The best clubs in European football are now set to enter the knock out phase of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, a tournament that has a history dating back to 1955. The competition is one of the most exciting in world football and seen as the biggest prize in domestic European football.
It’s a highlight on the annual soccer calendar, and features all of Europe’s biggest, and most star studded clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and defending champions, Liverpool. Fortunately, you won’t have to miss a minute when watching at home or streaming the matches live using the options in this Champions League TV guide.
UEFA Champions League 2020 Australian Broadcast Guide
The UEFA Champions League is currently the biggest international domestic soccer tournament in the world and is broadcast live to TV audiences across six continents. The 65th edition of the competition takes place from September 2019 to May 2020. It starts with eight groups, each featuring four teams. These teams play each other twice, both home and away, between September and December. The top two teams from each group then advance to the knock out stages, starting with the Last 16, then the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals. Each of these games are played over two legs, both home and away, with the collective goals over both games determining the winner.
The final is the only game in the knock out stages to be played over one leg, with the venue changing each season. This year the final takes place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium (76,761 capacity) in Istanbul, Turkey on May 30th. As there aren’t any Turkish teams in the Last 16 this year, the venue will be completely neutral for the finalists, but this won’t stop football crazy fans making it a sell out occasion. The teams that regularly make a push for Champions League glory play in one of Europe’s “top 5” leagues, the Premier League (England), the La Liga (Spain), the Bundesliga (Germany), the Serie A league (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France). All of the sides in the Last 16 this year ply their trade in one of these competitions with an impressive four sides coming from Spain alone.
As well as their national leagues and the UEFA Champions League, top European clubs also play in their respective domestic cup competitions such as the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, the Copa Del Rey, the Coupe de la France and the Coppa Italia. So if you’re a real fan of European football, there are a number of ways to see your favourite teams play week in, week out, right across a season.
** 2020 UEFA Champions League Postponement Announced **
UEFA has announced that the 2020 Champions League will be suspended until further notice. The reason for this is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that the games and arenas may expose players and fans to this community health concern. UEFA will use this hiatus to determine next the steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus. If any significant new details about UEFA’s plans for the remainder of the 2020 Champions League season are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
How and Where to Watch the Champions League Live
There is no UEFA Champions League free to air provider in Australia, but Optus has secured the broadcast rights, from 2018 to 2021, to televise every game across the campaign live, with replays available On Demand for weeks after the match has ended. Here’s a list of options available to fans interested in watching the UEFA Champions League in Australia.
Stream the UEFA Champions League to a Mobile Phone
To get started and stream the Champions League live on your mobile device is very simple, but there are a few things you’ll want to consider before downloading the Optus Mobile app. First of all, you may want to check whether or not you already have free access to Optus Sport as part of your current mobile phone plan. Optus Sport is available with a variety of mobile contracts whether you’re looking for a postpaid option or a longer contract with a new phone.
Postpaid plans, along with long-term plans in excess of 12 months, at a cost of $49 per month or over, will land you Optus Sport as part of the deal. Please note that if you have purchased a new phone alongside your phone plan and are making repayments monthly, this is not be considered to be part of your Optus contract and will not, therefore, count towards Optus Sport. If you’re not an Optus customer, the platform is available on a monthly cancel at any time contract for $14.99.
Simply download the Optus Sport app from either Apple Store or Google Play, create a login and user name then enter your payment details to start streaming Champions League football instantly. The app is compatible with a wide range of modern iOS (versions 8.0 and above) and Android (versions 5.0 and above) mobiles and tablets.
Watch the Champions League Live Online
There are two options when considering watching Optus Sport, either free as part of a prepaid or postpaid mobile plan, or with a $14.99 monthly subscription. Once you have established your access to Optus Sport, you can just simply enter your login details on the Optus Sport home page using any compatible browser (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari 9 on OS X 10.10 or 10.11) and start to access Optus Sport’s vast range of football content, including UEFA Champions League and English Premier League games.
The Optus Sport streaming home page can be accessed on a variety of streaming devices and laptops including PCs, Macs, Amazon Fire, Xbox One, Smartphones and Tablets (both iOS and Android). Each subscription can be watched on up to four different devices, but only one can be used at any given time. Optus Sport also gives you Apple Airplay and Chromecast options for direct to TV streaming.
Watch Champions League On Demand Replays
Recognising that Champions League kick off times come at inconvenient times for Aussie soccer fans, Optus Sport has created a comprehensive range of replay options so that soccer fans can stay up to date with all the action around the clock. No matter how much time you have available, you will find a replay that works for you with Optus Sport’s on demand game options.
First of all, there is the full match replay, the whole 90 minutes from every game available instantly after the live broadcast. What’s more, the majority of these replays stay online throughout the season, meaning you can go back and visit those great games as and when you please. In addition to that, there are two shorter highlights options, one of which is up to three minutes long showing goals, chances and saves, the other a 30 second mini clip showing only goals.
Weekly Champions League TV Shows
Under this deal, football fans in Australia will also be able to watch a range of Champions League shows including Group Stage Review, the Champions League Show, and the Weekly Round Up. There’s also a number of interviews with some of Europe’s most popular former and current players such as Manuel Neuer, Dimitar Berbatov and Rodrigo Hernadez.
If you’re an older fan of the game you may also like to take a look at the Mini Classic series, which looks at some of the most talked about games in the Champions League over the years. Featuring teams like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal, and stars such as Zinedine Zidane, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it’s a great way to get caught up with the history of this great tournament.
Champions League 2020 LIVE Fixtures (Sydney Time)
|TBC||Juventus vs Lyon||Postponed||Optus|
|TBC||Manchester City vs Real Madrid||Postponed||Optus|
|TBC||Barcelona vs Napoli||Postponed||Optus|
|TBC||Bayern Munich vs Chelsea||Postponed||Optus|
* Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. As per broadcasting agreement, there is no UEFA Champions League free to air provider in Australia.
The ‘World Game’ Live – Free Trial
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 Champions League, 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 both Serie A and La Liga, as well as the EFL Cup and FA Cup. Utilising the Kayo Sports trial you can also stream the Matildas’ World Cup qualifiers live from start to finish.
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Kayo vs Optus Live Soccer Comparison
Stream beIN’s live coverage of the EFL Cup, La Liga, FA 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|
|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|