With 3.2 billion viewers, the World Cup is the most-watched and anticipated sporting event in the world. For context, it dwarfs even the Super Bowl, which draws 100 million viewers annually. A total of 32 national teams qualify for the World Cup through intense play downs, ensuring the tournament features only the absolute best players and teams from around the world.
In 2022, the FIFA World Cup will be held in the Arab world for the first time ever. Sizzling temperatures in this part of the world have also pushed the event from its traditional summer schedule to Nov. 21 through Dec. 18, 2022 in Qatar. Perennial World Cup contenders like Italy, France, Germany and Brazil should all be there. Mid-tier teams like England, Colombia, Argentina and Portugal are expected to appear.
As always, World Cup odds will prove interesting with a number of longshots qualifying, which may include the United States or even Canada. Whether Canada qualifies or not, the 2022 FIFA World Cup promises to be a big deal here, partly because single-game betting has arrived. That means you can bet on World Cup futures right now and bet on every single match and stage throughout.
2022 World Cup odds
Once qualifying is through and the 2022 FIFA World Cup field is set, you’ll find an odds table in this space featuring the odds on each team winning the World Cup and individual game lines for the first Group Stage games.
Bet on Canada to win World Cup
In June 2021, the Canadian men’s national team reached the final stage of Concacaf World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1997. That means Canada will compete in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying octagonal phase against seven other teams for three or possibly four spots in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
All eight teams face each other at home and away over 14 match days from September 2021 through March 2022. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. The fourth-place team will get a second chance to get in through an inter-confederation playoff against a team from another confederation.
The other teams in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying octagonal phase are Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and El Salvador. Here’s a look at Canada’s 14-game schedule:
|Canada vs. Honduras||Result: 1-1|
|United States vs. Canada||Result: 1-1|
|Canada vs. El Salvador||Result: 3-0|
|Mexico vs. Canada||Thurs. Oct. 7|
|Jamaica vs. Canada||Sunday, Oct. 10|
|Canada vs. Panama||Wednesday, Oct. 13|
|Canada vs. Costa Rica||TBD|
|Canada vs. Mexico||TBD|
|Honduras vs. Canada||Thursday, Jan 27|
|Canada vs. United States||Sunday, Jan. 30|
|El Salvador vs. Canada||Wednesday, Feb. 2|
|Costa Rica vs. Canada||Thursday, March 24|
|Canada vs. Jamaica||Sunday, March 27|
|Panama vs. Canada||Wednesday, March 30|
You should be able to bet on Concacaf World Cup qualifying octagonal phase games via provincial lottery-run and provincially licensed but privately-run online sportsbooks. Then, if Canada qualifies for the 2022 World Cup, provincial lottery-run and provincially licensed but privately-run online sportsbooks will post odds on Canada winning the World Cup and lines for each World Cup game involving the Canadian men’s national team.
How to bet on the World Cup in Canada
You can bet on World Cup soccer the same way you bet on any other kind of soccer. That begins with futures betting, where you can place a bet on a team to win the World Cup. World Cup futures bets are placed at currently posted odds. That means even if those odds change ahead of the World Cup, or during, if the team you bet on wins, you’ll get paid at the odds as they were when you placed your bet.
Of course, this means the odds are usually better for real contenders the further away the World Cup actually is. By the time a team wins its group or makes it through the first couple of rounds in the Knockout Stage unscathed, the World Cup betting odds on that team winning will drop significantly. That makes it best to bet on most teams well ahead of the World Cup.
World Cup futures may also include World Cup Group Stage records and finishing position betting, as well as Knockout Stage finishing position betting.
Outside of the World Cup futures market, you can bet on each match in the World Cup in a variety of ways. Just keep in mind that basic soccer betting is three-way betting or 1X2 betting. That means moneyline markets allow you to bet on one of three possible outcomes: a home team win, away team win or a tie. That said, there are no ties in the Knockout Stage of the World Cup, returning the betting to two-way, with only two possible outcomes. There’s also World Cup spread and totals betting, as well as other soccer specific bets, including:
- PK: a spread bet on a game ending in a draw
- Double Chance: a moneyline bet at reduced odds that covers two of three possible outcomes—a home team win and tie or an away team win and tie.
- Cards: over/under on the number of red and yellow cards issued in a game.
- Corners: over/under on the number of corners awarded.
- GG or NG: a moneyline bet on both teams scoring (GG) or one or both not scoring (NG).
- Props: over/under and moneyline bets on team and individual in-game stats.
- Live betting: soccer betting during games at odds that change with the action in the game.
When/where is the 2022 World Cup?
- Location: Qatar
- Dates: Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022
- Canadian Broadcast: Broadcast rights held by Bell Media, airing on CTV and TSN, with RDS for French-language coverage and streaming on TSN Direct.
- Final Draw: April 2022
- Qatar Average Temperature Nov/Dec: 28C/24C
- Venues: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (under construction 80,000), Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor (60,000), Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Doha (under construction 40,000), Al Thumama Stadium, Doha (under construction 40,000), Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan (45,350), Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (44,740), Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan (40,000), Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah (40,000)
- Group Venues: Groups A, B, E, F at Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Groups C, D, G, H at Lusail Iconic Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.
- Opening Match: Hosts Qatar will play its first Group A match on Nov. 21, 2022 at 13:00 local time at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
- Daily Schedule: Four Group Stage matches on each day at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 for the first two rounds. At 18:00 and 22:00 with simultaneous kick-offs for the last round and for the Knockout Stage.
- Third Place Match: Dec. 17, 2022 at 18:00 in the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.
- Final: Dec.18, 2022 at 18:00 in the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail.
How does the FIFA World Cup work?
The World Cup final tournament format has been in place since 1998, but the 2022 World Cup will be its final time in use. The event is moving to a 48-team format in 2026.
The current format features 32 national teams in two stages, including the Group Stage and Knockout Stage. The Group Stage sees teams compete within eight groups of four. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, with each team playing one match against the three other teams in its group. Teams earn three points for a win and one for a draw. The top two earning teams from each group advance to the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Stage is a single-elimination tournament starting with the top 16 teams advancing from the Group Stage. The games are one-off matches decided by extra time and penalty shootouts if the game is tied. It starts with a Round of 16 where the winner of each group plays the runner-up of another. Winners advance through to the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final. There is also a third-place match between the two semifinal losers.
The new 48-team World Cup format in 2026 will consist of 16 groups of three in the Group Stage. Two teams from each group will qualify for a 32-team Knockout Stage with an additional round.
World Cup 2022 betting favourites
Here’s a quick look at the top four favourites to win the 2022 World Cup with ballpark odds before qualification is over:
- Brazil (+500): Perennial favourites, but Brazil hasn’t won a World Cup since 2002
- France (+600): Defending World Cup Champions
- England (+800): Young squad with promise that lost the Euro 2020 final versus Italy
- Spain (+900): Lost to eventual champion Italy in the Euro 2020 final four
World Cup 2022 contenders
Here’s a quick look at the three more 2022 World Cup contenders:
- Germany (+1000): Euro 2020 quarterfinal loss to England was a disappointment
- Belgium (+1100): 2018 World Cup semifinalists were a popular Euro 2020 pick before a quarterfinal loss to eventual winner Italy
- Italy (+1100): Euro 2020 champs in 2021
World Cup 2022 dark horses
Here’s a quick look at the three more legitimate 2022 World Cup contenders that have to be considered dark horses:
- Argentina (+1200): The Copa America winners have Lionel Messi
- Portugal (+1400): Likely Cristiano Ronaldo‘s last chance at World Cup glory
- Netherlands (+1600): Perennial contenders at big events like the Euros and World Cup.
World Cup betting tips
Here are three sure-fire tips for betting on the World Cup:
- Bet futures early and often: Bet on a team to win the World Cup early enough, and you’re sure to find some pretty decent odds. A year out, even a favourite like Brazil is at +500. Get World Cup winner odds that large, and there will be room left to bet more than one team and still make a profit if one of your sides comes through.
- History and recent results: Look at history, as in who has won the most recent World Cups. But look at more recent history as well, as in who has won the most recent international competitions, like the Euros, Copa America and Gold Cup. These results will tell you who is capable of winning on the biggest stage and who most recently fared best against more regionalized international competition.
- Shop around: Once you’ve developed your picks, shop around for the best prices on your bets. Look around at the different sportsbooks because finding better odds on your bets is as good as money in your pocket.
Bet on the Women’s World Cup 2023
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will go off in Australia and New Zealand July 20 through Aug. 20, 2023. The 2023 tournament will feature 32 teams for the first time. The United States are two-time defending champions, winners in 2015 and 2019. However, Canada is coming off an Olympic gold medal win in Tokyo in 2021. The format includes a Group Stage with eight groups of four teams and the top two teams from each group advancing to a Knockout Stage tournament starting with a Round of 16, similar to the 2022 World Cup format. Qualifying will begin in September 2021 and end in late 2022.
You should be able to bet on Women’s World Cup qualifying and eventually the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup via provincial lottery-run and provincially licensed but privately run online sportsbooks.
How to watch World Cup soccer on live streams
Bell Media holds the broadcast rights for the 2022 World Cup. That means games will be split between CTV and TSN, with RDS hosting French-language coverage. Plus, games will be streamed online via TSN Direct, the exclusive streaming service from TSN. TSN Direct is available to cable subscribers who already have TSN as part of their TV package and TSN Direct subscribers.
World Cup past results
Here’s how the five World Cups in the new millennium have finished:
- 2018 – France 4–2 over Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia
- 2014 – Germany 1–0 in extra time over Argentina at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2010 – Spain 1–0 over Netherlands at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
- 2006 – Italy 5–3 on penalties after a 1–1 with France at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany
- 2002 – Brazil 2–0 over Germany at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan
World Cup soccer FAQ
When does World Cup 2022 start?
Host Qatar will play its first Group Stage match on Nov. 21, 2022, beginning at 13:00 inside the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor to begin the 2022 World Cup.
How did Qatar get picked to host the World Cup?
FIFA appointed Qatar as host for 2022 World Cup on Dec. 2, 2010. Qatar beat out rival bids from Australia, South Korea, Japan and the United States, who were considered the favourites. Qatar led every one of four rounds of voting, including winning an absolute majority with a 14-8 vote over the U.S. in the final round.
What channel is World Cup soccer on?
Bell Media holds the broadcast rights for the 2022 World Cup. That means you’ll find games on both CTV and TSN throughout the tournament.
How many teams are there at the World Cup?
A total of 32 national teams qualify for the World Cup. That’s pared down to 16 for the Knockout Stage after the initial Group Stage. However, the event is moving to a 48-team format for the 2026 World Cup.
How do teams qualify for the World Cup?
The host country automatically qualifies for the World Cup. The other 31 teams can qualify through qualifying competitions held by FIFA’s six continental confederations. Here’s how that stacks up:
- CAF (Africa): 5 teams
- AFC (Asia): 4.5 teams (not including host nation)
- UEFA (Europe): 13 teams
- CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean): 3.5 teams
- OFC (Oceania): 0.5 teams
- CONMEBOL (South America): 4.5 teams
The half teams can qualify through inter-confederation playoffs.