After three long months, the 2020 AFL Premiership season will finally return in June. It’s shaping up as yet another enthralling season, with a number of teams deserving of confidence in what might be the most balanced league in world sport.
The Richmond Tigers are once again the reigning champions after they defeated the Giants in a one-sided Grand Final, but there are a host of teams both eager and capable of dethroning them, and you can enjoy all the action at home on your TV or when streaming matches live to a mobile device.
AFL 2020 Live TV Preview
Heading into last season’s AFL finals series there were, at a minimum, six sides with realistic hopes of Grand Final glory. This was then proven by the sixth-placed Giants advancement to the last day in September, which was indicative of the competitive nature of the league. Ultimately it was the best team in the Tigers who ended the year victorious, but even they looked vulnerable at various points in the finals series, conceding significant first half leads to Brisbane in the qualifying finals and Geelong in the prelim.
2020 appears likely to be no different. The Tigers will again be favourites, but winning a third Premiership in four years will take an enormous effort given the number of talented teams currently present in the league. The Eagles and the Pies – 2018’s Grand Finalists – will once again be forces to be reckoned with, while GWS will be desperate to finally break their duck after years of deep runs into the finals without ever achieving the ultimate success. The Cats, led by Patrick Dangerfield and an elite midfield group, are also capable of going a step further than their preliminary final appearance last year, while the young and talented Lions, who surprised everyone by winning 16 games last year, will be looking for redemption after they were bundled out of their first finals series since 2009 in straight sets.
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 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 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 shown 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.
Stream the AFL LIVE and 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 (Grand Final excluded).
Kayo will also provide on demand replays of the matches they televise, should you need to catch-up on that week’s action. Additionally, Kayo offers an array of unique features such as Split-View, No Spoilers and Interactive Graphics. With over 50 sports shown live and on-demand, you never need to miss a key moment of the action found in their sport on TV guide.
AFL 2020 LIVE TV (Sydney time)
|Sat, Oct 24||Richmond vs Geelong Cats (Grand Final)||LIVE: 7.30pm||Seven|
|Sat, Oct 24||Richmond vs Geelong Cats (Grand Final)||Replay: 10.30pm||Foxtel /Kayo|
Watch the AFL 2020 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 ad-free, as well as providing access to all of the most important AFL shows. The service can be paid for either weekly, yearly, or you can simply buy a finals series pass meaning you can tailor your subscription to suit your needs. 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.
Traveling abroad? Catch all the AFL Premiership action LIVE & On-Demand with the Watch AFL App!
Stream each and every match of the AFL Premiership live and on demand on your devices using the Watch AFL app. Subscription starts at $40, cancel anytime. Only available for subscribers outside of Australia.
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 Marsh 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 2020 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|