The best club sides in World Football have assembled in the Qatar for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, the sixteenth edition of this prestigious tournament played between the champions of each of the six continental football (soccer) confederations.
Liverpool are the favourites to win their first-ever Club World Cup but there are several strong teams looking to prevent that from happening, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching at home or streaming the event live using the options found in this programming guide.
2019 FIFA Club World Cup Preview
To a novice the format of this tournament seems quite complex, but it can be simplified. The winners of the UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores automatically qualify for the Semi Final stage, while there is a playoff for the final spot in the Quarter Finals, to be played on December 11 between Al-Sadd (Qatar) and Hienghène Sport (New Caledonia). The team that emerges from that match will face the winner of the CONCACAF Champions League – Monterrey (Mexico). The other Quarter Final sees Al-Hilal, winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League, take on Espérance de Tunis, victors of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The winner of the first Quarter Final will face Liverpool who comes in from the Champions League, while the other side faces Flamengo, who earned their spot by winning the 2019 Copa Libertadores (CONMEBOL).
When: December 12-22 (AU)
Where: Doha, Qatar
The winner of the UEFA Champions League generally goes close to grabbing the title, having won the past five and routinely finishing top two since the tournament’s inauguration. That points to Liverpool holding aloft the Club World Cup for the first time, and the abundance of class in the side suggests the same thing. They are dominating the Premier League following their Champions League win earlier in 2019, and appear a class above the rest of the pack in this tournament.
Club World Cup Live TV Schedule (Sydney time)
|Thursday 19th December||Liverpool v Monterrey||LIVE: 4.30am||Optus Sport|
|Sunday 22nd December||3rd: Monterrey v Al Hilal||LIVE: 1.30am||Optus Sport|
|Sunday 22nd December||Final: Liverpool v Flamengo||LIVE: 4.30am||Optus Sport|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Club World Cup on Free to Air not available for all matches in Australia.
Stream the Club World Cup
You won’t find this year’s Club World Cup on SBS, because Optus Sports have acquired the broadcasting rights for 2019 and 2020, adding to its coverage of international Soccer that includes the English Premier League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League and Barclays FA Women’s Super League. Fortunately, there are several options for accessing Optus in Australia, including using the Optus Sport app for your iOS or Android phone or tablet, and directly subscribing to the service. This choice lets you take advantage of discounted iTunes or Google Play gift cards to reduce the monthly cost.
You can likewise subscribe through the Optus Sport app on Apple TV, and apps are also available for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, the popular Fetch TV boxes and Xbox One game console to watch the Club World Cup online. You can also send HD video of every match to your TV from your phone or tablet via Google Chromecast.
The ‘World Game’ Live and Free
If you’re a resident of Australia you may also wish to consider Kayo Sports which is currently offering a 14 day free trial. Kayo doesn’t have rights to the FIFA Club World Cup, but it does have extensive Live coverage of some of the best domestic and international soccer. Kayo’s soccer coverage includes every match of the Hyundai A League, as well as the most comprehensive live coverage of the EFL and Carabao Cup, EFL Championship, FA Cup Finals and La Liga. Utilising the Kayo Sports trial you can stream Liverpool vs Astin Villa live on the 18th of December, the day before the Reds’ appear in the Club World Cup semi-final (December 19th).
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Kayo vs Optus Live Soccer Comparison
Stream beIN’s live coverage of the EFL Cup, La Liga, Carabao Cup, Ligue 1, Serie A and EFL Championship on Kayo Sports
|League||Kayo Sports||Optus Sports|
|EPL Live matches||No||Yes|
|Ligue 1 Live matches||Yes||No|
|EFL Cup Live matches||Yes||No|
|Serie A Live matches||Yes||No|
|UEFA Champions League Live matches||No||Yes|
|Hyundai A League Live matches||Yes||No|
|Carabao Cup Live matches||Yes||No|
|La Liga Live matches||Yes||No|
|FA Cup Live matches||Yes||No|
|EFL Championship Live matches||Yes||No|
Liverpool in the Club World Cup
Liverpool earned their spot in the Semi Final courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Final in June of this year in Madrid, atoning for a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid of the La Liga in the corresponding game the year prior. That form has translated into the Premier League where they have already opened up a huge lead atop the standings, with German manager Jurgen Klopp having transformed them into a powerhouse over his four year tenure at Anfield. With an elite defence and potent attack they look well poised to claim their fourth Club World Cup, and you can follow all the action as they attempt to do just that when streaming Club World Cup live to an eligible mobile device.