Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder kickoff the World Cup 2010 final

Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder kickoff the World Cup 2010 final

The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Brazil in 2014, after a long gap of 64 years. Also, it will be the first World Cup in South America since the 1978 World Cup. FIFA has announced the kick-off times for the World Cup with the opening match to take place in Sao Paulo on June 12 at 5pm local time. Here is a look at the FIFA World Cup 2014 kick off times.

FIFA World Cup 2014 kick off times

Group-stage games will be played at 13.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18:00, 19.00 and 21:00 local time.

Knockout stage matches will subsequently kick off at 13.00 and 17.00 local time.

The semi-finals will be played at 17.00 local time at Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza while the Final is scheduled to take place on the 13th of July,2014 at the iconic Maracana stadium, at 16.00 local time.

The time in most of Brazil is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3). This is true of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilía. However, host cities Cuiaba and Manaus lie further west and consequently are an extra hour behind(GMT -4).

Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Salvador will also host games and fall under the same time zone as Sao Paulo i.e. (GMT-3). Hence, matches will kick-off before midnight in most of the European countries.

Here’s a quick look at the venues and their respective dates for the Football World Cup 2014.

FIFA World Cup 2014 kickoff times


FIFA took into consideration the following points while defining the kick off times:
• Equitable distribution across all teams
• Equitable rest periods for teams within same group
• Temperature in venues
• Global TV market considerations
• Fan travel logistics: flight times, accommodation