The Soccer World Cup is without double one of the biggest betting events on the planet. It brings together 32 of the best teams in the world to fight for the World Cup trophy, and TAB Sportsbet punters are very active placing their bets throughout the tournament.
Such is the popularity of the Soccer World Cup that the only comparable sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games.
Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and TAB Sportsbet knows that customers like having a bet on the 'round ball game'. Australia's premier soccer competition offers A-League betting odds.
The Soccer World Cup began life in 1930 when the inaugural tournament was held in Uruguay, and was won by the hosts. Brazil have won the World Cup no less than five times. Also successful are Italy with four titles and Germany with three.
The next Soccer World Cup will be held in Brazil in 2014, with Russia hosting in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
Soccer World Cup betting - a guide
The Soccer World Cup lasts for approximately a month features no less than 64 matches. The opportunity for Soccer World Cup betting is therefore very large, with lots of options available:
This is a basic wager on which team will win a match against another during the World Cup.
Punters can bet on what the score will be at half-time in any Soccer World Cup match, or, whether there will be any goals scored before half-time and how many goals will be scored before half-time.
TAB Sportsbet will offer Live Betting a stack of matches throughout the Soccer World Cup. Live Betting is extremely popular with punters who sometimes prefer to wait until kick-off to see which players are in, which players are out and how a team is playing after the match has started.
Betting on the winner of the Soccer World Cup can be done well in advance of the tournament starting. Even now punters can bet on which team they think will win Brazil 2014. It is also possible to bet on World Cup qualifying - something certainly relevant to Australian audiences and the Socceroos.
Other soccer betting futures bets include which player will be top goalscorer throughout the tournament.