With both the EPL and Champions League underway, there’s already plenty to be excited about if you’re a fan of overseas football. However, there’s something else on the horizon that will keep you strapped in front of the TV (well, if you’re a Liverpool fan, anyway) – the FIFA Club World Cup. But how can you catch all the action in Australia? Find out here.
How can I watch the FIFA Club World Cup in Australia?
The only way you can watch the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup live in Australia is through Optus Sports, with streaming available via the Optus Sports app – on mobile, laptop and desktop – or through partner platforms including Fetch, Apple TV, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox.
Being a football fan in Australia isn’t easy, with late nights often the only way to catch the overseas action live. While sports streaming services like Kayo have proven their worth, (and given us an earlier bedtime through on-demand replays), Optus Sport has also weighed in on the football scene, securing exclusive broadcasting rights in Australia for the EPL and Champions League, meaning it’s no surprise the FIFA Club World Cup has been added to the ranks.
When does the FIFA Club World Cup start?
The competition kicks-off on Wednesday, December 11, with the final to be played on December 21. Below are the matches for the FIFA Club World Cup tournament.
- Match 1: Al-Sadd vs. Hienghène Sport – 4:30am (AEDT) Wednesday, December 11
- Match 2: Monterrey vs. Winner of Match 1 – 4:30am (AEDT) Saturday, December 14
- Match 3: Al-Hilal vs. Espérance de Tunis – 1:30am (AEDT) Saturday, December 14
- Semi-Finals: Flamengo vs. Winners of Match 3 – 4:30am (AEDT) Tuesday, December 17
- Fifth Place Playoff: Loser of Match 2 vs. Loser of Match 3 – 1:30am (AEDT) Tuesday, December 17
- Semi-Finals: Winners of Match 2 vs. Liverpool – 4:30am (AEDT) Wednesday, December 18
- Third Place Playoff: Loser of Match 5 vs. Loser of Match 6 – 1:30am (AEDT) Saturday, December 21
- Final: Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 6 – 4:30am (AEDT) Saturday, December 21
In addition to offering every match live and on-demand, Optus Sport also has ‘Scores on Sunday’, an in-house live football show analysing each and every game from the tournament, ideal for those who enjoy getting into the nitty-gritty of football.
How to get Optus Sport
Optus Sport is available as an optional extra on eligible Optus plans for no extra cost, but non-Optus customers, and Optus customers who don’t have an eligible plan, can still sign up to Optus Sport, which will set you back under $15 a month. If you’re only interested in signing up for the UEFA tournament, you can cancel at any time, but you’ll be charged for the month’s use.
What is the FIFA Club World Cup?
While not one of the most talked about competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup is another chance for clubs to take home a piece of silverware. Starting back in 2000, the FIFA Club World Cup sees seven teams from around the world – six of which are champions of their own confederation, and one from the host nation – compete, with the 2019 tournament hosted in Qatar.
Teams competing in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup are:
- Flamengo (CONMEBOL Confederation) – Winners of the 2019 Copa Libertadores
- Liverpool (UEFA Confederation) – Winners of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League
- Al-Hilal (AFC Confederation) – Winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League
- Espérance de Tunis (CAF Confederation) – Winners of the 2018-19 CAF Champions League
- Monterrey (CONCACAF Confederation) – Winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
- Hienghène Sport (OFC Confederation) – Winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League
- Al-Sadd (AFC/Host Nation) – Winners of the 2018-19 Qatar Stars League
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