How to bet on the 2022 World Cup

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How does World Cup betting work?

The World Cup is the pinnacle of international soccer, in which the world’s top nations gather every four years to try and win what is largely rated as the biggest prize in the sport.

As not only a huge soccer competition but also the world’s largest global sporting event, the World Cup always attracts huge betting interest across the world.

Analysis by FIFA and Sportradar revealed that the 2018 World Cup generated an estimated betting turnover of $138 billion, with an average of $2.14 billion per match. For the World Cup final, that figure rose to a staggering $7.33 billion.

Given the huge interest in the World Cup, sportsbooks go all out to offer as many different betting options as possible for bettors, meaning the tournament is a great way to experiment with different types of soccer bets.

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The best World Cup 2022 sportsbooks


What odds can you get on the World Cup?

Sportsbooks offer a full range of soccer bets during the World Cup, with betting available on every individual match, as well as various futures markets and prop bets. You can learn more about World Cup odds with BET.CA, but here’s a quick rundown of the most common World Cup bets available:

  • Moneyline: The most straightforward bet you can place. Simply pick which team you think will win a World Cup match, or whether it will end in a tie (or draw).

  • Total or over/under: Betting the total requires you to predict how many goals there will be in a World Cup game, or more specifically how many a certain team will score in the match. Total or over/under markets are also often offered for metrics such as corners or cards.

  • Point spread: With point spread bets (often called the handicap in soccer markets), you have to decide whether a team will win or lose a World Cup match by a margin set by the sportsbook. For example, if you bet on Brazil to win with a -1.5 handicap, then they need to win the match by two goals or more for your wager to win. Conversely, if you bet on Canada with a +1.5 handicap, they simply need to avoid losing by two or more goals in order for your bet to win.

  • Prop bets: The World Cup offers numerous prop bet opportunities, such as which player will score first, last, or at any time in a game, how many cards will be issued during a match, or whether a penalty will be awarded in a game.

  • World Cup futures: There are several different futures you can bet on for the World Cup, ranging from which team will win the entire tournament, whether a team will win or qualify from their group, and which player will score the most goals and win the Golden Boot.

World Cup 2022 betting tips

Follow the team news

Knowing whether a team is at full strength, or missing key players due to injury, suspension, or fatigue, is crucial to the success of your World Cup bets.

Staying on top of team news is hugely important to ensuring that you are backing teams that are in the best position to win.

Know the stats

There’s a plethora of stats that can help inform your World Cup betting. The form of each nation, as well as the scoring records of their key players, is always essential intel for any World Cup bettor.

Other stats, including head-to-head records and defensive stats, are also important.

Check the weather

The World Cup will be played in Qatar, where temperatures can soar above 30 degrees Celsius.

If a match is being played on a particularly hot day, teams that are more used to playing in warmer climates may be better equipped to deal with the conditions.

Monitor standings and form

The World Cup standings show how teams are faring during the group stage of the tournament, but it’s also worth checking back to the qualifying records of each nation to get a bigger picture of their long-term form. Pay special attention to teams that qualified for the World Cup from strong groups, as they can often arrive at the tournament the most prepared to take on strong opponents.

Head-to-head is key

It’s always worth checking the head-to-head records before teams face off in a World Cup game to get a guide for how the upcoming match could play out. It’s also important to view the performances between the two nations when competing in major tournaments. Results in friendly or exhibition matches are less important and can sometimes be misleading.

Compare the odds

Before you place any type of World Cup bet, it always pays to check the odds across a range of sportsbooks to ensure you’re getting the best value.

BET.CA is here to help you do just that, by comparing the odds across Canada’s best sportsbooks so you can always find the best World Cup wagers.

World Cup 2022 games today

From the group stage through to the final, the matches come thick and fast at the World Cup. During the former, there are multiple matches per day, with the final round of games in each group played simultaneously to avoid giving any team an advantage.

To make sure you’re on top of the busy World Cup schedule, BET.CA has a complete list of dates and matches for every game so you know exactly who’s playing who and when. We also feature the latest odds from our reviewed and approved sportsbooks, so you have all of the information you need in one place.

Canada at the World Cup

Canada’s World Cup history

The 2022 World Cup will mark Canada’s second appearance in the tournament, with head coach John Herdman’s team having qualified for the tournament in Qatar 36 years on from their only other appearance at Mexico 1986.

How Canada qualified for the World Cup

Canada reached the World Cup by topping their group in the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, booking their spot in the tournament with a 4-0 win over Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto. Goals from Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and an own goal sealed the win as a packed crowd celebrated Canada’s long-awaited return to the tournament.

Canada’s World Cup group

At the World Cup draw in Doha on April 1, Canada was drawn in Group F, alongside Belgium, Morocco, and 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia.

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World Cup key information

📅 Year founded:


🔢 Number of teams:


🏆 Most World Cups:

Brazil (5)

🥇 Current champions:


👑 Last Golden Ball winner:

Luka Modric

World Cup betting FAQs

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