ZURICH: The draw for the finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be staged late next year in Bahia after FIFA’s executive committee confirmed scheduling details for the tournament. The Opening Match will take place on 12 June in Sao Paulo, with a kick-off time of 17.00 local.

Group-stage games will be played at 13.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18:00, 19.00 and 21:00 local time, with knockout stage matches at 13.00 and 17.00 local time. The semi-finals will be played at 17.00 local time and the Final, on 13 July 2014 at the iconic Maracana stadium, at 16.00 local time.

All kick-offs are local time, with Cuiaba and Manaus being CET-6, all other venues CET -5. After USA1994, it’s the first time that FIFA World Cup matches will be played in different time zones, with Manaus and Cuiaba one hour behind Brasilia Time.

When defining the kick-off times, the following criteria were taken into consideration:

• 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

Finally, it has been decided that the release date of players will be the 19 May 2014, with a mandatory rest period from 19-25 May 2014, to ensure that all players (with the exception of those playing the UEFA Champions League Final) will have one week of rest before joining their national teams.

The Final Draw for Brazil 2014 is confirmed to be Friday 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauipe inBahia.


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