The Socceroos continue their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a series of home and away matches over the next few months, hoping to prolong their impressive record so far, and using the options listed in this guide you won’t have to miss a minute of the action.
Socceroos 2020 TV Preview
The Socceroos had a disappointing outing in their last major tournament, where they were eliminated in the Asian Cup quarter-finals as defending champions. The competition exposed plenty of weaknesses that coach Graham Arnold has since addressed, and the Aussies have responded with four wins in a row in this current 2020 World Cup campaign. A number of upcoming games will come against teams ranked significantly lower than the Socceroos, providing an ideal opportunity to continue their recent run of form.
When: March 2020 – June 2020
Where: Australia and Internationally
Australia will renew their World Cup qualification campaign with a clash against Kuwait, which they are expected to win, before facing world #166 Nepal in another match that shouldn’t pose too many problems. Unfortunately, the Football Federation Australia (FFA) failed to secure a free to air deal in time for these qualification matches, but 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.
** International Soccer Postponed **
The FFA has announced that all games will be suspended until further notice. The reason for this is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that games and arenas may expose players and fans to this community health concern. Football Federation Australia will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus. If any significant new details about the 2020 season are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
Socceroos 2020 Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|TBC||Australia v Kuwait||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo / ABC|
|TBC||Nepal v Australia||Postponed||Foxtel / Kayo / SBS|
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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2020 World Cup Qualifiers Live TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|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 continue their World Cup qualification campaign against Kuwait on the 26th of March, 2020. On paper, Australia should have the better of their opponents in this game, with Kuwait currently ranked outside the top 150 teams in the world. The last time the two sides met, in late 2019, the Socceroos won with a convincing 3-0 scoreline, and it will be made even tougher this time around for Kuwait without their home support.
Five days later, the Socceroos face world #166 Nepal. Nepal hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in recent months, losing all but one of their World Cup qualifying games. With this next clash against the Socceroos on home soil, they will be eager to impress in front of their fans in the nation’s capital, but it will be very tough for a team of part-time amateurs, and Australia should bag plenty goals.
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.