Sadly, the 2018 World Cup has already come and gone. At the end of what was arguably the most exciting tournament ever, France lifted the trophy for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final match. Belgium settled for third after toppling a surprising England side 2-0 in the consolation game.
Now, football fans everywhere will have to wait another 4 years before the next World Cup gets going in Qatar. While that sounds like a long time to wait, it’s never too early to start wagering on what will go down in the autumn of 2022.
Those that enjoy betting on the World Cup can place wagers on the 2022 tournament already. Per the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, Brazil are currently favored to lift the trophy in 4 years at +600. France, who will be defending their title, aren’t far behind at +650.
Germany, who disappointingly bowed out in the group stage in Russia after winning it all in 2014, are priced at +700. Croatia’s golden generation may have missed their greatest chance at World Cup glory. Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and co. are listed way down at +30000 to win in 2022.
Spain (+800), Argentina (+1000), Belgium (+1200) and England (+1400) are priced a tier lower. The team with the best odds that failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament would be the United States at +60000, good for the 16th-best odds to win in Qatar.
Speaking of Qatar, the host nation, which will automatically qualify, will enter the tournament as a major long shot. Qatar are listed at +150000, in the neighborhood of other sides like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Norway.
The lowest-ranked teams that did qualify for Russia 2018 are Costa Rica and Iran at +50000. The Costa Ricans have an aging side that will see plenty of squad turnover between now and then, while Iran typically qualify thanks to playing in the lesser Asian federation.
Football fans won’t have to wait another 4 years for the next World Cup, however. The FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place next summer in France. The United States, which came out victorious in the 2015 iteration in Canada, will enter next summer’s competition as +250 favorites. Hosts France (+350) will be looking to make it 2 World Cup titles in 2 years for the country. Germany (+350), Japan (+800) and the Netherlands (+900) are the only other countries priced south of +1000 heading into the Women’s World Cup.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar in the fall rather than in the summer due to the incredibly hot weather the country sees during the summer months. It was recently announced that the tournament will begin on November 21 and run until December 18.
Qatar beat out the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea for the rights to host the competition in what was ultimately deemed an incredibly corrupt voting process.