Make Smarter World Cup Bets

The World Cup heads to Qatar for 2022 where the world’s best soccer nations meet for the 22nd playing of soccer’s biggest tournament.

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2022 2:12 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
A detail view of The FIFA World Cup Trophy sits on a stand outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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Soccer’s most prestigious tournament kicks off in November 2022, with bettors in Canada and the United States eager to bet on the World Cup.

World Cup odds

Brazil has the best odds of winning the World Cup in 2022. They sit atop the odds board as a slight +450 favorite over England and 2018 champions France at +550.

World Cup teams and groups

The United States returns to the World Cup stage for the first time since 2014, joined by their northern neighbors Canada, who qualified for their first World Cup appearance since 1986.

On April 1, countries were drawn into their groups. Here is a full list of World Cup teams and groups for 2022.

Group A Group B Gropu C Group D
Qatar England Argentina France
Ecuador Iran Saudi Arabia Australia
Senegal USA Mexico Denmark
Netherlands Wales Poland Tunisia

Group E Group F Group G Group H
Spain Belgium Brazil Portugal
Costa Rica Canada Serbia Ghana
Germany Morocco Switzerland Uruguay
Japan Croatia Cameroon Korea Repulic

World Cup tournament format

With the teams divided into groups, the World Cup begins with the group stages, where each team plays in a round-robin again their group. 

The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage where teams are ranked by points. The knockout stage is a single-elimination phase of the tournament consisting of 16 teams and ending with a third-place match and the World Cup final.

World Cup schedule

Due to the extreme heat of summer in Qatar, the World Cup will be played in November and December this year.

World Cup Group Stage schedule

Date Time Match
Nov. 21 5 a.m. ET Senegal vs. Netherlands
Nov. 21 8 a.m. ET England vs. Iran
Nov. 21 11 a.m. ET Qatar vs. Ecudaor
Nov. 21 2 p.m. ET USA vs. Wales
Nov. 22 5 a.m. ET Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Nov. 22 8 a.m. ET Denmark vs. Tunisia
Nov. 22 11 a.m. ET Mexico vs. Poland
Nov. 22 2 p.m. ET France vs. Australia
Nov. 23 5 a.m. ET Morocco vs. Croatia
Nov. 23 8 a.m. ET Germany vs. Japan
Nov. 23 11 a.m. ET Spain vs. Costa Rica
Nov. 23 2 p.m. ET Belgium vs. Canada
Nov. 24 5 a.m. ET Switzerland vs. Cameroon
Nov. 24 8 a.m. ET Uruguay vs. South Korea
Nov. 24 11 a.m. ET Portugal vs. Ghana
Nov. 24 2 p.m. ET Brazil vs. Serbia
Nov. 25 5 a.m. ET Wales vs. Iran
Nov. 25 8 a.m. ET Qatar vs. Senegal
Nov. 25 11 a.m. ET Netherlands vs. Ecuador
Nov. 25 2 p.m. ET England vs. USA
Nov. 26 5 a.m. ET Tunisia vs. Australia
Nov. 26 8 a.m. ET Poland vs. Saudi Arabia
Nov. 26 11 a.m. ET France vs. Denmark
Nov. 26 2 p.m. ET Argentina vs. Mexico
Nov. 27 5 a.m. ET Japan vs. Costa Rica
Nov. 27 8 a.m. ET Belgium vs. Morocco
Nov. 27 11 a.m. ET Croatia vs. Canada
Nov. 27 2 p.m. ET Spain vs. Germany
Nov. 28 5 a.m. ET Cameroon vs. Serbia
Nov. 28 8 a.m. ET South Korea vs. Ghana
Nov. 28 11 a.m. ET Brazil vs. Switzerland
Nov. 28 2 p.m. ET Portugal vs. Uruguay
Nov. 29 10 a.m. ET Ecuador vs. Senegal
Nov. 29 10 a.m. ET Netherlands vs. Qatar
Nov. 29 2 p.m. ET Iran vs. USA
Nov. 29 2 p.m. ET Wales vs. England
Nov. 30 10 a.m. ET Tunisia vs. France
Nov. 30 10 a.m. ET Australia vs. Denmark
Nov. 30 2 p.m. ET Poland vs. Argentina
Nov. 30 2 p.m. Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico
Dec. 1 10 a.m. ET Croatia vs. Belgium
Dec. 1 10 a.m. ET Canada vs. Morocco 
Dec. 1 2 p.m. ET Japan vs. Spain
Dec. 1 2 p.m. ET Costa Rica vs. Germany
Dec. 2 10 a.m. ET South Korea vs. Portugal
Dec. 2 10 a.m. ET Ghana vs. Uruguay
Dec. 2 2 p.m. ET Serbia vs. Switzerland
Dec. 2 2 p.m. ET Cameroon vs. Brazil

World Cup Round of 16 schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 3 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 3 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 4 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 4 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 5 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 5 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 6 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 6 2 p.m. ET TBD

World Cup Quarterfinals schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 9 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 9 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 10 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 10 2 p.m. ET TBD

World Cup Semifinals schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 13 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 14 2 p.m. ET TBD

World CupThird-place match date and time

Date Time Match
Dec. 17 10 a.m. ET TBD

World Cup Final date and time

Date Time Match
Dec. 18 10 a.m. ET TBD

Watching the World Cup

For North American audiences World Cup games in Qatar will range in start times from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. 

How to bet on soccer

With North America fully engaged in World Cup hype, there will be plenty of new bettors looking to place wagers on their country and the players sporting their colors. Learning how to bet on soccer means understanding the odds and knowing a few basic tips on how to handicap a soccer match.

Best soccer betting sites

With increased soccer betting activity in North America this fall, bettors will be hunting for the best soccer betting sites. Our top-rated soccer betting sites have the best odds, secure, and fast payment options at top-tier customer support. 

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