How to Watch the AFL in 2021 whilst Travelling Overseas


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Review was updated on 11 May 2021

The 2021 AFL season is now well underway with the best of the best battling for Premiership glory. For those who will be travelling outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands during this time, there is still an easy and affordable way to catch all of the AFL action live and on-demand.

Whether it’s for work, pleasure or to visit relatives, travelling overseas during the AFL season is sure to make plenty of football fans feel a little anxious. Well thanks to Watch AFL, there’s no need to worry any longer!

AFL 2021 Preview

The 2021 season will look a little more normal after so many disruptions in 2020. All sides in Victoria will be free to stage home games, bringing footy back to its spiritual home. That means that the Grand Final will move back to the MCG in 2021, after a taking place at the Gabba last time out.

There are several teams that go into the campaign as favourites, including the seemingly unstoppable reigning champs, Richmond Tigers. Hot on their heels will be last years losing finalists Geelong, Port Adelaide and a rejuvenated Brisbane Lions.

What is the Watch AFL app?

Watch AFL, the streaming service from Fox Sports, allows footy fans outside of Australia to watch every minute of every game LIVE and ad-free, as well as providing access to all of the most important AFL shows. The service can be paid for either weekly, yearly, or you can simply buy a finals series pass meaning you can tailor your subscription to suit your needs. If you only need access during the finals series, the finals series pass is a great value option.

Once subscribed, you’ll be in footy fan heaven, with the ability to watch the AFL LIVE or on replay, as well as pause and rewind as you please. Fans can also switch off spoilers, meaning you can easily watch games on delay without seeing the scores. Outside of the games themselves, all of the FOX Footy channel’s best shows, including AFL 360 and On the Couch, will be available for viewing as soon as they’ve finished airing in Australia.

Watch AFL – Features and Benefits

  • Pause and rewind live matches
  • Download matches for offline viewing
  • Free 24/7 access to the Fox Footy channel, delivering latest AFL news, in-depth analysis and entertainment
  • Price: $20/week; $39/month; $199/12 months
  • Watch on your PC/Mac, mobile or tablet device
  • Top content: AFL, AFLW, AFLX, JLT
  • Streaming devices: iOS/Android devices, PC/Mac, Airplay, Chromecast
  • Support: Phone, Web Form, Email, App

How much does Watch AFL cost?

Fans can subscribe for differing lengths of time, meaning you can optimise your subscription to suit your own needs. If you only need to catch a single match or a weekend of Finals action, a premium weekly Watch AFL subscription will suffice and will come in at just $20 AUD and can be cancelled anytime. For those who will be overseas for the entirety of the finals series, the finals series pass at $85 AUD is great value. If you’ll be regularly out of the country, a yearly pass will likely be the best value option, and at $199 AUD you’ll get yourself a whole lot of football for a one-off fee.

  • Premium Weekly Subscription is $20 AUD (Cancel anytime)
  • The Finals pass is $85 AUD
  • 12 month subscription is $199 AUD

AFL 2021 Fixtures LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

DateEventTimeChannel
Fri, May 14St Kilda vs Geelong CatsLIVE: 7.50pmFoxtel / Kayo / Seven
Sat, May 15Sydney Swans vs CollingwoodLIVE: 1.45pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, May 15Hawthorn vs North MelbourneLIVE: 2.10pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, May 15Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane LionsLIVE: 4.35pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, May 15Richmond vs GWS GiantsLIVE: 7.25pmFoxtel / Kayo / Seven
Sat, May 15Port Adelaide vs Western BulldogsLIVE: 7.40pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, May 16Essendon vs FremantleLIVE: 1.10pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, May 16Melbourne vs CarltonLIVE: 3.20pmFoxtel / Kayo / Seven
Sun, May 16West Coast Eagles vs Adelaide CrowsLIVE: 4.40pmFoxtel / Kayo

Traveling abroad? Catch all the AFL Premiership action LIVE & On-Demand with the Watch AFL App!

Subscribe now and start watching instantly. AFL matches available live and on demand. Every pass includes access to every game of the finals series, including the Grand Final from $20 weekly or $39 monthly.

Eligible Devices

There are a number of ways you can use your Watch AFL subscription. Perhaps the easiest while travelling is live streaming the AFL matches on your Mac or PC through the Watch AFL website, while fans with iOS and Android mobile or tablet devices can download the app and watch in that way. If you have a TV available and would prefer to watch on a bigger screen, you can do so using Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay, while those with Apple TV can also download the Watch AFL app and stream games live on their big-screen TV.

The Good

  • A very convenient way for die-hard AFL fans to watch every game live and on demand even when they’re travelling outside Australia

The Gotchas

  • It’s only available for use outside of Australia

Watch AFL Summary – Ideal for AFL fans Travelling or Living Abroad

Given use of Watch AFL is restricted to those outside of Australia, it’s obviously not an appropriate purchase for AFL fans living in Australia. For those spending time overseas, however, be it extended or for a short stay, it’s ideal, offering lovers of the sport the opportunity to stay on top of all things AFL while they’re away. And with a number of subscription options, it’s suitable regardless of how long you’ll be out of the country.

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