How to watch football (soccer) matches in Australia
It may be called the world game, but in Australia “football” is an ambiguous term. It may refer to rugby league, rugby union or AFL before purists will (rightly) correct it to referring to what we interchangeably call soccer.
If you’re on this page looking for how to stream football (soccer), then you’re on the right page, which is a good thing because, these days, there are multiple leagues split across various streaming services.
Football (soccer) to watch on Optus Sport
Unless you want at-home fitness, these days, Optus Sport is primarily the place for a range of football leagues from around the globe. Here’s the football content you can watch on Optus Sport:
- Premier League
- UEFA Euro 2020
- Copa América
- FA Women’s Super League
- International friendlies
If you want to watch the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia, Optus Sport will be the place to watch it.
Optus Sport costs $14.99 per month or $139 for an Annual Pass (~$11.58 per month). Alternatively, Optus Prepaid users can purchase it for $5 per 28-day recharge or it’s available with Optus SIM Only and NBN plans. Below are the SIM Only plans that come with Optus Sport.
Football (soccer) to watch on Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus launched in Australia on 11 August 2021 and football fans may be tempted to consider it now that its owner, Network Ten, has acquired the rights to all A-League and W-League matches, as well as all matches for the Socceroos and Matildas that aren’t part of World Cups.
Paramount Plus costs $8.99 per month to access its content, including soccer streams.
Football (soccer) to watch on Network Ten
Not all Network Ten football will be behind a paywall, with certain matches available on free-to-air channels. You can expect to find at least one A-League game during the week and a prime-time match at 7.30pm on Saturday nights on Channel Ten. All W-League matches will be available on 10 Play with one W-League match viewable on 10 Bold every Sunday.
Football (soccer) to watch on Sports Flick
Sports Flick may not be as much of a household name as the other streaming outlets on this page, but it’s still home to a few international football leagues. Tune in to Sports Flick to watch matches from the Austrian Bundesliga, the Chinese Super League, K-League (South Korea) and the Women’s UEFA Champions League.
In terms of costs, it’s $14.99 a month for Sports Flick or $99 per year.
Football (soccer) to watch on Stan Sport
Stan Sport is the home of all things Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) these days (and for the next three years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald), which is where you can tune in to watch the top-tier UEFA Champions League. Tune in on 27 August 2021 for the group stage draw at 3.00am or stay up late / set the alarm for 2.40am on 15 September 2021 to watch the first game. The final between the two top-ranked teams kicks off at 4.55am on 29 May 2022.
Stan Sport is also home to the second-tier UEFA Europa League. Tune in at 9.00pm AEST on 27 August to watch the group stage draw before the first match kicks off at 2.40am on 17 September 2021. The final match takes place at 4.55am on 19 May 2022.
The UEFA Europa Conference League is a newly introduced third-tier league which, you guessed it, is also watchable on Stan Sport. The group stage draw takes place at 10.30pm on 27 August 2021, with the first match kicking off at 2.40am on 17 September 2021. The final starts at 4.55am on 26 May 2022.
Football (soccer) on Kayo Sports
Foxtel and, by extension, Kayo Sports used to be the place to go for all sports, including major soccer leagues. That’s changed in recent years, but at the time of writing, Kayo had a mix of matches from different global leagues:
- English Football League (EFL) Championship
- Bundesliga (Germany)
- Ligue 1 (France)
- Major League Soccer (USA)
- Serie A (Italy)
- Scottish Premiership