Free to Air Soccer Channel ABC Secures 2019 A League Live TV Coverage

A League Soccer airing on ABC TV Australia

The A League has a new free to air broadcaster after the ABC signed a joint deal with Fox Sports to televise live games from Australia’s premier football league for the next two years. Here’s everything you need to know.

The ABC will take over from Network Ten as the sole free to air broadcaster of the league. As part of the deal, they will show all 5pm Saturday games throughout the 2019/20 season for a total of 29 live games, while one elimination final, one semi final and the grand final will also be available on delay through the network.

ABC Inks Deal to Become A-League Free to Air Provider

The two-year deal was signed just in time for the upcoming season, which is set to kick off  Friday, the 11th of October. The ABC’s coverage of the season will commence the following day when the Western Sydney Wanderers host the Central Coast Mariners at 5pm AEDT, while the following week will see new addition to the A League, Western United, play their first home game on ABC, against last year’s runners up the Perth Glory. The free to air network will also include delayed broadcasts of one Elimination Final, one Semi Final and the 2020 Hyundai A League Grand Final.

It’s worth noting that the Saturday evening games which will air on ABC will also be available on both Foxtel and the My Football App. While the ABC network is the only way to watch the A-League free each week, the time slot which they have been assigned will not typically see marquee match-ups take place, and Foxtel and Kayo Sports will have a far more comprehensive coverage. These subscription platforms will show every match throughout the season – including finals – both live and On Demand, and in high definition.

ABC Broadcasting Guide

The ABC coverage of the A League is part of a big push by the free to air broadcaster to deliver more football to Australian audiences, and comes alongside a deal which will see one W-League match per week and every W-League final aired live on the network, as well as the next two rounds of the Socceroos World Cup qualifiers. The 5pm slot for A-League games which they have gained as part of the deal won’t often be the match which merits the highest viewership for any given week, but it will act as an ideal lead-up to the Saturday night game – which is often a marquee clash – for fans of the league. An example of this is the season’s first Sydney Derby, which will be contested on October 26, and for which ABC have the lead-up match but not the popular rivalry itself.

For fans who need a little more action than just one game a week, Foxtel and Kayo Sports will offer much more comprehensive coverage of the league. Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) will show every single game throughout the season, including those shown on ABC as well as every final, live, in high definition and with no ad-breaks during play, meaning lovers of the world game don’t have to miss a minute of the action. The Fox Sports telecasts, courtesy of Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra and Kayo Sports, will also see commentary and analysis from some of the best in the business, with the likes of Mark Bosnich, Archie Thompson, Graham Arnold and Kevin Muscat in the commentary box.

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A League 2019 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Due to licensing agreements the A League free to air coverage on ABC is limited to one match per week. Alternatively, Foxtel and Kayo Sports will have live broadcasts of every game throughout the season, with no ad-breaks during play. 

Kayo Sports also have a 14 day Free trial that has no lock-in contract, which would allow fans to enjoy a good chunk of the matches before making a commitment.Kayo offers live A League streaming 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.

Friday 11 OctoberAdelaide United v Sydney FCLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Saturday 12 OctoberWestern Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast MarinersLIVE at 5.00pmABC / Kayo / Foxtel
Saturday 12 OctoberMelbourne Victory v Melbourne CityLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 13 OctoberWellington Phoenix v Western UnitedLIVE at 4.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 13 OctoberPerth Glory v Brisbane RoarLIVE at 6.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Friday 18 OctoberMelbourne Victory v Western Sydney WanderersLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Saturday 19 OctoberWestern United v Perth GloryLIVE at 5.00pmABC / Kayo / Foxtel
Saturday 19 OctoberCentral Coast Mariners v Newcastle JetsLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 20 OctoberMelbourne City v Adelaide UnitedLIVE at 4.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 20 OctoberSydney FC v Wellington PhoenixLIVE at 6.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Friday 25 OctoberBrisbane Roar v Melbourne VictoryLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Saturday 26 OctoberNewcastle Jets v Adelaide UnitedLIVE at 5.00pmABC / Kayo / Foxtel
Saturday 26 OctoberWestern Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FCLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 27 OctoberWellington Phoenix v Perth GloryLIVE at 4.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 27 OctoberWestern United v Melbourne CityLIVE at 6.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Friday 1 NovemberSydney FC v Newcastle UnitedLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Saturday 2 NovemberWestern Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane RoarLIVE at 5.00pmABC / Kayo / Foxtel
Saturday 2 NovemberMelbourne Victory v Western UnitedLIVE at 7.30pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 3 NovemberMelbourne City v Wellington PhoenixLIVE at 4.00pmKayo / Foxtel
Sunday 3 NovemberPerth Glory v Central Coast MarinersLIVE at 6.00pmKayo / Foxtel

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