UPDATE: After a few months of absence from live sports all over the world, the football season in Australia is about to resume in May. The 2020 NRL season begins again with Round 3 games starting May 28, while AFL Round 2 will start later on June 12. We have updated our original article below to reflect the restart of the new season.
Football – whatever the code – is more than just professional athletes hitting a ball around a field. It is also sweat, blood and tears from a passionate fan who follows him. When Footy and the League Season start Down Under every year, sports fans prepare to cheer on their favorite teams, either by going to the stadium, or watching each game on free TV or paid service like Kayo Sports.
For fans outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, however, there was no easy way to track each try and scrum … until 2019, when Watch AFL and Watch NRL were launched for a global audience.
These two international subscription streaming services offer Footy and League fans around the world, or local fans currently stranded abroad, the opportunity to enjoy each match during the Premiership season live or on demand .
Restart the 2020 Premiership season
With the 2020 football season about to restart this month after weeks of lockout restrictions – NRL starts again on May 28 and the AFL follows closely on June 12 – now is a good time to consider sign up if you want to follow all the drama of the rivalries between the teams bring.
Both streaming services can be subscribed to in Australia, New Zealand or anywhere in the world via the respective websites, but note that the content available on both services is only accessible outside Australia , New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Subscribers also have live access to the dedicated Fox Footy and League channels to keep you up to date on all the latest news, analysis and related entertainment shows available on these channels.
Three subscription levels are available for each service:
- Weekly: US $ 17 / £ 13 / € 17 / AU $ 20
- Monthly: US $ 33 / £ 25 / € 33 / AU $ 39
- Annual: US $ 165 / £ 130 / € 155 / AU $ 199.
Watch AFL also includes all women’s matches in the AFL Women’s League.
While both services can be streamed to a browser of choice, they also have their dedicated Android and iOS apps, and can be streamed to a TV via AirPlay or Google Chromecast. There is also an Apple TV app for both services downloadable from the App Store, as well as an app for Android users on the Play Store.
If you already have a subscription to one of the services, please note that the prices of the plans offered by the two platforms were revised earlier in the year, just before the initial start of the 2020 season.
How to subscribe
If you’re a footy fan, then all you need is a Watch AFL subscription, but if you prefer Rugby League, then sign up for the Watch NRL service. If you are a fan of both game formats, you will need subscription plans for both services, since signing up for one will not give you access to the other.
Subscribing is as simple as going to the Watch AFL and Watch NRL websites, choosing a plan and creating an account, and while the subscription renews automatically, you are free to cancel at any time. You can start broadcasting immediately as long as you are outside of Australia – no VPN is required.
- If you don’t want to subscribe to either service, we’ve put together the best VPN services available so you can stream your favorite sports anywhere.