FIFA World Cup betting is the most popular sports betting option worldwide, even with soccer's biggest tournament not scheduled to begin until next year.
With the European Championship and Copa American now finished, World Cup odds are taking better shape. There isn't much movement at the very top of the odds board, but the European champs did see their odds improve.
During the last World Cup, in 2018, sportsbooks took in a handle of $1.36 billion globally, so expect plenty of money to be wagered. That begins with World Cup futures, as soccer fans place outright bets on who they think will win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
2022 World Cup odds
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Odds courtesy of bet365 on October 20, 2021.
Favorites to win FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Led by Neymar and featuring a star-studded supporting cast, Brazil (+600) are in a tie as the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. Brazil, which just recently suffered a 1-0 defeat this year in the Copa America Finals to rival Argentina, holds the record with five World Cup victories but hasn't made it to the WC Finals since 2002.
Reigning World Cup champion France join Brazil atop the odds board. Les Bleus are coming off a disappointing Euros, which saw them blow a 3-1 lead in the final 10 minutes and lose to Switzerland in penalties in the quarterfinals. But France still have, by far, the most talent in the world and should be expected to fiercely defend its title in 2022.
Despite losing in the 2020 Euro finals on penalty kicks, England (+700) are third on the World Cup odds board. Despite the difficult defeat, England have a young generation of talented attackers coming through the ranks, so the Three Lions should be expected to contend at many tournaments to come.
Just behind England are Spain, who lost to Italy in the Euro semifinals and are ushering in a new era of young stars following a period of success that saw La Furia Roja win the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
The biggest jump previously came from Italy, which sat at +1,600 in May but jumped up to +1,000 after they were crowned champions of Europe. The Azzurri are led by one of the top goalkeepers in the world — Euro 2020 player of the tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma — and have won 34 straight international matches.
Past winners of the FIFA World Cup
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How to bet FIFA World Cup futures odds
Betting on the outright winner of the FIFA World Cup is an extremely popular futures betting option and odds usually come out soon after the previous World Cup winner is crowned. These odds will adjust based on how countries and players perform leading up to the World Cup. Sportsbooks will also adjust the soccer odds based on handle and liability with certain nations.
Futures odds are displayed in list form, showing each option and its odds – most often ranked from best chances to win to worst. You will usually see a plus (+) sign in front of a team's futures odds, like this:
- France +500
This means that on a $100 bet, you would stand to win $500 if France won the World Cup. As we get closer to the World Cup final or if one team has been extremely dominant, you might see a country with a minus sign (-) ahead of its odds.
- Brazil -110
This would mean that you have to bet $110 to win $100 on a Brazil World Cup victory.
Above we have posted the American odds for the FIFA World Cup. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.
Where can I bet on FIFA World Cup 2022 odds?
As the biggest tournament for the most popular sport in the world, almost every online sportsbook and casino will offer odds for the 2022 World Cup. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live.