FIFA World Cup Qatar: Betting Guide

The 2022 World Cup has finally arrived in Qatar. After a longer wait than usual, 32 teams from across the globe are set to battle it out on soccer’s biggest stage.

The November setting is unique, but the thrill of victory and agony of defeat will be the same as it ever was.

The world’s biggest sporting event wouldn’t be complete without a few healthy wagers. Here’s a breakdown of all the bets you’ll find from the top legal US sportsbooks.

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Individual Game Previews

Check out our previews of the World Cup group stage games. They’ll have interesting facts and tidbits you can use for your betting ventures during the World Cup 2022.

Check out some other relevant World Cup betting tips here:

World Cup Betting Guide

The World Cup is the most bet on sporting event on the planet and it’s easy to see why. With four weeks of daily action and 32 countries competing, there’s a little something for almost everyone. The convenience of online sportsbooks allows bettors to wager from the couch, the office, or the viewing party – and there is no shortage of options.

Team Futures

The biggest team future of all is, of course, the World Cup winner. But you won’t be limited to just that. You can bet on which teams will advance from a group and even what position they will finish in. You can also wager on when you think a squad will be ousted from the tournament with a stage of elimination bet.

Player Futures

It’s likely the last hoorah for legendary players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. You’ll have one last chance to wager on them to win some of the tourney’s most prestigious awards like the Golden Boot and Golden Ball. If goaltending is more your style, you can take a ‘tender to lock up the Golden Glove.

 Single Game Betting

Once your futures bets are locked in, it’s time to focus on the daily action. You can bet on either winner, a draw, or any combination of the three possible outcomes. You also have the option to bet live if you want to throw down while watching the game.

More single game bets:

  • Correct score
  • Correct score combinations
  • Over/Under
  • Half-Time Results
  • Double Chance

Team Props

The emergence of team props at online sportsbooks has added a whole new layer of excitement. Long gone are the days of just betting on your team to win. Now you can choose when they win, how they win, and who will help them win.

Popular team props:

  • Team to score a goal
  • Team to score last goal
  • Will a team keep a clean sheet?
  • Total team goals in match
  • Team first-half goals
  • Team second-half goals
  • To score in both halves
  • Both teams to score in first half
  • Time of team’s first goal

Player Props

Wagering on individual performances has become a staple for sports bettors. What’s better than cheering on your favorite players and be rewarded financially when they come through for you?

Popular player props:

  • Anytime goal scorer (image)
  • First goal scorer
  • Last goal scorer
  • To score two or more goals
  • To score a hat trick
  • Assists
  • Shots
  • Corners
  • Penalties
  • Cards

Same Game Parlay

Same-game parlays (SGP) are great for World Cup because there’s only one game being played at a time. Rather than wait hours or days for your parlay to finish, you’ll have the result of your SGP as soon as the game ends. You can combine a variety of outcomes like moneyline, total, player props, team props, and more.

Tournament Format

Group Stage

There are eight groups of four (A to H) to start the tournament. Each team plays each other once within their group, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout rounds.

  • Win = 3 points
  • Draw = 1 point
  • Loss = 0 points

If there is a tie in points, the winner will be decided by this order:

  • Goal differential
  • Total goals scored
  • Head-to-head record

Knockout Rounds

The knockout rounds are one and done. The losing team is eliminated from the tournament. If regular time ends in a draw, the game will go to penalties to decide the winner. This format will continue all the way to the championship game.