The FFA Cup is Australia’s own knockout soccer competition, pitting teams from around the country against the best of the best. In 2019, the options for watching or streaming the FFA Cup have expanded, here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the Magic of the Cup.
FFA Cup 2019 TV Preview
Last year, Adelaide United took out their second FFA Cup title, having also won in the inaugural edition of the tournament back in 2014. They defeated the year’s fairytale team, the Bentleigh Greens, in the semi-final, before overcoming a sterner test in the final when they beat Sydney FC 2-1 courtesy of a 74th minute strike by Craig Goodwin.
Adelaide will again be one of the favourites heading into the 2019 edition of the event, alongside a number of their fellow A-League clubs. Melbourne City is perhaps the most popular pick to win it all, while the Western Sydney Wanderers, the Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar round out the list of major favourites. Hume City and Manly United top the list of non A-League clubs most likely to upset the status quo, though the two are, unsurprisingly, significantly below the top A-League teams on talent.
The teams which made it through to the Round of 32 consist of the ten A-League clubs, the winners of the National Premier League title, and 21 teams which won their way through courtesy of the preliminary rounds. Each round will see the winners advance through to the next, and the losers eliminated from the competition, meaning one bad day (or one good day, depending which team you support) is enough to see the favourites tumble out of the tournament.
FFA Cup Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Tue 17th September||Hume City FC v Central Coast Mariners||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tue 17th September||Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets||7.30pm||Kayo|
|Wed 18th September||Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wed 18th September||Brisbane Strikers v Moreland Zebras||7.30pm||Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per broadcasting rights there is no FFA Cup free to air provider in Australia.
Watch or Stream the FFA Cup Live
Fox Sports of Australia are the official FFA Cup 2019 broadcaster and will be televising every match live from the round of 16 onwards, including this year’s Final, with select matches available in HD as well as ad-break free during play. You can access Fox Sport through either Foxtel, Telstra, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. Foxtel, Telstra and Kayo Sports will also carry the beIN channel’s coverage of the EFL Cup and La Liga, in addition to every A League match live online with no ad-breaks during play.
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to look into the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial which has no set-up or equipment fees. With Kayo you will have access to the same Fox Sports broadcasts as Foxtel, and can stream the FFA Cup live to eligible devices and browsers within just minutes of getting started. Kayo also offers match replays, so you have the option to watch the FFA Cup on Demand should you miss out and need to catch up.
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How to Watch the FFA Cup Online in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the FFA Cup to an internet connected device, and how can you maximise their use? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Stream FFA Cup Soccer with Apple TV
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.
Stream FFA Cup Soccer with Google Chromecast
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.
Stream the FFA Cup with the 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 FFA Cup 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 FFA Cup. You can obtain the Telstra TV outright, or add it to your existing Telstra account for a small monthly payment.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Designed to be sleek, simple to use and inconspicuous, Amazon’s popular Fire TV Stick is a tony device that plugs directly into a spare HDMI port – but still comes with a proper remote control that you can use to navigate its user-friendly interface. The perfect way to stream Amazon Prime Video – as well as all the other popular services including Netflix, Stan and YouTube – the Fire TV Stick packs a lot of power into a tiny device that stays out of sight, including the ability to download and play video games.
|FFA Cup Streaming Device List||Kayo Sports User Guide|
|PC/Mac||Yes, web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes, via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum).|
|Google Chromecast||Yes, the Google Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p.|
|Telstra TV||Yes, Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p.|
|Android TV||Yes, via app for version 7.0 and up.|
|Samsung Smart TVs||App in development – coming soon|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Apps in development – coming soon|