How to watch the English Football League (EFL) Championship live online in Australia
The 2019-20 English Football League (EFL) soccer season has begun. Here's how to watch the big matches on TV or live stream them online from Australia.
The English Football League or EFL Championship is the second tier of professional soccer in England. It may not be as high brow as the Premier League, but it still showcases brilliant players from all over the world and some of the sport's most beloved teams. There's plenty of excitement for soccer fans to discover in the EFL.
One of the most-watched secondary leagues in the world, the EFL also happens to be the wealthiest non-top-flight football division worldwide, which isn't a major surprise. After all, soccer is king in the UK.
The 2019-20 EFL Championship is the 16th season of the competition under its current title and the 28th season under its current league division format. The top two teams in the EFL Championship earn automatic promotion to the Premier League, while the next four qualify for the Championship play-offs. The winner of that play-off comes out on top and earns a spot in the Premier League as well.
Last season's EFL Championship winner was Norwich City, which moved up to the first division alongside Sheffield United and Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Fulham, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town were relegated to the EFL from the Premier League. In Australia, you can watch the biggest EFL Championship matches on your TV or live stream games on your favourite device with ease.
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EFL Championship season 2019-20: Biggest transfers
There have been some notable transfers ahead of the new season of the EFL Championship. Luke Thomas joined Barnsley FC, alongside Mike Bahre and Mads Juel Andersen, among others. Over at Birmingham City, new names include Ivan Sunjic, Dan Crowley and Gary Gardner. Blackburn Rovers bought Sam Gallagher from Southampton for £5 million, while Brentford paid £5.5 million for Pontus Jansson. Elsewhere, Tomas Kalas moved from Chelsea to Bristol City and Cardiff City bought Aden Flint from Middlesbrough.
For more, visit our list of all the deadline day transfers from the Premier League to the EFL.
How to live stream EFL Championship matches in Australia
Aussie soccer fans can keep up with the EFL Championship via beIN SPORTS. There are multiple ways to subscribe to this sports broadcaster, either via pay TV or streaming services. Here's how you can live stream the EFL Championship in Australia or watch it on TV.
Live stream EFL Championship matches with Kayo Sports
Content from beIN SPORTS is included on Kayo Sports, the streaming platform that offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world. You can tune in live or catch up on demand with the service's generous library of content. A Basic subscription costs $25 a month and lets you watch on two screens at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription priced at $35 a month which supports three simultaneous streams.
Besides a user-friendly interface, Kayo Sports also comes with convenient features. SplitView enables you to watch up to four channels on the same screen, which means you don't have to pick between multiple events that kick off at the same time. Interactive Stats lets you explore a world of statistics, while No Spoilers keeps the score hidden when you're running late. You can jump right to the action that matters in selected matches with Key Moments or enjoy a Kayo Mini, which is a condensed version of a match which delivers all the highlights in less than 20 minutes.
There's also an excellent user-interface, gameday hub pages and more. Check out our detailed Kayo Sports review for more details on how the service works.
New Kayo Sports subscribers get a 14-day free trial, so you can explore the platform no strings attached. Additionally, you can cancel your subscription anytime – there are no contracts involved. Kayo Sports is available on PCs, Macs, smartphones/tablets; or you can watch on TV via Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV and ChromeCast.
Watch EFL Championship matches with Foxtel IQ
All three beIN SPORTS channels are included in the Foxtel iQ Sport Pack. If you're already a subscriber, you can watch on TV or stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel Go app. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
If you don't have pay TV yet but you're keen on getting Foxtel IQ, the Sport Pack costs $29 a month and buys you access to 12 sports channels, including beIN Sports. This is on top of the base cost for Foxtel Entertainment, which is also $29 a month. You'll get to enjoy the iQ4 box, which enables you to watch content in 4K and record live TV. Just make sure you also get the Foxtel HD experience for an extra $10 a month. When looking to save some cash, Foxtel IQ deals are always available. You might be able to score a discount or save on installation costs.
Live stream EFL Championship matches with Foxtel Now
Alternatively, beIN SPORTS is available with Foxtel Now. The platform comes with no lock-in contracts and lets you watch Foxtel channels live or catch up with content on demand. Subscriptions start at $25 a month for the Essentials pack, which comes with a mix of Pop and Lifestyle channels. On top of this, you'll need to pay an extra $29 a month to be able to add Sports to your subscription and stream EFL Championship games. There is no additional cost for HD, however.
Foxtel Now is compatible with PCs/Macs and smartphones/tablets. Fans can also watch on the big screen via ChromeCast/AirPlay, the Foxtel Now Box, Sony Android TVs, PS4 consoles and Telstra TV. If you're a new user, you can test-drive the platform thanks to a 10-day free trial.
Watch EFL Championship matches with Fetch TV
beIN SPORTS is available on Fetch TV as a special interest channel pack, which includes all three channels for $19.99 a month. The total price will depend on whether you get your Fetch box through a broadband provider or buy it outright.
Stream EFL Championship matches with beIN SPORTS CONNECT
EFL Championship fans can keep up with the competition online with beIN SPORTS CONNECT. The streaming platform lets users access all three beIN SPORTS channels for $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year. You can tune in via computers and mobile devices. New customers get a two-week free trial.
EFL Championship 2019-20 fixture schedule
The new season of the EFL Championship debuted earlier in August. Here's the schedule for the next three weekends of the 2019-20 edition. Times are in AEST.
|2||10 August||Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest||9:30 pm|
|2||11 August||Hull City vs Reading||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||West Bromwich Albion vs Millwall||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Derby County vs Swansea City||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Charlton Athletic vs Stoke City||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Cardiff City vs Luton Town||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Preston North End vs Wigan Athletic||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Sheffield Wednesday vs Barnsley||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Queens Park Rangers vs Huddersfield Town||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Birmingham City vs Bristol City||12:00 am|
|2||11 August||Middlesbrough vs Brentford||12:00 am|
|3||17 August||Huddersfield Town vs Fulham||4:45 am|
|3||18 August||Luton Town vs West Bromwich Albion||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham City||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Millwall vs Sheffield Wednesday||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Wigan Athletic vs Leeds United||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Blackburn Rovers vs Middlesbrough||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Stoke City vs Derby County||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Barnsley vs Charlton Athletic||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Bristol City vs Queens Park Rangers||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Swansea City vs Preston North End||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Brentford vs Hull City||12:00 am|
|3||18 August||Reading vs Cardiff City||12:00 am|
|4||21 August||Birmingham City vs Barnsley||4:45 am|
|4||21 August||Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton Town||4:45 am|
|4||21 August||Hull City vs Blackburn Rovers||4:45 am|
|4||21 August||Middlesbrough vs Wigan Athletic||4:45 am|
|4||21 August||Derby County vs Bristol City||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Preston North End vs Stoke City||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Queens Park Rangers vs Swansea City||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Leeds United vs Brentford||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Charlton Athletic vs Nottingham Forest||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||Fulham vs Millwall||4:45 am|
|4||22 August||West Bromwich Albion vs Reading||5:00 am|
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