FIFA World Cup fans able to watch games live at WA venues thanks to one-off extended trading hours policy

Perth soccer fans will be able to stay up into the night at WA pubs and bars for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after a new one-off liquor policy was announced for the occasion by the State Government.

Under the new extended trading hours policy, venues will be able to open at 3am to allow soccer fans to watch their favourite teams live when the FIFA World Cup kicks off between November 20 and December 18.

While some may decide to close after normal trading hours at midnight, bars that choose to operate through the morning will be able to if they meet certain criteria.

Fans looking to take public transport into the city will be able to arrive before the last train at 2am and then leave when the timetable resumes at 5am.

The sector has welcomed this and hoped it could be a trial run for other big international events which run into the night.

The liquor laws were announced by Gaming Minister Tony Buti on Friday at Yagan Square’s Shoe Bar.

Camera IconPerth soccer fans will be able to stay up into the night at WA pubs and bars for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after new one-off liquor laws were announced for the occasion by the State Government. Credit: ANDRE PAIN/EPA

Mr Buti said the extended trading will not only support hospitality businesses and the economy, but it will also give sports fans the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the game with friends.

“More than 3.5 billion people tuned into the last FIFA World Cup in 2018 and this policy will give Western Australian venues and fans more opportunity to be part of this global event,” he said.

Of the 64 games in the World Cup, 54 of them kick off at 9pm WST, 11pm, 12am, or 3am — with games generally extending beyond usual pub hours.

Most are 11pm or 3am, including all of the finals games. The other 10 games start at 6pm.

Australia is in Group D and their games. Australia will play its first game against France at 3am WST on November 23, then Tunisia at 6pm on November 26, and Denmark at 11pm on November 30.

“It’s great that we’ve got this new policy of instead of trading permits to allow these venues to remain open late at night early in the morning if they’re broadcasting a World Cup game,” the Minister said.

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