finished the tournament with the same amount of goals:
- The player with fewer goals scored from penalties
- The player with more assists
In 2006 FIFA introduced an additional tie-breaker rule: The player who has played the least amount of minutes.
Here are the Golden Boot winners:
- 2018 Harry Kane 🏴 6
- 2014 James Rodríguez 🇨🇴 6
- 2010 Thomas Müller 🇩🇪 5
- 2006 Miroslav Klose 🇩🇪 5
- 2002 Ronaldo 🇧🇷 8
- 1998 Davor Šuker 🇭🇷 6
- 1994 Oleg Salenko 🇷🇺 and Hristo Stoichkov 🇭🇺 6
- 1990 Salvatore Schillaci 🇮🇹 6
- 1986 Gary Lineker 🏴 6
- 1982 Paolo Rossi 🇮🇹 6
Here is the list of top goalscorers from previous World Cups:
- 1978 Mario Kempes 🇦🇷 6
- 1974 Grzegorz Lato 🇵🇱 7
- 1970 Gerd Müller 🇩🇪 10
- 1966 Eusébio 🇵🇹 9
- 1962 Flórián Albert 🇭🇺, Valentin Ivanov , Garrincha 🇧🇷, Vavá 🇧🇷, Dražan Jerković , Leonel Sánchez 🇨🇱, 4
- 1958 Just Fontaine 🇫🇷 13
- 1954 Sánder Kocsis 🇭🇺 11
- 1950 Ademir 🇧🇷 8
- 1938 Leônidas 🇧🇷 7
- 1934 Oldrich Nejedly 🇨🇿 5
- 1930 Guillermo Stábile 🇦🇷 8
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Award Winners
The Golden Ball Award was introduced in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and is presented to the best player at each FIFA World Cup finals. A shortlist is drawn up by the FIFA technical committee, and the winner is voted for by representatives of the media.
- 2018 Luke Modrić 🇭🇷
- 2014 Lionel Messi 🇦🇷
- 2010 Diego Forlán 🇺🇾
- 2006 Zinedine Zidane 🇫🇷
- 2002 Oliver Kahn 🇩🇪
- 1998 Ronaldo 🇧🇷
- 1994 Romário 🇧🇷
- 1990 Salvatore Schillaci 🇮🇹
- 1986 Diego Maradona 🇦🇷
- 1982 Paolo Rossi 🇮🇹
A panel of 23 international experts each chose the five best players from the 1978 World Cup, and the player with the most votes was the competition’s top goalscorer:
1978 Mario Kempes 🇦🇷
Ejikeme Ikwunze, popularly called “Mr. Football,” published a list of the best players in his book World Cup (1930-2010): A Statistical Summary. FIFA considers his work as part of their official library, and the players between 1930 to 1974 are:
- 1974 Johan Cruyff 🇳🇱
- 1970 Pelé 🇧🇷
- 1966 Bobby Charlton 🏴
- 1962 Garrincha 🇧🇷
- 1958 Didí 🇧🇷
- 1954 Ferenc Puskas 🇭🇺
- 1950 Zizinho 🇧🇷
- 1938 Leonidas da Silva 🇧🇷
- 1934 Giuseppe Meazza 🇮🇹
- 1930 José Nasazzi 🇺🇾
FIFA World Cup Golden Glove Award Winners
The Golden Glove Award was introduced with the name Lev Yashin Award in 1994, in honor of the late Soviet goalkeeper and awarded to the tournament’s best goalkeeper. FIFA renamed it the Golden Glove Award in 2010.
The FIFA Technical Study Group recognizes the top goalkeeper of the tournament based on the player’s performance throughout the final competition. Although goalkeepers have this specific award for their position, they are still eligible for the Golden Ball, as when Oliver Kahn was awarded both in 2002.
In the event of a tie, the following tie-breaker rules are applied to determine a winner:
- The goalkeeper who progressed furthest in the competition
- The goalkeeper who has made the most saves
- Minutes played
Here are the Golden Glove award winners:
- 2018 Thibaut Courtois 🇧🇪
- 2014 Manuel Neuer 🇩🇪
- 2010 Iker Casillas 🇪🇸
- 2006 Gianluigi Buffon 🇮🇹
- 2002 Oliver Kahn 🇩🇪
- 1998 Fabien Barthez 🇫🇷
- 1994 Michel Preud’homme 🇧🇪
FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Winners
The FIFA Best Young Player Award was first awarded at the 2006 World Cup.
- 2018 Kylian Mbappé 🇫🇷
- 2014 Paul Pogba 🇫🇷
- 2010 Thomas Müller 🇩🇪
- 2006 Lukas Podolski 🇩🇪
FIFA organized an online survey to retrospectively award players between 1958 and 2002:
- 2002 Landon Donovan 🇺🇸
- 1998 Michael Owen 🏴
- 1994 Marc Overmars 🇳🇱
- 1990 Robert Prosinečki
- 1986 Enzo Scifo 🇧🇪
- 1982 Manuel Amoros
- 1978 Antonio Cabrini 🇮🇹
- 1974 Władysław Żmuda 🇵🇱
- 1970 Teófilo Cubillas 🇵🇪
- 1966 Franz Beckenbauer 🇩🇪
- 1962 Flórián Albert 🇭🇺
- 1958 Pelé 🇧🇷
How To Bet Soccer
World Cup moneyline betting: There are three possible outcomes to bet on the Moneyline; home team win, draw, and away team win. Soccer is different from other American sports in that the home team appears on the left side of the line. Moneyline bets are settled on the result at the end of Regular Time (90 minutes plus injury time), which is the duration of every Group Stage game.
Be aware that games can go to extra time in the Knockout Stage if the aggregated scoreline is a draw at the end of Regular Time. If it is still a draw at the end of extra time, penalties will decide the game. Whatever the outcome, all Moneyline bets will be settled on the result at the end of Regular Time.
Draw No Bet: The Moneyline with the draw option removed. Both sides’ odds are reduced, and if the game finishes in a draw, your bet becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
Double Chance: Allows you to combine two of the Moneyline outcomes into one bet. If you think an underdog will pull off a shock result against a big favorite, this is a safer option to bet than just backing them to win on the Moneyline.
Spread / Goal Line: Similar to Point Spreads in football or basketball and Puck Lines in ice hockey. Most sportsbooks will offer one goal line for games, and it can be +/- 0.5, 1, or 1.5 all the way up to 3 or 3.5 goals.
If you backed a team at +0.5 Goals, your bet would cash if they beat or draw with their opponent. If you backed a team -1.5 Goals, your bet would cash if they beat the other team by 2 goals or more at the end of Regular Time.
Sometimes sportsbooks Spread / Goal Line offer will be even like +/- 2 goals. If you backed a nation +2 Goals and they lost 2-0, your bet becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you. If you backed a nation -2 Goals and they won 2-0, your bet also becomes a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
Asian Handicap: A betting system originating in Indonesia and introduces fractions of 0.25 and 0.75 to the spread. If you select one of these options, your bet is split between the two closest half numbers with the same odds.
If you wagered $100 on France +0.25 Goals (-130), you’re actually wagering $50 on France +0 Goals (-130) and $50 on France +0.5 Goals (-130). If France won, both bets would cash, earning you $76.02 of profit. If the game ended in a draw, you would get a push on France +0 Goals and win on France +0.5 Goals leaving you with a $38.01 win. If France’s opponent won the game, you would lose both bets.
If you wagered $100 on Brazil -0.5 Goals (+150), you’re actually wagering $50 on Brazil -0.75 Goals (+150) and $50 on Brazil -0.25 Goals (+150). If Brazil won by 2 or more goals, both bets would cash, and you would win $150. If Brazil won by 1 goal, you would win on Brazil -0.25 Goals and get half of your wagered money back on Brazil -0.75 Goals leaving you with a $112.50 win. If the game finished in a draw, you would lose on Brazil -0.75 Goals and get half of your wagered money back on Brazil -0.25 Goals leaving you with $25. If Brazil’s opponent won, you would lose both bets.
Soccer Total Goals / Over Under: The number of goals you think will be scored in the game. Most sportsbooks will offer one goal line for games, and it can be Over/Under 0.5, 1, or 1.5 all the way up to 3.5, 4, or 4.5 goals.
If you bet on Over 3.5 Goals and the game finished with a scoreline of four goals or more, e.g., 2-2, you would win. If the game ended with a scoreline of three goals or less, e.g., 1-2, you would lose your bet.
If you bet on Under 3.5 Goals and the game finished with a scoreline of three goals or less, e.g., 1-2 you would win. If the game ended with a scoreline of four goals or more, e.g., 3-1, you would lose your bet.
Sometimes sportsbooks Total Goals / Over/Under offer will be even like 3 goals. If the game finished with a scoreline of three goals, e.g., 2-1, it doesn’t matter if you back Over or Under 3 Goals both bets become a push, and your wagered money is refunded to you.
To Win In Shoutout / Win To Nil: When you think a team will win a game without conceding a goal. For example, if you backed Spain, your bet would cash if they won the game 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, etc. This bet offers better odds than the Moneyline and is a good option if a heavy favorite is playing an underdog who plays defensively and doesn’t score many goals.