FIFA changes World Cup kickoff times in hottest venues

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REUTERS: World soccer body FIFA has revised kick-off times for seven group matches at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, including four in the hottest venues. In a statement on their website (, FIFA confirmed the 64-match schedule for the finals with amended start times for three fixtures in the Amazonian city of Manaus and one in Recife. These included England’s Group D meeting with Italy in Manaus on June 14, and the United States’ Group G clash with Portugal in the same city on June 22. The following kick-off times have been adjusted (all times stated are local): Saturday 14: June Ivory Coast v Japan, 2200 (from 1900) in Recife England v Italy, 1800 (from 2100) in Manaus Wednesday 18: June Cameroon v Croatia, 1800 (from 1500) in Manaus Spain v Chile, 1600 (from 1900) in Rio de Janeiro Sunday 22: June United States v Portugal, 1800 (from 1500) in Manaus Belgium v Russia, 1300 (from 1900) in Rio de Janeiro South Korea v Algeria, 1600 (from 1300) in Porto Alegre.