Football fans are relishing the return of the Hyundai A-League, with the league’s 15th season kicking off in October. The season will run through until May of 2020, with the Grand Final to be played on the weekend of the 16th of May.
Sydney FC are the reigning Premiers after they beat Perth Glory on penalties in the Grand Final, and they will be one of the teams to watch again this year. Their opponent in that game and the team which finished on top of the table, Perth, will be looking to go one better, while the two Melbourne teams and Adelaide United are expected to be in the mix. It’s set to be an exciting few months of football, and you can enjoy all the action when watching at home on your TV or streaming matches live to an eligible device using the options listed here.
2019 Hyundai A-League
When: 11 October, 2019 – 16 May, 2020
Where: Australia, New Zealand
A League 2019/20 Live TV Preview
Heading into the 2019/20 season Perth are the favourites to go one step further, and though they have lost a couple of their key pillars in defence, they should have the personnel to cover their losses and boast an all-star attack. Sydney FC, the most successful team in A-League history following last season’s historic Grand Final victory, made a couple of significant additions in the off-season, while the Victory have added a host of international talent following a humiliating semi-final exit last season and look like being one of the league’s most talented teams.
There will be one major change to the A-League in 2019/20, with an eleventh team added. The Western United will be the third Victorian team in the league, being based in the western suburb of Truganina. Their addition presented a number of challenges with regards to fixturing – in previous seasons, each team played the other nine three times for a total of 27 regular season matches, but this year will be a little different. Teams will play 26 matches each across 29 rounds, playing four teams twice and six other teams three times while also enjoying three byes.
On the broadcasting front, ABC have 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 and jointly with Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo). ABC will also show delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the A League grand final which is currently scheduled for the 17th of May.
Among the action in this round being broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) includes:
A League LIVE Australian TV Times (Sydney time)
|Friday 11 October||Adelaide United vs Sydney FC||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 12 October||Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners||LIVE at 5.00pm||ABC / Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 12 October||Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 13 October||Wellington Phoenix v Western United||LIVE at 4.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 13 October||Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar||LIVE at 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
*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.
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 highlights package 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.
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.