We Know The 2022 World Cup Teams Now, So Let’s Look At The Odds

Written By Russ Mitchell on June 14, 2022 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup teams

Our CONCACAF friends from Costa Rica came through with a 1-0 win Tuesday over New Zealand, so we know all of the 2022 World Cup teams now.

As a reminder, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) is No. 15 in FIFA world rankings and landed in Group B with:

  • England (No. 5 in the FIFA rankings)
  • No. 18 Wales
  • and No. 21 Islamic Republic of Iran.

The USMNT plays on the opening day of the World Cup. That’s Monday, Nov. 21 against Wales .

Wales just beat No. 27 Ukraine in a European Playoff over the weekend to earn its spot in Qatar.

  • The second game in the group stage will be the United States vs. England on “Black Friday” — Nov. 25.
  • Their final game in the group stage will be Tuesday, Nov. 29 with the US vs. Iran.

As a reminder, the World Cup is a usually summer event. But when FIFA selected Qatar as the host site it moved the event to the end of the year to dodge some of the region’s oppressive heat. Sports fans in Iowa can place World Cup bets now or at the same time they place NFL bets in Iowa this fall.

The top two teams in the US group will face two teams from Group A in the round of 16. Group A includes host Qatar, The Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador.

All of the 2022 World Cup Teams

The World Cup draw took place April 1 in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The World Cup draw results started with the FIFA World Rankings, which were released Thursday, March 31.

World Cup Group DrawPot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Group ANo. 51 Qatar (Host)No. 10 NetherlandsNo. 20 SenegalNo. 46 Ecuador
Group BNo. 5 EnglandNo. 15 United StatesNo. 21 IR IranNo. 18 Wales
Group CNo. 4 ArgentinaNo. 9 MexicoNo. 26 PolandNo. 49 Saudi Arabia
Group DNo. 3 FranceNo. 11 DenmarkNo. 35 TunisiaNo. 42 Australia
Group ENo. 7 SpainNo. 12 GermanyNo. 23 JapanNo. 31 Costa Rica
Group FNo. 2 BelgiumNo. 16 CroatiaNo. 24 MoroccoNo. 38 Canada
Group GNo. 1 BrazilNo. 14 SwitzerlandNo. 25 SerbiaNo. 37 Cameroon
Group HNo. 8 PortugalNo. 13 UruguayNo. 29 Korea RepublicNo. 60 Ghana

World Cup 2022 schedule

The four teams in the groups play a round-robin, with three points awarded for a win and a point for draws. Goal differentials break ties and the top two teams from each group advance to the 16-team knockout round. The knockout round is like the single-elimination March Madness bracket we’re used to seeing this time of year:

  • World Cup play kicks off Nov. 21. Group play continues through Dec. 2
  • The round of 16 begins Dec. 3-6. The quarterfinals follow Dec. 9-10.
  • Semifinals take place Dec. 13-14.
  • The third-place match is Saturday, Dec. 17 and the championship is Sunday, Dec. 18.

Why Iowa is a good state for World Cup futures bets

Moments after the draw was announced, Iowa’s 18 sportsbook operators went to work adjusting World Cup futures odds based on the group pairings. Iowa sportsbook customers have some of the country’s widest range of odds to choose from. Only Colorado and New Jersey have more sportsbooks.

It’s also easy to set up an account in Iowa. The state has remote registration, meaning you can set up your first bet from anywhere within the state using a browser or mobile app.

Photo by Hussein Sayed / AP
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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