The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the richest in history, with eye-watering amounts of prize money on offer for the competing teams.
The tournament generates plenty of revenue for FIFA and a sizeable chunk of that will be shared amongst the 32 nations who have qualified.
Other organizations such as online gambling companies will also benefit during the World Cup as punters seek to boost their enjoyment of the games.
Many fans have been learning how to bet on World Cup 2022 matches to prepare for what promises to be a month-long festival of international football.
With money at the forefront of many people’s thoughts in the run-up to the World Cup, we take a look at what the teams can win in Qatar.
World Cup 2022 Prize Money
FIFA have set aside $440 million in prize money for the World Cup, an increase of $40m compared to the 2018 tournament in Russia.
A record $42m will be awarded to the winners, a cool $4m more than France received for lifting the World Cup trophy four years ago.
The prize money has increased more than five-fold since 2002, which was the point where national teams put FIFA under pressure to award them a greater share of the revenue.
Here is a look at how much the winners have taken home at the last ten World Cups:
- 2018 – $38m
- 2014 – $35m
- 2010 – $30m
- 2006 – $20m
- 2002 – $8m
- 1998 – $6m
- 1994 – $4m
- 1990 – $3.5m
- 1986 – $2.8m
- 1982 – $2.2m
How Much Does Each Team Make?
All 32 teams receive $1.5m for participating in the World Cup. Further sums are paid dependent on how far they progress at the tournament. The figures are as follows:
- Group stage – $9m
- Round of 16 – $13m
- Quarter-finals – $17m
- Fourth place – $25m
- Third place – $27m
- Runner-up – $30m
- Winner – $42m
Which Team Will Win the Most Money at Qatar 2022?
The latest World Cup 2022 winner odds rank Brazil as the team most likely to scoop the $42m prize money for clinching the title.
The Samba Kings breezed through the South American qualifiers and will be tough to beat if they replicate their form in Qatar.
However, the five-time winners have flattered to deceive in the past four tournaments and may struggle to live up to expectations again.
Reigning champions France are fancied by the bookmakers, but injuries to several key players could scupper their hopes of retaining the trophy.
Spain, Germany, Belgium and England are all prominent in the betting, while Netherlands and Portugal should be competitive.
Germany appeal as the most likely winners from that group of teams, but they may find it difficult to overcome Argentina if they meet at the tournament.
Manager Lionel Scaloni has guided Argentina to a 35-game unbeaten run and his team look a good bet to win the World Cup for the third time.
With star forward Lionel Messi playing in his last World Cup, he will be desperate to add a winners’ medal to his glittering career CV.