Police chiefs in West Norfolk are already pondering the problems they could face when football’s World Cup kicks off next summer.
Last week’s draw scheduled England’s opening match for the first Saturday night of the tournament in Brazil, raising concerns over the extra potential for drink-fuelled disorder back at home.
But senior officers have insisted they will be ready to deal with would-be troublemakers, as well as any temporary licensing issues that may arise.
Chief inspector Dave Buckley, who heads policing in Lynn, said: “We plan to work alongside our partner agencies and licenced premises so that people can enjoy the World Cup and feel safe in our pubs and licenced venues across West Norfolk.
“For the minority of people who will be out to cause public order offences, we will have a plan in place and the right resources to deal with these individuals quickly and robustly.”
Although the match between England and Italy will now kick off at 11pm British time on June 14, three hours earlier than originally scheduled, police accept that the timing of the game, and additional drinking time, may have an impact on public order.
A further match, between the Ivory Coast and Japan, is also still planned to start at 2am, when the England game was originally arranged for.
But Mr Buckley said officers were well used to dealing with such issues and insisted that the timing of the draw would enable them to plan for how many officers would be needed on the night and where they are most likely to be deployed.
Meanwhile, officers may also find themselves dealing with a series of applications for temporary licence extensions before the start of the tournament.
While councils have the power to either permit or reject applications for a permanent change to a venue’s licence, it is for police to decide whether any temporary extensions to opening times should be allowed.
Although police say that such applications are dealt with on an individual basis, issues such as the location of a pub or club, its ability to cope with additional hours and local resources are normally taken into account.