If you're a fan of soccer, you're looking at a great three weeks with Copa America.
The prestigious Copa America tournament puts 16 nations from the Americas against one another in a fantastic tournament that will play out across the country, with some of the biggest names in world soccer (or, as most would say, football) playing for their country.
In the 100th rendition of Copa America (that's where the "Centenario" part comes from), it's actually being held right here in the United States, and that means not only will you be able to go watch a game in person if you so desire, but for the rest of us it'll also be broadcast on U.S. television and played in familiar stadiums across the country.
Whether you want to follow a specific country's climb through the tournament — which kicks off June 3 with the United States versus Colombia — or revel in the entire event, adding the schedule to your Google Calendar is a great way to keep up with it. This is how you do it.
You have to get this done on the web, rather than your phone, but it's pretty simple:
- Head to http://www.ca2016.com/matches on your computer
- Scroll down to Full schedule and click Sync your digital match calendar
- Select which nations you'd like to see the schedule for, or click Full schedule to see every match
- Click Sync schedule at the bottom of the page
- On the next page, select Google Calendar in the upper-left corner, and click Next
- Enter your name, email address and postal code (feel free to use any information here you wish ... your email address is all that matters)
- (Bonus: You may want to uncheck the "Yes ..." dialogue box at the bottom)
- Click Yes, Sync me option, and you'll be redirected to your Google Calendar page with the new calendar added
If you want to have this newly synced calendar on your phone or tablet, be sure to hop into your calendar app of choice and check that it's syncing to your device — some calendar app don't automatically sync new calendars.
Once added to Google Calendar, the schedule will show you which nations are playing, where the match is held, what time it starts and what TV channel it's on for your location. The benefit of having a synced calendar like this is that it can update over time, showing you results right in the calendar and updating future events as the tournament moves along.
Now, no matter which nation you support, or if you're just here for the spectacle of it all, you can follow along with the whole Copa America Centenario tournament as it rolls out the next couple of weeks.