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2020 AFL preview: Sydney Swans team guide

It could be another long season for the Sydney Swans as they continue to rebuild. Can their young squad make a big leap forward?

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For the best part of two decades, the Swans managed to buck the AFL trend. Rather than going through peaks and troughs, the Sydneysiders were able to constantly tinker with their list and remain a finals force.

But it finally fell flat in 2019. The Swans missed the finals for the first time under coach John Longmire and only the second time since 2002.

They have some ageing stars like Buddy Franklin and Josh Kennedy, plus a bevy of talented youngsters. But most pundits would predict another difficult campaign ahead in the Harbour City.

How to watch Sydney Swans AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all options for catching AFL games in 2020. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

In Sydney, Channel 7 shows Swans and Greater Western Sydney matches, mostly on 7mate. It generally broadcasts between three and five matches per round on free-to-air. That leaves a host of matches involving teams like Essendon, West Coast, Carlton and Geelong early in the season, plus Hawthorn vs Collingwood in round three, only available via subscription.

Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and out of those options, Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25/month for use on 2 devices. For $10 more per month you get the option of a third screen.

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Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

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On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 other sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.

Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free for Telstra customers. If you are not with Telstra you can buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display, so you are unable to watch games on your TV, laptop or tablet.

Watch Sydney Swans matches overseas

If you are out of Australia at any stage during the season, you can still catch AFL games. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas.

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When do Sydney Swans play next?

The Swans open their season in Adelaide against the Crows. It's a Saturday afternoon match commencing at 4:35pm AEDT on 21 March at Adelaide Oval. The complete AFL draw is here.

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Sydney Swans history

Originally founded as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, they became the Sydney Swans when they relocated in 1982. They were the first non-Victorian club in the league and started the move towards the national competition we enjoy today.

The Swans endured some extremely difficult times in Sydney and faced extinction more than once. But they persevered and became one of the most respected clubs in the competition through the turn of the millennium in particular.

Premierships in 2005 – which ended a 72-year drought for the club – and 2012 underlined their standing. They also play in a fickle sporting city and the reality is they will need to start tasting success again soon if they are to retain their strong following in Sydney.

Image source: Sydney Swans team website

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