The Canadian World Cup Guide to the FIFA World Cup 2022

Have you heard of the FIFA World Cup? Sure you have! And you came to the right place because here, you can find all the important information about the tournament you should know. If you have heard of it before, then you can learn something interesting about the upcoming World Cup 2022 or the next tournament in 2026. If you were wondering why there is a four-year gap, then keep reading on to find out that and many interesting facts about the FIFA World Cup. We aim to give you all the essential details of the tournament, so you are better prepared and have that knowledge for the future.

Schedule for the World Cup 2022 and Start Date

The FIFA World Cup is a quadrennial international men’s football championship event that has been around since 1930. Qatar was selected to host the 22nd edition of the tournament years ago, and although this decision has been met with many corruption allegations, the place of the tournament still hasn’t changed since 2011 when the rumours started. This would be the first FIFA World Cup in history that will be held in an Arab country, but it would also be the second one held in Asia (the first one being back in 2002).

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The tournament will begin on November 21st, and it will end on December 18th with the final match. This tournament is also unique because it will be the first one held in winter because of the extreme heat in Qatar during the summer. Another unique thing about the World Cup 2022 is that Canada’s Involvement in the Upcoming FIFA World Cup is that it was decided it would be the last one to have 32 teams in total competing. As of the next FIFA World Cup in 2026, 48 teams would be competing for the trophy.

Venues

The venues for the tournament were also pre-determined, but it wasn’t known where each group stage game was going to be played until the group stage draw was published. Now we know that groups A, B, E, and F will play at:

  • Al Bayt Stadium
  • Khalifa International Stadium
  • Al Thumama Stadium
  • Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

The rest of the groups – C, D, G, and H will play at:

  • Lusail Iconic Stadium
  • Stadium 974
  • Education City Stadium
  • Al Janoub Stadium

Groups and Schedule

All of the group stage games will be played between November 21st and December 2nd. That includes all six games from each of the eight groups in the tournament. Here are the participants in each of the groups as they were confirmed at the beginning of April this year:

The next stage of the tournament will be the knockout stage. Here, only the winners and runners-up from each of the groups will continue forward. The knockout stage would be between December 3rd and December 6th. During that time all Round 16 games will be played and the winners would be determined. The next stage will be the quarter-finals, which would be played on December 9th and 10th. The semi-finals are scheduled for December 13th and 14th, while the final itself is going to be on December 18 with the third-place game played a day before the final.

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Canada’s Qualification for the World Cup 2022

Over the years, the country’s CAMNT has managed to qualify only for one other FIFA World Cup in 1986. World Cup 2022 is going to be their second appearance in the tournament. The games from the first and second stages of the Canada World Cup qualifiers scheduled included opponents, like Suriname, Bermuda, Aruba, and the Cayman Islands in the first stage of the Canada World Cup group qualifications. Then the second stage they beat Haiti in both games with clean sheets. The third stage was the hardest for them but they managed to come out at the top with 28 points.

They got there by finishing at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualification with eight wins and only two losses out of the fourteen games they played during the CA World Cup qualification. Their stats were the same as Mexico, while the USA and Costa Rica were only one win shorter. All of the national teams we mentioned managed to qualify because the top four teams of each continental confederation’s tournaments. If you want to see more information about Canada’s World Cup journey in 2022, you can check out our dedicated page for it. You can also check out the latest odds for Canada in the World Cup if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Popular Canadian Sportsbooks for the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Soccer Betting Details

Betting on the World Cup 2022 is a very popular past-time around the world and is starting to catch on in Canada, as well. Soccer betting has been quite popular specifically, and you have many markets to choose from when it comes to specific games, too. The most popular betting markets for soccer games you will encounter are:

  • BTTS
  • Moneyline
  • Totals
  • Goalscorer markets

You can also choose to bet on future markets for the tournaments, including the World Cup 2022, which is probably the most popular future market anyway. Although parlay options were available years before, the official birthday of legal single-game betting in Canada was in August 2021 when lawmakers amended their nation’s Criminal Code.

Canada Sportsbooks Flood Ontario’s Market Was Opened

As for the places you can bet on soccer in Canada, the options are slowly but gradually getting more. Ontario already has almost twenty different sportsbook operators in their growing market. Many of the popular sportsbooks in the USA opened their doors in Ontario, too. They also have plans to open franchises in other provinces, as well. Some of the names, you can already register with are:

  • BetRivers
  • BetMGM
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Caesars Sportsbook

Alberta also intends to expand their sportsbook options in the future and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority announced that the debut of legal sports betting would be sometime in 2022.

Other Sportsbook Brands in Canada

Among the world-famous brands that offer sports betting, we have seen a few that would catch your eye open in Canada, too. They are Bet365, 888 Sports, Unibet, Pointsbet and Bwin. Many of these sportsbooks are well-known around the world and already have an abundance of trust, so the reviews are good for their Canadian market, as well.

The most popular and home-grown sportsbook many Canadians already know is Sports Interaction (SIA). They weren’t always at the top especially when they started and their main competitors were companies, like Bet365 or Unibet. They have grown since and now, they are qualifying as one of the best sportsbooks in Canada. Their current competition has increased considerably because of the many US-based sportsbooks that joined the market last year, but they continue to thrive.

Locations and Venues for the FIFA World Cup in 2022

We briefly mentioned above where the group stages for the World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, but let’s talk more about the venues themselves. The eight stadiums that were decided are in five different cities. Here are the cities that will host the FIFA World Cup matches this year:

  • Lusail
  • Al Khor
  • Doha
  • Al Rayyan
  • Al Wakrah

Al Rayyan is the city with the most locations. Three stadiums in that city will host matches – Khalifa International Stadium, Education City Stadium, and Ahmad bin Ali Stadium with capacities of around 45 000 each. Doha has two World Cup 2022-approved stadiums – Stadium 974 and Al Thumama Stadium. Both stadiums have a capacity of 40 000. Al Wakarah’s only stadium Al Janoub Stadium also has the same capacity as the Doha stadiums. Lusail Iconic Stadium is the only one in Lusail and the stadium with the biggest capacity of 80 000. Al Khor has Al Bayt Stadium which has the second-biggest capacity of 60 000. The Al Bayt Stadium is also unique because it will be the only stadium used that is the indoor stadium.

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Throughout the years, it was speculated that neighbouring countries will host some of the games for one reason or another, but after the official schedule was released in April this year, we saw that all of the games will be played in Qatar on those eight stadiums. The final is scheduled to be played in Lusail, which is logical because it’s the stadium with the biggest capacity.

World Cup 2022 Final Odds and Details

Qualification Details

The final of the 2022 World Cup is the most anticipated game in the world. This year’s contestants are mostly known from the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup, but eight nations qualified that we didn’t see back in 2018. One of those nations was Canada, and the others were Netherlands, USA, Ecuador, Cameroon, and Ghana. Qatar automatically qualified for the event, but the AFS made them participate in the qualification’s first two rounds, which also qualified them for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar is going to play for the first time in the World Cup but they weren’t the only country to make their debut as hosts. In 1934, Italy hosted the FIFA World Cup they hadn’t participated in beforehand.

The reigning champions France also qualified for the World Cup and are going to face Tunisia, Australia, and Denmark in Group D. One of the most surprising qualification news was that Italy (the current European Champions) didn’t qualify for a second year. They lost in the qualification play-off semi-finals against North Macedonia at the end of March. Among the other countries that were part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup but didn’t qualify this year were Egypt, Peru, Nigeria, Sweden, Colombia, Panama, and Iceland.

World Cup 2022 Odds

When talking about the current odds, you can check out our dedicated page for them. We will be updating it with the latest contestants and odds for the different stages. Before the tournament has even begun, sportsbooks have long since released odds for the futures markets, like the World Cup Winner, FIFA Golden Boot Winner, Winning Group, Runner-up, etc. There will also be markets for each of the qualified teams that didn’t finish first in the specific groups they played in. An interesting market is to pick the winning confederation (UEFA, CONCACAF, CAF, CONMEBOL, or AFC) with Europe as the favourite right now.

The top choices right now for World Cup 2022 winners are listed below:

  • Brazil
  • France
  • England
  • Argentina
  • Spain
  • Germany

As November approaches, we believe that the top picks for this particular market will change. Also, when the FIFA World Cup 2022 begins, we will see some changes, but for those of you that want to bet on the outcome months in advance, you can go ahead and see if luck will be on your side. Most sportsbooks have released odds for the individual games in the tournament, too.

How to Watch the World Cup 2022 Live?

Since Qatar is on the other side of the world basically, there are only a couple of options for you to watch all the games during the tournament. You can either watch them on TV or stream them online. The options we reviewed below are the highest ranked and will bring you the best live experience of the games. Outside of cable TV channels, like CTV, you have a couple of other options to watch the World Cup in Canada. Here is how you can watch the FIFA World Cup live in Canada:

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FIFA

The official FIFA website is the first stop you should consider because they broadcast the games worldwide. All you need is registration on their website and you will have access to any game you want to watch online. There isn’t much more to say about this method than it was already stated, except that you will need an internet connection.

FuboTV

FuboTV is a worldwide famous online subscription service that gives you access to many channels. Among the things you can watch, there is the FIFA World Cup, too. The service offers a seven-day free trial you can benefit from, and if you enjoy it, you can buy the specific subscription that guarantees you the World Cup games for less than half a dozen dollars per month. You can cancel the subscription at any time, but just so you know, once you sign up and the free trial ends, the monthly fee would be charged to your payment method each month if you don’t stop it manually.

DAZN

DAZN is one of the few licensed places you can watch the World Cup every season and they have been streaming it live and on-demand for many years now. There are different packages you can subscribe to, like the one-month package of $20 or the one-year package of $150. You can check their latest prices on their website, but compared to other streaming services, they don’t offer a free trial, so you will have to pay at least for one month if you want to try them out.

TSN

TSN is a widely known TV network in Canada, but when it comes to streaming the World Cup, you will most likely find many of the games available on their website or mobile application. You will need to create an account on the platform, but other than that, you can watch the games that way online.

RDS

RDS is a widely known cable sports TV network in Canada. The specific thing about them is that they will be broadcasting the matches live but in French. If you are looking for a French commentator, then RDS would be best for you. They are mainly active in the Quebec region.

World Cup Milestones and History

Canada’s participation in the World Cup before their 2022 qualification is limited to the 1986 tournament in Mexico. Back then, Canada and Mexico (the hosts) were the only two teams from the CONCACAF Championship, which back then served as qualification for the World Cup. Canada beat Honduras 2-1 to get to the final tournament. After the draw for the group stage, they were grouped with Hungary, France, and the Soviet Union, but they lost all three of the games they played in that group and couldn’t advance further.

Over the years, there have been a lot of milestones the tournament went through. It was established in 1930 and since then we have seen a lot of surprises and records. We will talk about some of them below.

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World Cup Top Scorer

Five players in the world have scored 12 or more goals in the World Cup since the beginning of the tournament. The first place goes to Miroslav Klose who scored a total of sixteen goals in the four tournaments he played. Ronaldo is next with fifteen goals out of four tournaments. Gerd Müller scored fourteen goals in the two World Cups he played in. Just Fontaine scored thirteen goals in only one World Cup back in 1958. Pele is fifth in this ranking with twelve goals scored in four different World Cups.

Most World Cup Goals

If we are talking about a country, though, Brazil is leading the charge with 229 goals scored in World Cups over the years. Second is Germany with 226 goals scored in World Cups, so far. Those stats may change though because both Brazil and Germany qualified for the group stage in World Cup 2022.

Youngest Player to Score in FIFA World Cup & Youngest Player to Play in the World Cup

The soccer legend Pele remains the youngest player to ever play in a World Cup game. Pele scored two goals at the age of 17 against then-host Sweden back in 1958. That also makes him the youngest player to score in a World Cup game. After him, six players at the age of eighteen managed to score goals, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

World Cup Winners & Most World Cup Wins

There have been twenty-one World Cups since the beginning of the tournament, but only eight different winners were ever crowned. Below, you can see a list of all the FIFA World Cup champions over the years:

  • Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002)
  • Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006)
  • Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014)
  • France (1998 and 2018)
  • Argentina (1978, 1986,
  • Spain (2010)
  • England (1966)
  • Uruguay (1930 and 1950)

As you saw above, Brazil is the ultimate World Cup champion with the most wins in the tournament. Depending on how this year’s tournament goes, Germany might even score if they manage to win.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Details

The next World Cup after November and December this year will be four years later in 2026. It will be hosted by three countries, and the matches will be played in a total of sixteen cities:

  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Canada

This tournament has a few unique qualities – it will be the first one to include 48 teams instead of 31. Also, it will be the first one hosted by three different nations. The capacity of the stadiums ranges from almost 90 000 to 30 000. The stadium with the biggest capacity is Estadio Azteca, while BMO Field has the least capacity.

Among the TV networks with broadcasting rights for the 2026 World Cup are FOX, Telemundo, TUDN, TV Azteca, CTV, TSN, and RDS.

Many different details still need to be decided regarding the next World Cup after the one in 2022, but we can wait for those to come out sometime in 2023 or later. By then, we will know who the reigning champion will be and we will most likely find out if the hosts will receive automatic qualification for the tournament or not. We will inform you of all the upcoming changes in due time. You can check out our website for more soccer and World Cup news and odds.