Joining the World Cup Prediction League

To be able to participate in the World Cup Prediction League you need to create a user profile. This is created by selecting the "Sign up" link at the top of the page.

You must enter a valid email address to join the World Cup predictions game. This is used to have a password reset link emailed to you should you forget it, and, if you choose, to send you prediction reminders and notifications.

You will be asked to choose a display name; this is for us to use in the World Cup prediction league standings and on your profile page.

You will also have to enter a password. This is to ensure no-one else can log in as you and change your predictions.

Scoring System Explained

The Predict the World Cup scoring system works as follows:

  • 3 points for predicting an exact score
  • 1 point for predicting the correct result (ie. you correctly predict the winner, or you correctly predict a draw, but by the wrong number of goals).
  • 2 point bonus for predicting the correct result if that result was predicted by less than 20% of your competitors.
  • 2 point bonus for predicting the exact score if that score was predicted by less than 5% of your competitors.

The following examples show the points you would score in a theoretical World Cup game between Brazil and Honduras. The bonuses would depend on what other people predicted - but most people would normally predict a Brazil win. Notice how the number of bonus points you score rises if your World Cup predictions are less likely.

Actual Score You Predict Exact Score
Correct Result
Base Points Bonus Points Total Points
Brazil 2 Honduras 0 2-1 No Bonus No Bonus 1 0 1
Brazil 2 Honduras 0 2-0 No Bonus No Bonus 3 0 3
Brazil 1 Honduras 1 2-2 No Bonus Bonus 1 2 3
Brazil 5 Honduras 0 5-0 Bonus No Bonus 3 2 5
Brazil 1 Honduras 3 1-3 Bonus Bonus 3 4 7

If two people are level on points their position in the World Cup standings will be determined by goal difference

  • For each incorrect number of goals you predict per team, you lose the difference in goals. e.g. you predict 3 and the team scores 2, you get -1 goals.
  • For each correct teams number of goals you score, you receive a positive goal difference based on the following scale:
  • You predict 0 or 1 goals and the team scores 0 or 1, you receive +1 goal difference.
  • You predict 2 goals or more and the team scores that number, you receive double the number of goals predicted, ie. you predict 3 and the team scores 3, you get +6 goal difference.

Knock out rounds

The system uses the result at the end of extra times for games in the knock out stages. This means that for the purposes of this game, the result of knock out games can be a draw.

Offensive/Abusive Content

Predict the World Cup is a place for friendly rivalry between football fans, and as such any offensive content or abusive messages are not acceptable.

This includes posting offensive content as part of your name or in the "about me" section, as well as within posts on the messageboards. Such content will be removed and in some circumstances may result in a ban from the game.


We will always attempt to ensure that all kick-off times are correct, and all other information is as accurate as possible. However, if any player attempts to profit from an inaccuracy by altering predictions after a game has begun, their prediction for that game will be declared null and void.

Please be aware that all prediction times are logged - so we will always be able to tell if you have changed a prediction after a match has begun.