Where to watch AFL in Australia

There are a bunch of ways to get your footy fix during the AFL season.

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Nathan Lawrence
Jul 06, 2023
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Ah, the Australian Football League. No-one calls it that unless it’s in trouble. To its mates, it’s “AFL” or “Aussie Rules”. Sometimes it’s called “footy”, but that’s confusing given that could also refer to soccer, NRL or rugby union. Regardless of what you call it, you’re at the right place for all your Australian streaming options for AFL, including some of the best sports streaming services.

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There are free and premium options for streaming AFL in Australia. To watch AFL live for free, create a 7plus account and get streaming. 7plus has a select range of matches from AFL, AFLW, VFL, WAFL and SANFL.

To watch all matches from the AFL Premiership, AFLW Premiership, AFL Pre-Season and AFL Local, you want to tune into Fox Footy. For streaming, you can access Fox Footy via Foxtel Now with the Sport add-on or with Kayo Sports. Prices and inclusions vary depending on which one you choose.

For Foxtel Now, after a 10-day trial for new customers it costs $25 a month for either the Pop or Lifestyle base packs, then $29 on top for the Sport package ($54 all in each month). Alternatively, if you just want AFL and other Fox sports content try Kayo Sports, it costs $25 a month for one HD stream (Kayo One) or $35 for two 4K streams (Kayo Basic) with 7-day free trial.

How else can I stream AFL in Australia?

The live tab is pretty much dead these days, but there’s a bunch of on-demand content on the official AFL YouTube channel. Check out player-focused videos, best-moments round-ups, match highlights and more.

There’s one other way to watch AFL in Australia but you’ll need a virtual private network (VPN) service to access live streams and on-demand AFL matches via Watch AFL. Why do you need a VPN? Because Watch AFL isn’t available for streaming with an Australian IP address. Connect to a VPN server in any other country to start streaming, though.

A weekly Watch AFL subscription costs $24, a monthly sub is priced at $44 and a full year costs $229. In terms of a VPN, we recommend choosing one that’s great with international streaming. The VPNs below offered speedy international streaming in my tests:

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Watch the AFL Grand Final in Australia

To watch the AFL Grand Final in Australia, you want a subscription to either Kayo Sports or Foxtel Now (with the Sport add-on). Alternatively, use a VPN and sign up for a Watch AFL subscription to stream the AFL Grand Final.

Compare streaming services

Interested to see how the streaming services above stack up against the competition? Take a look at the table below for a comparison of your streaming options in Australia.

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$18/mth
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
$12.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
$13.99/mth
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
$17.99/mth
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
$7.99/mth
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
$12/mth
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
ShudderShudder plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Hayu | Provider logoHayu Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
$6.99/mth
Paramount+Paramount+ plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
$9.99/mth

Watch AFL frequently asked questions

Yes, there are free AFL matches available to stream online in Australia on 7plus. Alternatively, Foxtel Now has a free 10-day trial.

If you’re overseas, the best way to watch live AFL matches is with a Watch AFL subscription. It’s not available in Australia, though, but you can stream live AFL matches via 7plus, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.
Yes, AFL is free to stream via the 7plus app. Alternatively, use AFL On Demand for match replays. Note AFL On Demand is in beta and currently only available on desktop or mobile devices.
Nathan Lawrence
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Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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