Vancouver soccer fans might want to go to bed early tonight as the 2010 World Cup kicks off early tomorrow.

After the opening ceremonies at 6 a.m., host nation South Africa takes on Mexico to open soccer’s greatest showcase one hour later.

The second Group A match, at 11:30 a.m., sees Uruguay take on France — two former champions that just barely made it to the tournament after each won a playoff game to qualify.

For Metro Vancouver’s FIFA World Cup preview, including a list of local places to watch games from, see pages 15-19.