Football fans are relishing the return of the Hyundai A-League, with the 16th season kicking off in December 2020. The competition will run through until June 30th when the Grand Final will take place.
This year sees a record number of sides taking part and therefore even more games played across the course of the season. Find out when and where to watch the A-League in 2020/21 here.
A-League 2020/21 Live TV Preview
Heading into the 2020/21 season, Sydney FC again enter as favourites, looking to capture their third title in a row. Hot on their tails will be two sides from Melbourne in the shape of Victory, and City, who Sydney beat in August’s Grand Final. Another team expected to be there or thereabouts will be Robbie Fowlers Brisbane Roar. The Englishman has the Queenslanders playing attractive football, and this year will want to turn that into silverware.
Fans will also see another major change during A-League 2020/21, with a twelfth team being added. Macarthur FC will be the third side from Sydney to taking part league, playing their home games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in the city’s South West. Their addition has evened out the number of teams taking part in the completion, meaning there will be no byes this term. In total, there will be 161 matches played over 23 weeks, with the Grand Final set for June, all of which will be shown on Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
On the terrestrial broadcasting front, ABC has secured a 2-year deal to replace Ten as the official A-League free to air provider. Under the new agreement, ABC TV and ABC iview will televise 29 Saturday matches live, although these games will also be air simultaneously on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo). ABC will also show delayed broadcasts of one Elimination Final, one Semi-Final and the Grand Final.
2020/21 Hyundai A-League
When: December 2020 – June 2021
Where: Australia, New Zealand
A League LIVE Australian TV Times (Sydney time)
|Sun, Dec 27||Western Sydney v Macarthur FC||LIVE: 6.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Mon, Dec 28||Western United v Adelaide United||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tue, Dec 29||Brisbane v Wellington||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wed, Dec 30||Sydney FC v Melbourne City||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thu, Dec 31||Mariners v Jets||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, Jan 1||Western Sydney v Western United||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Jan 2||Wellington v Sydney FC||LIVE: 5.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, Jan 2||Melbourne Victory v Brisbane||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, Jan 3||Macarthur FC v Mariners||LIVE: 4.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, Jan 3||Adelaide v Melbourne City||LIVE: 5.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. A League TV replays available on Foxtel and Kayo Sports throughout the week.
Watch or Stream the A-League Live
If you are looking for Hyundai A-League action then Fox Sports of Australia (Foxtel and Kayo) is the place for you, with every match of every round shown live, in HD, with no ad-breaks during play. This includes the matches you won’t find on Free to Air TV, replays of the games you may have missed and the option to watch the A League online.
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So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to check out the 14 day Free Kayo Sports trial which has no lock-in contract and will televise this same A League action and more. Kayo offers live A League streaming options with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon. While ‘Kayo Minis’, which offer a condensed replay highlights for those who miss the full game, will be available shortly after the final whistle of every match.
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Watch the A League Live with Telstra
Telstra offers another way to keep on top of every minute of the A League this season, offering the exact same broadcasts as Foxtel and Kayo. The intriguing benefit of Telstra is that you can subscribe to the Entertainment plus Sport pack for a saving of roughly 40% over Foxtel’s regular cost, and have access to all the Fox Sports channels, as well as ESPN of Australia and beIN Sports. All in all, Foxtel from Telstra offers exactly the same product as its Foxtel counterpart – but currently is available at a substantially reduced cost.
Alternatively, if you’re an existing Telstra subscriber you can take full advantage of the Kayo Sports free trial and start streaming the A League live using an eligible mobile device. With Kayo from Telstra you’ll get a never-ending assortment of live and on demand action. Kayo offers over 50 sports, including Rugby Union and Cricket, as well as Motorsport such as the Formula One and Supercars Championship plus more.
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Must See A-League Derby TV Guide
The Sydney Derby, contested by Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers, is arguably the most heated rivalry in the A-League. With Sydney FC a glamour club of the league and the Wanderers representing the working-class western suburbs, the cultural significance of these games brings out a passion in fans which rivals that of the European leagues. The first derby of the new season will take place on the 26th of October, the second on the 8th of February, and the third on the 21st of March, and regardless of the standings you don’t want to miss streaming the Sydney Derby live.
The Melbourne Derby is fought out by cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City three times each season, and regularly draws crowds in excess of 30,000 animated fans to Melbourne’s world-renowned sporting precinct. The Victory, as the league’s equal most successful club, play the role of the dominant big brother against a City side which has not yet won a title, and which was forced to undergo a name change in 2014 following an unsuccessful four years as the Melbourne Heart. The two sides will see each other on October 12th, as well as December 21st (Round 11) and February 7th (Round 18).
The A-League Big Blue started out as an inevitable rivalry between the only teams from Australia’s two biggest cities; Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. Now, both teams have cross-town rivals, but the intensity of these match-ups remain. The two sides have won more than half of the league’s championships since its inauguration, and boast two of the top three membership totals, ensuring that matches between the two sides are often of an extremely high quality and always intense. Adding further to the rivalry is the fact that there has been multiple Big Blue Grand Final’s, two of which went to penalties. The three Big Blue matches this season will take place on the 16th of November, 24th of January and the 7th of March.
How to Stream the A League in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the A League? Let’s look at some of the popular streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video, including Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the A League and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
One of the most popular devices in Australia and perhaps the easiest to use, the Telstra TV (made by global streaming leader Roku) is now in its third generation, and features support for live TV channels that are integrated seamlessly with all the key services. The Telstra TV supports every streaming app you could ever need, from Netflix and Stan to Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now, and it’s fully ready for 4K televisions, making it ideal for the stunning on screen action found in the A League. You can obtain the Telstra TV outright, or add it to your existing Telstra account for a small monthly payment.