The Socceroos, who have been idle for some time, will kick off their post Asian Cup schedule with a friendly against the Korea Republic on Friday, the 7th of June. Currently ranked inside the top 45 teams in the world, Australia will look to improve on that position as they get up for the next round of competition, and using the options listed in this guide you can won’t have to miss a minute of the action.
Socceroos 2019 Preview
After not making the final four in the first fourteen incarnations of the Asian Cup, Australia have hit their form in the last couple of events. In 2011, the Socceroos made it to the final for the first time, where they were defeated 1-0 by Japan. At the following tournament, in 2015 on their home turf, they went one better, beating South Korea 2-1 in the final for an inaugural Asian Cup championship. New coach Graham Arnold will be tasked with defending the Cup in 2019 in what will be his biggest job since taking over from World Cup coach Bert van Marwijk.
When: Friday 7 June
Where: South Korea
The Socceroos will enter this tournament as one of the favourites to take it out – despite a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign, they remain one of the most talented sides in the world of Asian Cup football. They will head Group B as the top ranked team, though Syria and Jordan have plenty of potential to cause some damage. The likes of Iran, Japan and South Korea will be Australia’s main competition in the broader scheme of things, while Saudi Arabia and hosts United Arab Emirates will also fancy their chances. Australia will have a great chance to build momentum in their November friendlies on home soil against Korea Republic in Brisbane and Lebanon in Sydney, and if you can’t find them Free to Air on your big screen TV, or if you happen to be out and about, you can still stream matches live online.
Socceroos 2019 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Friday 7 June||LIVE: Australia vs Korea Republic||8.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 8 June||Replay: AUS vs Korea||8.00am – 9.30am||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 2019 matches, 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 possible that the Socceroos free to air provider, Channel Ten, will carry the games live or on delay.
Residents of Australia can access Fox Sports through the 14 day Kayo free trial offering. With this Kayo Sports trial, which has no lock-in, 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 Asian Cup Live TV Fixtures (AEDT)
|Asian Cup: Australia v Jordan||10.00pm||6 January, 2019|
|Asian Cup: Australia v Palestine||10.00pm||11 January, 2019|
|Asian Cup: Australia v Syria||12.30am||16 January, 2019|
|Asian Cup: Australia v Uzbekistan||1.00am||22 January, 2019|
|Asian Cup: Australia v United Arab Emirates||3.00am||26 January, 2019|
Note: Socceroos vs United Arab Emirates free to air broadcasts may not be available in all locations.
Socceroos Asian Cup Qualifying
The Socceroos and Korea Republic have not played each other since the last Asian Cup (2015), where they met in the championship final, where Australia prevailed 2-1 in extra time. This will be a really good test for Australia, because despite sitting comfortably above Korea Republic in the FIFA Rankings, both teams are trending up and the match will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where the Green and Gold are expected to handled anything thrown their way.
The second friendly prior to the Asian Cup in January of 2019 sees the Socceroos host Lebanon at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Once again the Green and Gold will be favoured to win, and do so comfortably, with some forty spots in the standings separating the two sides. This will be the last chance for players to impress and make it hard to ignore them for a spot in the first team for the opening group game of the Asian Cup, on January 6, 2019.