How to watch football in Australia

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

Kayo has plenty of big competitions covered, including the best of the European and South American domestic leagues. Below is a list of football leagues and cup competitions Kayo offers broadcasts of:

  • EFL Championship– live and on-demand replays of select games every round of the competition
  • FA Cup– live and on-demand replays of the semi-finals and Final
  • La Liga– both live and on-demand replays of select matches per round
  • Serie A– live and on-demand coverage of select games per round
  • Ligue 1– live and on-demand replays of multiple 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
  • Major League Soccer– live and on-demand coverage of multiple games per round
  • Scottish Professional Football League– live and on-demand coverage of select games per round

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.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25Advertised Cost/month Go To Site
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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $25$15
Advertised Cost/month
Get Offeron Telstra’s website

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
  • Bundesliga
  • Ligue 1
  • EFL Championship
  • Carabao Cup
  • Scottish Premiership Football League
  • EFL League One
  • EFL League Two
  • Coupe De La Ligue
  • Coupe de France
  • Copa Libertadores
  • Copa Sudamericana
  • Copa America
  • Confederations Cup
  • Africa Cup of Nations

Foxtel’s Sports HD Bundle Pack – which also includes Foxtel Plus for other entertainment – costs $74 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.

Optus

Offering live coverage and highlights across a variety of sporting codes, the Optus Sport 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 game live, with select games on demand and mini-highlights also available if you don’t have time to watch the full game.

Football on free-to-air TV

In addition to paid-streaming services, there’s also a number of free-to-air options available to watch the beautiful game on, including SBS and ABC iview.

SBS

A free-to-air option, SBS used to be the go-to for free EPL action, but has been relegated from the league by Optus. However, football fans can still catch select matches from select leagues around the world, so if you love football for football’s sake, SBS may still have some legs to it.

ABC iview

ABC iview offers a number of live-streams and replay for the A-League, W-League and Australian International matches, although times and availability will be subject to your location and local TV guides, in addition to other broadcasting deals for international games. But if you’re looking to catch the local action for free, ABC iview may be the option for you.

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