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World Cup Odds and Betting

The World Cup is a worldwide celebration of the globe's most beloved sport. Every four years, hundreds of millions of fans tune in to watch their favorite teams compete for the coveted top spot in this quadrennial world soccer competition.

The World Cup event wouldn't be complete without some bets to make the outcomes more attractive to viewers. 

How to Bet on the World Cup

When it comes to the World Cup, betting is far from limited to wagering who'll win which group. Oddsmakers and betting venues—such as sports fan sites like DraftKings—offer several ways to place your bets on World Cup brackets—whether you want to go with moneylines, spreads, or futures bets to keep it interesting. See the wide variety of wagers you can make, covered below.

Types of Bets

Check out some of these fun World Cup events you can wager on.

Top Goal Scorer / Golden Boot

The top scorer in the World Cup wins the Golden Boot trophy. Officially started in 1982 as the Golden Shoe, the top scorers of every tournament before then are also considered Golden Boot winners. Guillermo Stabile of Argentina is the first-ever winner of the Golden Boot, with eight goals in the inaugural tournament of 1930 in Uruguay. 

Since 1994, only one top scorer can receive the trophy. If two players are tied, the player with the most non-penalty goal wins. If the players remain tied, it goes to the player with the most assists. Coincidentally in 1994, Russia’s Oleg Salenko and Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov shared the trophy with six goals and one assist each.

West Germany's Miroslav Klose holds the record for the most goals in a World Cup tournament, with 16 goals in 2014.


Also known as point spread betting, this method of wagering requires that the favored team beat the underdog by a certain number of points for the bet to pay out. Given the low-scoring nature of soccer, spreads usually range between 0.5 and 2 points. 

The expected winner is noted with a negative number; the underdog with a corresponding positive number. If Team A has a -1.5 spread, Team B will possess a +1.5 spread. If you back Team A, they need to win by at least two goals for your wager to pay out. If you back Team B, you win the bet if they lose by one goal, tie, or win by any amount. 

Draw no bet

With the draw no bet wagering method, you're simply backing one team to win over the other. If you back Team A and they win, you win your bet. If they lose to Team B, you lose your stake. In the case of a draw, the bookmaker returns your stake, and neither of you are out any money.


Moneyline betting—also known as match-result—is the simplest way to lay down a wager, and it's the most popular way to bet in the U.S.  

When it comes to betting on World Cup matches, you'll most likely see odds laid out with a plus or minus sign and then a number. The setup usually looks like this—Team A: -200, -100, +150. Alternatively, the Moneyline may look like this—Team A: -200, Team B: +150.

The number after a plus sign means the amount of money you'll win if you place a $100 bet. The lower the probability a team has of winning, the higher the positive odds will be. Odds of +200 have a much higher chance of winning than a team with +1200 odds. 

In each case, if you'd place a $100 bet on a team with +200 odds to win, and if your team wins, you get back your initial $100 stake plus the indicated amount of +200—for a grand total of $300 back to you.

In the case of negative odds, this indicates how much you have to stake in order to win $100. To bet on Team A, you'd have to stake $200. If they win, you would win back your $200 initial bet plus the $100 payout.

A three-way Moneyline provides a payout for a tie—indicated by the middle number of -100 in the first example. In this case, you put in $100 to win an additional $100.


Futures betting focuses on results that surpass an individual match’s immediate results. You can make wagers on long-term outcomes, such as who'll win MVP of the tournament and which team will walk away with the tournament trophy. Even betting on the Golden Boot is considered a futures wager. 

In World Cup betting, some people begin making wagers on the next tournament champions a year or two before the next World Cup begins.

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