Keep up with all of the action from Brazil and never miss a match
World Cup 2014 is only a week away, and if you're interested in keeping up and watching as many games as possible this year, one of the best ways will be to add the full schedule to your Google Calendar. For big events such as the World Cup, Google creates shareable calendars that are updated and maintained for you, letting you simply follow along and not worry about keeping up with the gritty details of every single match.
It just takes a trip to the Google Calendar website and few easy steps, and you'll be following along with all of the action from Brazil. Read along and see how it all comes together.
First, you'll have to head to the web version of Google Calendar — at calendar.google.com — to manually add the calendar (preferably on a desktop, but if you're brave you can do it on your phone). At the moment this can't be done in the Google Calendar app, sadly.
Once on the website and logged in, look in the left sidebar for an "other calendars" area with an arrow next to it. Click that arrow on the right side and click "Add by URL." This is how you can add complete calendars that have been created and managed by other people.
In the window that pops up, enter the following link into the bar:
... and hit "Add Calendar." The best part about this is that the dates and times will change according to your time zone, and if any games are changed or updated you'll see the changes reflected on your calendar automatically. You can assign a custom color to the calendar from that same left bar by clicking the arrow next to the calendar, as well as set up alerts for certain events, if you wish.
Give it a couple of minutes, and the calendar will be synced to your other devices that are set up with Google Calendar as well. To double check if your phone is syncing it, be sure to go to your calendar app of choice, and manually check for additional calendars to sync.
World Cup 2014 kicks off on June 12th with the host country Brazil playing Croatia — and now you can see that right on your phone thanks to your new World Cup 2014 calendar.