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Best And Worst EPL Kickoff Times Around The World

world time clock Best And Worst EPL Kickoff Times Around The World

It’s quite common to hear supporters of Premier League teams who live in the United Kingdom complaining about kickoff times. You’ll often hear them moan about kickoff times being too late or too early, as they reminisce about the good old days of traditional 3pm Saturday start times.

The bottom line is that they’re spoiled. If they’re traveling from Newcastle to Portsmouth to watch an early afternoon kickoff, I sympathize. But if they have to “get up early” to watch matches on television, they’ve got nothing to complain about especially when you consider the kick off times for Premier League matches shown live on television around the world.

Here are the best and worst local kickoff times for Premier League matches on TV:

Worst kickoff times for Saturday 12:45pm GMT matches:

  • It’s a toss up between the west coast of the United States with a 4:45am PT start time and New Zealand, which fans there endure a 1:45am local time kickoff. Runners up include a 12:45am kickoff time in Fiji, and an 11:45pm start in Sydney, Australia.

Best kickoff times for Saturday 12:45pm GMT matches:

  • The early match on Saturday definitely favors Asia. The local times there are 6:15pm in India, 7:45pm in Thailand, 8:45pm in China and Singapore and 9:45pm in Japan.

Worst kickoff times for Saturday 3pm GMT matches:

  • New Zealand residents have to wake up at 4am the next day, while it’s 3am in Fiji, 2am in Sydney and midnight in Japan and Perth, Australia.

Best kickoff times for Saturday 3pm GMT matches:

  • Kickoff times in Moscow and Saudi Arabia are 6pm local time, 7pm in Iran, 8pm in Pakistan and 9:30pm in India.

Worst kickoff times for Saturday 5:30pm GMT matches:

  • Kick off times happen in the middle of the night of the next day for Asia. It’s 2:30am for Japan. And it’s 1:30am for China and Malaysia, and 4:30am for Sydney, Australia.

Best kickoff times for Saturday 5:30pm GMT matches:

  • Residents in Finland, Romania, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe enjoy 7:30pm kick off times.

Worst kickoff times for Sunday 11am GMT matches:

  • The local time in Japan and Perth, Australia is 1am the next day, 3am in Sydney, 4am in Fiji and 5am in New Zealand.

Best kickoff times for Sunday 11am GMT matches:

  • Residents of Moscow and Saudi Arabia enjoy a 7pm kickoff, while it’s 8pm in Iran, and 9pm in Pakistan.

The time zone that is the worst to watch Premier League matches is New Zealand. The best it gets for them is the 5:30pm GMT kickoff which begins at 6:30am local time. Strewth!

What are the kickoff times like for you in your part of the world, and how do you adjust? Is your DVR your best friend? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night to watch your favorite club play? Click the comments link below and share your stories.

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7 Responses to Best And Worst EPL Kickoff Times Around The World

  1. I dig being in the central time zone here in the States, -6 GMT most of the time, -5 for this three week window. 2 PM weekday matches, and the weekend matches are generally over just before American football starts at noon, so I can watch both live, no problem.

  2. eplnfl says:

    Same for me Rf. Good post Gaffer. I’ve said for sometime having been in Europe during the last World Cup, not in Germany, but UK and Ireland, the local time at which your watching makes a a big difference. A real time feel is important, a pub for an early morning plate of eggs vs. a pub for lunch is very different.

  3. diana says:

    ‘The early match on Saturday definitely favors Asia.’
    Coming from Singapore myself, I can agree with that. But other than that, matches are often shown in the wee hours of the morning here.

  4. Jamie says:

    Lunchtime kickoff is a dream for us in Melbourne so the re-arranged games are blessing . Daylight savings can get us a 10.30 pm kick off time but usually saturday is a looooong day waiting . Midweek games here are 6.45 am at the moment so its breakfast at half time .

  5. TT says:

    Worst kickoff times for Sunday 11am GMT matches:

    The local time in Japan and Perth, Australia is 1am the next day

    is that right?? GMT 9 hrs difference

  6. This is the times in Indonesia:
    12:45pm GMT matches: 7:45 pm, Local Time
    3pm GMT matches: 10 pm, Local Time
    5:30pm GMT matches: 12:30 am, Local Time
    The worst times are the Champions Leagues, 7:45pm GMT = 2:45am the next morning..

    But we already get used to them I guess…

  7. Jay says:

    12:45 GMT = 4:45 PST. Brutally early for the west coast. Our only good times are for champions league(11:45) and Carling Cup or any games played at night.

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