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 October||Adelaide United v 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|
|Friday 18 October||Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 19 October||Western United v Perth Glory||LIVE at 5.00pm||ABC / Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 19 October||Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 20 October||Melbourne City v Adelaide United||LIVE at 4.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 20 October||Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix||LIVE at 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Friday 25 October||Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 26 October||Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United||LIVE at 5.00pm||ABC / Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 26 October||Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 27 October||Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory||LIVE at 4.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 27 October||Western United v Melbourne City||LIVE at 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Friday 1 November||Sydney FC v Newcastle United||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 2 November||Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar||LIVE at 5.00pm||ABC / Kayo / Foxtel|
|Saturday 2 November||Melbourne Victory v Western United||LIVE at 7.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 3 November||Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix||LIVE at 4.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Sunday 3 November||Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners||LIVE at 6.00pm||Kayo / Foxtel|