June 14, 2018 // AZCentral.com // Elizabeth Backo

Soccer fans in Phoenix might need to make a few adjustments to their sleep schedules for the next month.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to start in Moscow on Thursday, June 14, and the time-zone difference is not too convenient for Arizona fans. The earliest game kicks off at 3 a.m. local time. The latest starts at noon.

For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in which Germany beat Argentina in extra time in the final, Phoenix fans only had to account for a time difference of a few hours.

“A 10-hour time difference is a massive thing,” said Tony Wimberely, a manager at George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub.

But despite the early start times, he still anticipates the bar will be packed for all of the Mexico and England games. He expects people to line up outside at 3 a.m. for England’s 5 a.m. game against Panama on June 24.


A few places in town will open their doors earlier than usual for soccer lovers. A handful of others will show games during regular business hours and have specials for the matches. So, if you are not traveling to Moscow for the World Cup, here is where you can watch in the Valley.

Native Grill and Wings

If you are looking to watch any of Mexico’s games, Native Grill and Wings is the place to go. This location will be the headquarters for Pancho Villa’s Army, a group that supports the Mexico national team.

On Father’s Day, the location will open at 7 a.m. for the Mexico game. Viewers can purchase a bowl of menudo or a traditional breakfast for $5. Tall Estrella beer can be purchased for $4.

Details: 5020 W Baseline Road, Phoenix. (602) 237-9068, nativegrillandwings.com/location/laveen.

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