The 2021 AFL Premiership got underway on March 18th. It’s already shaping up to be another closely fought season, with several sides making an early push for a place in the Grand Final this September.
Richmond has now won three of the past four Premierships, the last coming against Geelong in 2020. These two sides, as well as Melbourne and Port Adelaide, are cementing their places in the top 8 after the first few rounds. Find out how you can watch the AFL season unfold – whether it be on TV or streaming with a mobile device – right here.
AFL 2021 Live TV Preview
The 2021 AFL season will look a little more normal this year, with all teams prepared for Covid testing and the sport able to return to its spiritual home of Victoria. There’s also set to be more fans allowed into stadia, and fingers-crossed, we will see a jam-packed MCG when the Grand Final comes around in September.
On paper, it looks like being a close-run affair. Port Adelaide will be looking to reproduce their regular-season form from last year, whilst nobody can ever write off the power of the West Coast Eagles, the only team to have won a Premiership other than Richmond since 2016.
You have to go all the way back to 2003 since the Lions have last tasted Grand Final Glory, but Chris Fagan is building something special in the Queensland capital. Fagan has a certain Lachie Neale at his disposal as well as a few exciting new additions which make Brisbane a bit of a sleeping giant this year.
Where to Watch the AFL on Aussie TV
If you enjoy AFL action then the Fox Footy channel (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the place for you, televising every game afrom every AFL round Live in HD with no ad-breaks during play (Grand Final excluded). This includes the many contests not available on Free to Air, as well as replays of the games you may have missed, and a variety of streaming options to ensure you can watch every key match when you want.
Watch the AFL LIVE Online
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Footy you may wish to review Foxtel Now, which offers fans of every team an opportunity to watch the AFL live online before the Grand Final with compatible mobile and internet-connected devices (Mac & PC excluded).
Fox Footy is available with the Sports Pack, which offers instant access to over 50 Sports Live and On Demand. For those that wish to avoid lengthy contracts, Foxtel Now can be renewed month-to-month at your convenience, and also requires no set-top box or special connection fees.
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Stream the AFL LIVE and Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports is offering a 14 day trial. With Kayo you will have access to these exact same Fox Footy broadcasts and can stream the AFL free and Live using eligible mobile devices (Grand Final excluded).
Kayo also provides On Demand mini replays of the matches they televise, should you need to catch up on week’s action. Additionally, Kayo offers a range of in-game features such as Split-View, No Spoilers and Interactive Graphics. With over 50 sports shown live and on-demand, there’s also plenty of action to watch once AFL games are over.
AFL 2021 LIVE TV (Sydney time)
|Fri, May 14||St Kilda vs Geelong Cats||LIVE: 7.50pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Sat, May 15||Sydney Swans vs Collingwood||LIVE: 1.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, May 15||Hawthorn vs North Melbourne||LIVE: 2.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, May 15||Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions||LIVE: 4.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, May 15||Richmond vs GWS Giants||LIVE: 7.25pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Sat, May 15||Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs||LIVE: 7.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, May 16||Essendon vs Fremantle||LIVE: 1.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun, May 16||Melbourne vs Carlton||LIVE: 3.20pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Sun, May 16||West Coast Eagles vs Adelaide Crows||LIVE: 4.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
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Watch the AFL 2021 while Overseas
Watch AFL, the streaming service from Fox Sports, allows footy fans outside of Australia to watch every minute of every game LIVE and On Demand, as well as providing access to all of the most important AFL shows. All coverage comes from Fox Footy. The service can be paid for either weekly, monthly or annually. If you only need access during the finals series, the finals series pass is a great value option. The three main subscription options are $20/weekly, $39/monthly or $199/annual.
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Subscribe now and start watching instantly. AFL matches available live and on demand. Every pass includes access to every game of the finals series, including the Grand Final from $20 weekly or $39 monthly.
Latest AFL Ladder
Here are the latest standings in the 2021 AFL Premiership after Round 1. This table will be updated weekly after games so that you can see who is in pole position to make the Grand Final in September.
|8||West Coast Eagles||16|
|12||Gold Coast Suns||12|
|18||North Melbourne Kangaroos||0|
*table updated 11/05/2021
AFL Free to Air Broadcast Guide
New South Wales – Sydney: All GWS Giants and Sydney Swans matches will be televised by Network Seven, primarily on their 7Mate and 7HD channels.
Queensland – 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 – 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.
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, NT – Darwin, Tasmania – Hobart: No special channel 7 broadcasting arrangements apply.
Channel 7 vs Foxtel/Kayo TV Fixtures
While the Channel Seven television coverage is limited to between three and five contests per week across most locations in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide), Foxtel and Kayo Sports will televise every match in every round live before the Grand Final, with up to five exclusive games each week including the late matches on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as offering the option to stream the AFL live online or watch at home in HD. Foxtel and Kayo Sports also have secured exclusive broadcast rights to every match of the AFL Women’s league and the AFL Preseason Community series, so you never have to worry about getting your fill of footy.
|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|
Popular AFL TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more live AFL TV coverage and programs to keep you up to date during the 2021 season? Enjoy a raft of extra AFL coverage with Footy shows on Channel Seven, Channel Nine, Foxtel and Kayo, including the likes of AFL 360, On the Couch, Open Mike and the Sunday Footy Show. Take a look below for all the details on where to find the best in off-field AFL TV action.
|Show||Description||Channel||Live TV Times|
|AFL 360||The unlikely pairing of Mark Robinson and Gerard Whateley take an in-depth look at all the latest in AFL news||Kayo/Foxtel||Monday-Wednesday at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|On the Couch||Join this panel of AFL legends as they discuss the biggest issues to arise from the weekend of football||Kayo/Foxtel||Mondays at 8.30pm Sydney time|
|After the Bounce||Hosted by Jason Dunstall, this show takes an irreverent look at all things AFL||Kayo/Foxtel||Sundays at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|Open Mike||Esteemed journalist and interviewer Mike Sheehan sits down for a chat with a new guest each week||Kayo/Foxtel||Tuesdays at 8.30pm Sydney time|
|On the Mark||Join footy’s first all-female panel as they and their weekly guest take a look at the more personal side of the game||Kayo/Foxtel||TBD|
|Talking Footy||Hosted by Luke Darcy, join this panel of experts as they dissect the weekend’s footy action||Seven||Mondays at 7.30pm Sydney time|
|The Sunday Footy Show||Get your dose of football humour as this six-man panel reviews all the results and big stories from the weekend so far||Nine||Sundays at 10.00am|
|Footy Classified||Join two of Melbourne’s biggest names in journalism and two of the game’s biggest stars as they take a look at the weekend’s action||Nine||Mondays at 10.50pm|
|AFL Game Day||Hamish McLachlan leads a rotating panel of superstars for a review of the weekend’s completed games and a preview of those to come||Seven||Sundays at 10.00am|
|The Front Bar||Comedians Mick Molloy and Sam Pang join host Andy Maher for a fun look at everything AFL||Seven||Wednesdays/Thursdays at 8.30pm|