The biggest event on the sporting calendar is well underway. Until July 13, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil fans will be sleeping only intermittently. While there’s no better place to catch the game than the stands of the Estadio Do Maracana, there are plenty of ways to follow the action on TV, online, and, of course, out in public with your mates.
From the comfort of your couch
The home of soccer in Australia is national television channel SBS. The broadcaster will be showing every single match live, between SBS ONE and SBS HD (although the concurrent group stage matches play live on SBS 2, then replay on SBS ONE straight after).
The first match between Brazil and Croatia kicks off the coverage at 5:30am AEST on Friday 13 June live on SBS ONE, with Australia’s campaign opening against Chile at 7:30am on Saturday 14 June.
If, for some inconceivable reason, you can’t catch the matches live, soccer sage Les Murray and Craig Foster will provide highlights and in-depth analysis every night at 9.30pm.
For the full broadcast schedule, click here.
All the action on the big screen
Although most televisions are huge these days, there’s nothing to beat the awesome size and epic sound of the cinema. SBS has partnered with picture theatres across the country, playing live matches on the big screen. Check out HOYTS – with select ticket packages, they’re even feeding you breakfast.
Out in the fresh air
While it’d be understandable if at four in the morning, you’d prefer to be in your pyjamas in front of the telly, there’s nothing quite like getting together with others to support your team.
Melbourne football fans can gather at 524 Flinders Street for the World Cup Carnival. The first match between the Socceroos and Chile will be played on the big screen, and then Italy vs England and Japan vs Ivory Coast on the Sunday.
Anywhere you are
Because we’re living in the future, you won’t even need a TV to catch SBS’ coverage: all the games will be streamed live over The World Game website and mobile app.
Interactive technology that allows you to watch matches from six different angles, including an angle focused on each team and a roving player-cam that changes every 15 minutes.
The app and website video player also features an interactive timeline, where viewers can tap on symbols to replay the action, also from multiple camera angles.