Football – no matter the code – is more than just professional athletes kicking a ball around a field. It’s sweat, blood and tears from a passionate fan following as well. Every year, when Footy and League season begins Down Under, fans of the sports prepare to cheer on their favorite teams, either by heading to the stadium or watching every game on free-to-air television or a paid service like Kayo Sports.
For fans outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, though, there was no easy way to keep up with every try and scrum… until 2019, when Watch AFL and Watch NRL were launched for global audiences.
These two subscription-based international streaming services offer Footy and League fans around the world, or local fans traveling abroad, the opportunity to enjoy every match during Premiership season live or on-demand.
Kick off the 2020 Premiership season
With the 2020 football season about to kick off this month – NRL beginning on March 11 and AFL following closely behind on March 19 – it’s a good time to consider signing up if you want keep up with all the drama the rivalries between the teams bring.
Both streaming services can be subscribed to either within Australia, New Zealand or anywhere else in the world via the respective websites, but it must be noted that the content available on both services is only accessible outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
For Aussies and Kiwis, this means it’s a great idea to sign up for a week or a month if you know you’ll be out of the country during some of the season’s crucial games.
Subscribers also get live access to the dedicated Fox Footy and League channels to keep you updated on all the latest news, analysis and related entertainment shows available on those channels.
Three subscription tiers 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 the women’s matches from the AFL Women’s league as well.
While both services can be streamed on a browser of choice, they also have their dedicated Android and iOS apps, and can be cast to a TV via AirPlay or Google Chromecast. There is also an Apple TV app for both services available to download via the App Store, as well as one for Android users on the Play Store.
If you already have an existing subscription to either service, please note that the prices of the plans offered by both platforms has been revised.
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 formats of the game, then you’ll need subscription plans for both services as signing up for one won’t give you access to the other.
Subscribing is as easy as heading to the Watch AFL and Watch NRL websites, choosing a plan and setting up an account, and while the subscription renews automatically, you’re free to cancel any time. You can start streaming immediately as long as you’re outside Australia – no VPN needed.
- If you aren’t keen on subscribing to either service, we’ve rounded up the best VPN services there are so you can stream your favorite sports anywhere.