The 2019 AFL Premiership is now underway, with local derbies, intense rivalries and grudge matches riddled across the season as 18 teams fight it out for the greatest prize in Australian football. The West Coast Eagles are the defending premiers, but will have some stiff competition for the cup this year and you can enjoy the action at home on your TV or when streaming matches live to a mobile device.
AFL 2019 Live TV Preview
The 2019 season of the AFL shapes up to be one of the most interesting of the modern era, with several high-quality teams expected to challenge for the title, but the main talking point will be the new rule changes that were announced immediately after last year’s highly watched AFL Grand Final. There are a wide range of new rules that have been brought in place to help improve the game and make it more attacking, varying from changes to kick ins after behinds, ruckmen with prior opportunity and encouraging play to continue with harsher 50m penalties. But the big change that is up for debate is the starting position at centre bounces. Both sides on the ground need six players in each section of the field, that being defence, midfield and forward. Four players from each side must start in the centre square with two wingmen stationed along the wing. This was brought in to encourage more space and an attacking style of play, which should result in more scoring.
The final regular season round of the AFL is highlighted by the Richmond Tigers vs Brisbane Lions fixture at the MCG. This is going to be a must watch contest. The Tigers are humming along nicely towards the Finals and once again will be playing on their home deck, but the story will be about Brisbane and how they measure up against a premiership heavyweight on the biggest stage in AFL. If they are to challenge for the title, they have to win big games at the G and what a statement it would be if they could beat Richmond. Another key game will be between Collingwood and Essendon. The Pies have mixed their form in the second half of the season, but when they have been on, they have been really impressive and one of the benchmarks in the competition. But the gap between their good games and bad games is far too big, which will concern Nathan Buckley. The Bombers haven’t been flash or brilliant in winning games, but they have got the job done and getting the four points, which is all fans want and a Finals spot is within reach of John Worsfold and his men. Should be a great crowd and a great atmosphere, but as shown in the guide below, you won’t find the AFL on Free to Air TV in every city or state in Australia.
LIVE AFL 2019 TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Fri August 23||Collingwood Magpies v Essendon Bombers||7.50pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat August 24||Sydney Swans v St. Kilda Saints||1.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat August 24||North Melbourne Kangaroos v Melbourne Demons||2.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat August 24||Geelong Cats v Carlton Blues||4.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat August 24||Gold Coast Suns v GWS Giants||7.25pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat August 24||West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn Hawks||8.10pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun August 25||Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows||1.10pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun August 25||Richmond Tigers v Brisbane Lions||3.20pm||Seven / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sun August 25||Port Adelaide Power v Fremantle Dockers||4.40pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. AFL match replays available through-out the week.
The AFL on Live TV
If you enjoy AFL action then the Fox Footy channel (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the place for you, televising all teams and every AFL round Live and 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 no matter your schedule.
Watch the AFL Online
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Footy you may wish to review the free 10 days Foxtel Now trial, which offers fans of every team an opportunity to watch the AFL live online before the grand final with compatible internet connected devices (Mac & PC excluded).
Stream the AFL Free
Alternatively, Kayo Sports is offering a 14 day trial. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these exact same Fox Footy broadcasts and can stream the AFL free and Live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo also have a split-view feature so you can watch up to four events at the same time, ensuring you never miss a key moment of the action found in the Kayo TV guide. The Kayo offer also applies to existing Telstra customers, to get started just visit the website listed below.
Stream AFL Matches Live with Kayo
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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 an average of three to 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 to include the late matches on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as 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, the AFLX weekend and the AFL Preseason JLT 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|
Australia Regional Television Times
Use this Australian TV broadcast guide to determine what time the match will start in your location. For example, matches that kick off at 8.00pm in Melbourne will be televised at 7.30pm in Adelaide and at 6.00pm in Perth, based on their time differences.
Sydney, NSW: 7.00pm
Brisbane, QLD: 7.00pm
Melbourne, VIC: 7.00pm
Hobart, TAS: 7.00pm
Canberra, ACT: 7.00pm
Adelaide, SA: 6.30pm
Darwin, NT: 6.30pm
Perth, WA: 5.00pm
List of Best AFL TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more live AFL TV coverage and programs to keep you up to date during the 2019 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|