- Here are all the World Cup betting terms you need to know.
- The World Cup begins on November 20, 2022.
The FIFA World Cup is soccer’s penultimate competition and takes place in a different country every four years.
It offers an opportunity for players to win the most coveted title for their nation and gives bettors exciting soccer betting options.
World Cup betting differs from betting on the Premier League and other competitions in terms of the glossary used during the tournament.
Here’s an A-Z guide for the most commonly used terms in any FIFA World Cup tournament, as well as the most important betting options you should know before the competition kicks off.
FIFA World Cup: A-Z Guide
Each choice must be correct to win a combination of different selections in a single wager. Also known as “parlays,” this is a difficult bet to get right but has attractive odds.
Advance from Group Stage
This is when a team comes within the top two spots in their group in the World Cup. They will then advance to the Round of 16.
The referee allows a team to play despite a foul if a stoppage benefits the team that committed the foul. This usually happens if the team on the receiving end of the foul retains possession of the ball.
This is the same as betting point spreads in other US sports. This is done to even out the odds when a much stronger team faces a weaker opponent. Goals are added or deducted from the teams.
For example, France is much stronger than Tunisia, and handicap betting might put France at -1, which means that you’re betting on France to win by two goals, as they will have a goal deducted. So, if they won 2-1, that would be 1-1, according to the sportsbook. They would need to win 3-1 or 4-2, etc., for your bet to be successful.
Both Teams to Score
Commonly abbreviated to BTTS, this wager is exactly what the name suggests: An opportunity to bet whether both teams will get on the scoresheet.
BetMGM also gives the option of choosing the team to win AND both teams to score, which can be profitable.
A wager on the exact final score of a particular game.
This wager gives you the option to choose two of the three possible outcomes in a match. For example, when the USA faces England, you can choose to bet on “USA or draw;” if England wins, then your bet isn’t successful.
Alternatively, you could wager on “England or draw” or “USA or England.”
Draw No Bet
This is a straightforward full-time bet where you cannot select a draw. You must bet on one of the teams to win, and your wager is returned if the game ends in a draw.
Argentina and Mexico went to extra time in the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup.— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 2, 2021
Then Maxi Rodriguez scored one of the all-time great goals 😱
(🎥 via @FIFAWorldCup)pic.twitter.com/MqKGtIO95o
Not to be confused with injury time, extra time is a period of time added to the end of a match if the scores are equal and the match is a knockout round. This is usually made up of two 15-minute periods with a short break in between.
FIFA is the abbreviation for Fédération Internationale de Football Association or Federation of International Football Associations. FIFA is soccer’s governing body around the world.
FIFA World Rankings
The FIFA World Rankings is a ranking system for national soccer teams around the world. Rankings are based on game results, and the most successful teams are ranked the highest.
First and Last Goalscorer
Simply bet on who you think will score the first or last goal of the match. Sportsbooks will offer odds for every player on each team.
Bet which team you expect to win the match or whether you think it will be a draw.
Also known as outrights, futures are bets based on the outcome of a tournament, league, or game quite far in advance.
For example, you could bet on Brazil winning the World Cup as early as a couple of months before the tournament. This could also include other bets, such as who will be the top goalscorer in the World Cup, which teams will be in the final, and so on.
Already hyped for the World Cup Golden Boot battle 😤 pic.twitter.com/Uck9t5MlWF— GOAL (@goal) September 27, 2022
The player that scores the most goals at the tournament receives the Golden Boot award.
The first stage of every World Cup is made up of different groups in which teams have been selected. Each group is made up of four nations that will all play each other. The two teams with the most points move on to the next round.
Select which team you expect to be winning at the halftime break and at the end of the match. You can select different teams for each half.
This wager has the same win-draw-win option as full-time result betting, except you are betting whether you think one of the teams will be ahead at halftime or whether it will be a draw.
Erling Haaland hat trick! 🎩 🎩 🎩— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 27, 2022
📺: @peacockTV #MyPLMorning | #MCICRY pic.twitter.com/YL9w6h4giF
This is when a player scores three or more goals in one match.
Referees do not stop their watches when play is stopped. The result is that any stoppage time through injury or another aspect is added to the end of the game.
Injury time is normally shown as 90 +3, for example. That’s 90 minutes for the match and three minutes of injury time.
A penalty is given when a foul is committed inside the attacking team’s penalty box. This is sometimes referred to as PK in the USA.
One of the best penalty shootouts we've ever seen 😯 pic.twitter.com/kNZL2RmSZd— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 27, 2022
If a result is needed and extra time still can’t separate two teams, they will go to penalties/penalty shootouts/penalty kicks.
Each team gets five penalty kicks. If they are still equal, they will go to a round called “Sudden Death,” where the first team to score when the other team’s shot is blocked wins the game.
Round of 16
This is the second round in the World Cup, which consists of the top two teams from each group in the Group Stage.
A specials or props bet is essentially a bet made on something that might or might not occur during a particular match. This usually has nothing to do with the outcome of the match itself.
Basically, it’s a unique bet that a sportsbook has made for a particular match or tournament. For example, you might find a bet for Phil Foden to be the first player to receive a yellow card for England, and so on.
Brazil’s Starting 11.— GHOne TV (@GHOneTV) September 23, 2022
Which player should our defenders look out for?.#BRAGHA pic.twitter.com/9oRZzSa7wT
The 11 players starting the match for each team.
The top-ranked team in each group, round, or game.
Total Goals (Over/Under)
Place a wager on whether you think the final score total will be over or under a certain amount. BetMGM offers a number of options for you to choose from, such as over 1.5 goals, under 1.5, over 2.5, under 2.5, etc.
After a VAR review, the Burnley goal is disallowed for offside.— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 21, 2022
The score remains 2-0 Burnley.
📺: @USA_Network & @NBCUniverso #BURSOU pic.twitter.com/nO11i5Y7Ec
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is an assistant refereeing system that transfers controversial plays into a board room for a group of video assistants to review and decide.
Win the Group
This is the team that has the most points in their group in the Group Stage.
World Cup Finals
Not to be confused with the “Final,” the World Cup Finals refers to the actual tournament taking place in one host nation. The build-up to the tournament is the World Cup Qualifiers and takes place all over the world.
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