FIFA announced kickoff times for the biggest party in the history of the world, a.k.a. the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
(I’m 100 percent certain of two things: Brazil ’14 is going to be one colossal, ginormous mess in terms of organization, ticketing, transportation, logistics, etc., and; it’s going to be so much doggone fun that most people are going to enjoy it anyway.)
Kickoffs will be in the afternoon in the United States; almost every match has been scheduled start between noon and 6 p.m. ET. So, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. out West.
All that means that you’ll need a lot of work excuses. Or, just take the month off. Or quit. Life is short, after all.
Before you study the PDF released by FIFA, you’ll need to know your time zones:
Time in 10 of the 12 venues are one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The two exceptions are Cuiaba and Manuas, which are the same as EDT.
(If you ever need time zone research, this is the best site you’ll ever see.)
Both weekday semifinals will begin at 4 p.m. EDT.
The final (a weekend … so who really cares?) begins at 3 p.m. EDT.