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That's why the national team has played 15 PM

A cool Blonde in one, a pack of Chips in the other Hand, comfortably sitting on the Sofa, the start of the match, at a quarter before nine, contrary to feverish – so-familiar to Fans of the Swiss national team.

On Saturday you will need to change. Instead of beer, there are more coffee and cake. Since kick-off in Tbilisi for the first game of the qualification for the European championship finals in 2020, is already 15 o'clock Swiss time. What are the reasons for the early setting?


According to article 24 of the Uefa rules for European football championship, says the Decision-making authority is to the game heading to the European football Association. Article 26 regulates the kick-off times. In addition to the usual fixtures at 20.45 18.00 also an optional play time is provided for games on Saturday and Sunday at 15.00. In a written statement, Uefa explained that as the reason for the early setting of various conditions were taken into account, such as, for example, the different time zones, as well as the attempt to distribute attractive matches for the spectators throughout the day evenly. Seen in this way, not evaluates the Uefa match between Switzerland and Georgia, indirectly, as a scoop of game day.

the game takes place earlier than usual, Swiss time, at the time of displacement. Between Switzerland and the capital of Georgia, approximately 3860 kilometres. The distance also has an impact on the time: Three time zones separates the two countries. On the spot of the kickoff is done by 18, PM.

The SRF:

says The program is heading on a Saturday afternoon, have the responsible to no problems, explains SRF spokesman Lino Bowman. Nevertheless, it would have shown the game in the main evening program, the game will present a "large audience".

SRF has the hole, the results after the end of the winter sports in the afternoon, well filled. In addition, the soccer transfer does not affect the scheduled broadcast of the floorball semi-finals at 17.

the Association:

On request SFV-media spokesman Marco von Ah explains that the Swiss football Association has assigned the marketing rights for the Euro qualifiers in Uefa. The SFV receives from the European Association for an annual payment of an estimated 2.5 million Swiss francs. This is for the dressing a good deal. He has not luck of the draw and in the qualification play in Germany or England, he can not import with the sale of the TV rights approximately this amount.

Uefa has not only marketed the qualifying matches Central. It also determines the scheduling of the games. It used to be different. "Since the participants after the draw and the scheduling of the games discussed. It's happened before, that the discussions about a whole day stretched," says von Ah.

This discussion, there are now. The Uefa has decided. For the Fans, it's perhaps more of a coffee machine instead of a fridge – if not already, the beer garden invites to the Premiere, it could be on Saturday, nice and warm. For the team the early face-off time has the pleasant side effect that you can still fly on Saturday night, back into Switzerland and two days before she receives on Tuesday in Basel, Denmark. The landing is planned in the night of Sunday, half an hour after midnight so the airport Basel-Mulhouse applicable country is irritating to the regime until the last Minute. (

Created: 23.03.2019, 12:21 PM

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