2022 FIFA World Cup Free Bets & New Customer Offers
The biggest football competition in the world and - until we meet life from other planets and see how good they are at the beautiful game - the universe. The 2022 competition will take place in Qatar and will be held in the winter rather than the usual summer event. The tournament is big business for all involved and of course the bookmakers, with a host of enhanced odds and promotions. The finals begin on November 21 with the final being played on December 18.
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Draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals
- Group A - Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands,
- Group B - England, Iran, USA, Winner of European play-off*
- Group C - Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D - France, Winner of Inter-Continental Play-off 1**, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E - Spain, Winner of Inter-Continental Play-off 2 ***, Germany, Japan
- Group F - Belgium,Ghana, Croatia, Morocco,
- Group G - Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
- Group H - Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
The European play-off is between Wales and either Scotland or Ukraine. The Inter-Continental Play-off 1 is winner of Australia v UAE v Peru and the winner of the second Inter-Continental play-off will be either Costa Rica or New Zealand.
The top two teams in each group qualify for the last 16.
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Groups Final tables
- Group A: Serbia 20, Portugal 17, Ireland 9, Luxembourg, 9. Azerbaijan 1
- Group B: Spain 19 Sweden 15, Greece 10 Georgia 7, Kosovo 5
- Group C: Switzerland 18, Italy 16, Northern Ireland 9, Bulgaria 8, Lithuania 3
- Group D: France 18, Ukraine 12, Finland 11, Bosnia Herzegovina 7, Kazakhstan 3
- Group E: Belgium 20, Wales 15, Czech Republic 14, Estonia 4, Belarus 3
- Group F: Denmark 27, Scotland 23, Israel 16, Austria 16, Faroe Islands 4, Moldova 1
- Group G: Netherlands 23, Turkey 21, Norway 18, Montenegro 12, Latvia 9, Gibraltar 0
- Group H: Croatia 23, Russia 22, Slovakia 14, Slovenia 14, Cyprus 5, Malta 5
- Group I: England 26, Poland 20, Albania 18, Hungary 17, Andorra 6, San Marino 0
- Group J: Germany 27, North Macedonia 18, Romania 17, Armenia 12, Iceland 9, Liechtenstein 1
- Wales 2 Austria 1 Scotland v Ukraine - due to be played in June
- Sweden 1 Czech Republic 0 aet. Poland received a walkover against Russia
- Portugal 3 Turkey 1, Italy 0 North Macedonia 1
- Poland 2 Sweden 0
- Portugal 2 North Macedonia 0.
World Cup Free Bets
The World Cup only takes place every four years so there is a new breed of bettor for each tournament. Bookmakers will target potential new account holders by offering a wide range of World Cup free bets. All 64 matches will be shown live on terrestrial television because subscription channels are not allowed to bid for the coverage. Over the days before and during the tournament we can expect an extensive range of free bets for the FIFA World Cup. Bookmakers will be competing to attract new customers with many free bets related to the World Cup. The punters have never had it so good thanks to the potential for many World Cup free bets.
What can I use World Cup free bets on?
In the build up to the tournament, there is the lengthy qualifying procedure. During this period there are a host of games to bet on, as well as the opportunity to wager on which sides will and will not make the tournament. When the World Cup is on there are hundreds of markets on all the televised games (which is all of them) as nearly every bookmaker looks to make the most of the tournament’s popularity.
The most popular markets people use their free World Cup bet on include overall winner, top scorer and player of the tournament. A lot of markets focus on individual nations and who will be their top scorer as well as which stage of the competition that team will exit.
All sorts of specials will also be available on silly things like ‘Will Luis Suarez bite anyone again?’ and ‘Will Cristiano Ronaldo cry at some point?’
Other markets on during the World Cup include:
- Highest scoring team
- Team to get most red cards
- Total corners in tournament
- Total penalties in tournament
- Number of goals from headers
Claiming your World Cup free bet
Making use of your free World Cup bet couldn’t be simpler. Begin by picking out which of the sign-up offers best suits your punting style and budget, then register for a new sports betting account with that bookmaker by clicking on a link or banner that you see on FREEbets.org.uk and entering your details. Once you have registered you’ll need to make an initial deposit (unless your chosen free bet offer states that no deposit is required) and place a bet.
Once your initial bet has been placed and settled, your free bet will be released. Then in order to utilise your free bet tokens simply place a bet in the same manner as you would normally, but select the ‘free bet’ icon before confirming.
Free bets on the World Cup can be used on anything from backing a team for relegation or a top four finish, to betting on the first goalscorer in any particular game, the match result or the number of corners taken.
The World Cup is the pinnacle of global football and the biggest prize a footballer can hope to win. Only a few players have managed to get their hands on the famous trophy which has been handed out every four years since 1930 (except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held due to the Second World War). It has always, though, run during the summer when the domestic football campaign isn't playing.
The format for the World Cup has evolved in the 84 years it has been going. Originally just thirteen teams took part in the first tournament in 1930, now the competition is preceded by a three-year qualification phase. At the World Cup Finals 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation, compete in a month-long orgy of football until there is one team still standing.
Unsurprisingly, given it is the biggest competing for the world’ most popular sport, it brings in huge television audiences. The World Cup is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games. The cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with around 715.1 million people watching the final match. To put it into perspective that is a ninth of the entire population of earth.
Some of the greatest games of football ever witnessed have been at the World Cup with players going beyond the call of duty for their nations on the biggest stage. The last World Cup was in 2014 and was won by Germany. The next two tournaments will be fairly controversial, being hosted Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Both choices have been criticised and will be heavily scrutinised; Russia in light of the 2014 Crimean crisis and Qatar for allegations of vote-buying and poor working conditions for foreign workers. FIFA have admitted the Qatar World Cup might even have to be played during the winter because of the extreme heat in Qatar in the summer.
The World Cup has broken new ground in recent years having ventured to the Far-East with Japan and to South Africa in 2010 but they returned to more traditional footballing shores in 2014 as it headed to Brazil. The South American country had hosted the competition once before all the way back in 1950 when they famously lost out to Uruguay in the final in front of nearly 200,000 people in the Maracana. The 2014 competition did not end much more favourably as the Brazilians were humiliated by eventual winners Germany 7-1 in the semi-final in one of the most incredible World Cup games ever.
France Win the 2018 World Cup
For only the second time ever and the first time on foreign soil, France became world champions when beating Croatia 4-2 in the final on Sunday July 15th. The French side were unbeaten throughout the tournament winning six and drawing one of their seven games. They took an early lead when Croatian Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into the back of the net. That was the fourth game in a row that Croatia had fallen behind but it didn't take them too long to get back on level terms with a cracker of a goal from Ivan Perisic. However, it was France who went into half-time with a 2-1 lead after Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty as VAR made its impact after a handball in the penalty area.
France further extended their lead in the second half with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe before Mandzukic pulled one back thanks to a blunder by Hugo Lloris in the French goal, That left the Croatian forward as the first player to score at both ends in a World Cup final. France eventually won 4-2 though they weren't at their very best but they did enough to win the title with manager Didier Deschamps becoming only the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a manager.
Belgium finished third, beating England 2-0 in the third/fourth play-off. Harry Kane won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals in the tournament, the first English player to win the award since Gary Lineker in 1986. The Golden Ball award for the player of the tournament went to Croatia's Luca Modric.
Only a few teams despite the hundreds who have tried to qualify over the past 80 or so years. There have been 20 World Cups in that time and they have been won by just eight different teams; Brazil the most with five; Germany and Italy with four, Argentina and Uruguay with two and France, Spain and England with one. Brazil also hold another record as the only team to have entered every tournament since 1930.
The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy and Germany, with four titles each; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France and Spain, with one title a piece.
Germany hold a fair few records, having played the most World Cup matches (106) and appeared in the most finals (8), semi-finals (13), quarter-finals (16) as well as scoring the most World Cup goals (224). They can also boast having the World Cup's all-time top scorer, with Miroslav Klose having scored 16 times in the competition.
Some of the greatest players ever to kick a ball have graced and won the World Cup, and going though them is a veritable Who’s Who of world football. Pele, Roberto Baggio, Franz Beckenbauer, Lionel Messi, Garrincha, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona have all done their stuff on the biggest stage of all (although only some of the have been lucky enough to be winners by the end of it). Messi and Baggio both single-handedly dragged their teams to the 1990 and 2014 finals respectively but both ended up losers in the final.