Socceroos streaming on free to air TV
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be Australia’s fourth consecutive appearance on the world game’s biggest stage.

The Socceroos enter the tournament as the lowest ranked team in their group, but with a victory over Peru and Denmark coming up short against France they can qualify for the World Cup Round of 16, and you can catch all the excitement on your TV or stream the action live to a mobile device using the information provided below.

Socceroos World Cup TV Preview

Prior to 2006, Australia had been represented just once at the FIFA World Cup. Since then though, they have qualified for all four of them, and have managed to pull off some impressive performances along the way. The best of these, of course, was back in 2006, when they finished second in their group to advance to the Round of 16. It was in this round where they were infamously beaten by Italy – who incidentally went on to win the event – after the Italians earned themselves a penalty in the 95th minute and converted to win 1-0.

When: June 15 – July 16
Where: Western Russia

This year, Australia will go in comfortably and confidently as the lowest ranked side in their group. They find themselves in Group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark, all of whom are ranked inside the top twelve in the world – the Socceroos are ranked 36th. Just the same, there are plenty of talented players in the Socceroos squad. Tim Cahill, though 38 years of age, is capable of moments of brilliance, while captain Mile Jedinak provides talent and experience in the midfield. Matthew Ryan is another to keep an eye on, with the Brighton goalkeeper able to produce some incredible saves, and if you can’t watch it 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 2018 Live TV Times (AEST)

Thu June 21 Live: Denmark v Australia at 10.00pm (SBS/Optus)
Fri June 22 Replay: Denmark v Australia 7am-10am (SBS)
Tue June 26 Live: Australia v Peru at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Wed June 27 Replay: Australia v Peru 7am-10am (SBS)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Socceroos replays available on Optus and SBS On Demand at varying times after the completion of the match.

Socceroos Live Streaming

Thanks to Optus streaming issues, the Socceroos free to air World Cup provider SBS, will televise ALL Group matches live on TV, as well as through The World Game website, and later on SBS On Demand. The SBS offering includes every Group game, two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and final.

Optus will show all 64 World Cup matches live with 24/7 football channels carried on Optus’ subscription TV platform, Optus TV with Fetch, Chromecast and Apple TV. Optus is also live streaming the Socceroos and World Cup games on their Sport app and website. The Optus option will be offered free until August 31, having waived their $14.99 AUD a month fee so fans can enjoy the entire experience without paying for it.

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2018 World Cup Live TV Fixtures (AEST)

Group Fixtures June 26 – June 29

Tue June 26 Live: Australia v Peru at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Tue June 26 Live: Denmark v France at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Wed June 27 Live: Argentina v Nigeria at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)
Wed June 27 Live: Iceland v Croatia at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)
Wed June 27 Live: S. Korea v Germany at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Wed June 27 Live: Mexico v Sweden at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Thu June 28 Live: Brazil v Serbia at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)
Thu June 28 Live: Switzerland v Costa Rica at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)
Thu June 28 Live: Japan v Poland at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Thu June 28 Live: Senegal v Colombia at 11.55pm (SBS/Optus)
Fri June 29 Live: Panama v Tunisia at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)
Fri June 29 Live: England v Belgium at 4.00am (SBS/Optus)

Note: Socceroos vs Peru free to air broadcasts may not be available in all locations.

Socceroos World Cup Qualifying

The Socceroos and Czech Republic have only played each other once, which was in 2000 when the Czech Republic won 1-0 in a friendly. This will be a really good test for Australia, because despite sitting comfortably above Czech Republic in the FIFA Rankings, the home side are very hard to beat in front of their local fans, building a real fortress in recent years which is much better than what their ranking says.

The second friendly for the Asian Cup champ Socceroos sees them head to Groupama Arena to take on the world number 49 side Hungary, so on rankings, Australia should comfortably win, but we know that is never the case. 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 World Cup, on June 16.

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