AFL footy is easily one of the most-watched sports in Australia, attracting millions of viewers during every round on the lead up to the Grand Final. There are now several ways in which you can get your dose of weekly sports streaming action in Australia, across both free to air and Streaming TV.
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AFL streaming in Australia
The defending Toyota AFL Premiership champions, Richmond are looking to make it four-in-a-row, but they will face a stiff test from the likes of Geelong, Sydney, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Brisbane in 2021. With such a close season unfolding, you’ll want to know how to watch and stream every game live or On Demand.
And it’s not just about the boys. AFLW, the women’s arm of the game, is now more popular than ever with 14 teams battling it out over the course of a competition that runs from January to April.
So, if you’re an AFL fan and you would like to discover a more practical and cheaper way to stream matches at home or on the move, you can find out everything you need to know here. From how to claim free trials; download apps or watch on Streaming – it’s all here.
How to watch AFL live in Australia
All 23 rounds of the AFL Premiership, along with the Finals and Grand Final, can be streamed live online via several providers. If you’re travelling overseas there are also some great options meaning you never have to miss matches wherever you are.
Stream AFL live on Kayo
If you like the idea of accessing all of Foxtel’s sports channels, including Fox Footy for everything AFL, without the need for a long term contract, then this option is made for you. The Kayo Sports streaming service gives you access to every game from every round Live with no ad breaks during play. It’s all currently available with a Kayo free 14 day trial. Basic $25/month (use on two devices) or Standard $35/month packages are optional thereafter, which you are free to cancel at any time.
Stream AFL with Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is also the home of AFL in Australia, thanks to their dedicated channel, Fox Footy. The Foxtel Now Sports Pack includes access to Fox Sports (live AFL/AFLW) in Australia. The Sports Pack is included in the Foxtel Now free trial offer. After your free trial is over the pack is available for $29 per month on top of the Essentials Base Pack ($24 per month). You can cancel your Foxtel Now plan at any time.
Kayo from Telstra AFL live stream
Telstra customers can live stream every match from each round of the Toyota AFL premiership season on the cheap with a Kayo Telstra offer. This Telstra option gives you the same content (over 50 live sports) as the normal subscription. The key difference is you only pay $15 per month for a Basic Plan, and $25 per month for the Premium Plan.
AFL live on Foxtel Now from Telstra
To subscribe to Foxtel Now from Telstra all you need is a Telstra account. The Telstra Foxtel Now includes all the same advantages and content as Foxtel Now, the only difference being that the first month is offered, and you must commit to a 12 month contract. You will need the Sports Pack, which costs $29 per month on top of the Essentials Pack ($24 per month). This will allow you to view Fox Sports, and therefore see every game from every round of AFL.
Watch AFL live with Foxtel
If you are a Foxtel cable or satellite customer and already have Sports HD access, there is a super-easy way to stream live matches from the Toyota AFL Premiership season. All Foxtel customers get access to the Foxtel Go app meaning you can view every game from every round of the AFL and AFLW seasons. You can download Foxtel Go from Google Play or the Apple Store online.
Stream AFL on free-to-air
Seven Network is the official free to air provider for the Toyota AFL Premiership in Australia. They broadcast 3 matches per week, including the playoffs and the Finals at the MCG. You can stream games live via the 9Now app each and every week, including the Grand Final.
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Kayo Sports 14-day Free Trial
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Kayo from Telstra $15/mth
Stream AFL match replays on demand
These days we don’t always have the time to watch every AFL live game as and when we want due to work and family commitments. Now it is much easier to catch up on highlights later on-demand, however. Apps like Kayo even allow you to watch a specific game using the ‘No Spoilers’ feature, which ensures you don’t see any results before you’ve watched all the action at a more appropriate time.
Kayo also offers the unique Kayo Minis option for those who like to view quick, bite-sized match replays from the game featuring their favourite teams. This feature can be handy if you like to keep up with the league’s biggest moments but don’t have time to sit through all of the games. You can catch highlights from every team from St Kilda and GWS to the Gold Coast Suns and Fremantle. AFL Live Pass customers can also watch replays on demand. To access AFL Live Pass you will need an eligible Telstra mobile or broadband plan.
Free trials for AFL Streaming
A great way to get AFL Live stream access – without paying a cent – is with a free trial from the aforementioned providers. That means that if a particular match is coming up and you don’t have an existing subscription, you can simply check it all out with a Kayo Free Trial, or the Foxtel Now option. All you have to do to join is sign up, create an account and enjoy live AFL instantly.
Most free trials are available to new and returning customers. Even though there is no trial available with Telstra, they do offer alternative discounts and reduced costs over 12 months.
Selected AFL matches can also be streamed for free via the live Seven broadcast and their sister service, 7mate each week. International audiences can also view live AFL via their country’s broadcast partner.
Toyota AFL Premiership fixtures
Here are the official dates you need to put in your diary if you don’t want to miss each game during the Premiership season.
|Sport||Event||Date / Time||Watch On||mm/dd/yy|
|AFL||St Kilda vs Carlton||30/07/2021 19:50||Kayo,Foxtel||07/30/2021 19:50|
|AFL||Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows||31/07/2021 12:20||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 12:20|
|AFL||North Melbourne vs Geelong Cats||31/07/2021 13:15||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 13:15|
|AFL||Gold Coast Suns vs Melbourne||31/07/2021 15:10||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 15:10|
|AFL||Collingwood vs West Coast Eagles||31/07/2021 16:15||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 16:15|
|AFL||Essendon vs Sydney Swans||31/07/2021 19:40||Kayo,Foxtel||07/31/2021 19:40|
|AFL||Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions||01/08/2021 14:10||Kayo,Foxtel||08/01/2021 14:10|
|AFL||GWS Giants vs Port Adelaide||01/08/2021 15:10||Kayo,Foxtel||08/01/2021 15:10|
|AFL||Fremantle vs Richmond||01/08/2021 17:10||Kayo,Foxtel||08/01/2021 17:10|
AFL ladder 2021
Find out who is leading the way in this season’s race for the Grand Final. This table will be updated after each weekend’s fixtures so you can stay fully up to date with who is leading the way.
|7||West Coast Eagles||40|
|14||Gold Coast Suns||24|
|18||North Melbourne Kangaroos||18|
Teams to look out for in 2021
The Western Bulldogs are only one of two teams to win a premiership aside from Richmond in the past five seasons. Managing to make the finals both in 2019 and 2020 to no avail, the club have been a premiership favourite for a few years. With a huge presence in 2021 AFL season, the Western Bulldogs spent half of the season undefeated and look to carry that reputation into September with hopefully a grand final at the MCG this year.
The Melbourne Demons is the world’s oldest football club, out of any sport, which is pretty crazy to imagine. The side have been pretty quiet premiership wise since their last flag in 1964, although they have still made finals in numerous seasons. Since the addition of head coach Simon Goodwin, the Melbourne Demons have been red hot, having three out of four seasons be very rewarding. Currently leading the AFL ladder, the Demons have torn apart almost all their opponents and are looking to make 2021 their year.
Richmond Tigers have been one of the more dominant sides in the Premiership for large periods since the game began, winning five titles between 1967 and 1980. This success was, however, followed by a lengthy drought before they reclaimed their status by adding a thrilling Premiership in 2017. Last year Richmond Tigers overcame a raft of injuries in the first half of the season to repeat that feat and add a 13th VFL/AFL Premiership, demolishing Geelong at the MCG.
The Geelong Cats have been one of the dominant sides in the AFL for much of this century, winning three Premierships and missing the finals just once over the course of the past ten years. Last year Geelong Cats reached the Grand Final but lost to eventual winners Richmond. Entering 2021, led by Joel Selwood and boasting arguably the best player in the business in Patrick Dangerfield, the Cats are again expected to challenge again.
The Port Adelaide Football Club has been crushing the competition over the last few seasons. They have slightly rebranded by moving away from the Port Adelaide Power identity. This is purely a superficial transition as the team are now nothing but powerful. Boasting an all-star roster for the 2021 season, the club is chasing down their ninth Finals run and will look to join the party at the MCG at the end of the year. Finishing first on the ladder in 2020, the club has proved itself to be almost unstoppable.
West Coast Eagles
The West Coast Eagles are the only previous winners of premiership aside from Richmond since 2016. Their elite home-ground history is intimidating for matches against the most powerful opponents. Having played in every Finals since 2015, the Eagles are top contenders to dethrone the Tigers in 2021. Two-time Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy remains one of the game’s most dominant forwards, continuing to tear teams apart. The West Coast Eagles‘ impressive lineup of greats also includes Andrew Gaff, Jack Darling and Dominic Sheed.
Biggest games in the Australian Football League
Hawthorn v Geelong
This game has become one of the favourite head to heads for Victorians. Australian Football is the State’s spiritual home and these two sides have a hell of a lot of history, with matches between them providing some of the highlights of every season. Hawthorn v Geelong will be a match to watch.
West Coast Eagles v Fremantle
Matches between these two Western Australian rivals are legendary. Although the Eagles have been the most successful out of the two over the years, every clash between West Coast and Fremantle is a huge battle. The scores are always close and games are played in front of thousands of proud WA fans.
Carlton v Essendon
The scores between these two are always tough to call, with matches often going down to the wire. It’s another two sides with plenty of history in the game who can join the likes of Hawthorn, Geelong, Richmond and Collingwood as some of the most recognised teams in the sport. The matchup of Carlton and Essendon is always a spectacle.
Best devices for watching AFL
Whether you’re viewing via a Foxtel Now channel or 7mate on the move, you’ll need a compatible android or apple mobile device, Smart TV or PC. Check out some of the most popular devices for watching sport below.
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)
Best NBN plans for watching AFL
Telstra’s latest NBN plans are a great way to stream Aussie Rules without worrying about how much data you use. A 500GB Data ($75/monthly) plan will give you speeds of up to 25Mbps, whilst the more complete Premium Internet + Unlimited Data (from $90/monthly plan provides speeds up to 100Mbps).
New and switching customers signing up for Telstra Broadband today can also make big savings when signing up online, as the standard $99 connection fee is waived. Once you’ve signed up you can tailor your plan by choosing the option that works for the picture quality you desire.
Watch AFL season overseas
If you would like to view AFL matches when travelling overseas there is a great way to live stream games each week or replays on demand, including the Finals. The Watch AFL app (any device from android, apple, tablet, PCs) is only available outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. There are weekly, monthly and annual plans to fit in with your time away, and it is seen as one of the most comprehensive AFL services.
With Watch AFL you get all the same coverage as Fox Footy, including weekly shows like AFL 360, AFL Tonight, news, as well as all live games across the Premiership season. Watch AFL is perfect for real AFL fans who hop in between countries and share their time home and overseas. Watch AFL is the official overseas broadcaster for each AFL match. For more information on specific rights providers for countries outside Australia that are not Watch AFL, visit the AFL website.
International audiences can also view live AFL season matches via their country’s broadcast partner. In the UK, for example, this would be BT Sport. Please note there will be significant time differences when watching AFL live overseas. News of changes to international providers is also available directly via the AFL website.
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