The Socceroos, who have been idle for some time, kick off their qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a series of home and away matches over the next several months. Currently ranked just inside the top 50, Australia will be keen to improve on that position, and using the options listed in this guide you won’t have to miss a minute of the action.
Socceroos 2019 Preview
The Socceroos are coming off a disappointing Asian Cup in which they were bundled out in the quarter-finals by the UAE, having won the last edition of the event in 2015. That tournament exposed plenty of weaknesses that the team will be desperate to address, and they will have a chance to do just that over the following ten months as they play eight World Cup Qualifier’s against fellow hopefuls. A number of the matches will come against sides ranked significantly lower than the Socceroos, providing the side with an ideal opportunity to sort out the problems which have plagued them in recent years.
When: September 2019 – June 2020
Where: Australia and Internationally
The Socceroos will start off their World Cup qualification campaign with a clash against Kuwait which they will be widely expected to win, before they face off against world #166 Nepal in another match which shouldn’t pose too many problems for the Australian team. Unfortunately, the Football Federation Australia (FFA) failed to secure a free to air deal in time for these qualification matches, but fortunately thanks to Kayo Sports and Foxtel you’ll still be able to stream matches live online or watch them at home on your big screen TV.
Socceroos 2019 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Friday 15 November||LIVE: Australia v Jordan||3.00am||Foxtel / Kayo / ABC|
|Friday 15 November||Replay: Australia v Jordan||1.00pm – 2.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Socceroos replays available on-demand using Kayo Sports after the completion of the match.
Watch or Stream the Socceroos Live
There are plenty of options available to watch the Socceroos in their World Cup Qualifiers, whether at home or abroad. Each and every match will be shown live on Fox Sports of Australia (Foxtel), and will therefore be available using the recently launched mobile streaming service Kayo, as well as the Telstra MyFootball app. It’s also been made official that the newest Socceroos free to air provider, ABC, will carry all Australia matches live or on delay, as well as streamed through their online platform ABC iview.
Residents of Australia can access Fox Sports through the 14 day Kayo free trial offering. With this Kayo Sports trial you can stream the Socceroos free to eligible 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. Telstra customers can stream the games using the My Football Live App for no charge, while non-subscribers can grab a weekly, monthly or annual pass.
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2019 World Cup Qualifiers Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Australia v Kuwait||1.30am||11 September, 2019|
|Australia v Nepal||7.30pm||10 October, 2019|
|Australia v Chinese Taipei||10.40pm||15 October, 2019|
|Australia v Jordan||3.00am||15 November, 2019|
|Australia v Kuwait||TBC||26 March, 2020|
|Australia v Nepal||TBC||31 March, 2020|
|Australia v Chinese Taipei||TBC||4 June, 2020|
|Australia v Jordan||TBC||9 June, 2020|
Socceroos Match Previews
The Socceroos kick off their World Cup qualification campaign against Kuwait on the 10th of September, before the two sides will again meet on the 26th of March, 2020. On paper, Australia should have their opponent covered in these matches, with Kuwait currently ranked outside the top 150 teams in the world heading into the first match. The last time the two sides met, late in 2018, the Socceroos won in convincing 4-0 fashion, although Kuwait has had significantly more match practice since then and enjoyed an impressive 2-1 victory over English Premier League side Aston Villa in July.
A month later, the Socceroos face world #166 Nepal, who they will again face at the end of March next year. Nepal hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in recent months, losing matches to similarly ranked Malaysia, Palestine and Tajikistan so far this year, while their other two outings in 2019 resulted in draws to first Kuwait and then Chinese Taipei. With this clash the Socceroos first home fixture in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup, they will be eager to impress in front of the fans in the nation’s capital and will be expecting a comfortable win.
How to Stream the Socceroos in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the Socceroos? To answer this questions let’s look at some of the top streaming options that are currently available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video, including Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile and quite popular.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the Socceroos and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.