San Francisco Bay Area FIFA World Cup fans, check your watches for live World Cup action from Brazil being broadcast in the heart of San Francisco.
Brazil is four hours ahead of the West Coast, so in a fast-paced game where every second counts, you don't want to miss a second of the big matches through the 13th of July. Soccer was custom-made for sharing. It's called the world's single biggest sporting event for a reason, although we only get to witness it once every four years.
With our first World Cup qualification in 1990, the USA may be late the football frenzy, but it's booming now, no matter what we call it. If you're catching up on the rules of the game, the qualification, the players, the competition and the USA's world ranking (currently #13), visit FIFA to get up to speed before the cheers go up for that first kick on June 12, 2014.
Civic Center Plaza
Bring a chair and some typical San Francisco-style layered clothing. Whatever the fog-related summer chill factor, Civic Center Plaza at City Hall is ground zero in front of the huge outdoor screen. It's fun and it's free, so what if it's freezing? It's brought to you by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and their partners. And, bring the kids for some footie skills clinics and mini pick-up games on the grass, face painting, food trucks and more.
The viewing schedule:
- Saturday, June 14: Columbia v. Greece at 9 a.m.; Uruguay v. Costa Rica at 12 p.m.; England v. Italy at 3 p.m.
- Monday, June 16: Germany v. Portugal at 9 a.m.; Iran v. Nigeria at 12 p.m.; USA v. Ghana at 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 17: Belgium v. Algeria at 9 a.m.; Brazil v. Mexico at 12 p.m.; Russia v. South Korea at 3 p.m.
- Sunday, June 22: USA v. Portugal at 9 a.m.; Belgium v. Russia at 12 p.m.; Korea v. Algeria at 3 p.m.
- Thursday, June 26: USA v. Germany at 9 a.m.; Belgium v. Korea at 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 9: Semifinals at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, July 13: Final at 12 p.m.