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FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced

16 April 2014

FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Kick Off Times Announced

An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection of day and night games, on both week days and weekends.

To ensure New Zealand’s ‘Football Family’ is at the heart of this supreme football global event, the seven football federations will all host games in their region and registered footballers get first access to the tickets during an exclusive three week window, beginning April 28.

Wellington Regional Stadium will host three double-headers during group match play. The first is on Saturday 30 May with kick-off times at 4pm and 7pm. The next pair of matches takes place on Tuesday 2 June at 4pm then 7pm. The football fever continues that weekend with a 4pm and 7pm double-header on Friday 5 June.

“These double-headers will draw fans from all around to the Capital. Our excellent facilities have seen a huge growth in ‘The Beautiful Game’ in the Capital, so the FIFA U-20s will be a memorable experience for all,” says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

A day of entertainment is in store when Wellington hosts another double-header of Round of 16 play-offs on Wednesday 10 June which kicks off at 4pm and 7.30pmagain.

Wellington also takes centre-stage on ‘Super Sunday’ 14 June, when it hosts one of the four quarter-finals. Quarter-finals action in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington will see two matches kicking off at 1pm in Hamilton and Christchurch, then4.30pm in Wellington and Auckland.

The world’s top four U-20 teams will have semi-finals on Wednesday 17 June at 4pm in Christchurch and 7.30pm in Auckland.

Saturday 20 June is the finale with the finals double-header at North Harbour Stadium. Kicking off at 1.30pm is a third and fourth place showdown, followed by the big one, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 Final at 5pm.

“We are thrilled with the excellent kick-off times negotiated with FIFA. Although subject to host broadcaster sign-off, we are in a great position to ensure that everyone will get to see the world’s greatest emerging football stars on our soil. With outstanding value venue packs on sale soon, this will be real value for money entertainment,” said Dave Beeche, CEO of the LOC New Zealand 2015.

Tickets go on sale to the football family from 28 April 2014 and then general public sales will commence on 13 June 2014, with venue packs discounted by a minimum of 20 per cent in 2014 and a five per cent cash rebate will go back to football clubs across New Zealand.

“These are exciting times for football fans in New Zealand – FIFA’s second largest global football event is coming here, and the big names of tomorrow will be discovered at our football grounds. It really will be a showcase and a football festival like Kiwis have never seen before,” said Beeche.

For the match schedule and kick-off times plus ticket options, go to FIFA.com/NZ2015

About the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
The FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 is the largest football tournament ever staged in New Zealand. It will take place over three weeks from 30 May 2015 to 20 June 2015 with 24 countries participating. A total of 52 matches will be played in seven host cities –Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. An audience of more than 500,000 is expected to attend the event.

About the FIFA U-20 World Cup
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the world championship of football for male players under the age of 20 and is organised by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The Championship has been awarded every two years since the first tournament in 1977 held in Tunisia.

In the 19 tournaments held, only nine nations have won the title. Argentina is the most successful team with six titles, followed by Brazil with five titles and Portugal with two.

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