Often referred to as ‘the World Game’, football – or soccer as it’s known in these parts – is a popular sport regardless of which country you find yourself in. Teams like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are household names, with passionate fans around the globe. But if you’re a football fan living in Australia, chances are you’ve had to wake up extra early to catch the action, or simply settle for the post-game highlights. If you’re looking to stay up-to-date with the latest matches and goals from the best leagues around the world, Canstar Blue explains where to tune in, and what it will cost you.
Football on Kayo
In addition to offering coverage of the A-League and MLS, Kayo has plenty of other big competitions covered, including the best of the European and South American domestic leagues. Below is a list of football leagues and cup competitions included with a Kayo subscription:
- EFL Championship – live and on-demand replays of up to four games per round
- FA Cup – live and on-demand replays of the semi-finals and Final
- La Liga – both live and on-demand replays of select matches
- Serie A – both live and on-demand replays of select matches
- Ligue 1 – live and on-demand replays of up to six games per round
- Bundesliga – live and on-demand replays of up to nine games per round
- Copa Libertadores – live and on-demand replays of every round, including the Recopa Sudamericana
- Copa Sudamericana – live and on-demand replays of every round, including the Recopa Sudamericana
- Brazilian A Series – live and on-demand replays of up to four games per round
- Indian Super League – live and on-demand replays of selected games
Kayo will cost you $25 per month for the Basic subscription, which allows you to stream on two screens at once, while a $35 Premium subscription will allow you to stream on three separate screens. You can cancel your subscription at any time, with a free 14-day trial also available for new users.
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Football on Foxtel & beIN SPORTS
While beIN SPORTS is available on its own, viewers can tune in through a Foxtel subscription, with both offering a variety of leagues to follow. Live and on-demand football coverage includes these leagues and cup competitions:
- La Liga
- Serie A
- Ligue 1
- EFL Championship
- Carabao Cup
- Scottish Premiership
- German Cup
- French Cup
- Scottish Cup
- FA Community Shield
- UEFA Super Cup
- German Super Cup
- French League Cup
- Scottish League Cup
Foxtel’s Sports Pack starts from $29 a month, but can be bundled with other packs if you want a break from sports, while a monthly beIN SPORTS subscription will set you back just under $20. You can also take your sports with you on the go with the Foxtel App, or enjoy it through beIN SPORTS CONNECT, meaning the final score won’t be spoiled before you get home.
How to watch the EPL in Australia
If you’re a fan of English football, chances are you’ve had to catch most of the games at the pub early in the morning. Thankfully, there are a number of other ways to watch the EPL action, so you can sleep in and still stay up to date with fixtures and results.
Offering live coverage and highlights across a variety of sporting codes, the Optus Sports Package comes free with Optus services and phone plans, or can be similarly purchased by non-Optus customers for a monthly $15 subscription. With the Optus Sports app, viewers can catch all the action from every EPL and Champions League game live, with select games on demand and mini-highlights also available if you don’t have time to watch the full game.
A free-to-air option, SBS broadcasts one EPL match a week, making it a handy option for the casual fan, or for those who aren’t looking to spend big when it comes to watching the football. While there’s no guarantee the match shown on SBS is the match you want to watch, if you’re a fan of the sport (or don’t mind who wins or loses), SBS may be worth tuning in for your EPL needs. You might have to put up with a few ads though, after all, it is free!
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