How to Bet on the 2022 World Cup

Find out how to bet on the 2022 World Cup, which is right around the corner. It’s starting in November this year, which is uncharacteristic for the event, but the excitement is there nonetheless, and sports fans everywhere are already placing bets on whom they have hoisting the trophy at the end. If you don’t know where to start, not to worry. We have all you need to know about placing your bets for this year’s tournament and the latest World Cup odds.

Where to bet on the World Cup in the US

Since the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, sports betting in the US has absolutely taken off. Twenty-eight states allow sports betting in some form, and six more have legalized the activity, but it has yet to launch within their borders.

Online sports betting

  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Wyoming**
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee**
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • New Hampshire

**not legal in person

In-person sports betting

  • Washington
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • New Mexico
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Maryland

Pending launch

  • Maine
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska (in-person)
  • Maryland (mobile)

Top sportsbooks for World Cup betting

When it comes to choosing a sportsbook, the options can seem endless, and it’s important to find the book that best fits your needs. Ahead, we list our top 10 sportsbooks for betting on the World Cup, with details about the welcome promotions you can claim if you sign up with them.

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Top World Cup betting promos

  • FanDuel Sportsbook — FanDuel offers a “no sweat first bet” for up to $1,000, meaning that upon making an account and placing your first bet, FanDuel essentially lowers the risk. If your bet loses, you will receive a refund in the form of free bets, up to $1,000 worth.
  • DraftKings — On your first deposit, DraftKings Sports will match it at a rate of 20% for up to $1,000 and provide you with a $50 free bet.
  • BetMGM — BetMGM Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet for up to $1,000 to its new users. This is similar to FanDuel’s promo, meaning that if your first bet loses, BetMGM will refund you in the form of free bets equal to the amount you lost, up to $1,000
  • Caesars Sports — Caesars is similar to BetMGM in that it also offers a risk-free bet, but for up to $1,250.
  • BetRiversBetRivers welcome offers a 100% deposit matching bonus for up to $500.
  • PointsBet — There are two offers available on the PointsBet betting app, one for fixed odds and one for PointsBetting. For all new users, it is a risk-free fixed odds bet for up to $500 and a risk-free PointsBetting wager for up to $1,500.
  • FOX Bet — New users can get a risk-free first bet for up to $50. Just sign up and place a deposit, and FOX Bet sportsbook will refund you up to $50 in free bets if your first bet loses.
  • Bet365 Sportsbook — You can bet $1 to win $200 in free bets.
  • BetfredBetfred welcome bonus allows new users who deposit at least $50 to win up to in free bets. If you make a deposit of $50 or more after you sign up, Betfred will automatically provide a $100 free bet. When the next week starts, it will issue you another $50 free bet, and during that week, you must place at least a $1 bet to receive another $50 the following week. Repeat this until you hit $200.
  • Unibet Sports — In Pennsylvania, Unibet is offering a risk-free first bet for up to $500. All you need to do is sign up, make a deposit and place a wager.

How to bet on the World Cup from your phone

Specific additions to the betting process may vary from sportsbook to sportsbook, depending on welcome bonuses and things of that nature. But for the most part, all of them follow a pretty straightforward process when it comes to getting set to place a bet. Follow along for details on how to bet on the World Cup right from your phone.

  • Download a legal sportsbook app: Once you’ve picked your sportsbook of choice and you’re located in a state where online sports betting is legal, go to the appropriate app store on your mobile device, type in the name of the sportsbook and click “download.” Most online sportsbooks will also have download links on their mobile websites. If you want to bet on your computer, just type the sportsbook’s name in an internet search engine.
  • Sign up: You’ll also need to create an account at the sportsbook. On its website, click the sign-up button and input your personal information such as your name, date of birth, Social Security number, address, etc., and the sportsbook will verify your details.
  • Deposit money into your account: Once you create and verify your account, you are ready to start betting. Simply deposit money into your account. Depending on your state and sportsbook, you will have different deposit options available to you. After you have money in your account, find a wager that interests you.
  • Place a wager: Add the wager that you want to place to your bet slip. Enter the amount that you wish to wager, and your slip will show you the potential payout. Once you confirm your bet, you’ll be good to go.

World Cup Betting terminology

  • Golden Boot award — This award goes to the player who scores the most goals over the course of the tournament. Right now, Harry Kane is the favorite to win this year’s Golden Boot Award.
  • Golden Ball award — The Golden Ball Award goes to the best player of the World Cup.
  • Outright winner — Bet on which team will win the FIFA World Cup finals and hoist the championship trophy. Brazil is currently the favorite to win it all.
  • Group winner — The 32 World Cup teams are divided into eight groups (A to H), with four teams in each. Sportsbooks will have odds on each team to win its individual group.
  • To qualify from group stage — After the teams in each group play one another once, the squads with the two best records in each group advance to the knockout stage. Sportsbooks have odds on which teams in each group are most likely to advance.

World Cup betting FAQs

Can anyone bet on the World Cup?

Though it’s called the World Cup, you can only bet on it in the US if you are in a state where sports betting is legal (see the list above). You do not have to be a resident of that state, though, so if you live in a state where sports betting is not legal, check if the states neighboring yours are legal, and you can always go there to bet.

Who are the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup?

Brazil is currently the favorite to win the World Cup, and DraftKings has it at odds of +450 to do so. Next is France with odds of +550 to win, and then England at +600.

When does the World Cup start?

The World Cup kicks off on Nov. 20 with a Group A matchup between host country Qatar and Ecuador. Then there are three games on Nov. 21. The World Cup final is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2022.

What’s the best sportsbook for World Cup betting?

There is not one sportsbook that we recommend over all others. Various sportsbooks will have different strengths, bonuses, and promotions. We definitely recommend looking into the top sportsbooks listed above and doing your own research.

Do sportsbooks have special World Cup promotions?

The World Cup is still a few months away, so we likely won’t see World Cup-specific promotions until it gets closer. But there will likely be special promotions once the tournament arrives, depending on the sportsbook you choose.

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Mia Fowler is a sports contributor for Legal Sports Report. Previous experience includes writing for various newspapers in Southern California, including the Voice of Orange County and Orange County Tribune.

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