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The United States and Canada battle the world's best soccer nations at the 22nd FIFA World Cup in Qatar, running until Dec. 18, 2022. See the World Cup groups and get betting intel to make smarter World Cup bets with Covers.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2022 3:13 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
A detail view of The FIFA World Cup Trophy sits on a stand outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
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Soccer’s most prestigious tournament is underway, with bettors in Canada and the United States eager to bet on the World Cup.

World Cup odds

Brazil has the best odds of winning the World Cup in 2022. They sit atop the odds board as a slight +450 favorite over England and 2018 champions France at +550.

Match odds

Top goal scorer odds

One of the most popular World Cup betting markets is wagering on who will score the most goals in the tournament. England's Harry Kane has the best odds of winning the Golden Boot in 2022

World Cup picks & predictions

See our latest free World Cup picks and predictions as our team of soccer analysts pour over every match to give you their best bets for the tounament.

World Cup teams and groups

The United States returns to the World Cup stage for the first time since 2014, joined by their northern neighbors Canada, who qualified for their first World Cup appearance since 1986.

On April 1, countries were drawn into their groups. Here is a full list of World Cup teams and groups for 2022.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Qatar England Argentina France
Ecuador Iran Saudi Arabia Australia
Senegal USA Mexico Denmark
Netherlands Wales Poland Tunisia
Group A Preview Group B Preview Group C Preview Group D Preview

Group E Group F Group G Group H
Spain Belgium Brazil Portugal
Costa Rica Canada Serbia Ghana
Germany Morocco Switzerland Uruguay
Japan Croatia Cameroon Korea Repulic
Group E Preview Group F Preview Group G Preview Group H Preview

World Cup tournament format

With the teams divided into groups, the World Cup begins with the group stages, where each team plays in a round-robin again their group. 

The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage, where teams are ranked by points. The knockout stage is a single-elimination phase of the tournament consisting of 16 teams and ending with a third-place match and the World Cup final.

World Cup bracket

Make your own tournament picks using our World Cup bracket. Download, print and fill out our comprehensive bracket that covers everything from the group stage to the World Cup Final.

World Cup bracket challenges

Enter these free World Cup bracket challenges and contests for your chance at huge prize pools.

World Cup schedule

Due to the extreme heat of summer in Qatar, the World Cup will be played in November and December this year.

World Cup Group Stage schedule

Date Time Match
Nov. 20 11 a.m. ET Qatar vs. Ecuador
Nov. 21 5 a.m. ET Senegal vs. Netherlands
Nov. 21 8 a.m. ET England vs. Iran
Nov. 21 2 p.m. ET USA vs. Wales
Nov. 22 5 a.m. ET Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Nov. 22 8 a.m. ET Denmark vs. Tunisia
Nov. 22 11 a.m. ET Mexico vs. Poland
Nov. 22 2 p.m. ET France vs. Australia
Nov. 23 5 a.m. ET Morocco vs. Croatia
Nov. 23 8 a.m. ET Germany vs. Japan
Nov. 23 11 a.m. ET Spain vs. Costa Rica
Nov. 23 2 p.m. ET Belgium vs. Canada
Nov. 24 5 a.m. ET Switzerland vs. Cameroon
Nov. 24 8 a.m. ET Uruguay vs. South Korea
Nov. 24 11 a.m. ET Portugal vs. Ghana
Nov. 24 2 p.m. ET Brazil vs. Serbia
Nov. 25 5 a.m. ET Wales vs. Iran
Nov. 25 8 a.m. ET Qatar vs. Senegal
Nov. 25 11 a.m. ET Netherlands vs. Ecuador
Nov. 25 2 p.m. ET England vs. USA
Nov. 26 5 a.m. ET Tunisia vs. Australia
Nov. 26 8 a.m. ET Poland vs. Saudi Arabia
Nov. 26 11 a.m. ET France vs. Denmark
Nov. 26 2 p.m. ET Argentina vs. Mexico
Nov. 27 5 a.m. ET Japan vs. Costa Rica
Nov. 27 8 a.m. ET Belgium vs. Morocco
Nov. 27 11 a.m. ET Croatia vs. Canada
Nov. 27 2 p.m. ET Spain vs. Germany
Nov. 28 5 a.m. ET Cameroon vs. Serbia
Nov. 28 8 a.m. ET South Korea vs. Ghana
Nov. 28 11 a.m. ET Brazil vs. Switzerland
Nov. 28 2 p.m. ET Portugal vs. Uruguay
Nov. 29 10 a.m. ET Ecuador vs. Senegal
Nov. 29 10 a.m. ET Netherlands vs. Qatar
Nov. 29 2 p.m. ET Iran vs. USA
Nov. 29 2 p.m. ET Wales vs. England
Nov. 30 10 a.m. ET Tunisia vs. France
Nov. 30 10 a.m. ET Australia vs. Denmark
Nov. 30 2 p.m. ET Poland vs. Argentina
Nov. 30 2 p.m. Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico
Dec. 1 10 a.m. ET Croatia vs. Belgium
Dec. 1 10 a.m. ET Canada vs. Morocco 
Dec. 1 2 p.m. ET Japan vs. Spain
Dec. 1 2 p.m. ET Costa Rica vs. Germany
Dec. 2 10 a.m. ET South Korea vs. Portugal
Dec. 2 10 a.m. ET Ghana vs. Uruguay
Dec. 2 2 p.m. ET Serbia vs. Switzerland
Dec. 2 2 p.m. ET Cameroon vs. Brazil

World Cup Round of 16 schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 3 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 3 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 4 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 4 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 5 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 5 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 6 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 6 2 p.m. ET TBD

World Cup Quarterfinals schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 9 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 9 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 10 10 a.m. ET TBD
Dec. 10 2 p.m. ET TBD

World Cup Semifinals schedule

Date Time Match
Dec. 13 2 p.m. ET TBD
Dec. 14 2 p.m. ET TBD

World CupThird-place match date and time

Date Time Match
Dec. 17 10 a.m. ET TBD

World Cup Final date and time

Date Time Match
Dec. 18 10 a.m. ET TBD

Watching the World Cup

For North American audiences, World Cup games in Qatar will range in start times from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. 

How to bet on soccer

With North America fully engaged in World Cup hype, plenty of new bettors will be looking to place wagers on their country and the players sporting their colors. Learning how to bet on soccer means understanding the odds and knowing a few basic tips on how to handicap a soccer match.

Best soccer betting sites

With increased soccer betting activity in North America this fall, bettors will be hunting for the best soccer betting sites. Our top-rated World Cup betting sites have the best odds, secure, and fast payment options with top-tier customer support. 

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