How to Bet on the 2018 World Cup

Whether you’re a hard-core soccer fanatic or a casual fan of the sport, there’s no doubt that you’ll be glued to your TV this summer to take in the 2018 FIFA World Cup action. Many will also be partaking in betting on the World Cup, but there are lots of soccer fans out there who don’t know how to get started — but don’t sweat it, that’s where we come in.

Where can I Bet on the 2018 World Cup?

  1. Click on the betting tab at the top of this page
  2. Click ‘Betting Sites By Region’
  3. Pick your region
  4. Pick a sportsbook
  5. Now you’re ready to bet!

It doesn’t matter where you live or what type of bettor you are, there’s an online sportsbook out there for you. We have lots of trusted online sportsbooks conveniently listed by country and signing up is easy.

Or, even easier, check out our favorite World Cup betting sites below:

Best World Cup Betting Sites

What Kind of World cup Bets can I make?

From betting on individual games to going all-in on a bet on your team to win the World Cup, there are countless betting options out there. The problem is, many people aren’t familiar with betting terms, but we’ve got you covered. Here are some different types of bets you can make for the 2018 FIFA World Cup:


This is as simple as it gets. A moneyline bet is just a bet on whichever team you’re picking to win. The favorite has a better chance of winning, but offers a smaller payout, while the underdog is a riskier bet that offers a bigger profit. More information on moneyline betting can be found here.


Another simple betting option. The sportsbook sets a number for the total goals that will be scored in an upcoming game and the bettor places either an OVER wager or an UNDER wager on that number. For example, if the total for a France vs Germany game is set at 4.5 and you bet the OVER, it means five or more total goals must be scored for you to win your bet. To learn more about betting totals, check out our Totals 101 page.


Instead of simply betting on a team to win or lose, spread betting gives you the option to bet on how many goals a team will win or lose by. For example, if you see a Brazil spread bet listed at -1.5, it means they must win by two goals or more to cover the spread. For the underdog, if you see Australia listed at +1.5, it means that as long as they don’t lose by more than one goal, they cover the spread and you win your bet. Our point spread betting video will help you learn more.


Either before the World Cup begins or during, bettors can place a wager on which team they think will win the tournament. Odds are offered on every team and futures betting can lead to big profits if you make the correct bet at the right time. For example, a futures bet can be placed on Spain to win the tournament at odds of +750. If you bet $100 and they win the World Cup, you’d win $750! World Cup futures odds can be found here.


Aside from individual game and futures betting, sportsbooks will be offering betting options on almost anything that might occur throughout a game or the entire tournament. For example, you’ll be able to bet on things such as how many goals a player will score during the World Cup or even place an OVER/UNDER bet on the number of games a team will win. More information on prop betting can be found here.

Live Betting

Didn’t get your bet in before the game started? No problem! Many online sportsbooks allow you to make bets during the game, but the odds get adjusted based on who’s winning or losing and how much time is left in the game. Find out more about live betting here.

So now you know where you can bet on the World Cup and what kind of bets you can make on the World Cup. For more help with your World Cup betting, visit the OddsShark World Cup betting page for picks and analysis from our team of soccer experts.