Footy fans are relishing the return of the 124th season of the AFL, which will kick off on Thursday, 19 March. The AFL is the most highly attended spectator sport in Australia and one of the top five most attended league’s world-wide, with an average of well over thirty-thousand people in the stadiums for each game.
Entering the 2020 season Richmond are the reigning Premiers and will be favourites to make it two in a row and three in four years, but there are a number of teams looking to stop them from doing just that, and you can enjoy the action when watching at home on your big screen or streaming matches live to a mobile device.
Must See 2020 AFL Live TV
There will be a number of fascinating contests during the 2020 AFL premiership season, beginning with an early season Showdown between the Crows and the Power on the 28th of March. A couple of weeks later is the traditional Easter Monday clash between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks on the 13th of April, while Anzac Day will this year see a host of games – the 25th of April falls on a Saturday, meaning there are three other games alongside the annual Collingwood v Essendon matchup. May kicks off with a bang when last year’s Grand Finalists, the Tigers and the Giants, face off at the MCG on the 2nd of May, while Western Australia will stop for the first Western Derby of the year the next day.
2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season
When: March 19 – September 26
Later that month, the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers celebrate the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the AFL with ‘Dreamtime at the G’, which will take place on the 23rd of May in front of a packed MCG. June kicks off with a bang with the Queen’s Birthday fixture between Collingwood and Melbourne as we head into the second half of the season, before another Showdown headlines the following round. One of the biggest matches of July comes on the 10th when two Premiership contenders and long-time rivals, Richmond and Collingwood, take centre stage on Friday night, before another Western Derby will draw plenty of interest the following week. GWS and Sydney go head-to-head in a Battle of the Bridge as the season winds to a close on the 25th of July, before West Coast and Collingwood, both of whom will likely be in top four contention, play out a rematch of the thrilling 2018 Grand Final on the 14th of August.
Among the matches that will be broadcast in this round with no ad-breaks during play on the AFL dedicated Fox Footy channel (Kayo/Foxtel), but either not available or limited by location on Free to Air TV (ch. 7) are:
** AFL announces season postponed **
The AFL has announced that the AFL Premiership will be postponed until at least May 31st. The reason for this is the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that stadiums and travel may expose players and fans to this community health concern. If any significant new details are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
AFL 2020 Premiership Season LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Thursday, 26 March||Collingwood vs Richmond||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday, 27 March||Sydney Swans vs Essendon||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 28 March||Melbourne vs GWS Giants||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 28 March||Carlton vs Western Bulldogs||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 28 March||Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday, 28 March||Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 29 March||Geelong Cats vs Gold Coast Suns||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 29 March||St Kilda vs West Coast Eagles||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday, 29 March||Fremantle vs Hawthorn||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo|
Above events shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. The AFL TV replays will be available exclusively on Fox Footy (Foxtel/Kayo) through-out the following week.
Watch or Stream the AFL Live
While the free to air AFL telecasts are limited to an average of four contests in each round, the Fox Footy channel (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide the most complete live coverage with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final. This includes watching the AFL live online with eligible mobile and internet connected devices (PC & Mac excluded) using the Foxtel Go app, and replays so you can enjoy the action no matter your schedule.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same Fox Footy broadcasts, and include the convenience of streaming the AFL free and Live using eligible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded). Kayo also have a split-view feature so you can watch up to four live events at the same time, ensuring you never miss a key moment of the wide range of sport listed in the Kayo TV guide. This offer also applies to existing Telstra customers, to get started just visit the website listed below.
Stream the AFL with Kayo Sports FREE trial
Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every round from the NRL and AFL, action from the German Bundesliga, UFC and V8 Supercars – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
AFL on Free to Air
Continuing in 2020, the twenty-three rounds of the AFL Premiership will be for the most part held three days a week, Friday to Sunday. The AFL Free to Air coverage on Seven Network will include live telecasts of the Friday night game, up to two matches on Saturday, one contest on Sunday afternoon, and any games that fall on a public holiday, a Monday or a Thursday. Channel 7 will also broadcast the entire Final series live, including the Grand Final.
Channel Seven vs Foxtel/Kayo
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited, Foxtel and Kayo Sports will televise every game in every Round Live, before the Grand Final, with up to five exclusive matches each week including the games on Saturday and Sunday night. Additionally, the Kayo Sports AFL coverage will include the option to pause, rewind, check scores, watch multiple matches and other fan friendly features.
|Day / Time / Event||Channel|
|Friday Night||Ch. 7 and Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Afternoon Game 1||Ch. 7 and Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Afternoon Game 2||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Evening||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Night Game 1||Ch. 7 and Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday Night Game 2||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday Afternoon Game 1||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday Afternoon Game 2||Ch. 7 and Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sunday Evening||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday & Public Holidays||Ch. 7 and Foxtel / Kayo|
The above listing offers a guide for what games are shown on each channel, Australia-wide, and does not reflect Channel Seven’s free to air state-to-state variations which may also include:
New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Queensland (QLD) – Brisbane: All Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
South Australia (SA) – Adelaide: All Port Adelaide Power and Adelaide Crows matches will be televised by the Seven Network across Channel 7, as well as 7Mate and 7HD.
Western Australia (WA) – Perth: All Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles matches will be televised by the Seven Network, live, alternating between Channel 7 and 7Mate.
ACT – Canberra: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by the Seven Network, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Victoria – Melbourne: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
Northern Territories (NT) – Darwin: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
Tasmania – Hobart: No special Free to Air broadcasting arrangements apply.
AFL 2020 Teams to Watch
The Richmond Tigers will head into the 2020 season as the favourites to take out their 13th Premiership, after they dominated the GWS Giants in the Grand Final last year to the tune of 89 points en route to their second flag in three years. Their selfless style of play and incredible ball movement was on show throughout the finals series in 2019, and the pairing of key forwards Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt worked as well as anyone could have hoped. A smattering of top-level talent and an array of capable co-stars with well-defined roles should once again make them extremely difficult to beat in 2020, and you won’t miss a minute when watching this week’s AFL live online.
The team the Tigers defeated in the 2019 Grand Final, the GWS Giants, will also head into 2020 as Premiership hopefuls, and will be desperate to avenge the disappointing loss they suffered on their first trip to the big dance last year. The Giants’ top end is as talented as any in the league, and the return of Stephen Coniglio – who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury – amongst a host of other injured stars will give them a huge boost in 2020. For years they’ve been close but have never been able to break their Premiership duck, but if they can avoid the injury curse which has plagued them in recent years they will be well and truly in the mix.
Another side likely to be thereabouts at the pointy end of the season is the team GWS beat in a thrilling preliminary final last year, the Collingwood Magpies. The Magpies have made it to the final four in each of the last two years and enjoyed a Grand Final appearance in 2018, but they’ve been unable to take the next step and win a 15th Premiership. This year, they will bring back much of the same cast which made them such a dangerous side in 2019, and led by arguably the best midfield in the business they will have their eyes firmly set on the Premiership Cup.