ZURICH -- FIFA has selected kick-off times for 2014 World Cup group games, with several matches scheduled in early afternoon in tropical climates.
FIFA says the northeast coastal cities of Natal, Recife and Salvador each have two of their four group-stage matches starting at 1 p.m. local time.
Manaus, in the western Amazon rainforest, hosts two matches at 3 p.m., plus the 9 p.m. match on the opening Saturday, June 14.
FIFA said that the tournament's opening match will take place in Sao Paulo on June 12, with a local kick-off time of 5 p.m (4 p.m. ET).
FIFA says it took into account rest periods for players, local temperatures, global broadcast schedules and fans' travel plans.
FIFA's executive committee scheduled the 32-team finals tournament draw for Dec. 6, 2013, at the Costa do Sauipe in Bahia.
The 2014 World Cup will be held June 12-July 13.
Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.