How to watch the English Premier League (EPL) in Australia

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For many Australians, the English Premier League is what comes to mind when people mention football (or soccer). Otherwise known as the EPL, the league is widely considered the best in the world, home to many of the best players, teams, and most exciting matches – giving us plenty to cheer – or cry – about, depending on which side you support.

For Aussie fans however, the EPL can be a tough watch, even if you’re team is winning, with time zones often playing havoc on broadcasts and natural sleeping schedules! With the latest season of the EPL kicking off on Saturday, August 10, this page explains where – and how – you can tune in for the action, including live and replay coverage.

How to watch the EPL in Australia

There’s only one place you can catch every pass, tackle, and goal from the English Premier League (EPL) season, and that’s Optus Sport – the telco giant’s dedicated sports subscription streaming service that’s available for free with some Optus phone and internet plans, while others will need to pay $15 a month. The majority of live matches will be broadcast at midnight (AEST), but early kick-offs mean you can tune in at 9:30pm (AEST).

EPL on Optus Sport

Securing the rights to EPL coverage a few years ago, Optus Sport remains the best place to catch all the action, offering live and on-demand replays of every match of the season, as well as highlights programs for those who just want to see the weekend’s best goals. Optus Sport also covers the latest league news, stats, and behind the scenes footage from the EPL, as well as interviews and expert analysis of matches.

How can I get Optus Sport?

Some Optus customers can get Optus Sport for free with their phone or internet plan, while others can add it to their plan as an optional extra. Football fans who aren’t with the telco company can subscribe to Optus Sport for just $15 a month.

If you’re not keen on watching the football on the small screen, Optus Sport is compatible with Fetch, Apple TV and Google Chromecast, allowing you to watch the best football action in the world on the big screen and in all its glory. You can also download the Optus Sport app for free, available via the App Store and Google Play Store.

EPL matches on Optus Sport

Optus Sports provides comprehensive coverage from the English Premier League. As an example, Matchday 13 of the 2019-20 EPL season will see the following matches shown live on Optus Sport:

  • West Ham United Vs. Tottenham – 10:30pm (AEST) Saturday, November 23
  • Watford Vs. Burnley – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Everton Vs. Norwich City – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Crystal Palace Vs. Liverpool – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Brighton Vs. Leicester City – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Bournemouth Vs. Wolverhampton – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Arsenal Vs. Southampton – 1:00am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Manchester City Vs. Chelsea – 3:30am (AEST) Sunday, November 24
  • Sheffield United Vs. Manchester United  – 2:30am (AEST) Monday, November 25
  • Aston Villa Vs. Newcastle United – 6:00am (AEST) Tuesday, November 26

EPL Official App

While you might not be able to catch the live action, the official EPL app allows you to catch highlights, match-ups and news throughout the season. The EPL app is free to download and use, and is available on both Android and iOS operating systems, making it worth looking into if you don’t have the time to watch the whole game, or you’re only looking to see the final score. Additionally, you can also run your fantasy team via the app, adding a bit more excitement to the EPL season.

What about football on SBS?

Once the home of late-night English football fixes, SBS has been relegated from broadcasting the EPL this season. However, you can still catch select matches from the International Champions Cup (ICC), including the following matches:

  • Manchester United Vs. Milan – 2:30am (AEST) Sunday, August 4
  • Tottenham Vs. Internazionale – 12am (AEST) Monday, August 5
  • Atlético Madrid Vs. Juventus – 2am (AEST) Sunday, August 11

What about football on Foxtel?

It’s still the go-to for many sports, but Foxtel lost the rights to the EPL to Optus in 2015. It has also ditched its specific EPL club channels, including Manchester United TV. The good news is that Foxtel does offer coverage for the A-League, meaning you won’t be completely without football action on a Foxtel subscription.

How to watch the UEFA Super Cup in Australia

For those not familiar with the Super Cup, it’s a one-off match that pits the winner of the Champions League against the winner of the Europa League from last season, meaning the 2019 UEFA Super Cup will see English teams Liverpool and Chelsea clash for more silverware.

The teams will face off in Istanbul, with an Australian broadcast available from 5am (AEST) on Thursday, August 15. Those keen to watch can count on SBS for free-to-air TV viewing, while Optus Sport will also carry the live action.

How to watch the UEFA Champions League in Australia

Along with the EPL, Optus Sport has taken over coverage of the Champions League, well and truly becoming the home of English and European football in Australia. While last season’s final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur is still fresh in the memory, it won’t be long until the group stages of the 2019-20 competition begin.

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