World Cup Betting
The FIFA World Cup comes around once every fours years and is the biggest event in the sports betting calendar with sportsbooks all wanting us to do our World Cup betting with them.
The reason for it's popularity can probably put down to the fact that football, or soccer as it's also known in some parts of the World, is truly international with most countries entering a team.
Each World Cup is broadcast to hundreds of countries around the World and is one of the few sporting events that the whole World enjoys watching together.
It's this that makes placing bets on the World Cup one of the most popular forms of betting.
The Origins of the World Cup
The actual idea of a World Cup for international football teams was first suggested by Jules Rimet in the 1920’s with the first tournament taking place in Uruguay in 1930.
Only 14 teams took part in the event which saw the host nation winning the first World Cup.
These days World Cup betting opportunities exist for 32 World Cup teams with the tournament now one of the World's greatest sporting events.
The most successful country in World Cup history is Brazil who have a great record that includes 64 victories, 14 draws and 14 losses in 92 World Cup games. Brazil are closely followed by Italy, Germany and Argentina who also have an impressive track record in the tournament.
Despite there now being 32 teams competing for the trophy, when you delve into the history books, World Cup winners tend to come from a select group meaning that it really does take something special to actually win a World Cup - just ask Brazil, Italy, Germany and Argentina!
The month-long format of the World Cup presents fantastic opportunities for betting and attracts millions of football fans from around the World all eager to bet on the World Cup.
World Cup match betting is extremely popular as countries are pitched against one and other with in-play or in-running betting (bets that are placed once a match is underway) set to be one of the most popular types of World Cup bets this year.
There are lots of other types of World Cup bets available at online sportsbooks with most producing a dedicated section of their website to World Cup betting opportunities.
One of the most common World Cup bets from previous tournaments has been single World Cup match betting where you bet on who'll win a match or if the game will end in a draw.
Check our World Cup match odds section for the latest odds on each games betting markets.
Another popular market is betting on which team you think will win the whole tournament.
This type of betting is often referred to by sportsbooks as 'outright betting', 'win tournament betting' or betting on the World Cup Winner market.
Online sportsbooks also take bets on many other World Cup fixtures outcomes including first goalscorer bets, total number of goals bets as well half time/full time predictions.
World Cup Markets
Other interesting World Cup betting markets include group betting, where you bet on who you think will win each group. There are also plenty of other betting opportunities during the group stages as seeded teams usually beat weaker ones.
While this doesn’t bring great odds, it does mean that you can get some nice returns on what's often referred to as a 'banker' or a 'sure thing' in the betting world.
Another popular World Cup betting market is 'top goalscorer' betting. Here you predict which player you think will score the most amount of goals during the whole tournament.
When comparing World Cup golden boot odds it's a good idea to bet on a player from a team that you think will remain in the tournament for some time.
The highest goalscorer in World Cup history is Ronaldo, who scored 14 goals for World Cup experts Brazil in three separate World Cup tournaments.
World Cup Sportsbooks
There are hundreds of sportsbooks currently operating online all offering a plethora of World Cup betting opportunities, markets and odds.
All the sportsbooks that we feature have been thoroughly tested and have proven themselves to be safe and secure betting portals with a proven track record of operating fairly
Our recommended World Cup sportsbooks also have better options when it comes to betting on the tournament. Just remember to check that they accept new customers from your country.
Betting on the World Cup
Whatever happens this summer, the FIFA World Cup is certain to be a success with plenty of World Cup betting opportunities available at a variety of World Cup sportsbooks.
Follow the tournament via the 'World Cup Odds' website and be sure that you're betting at the best odds possible, but most importantly, enjoy betting on the World Cup!