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How to watch the 2022 AFL season live and free online

Melbourne are the team to beat as the football world gets ready to kick off season 2022 with a bang.

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After 2 COVID-interrupted seasons, the AFL world will be eager to see 2022 go off without a glitch. With the Demons riding high after breaking a 57-year premiership drought, they will again be the team to beat this year.

Footy fans can catch their favourite teams online via AFL live streams, whether they choose to watch with Foxtel, Kayo Sports or the AFL Live Pass. No matter where you are or who's hogging the TV, all the footy you could ever want is just a tap away.

Live stream every AFL game on Kayo: 14-day free trial

This week's fixtures

Round Date Match Venue Start time How to watch Channel 7 state broadcast
Round 16 Thursday, 30 June Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs Gabba, QLD 7:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 7Mate Nationally televised
Round 16 Friday, 01 July Carlton vs St Kilda Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 7Mate Nationally televised
Round 16 Saturday, 02 July Essendon vs Sydney Swans MCG, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel Fox Exclusive except ACT/NSW
Round 16 Saturday, 02 July Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Adelaide Oval, SA 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel Fox Exclusive except SA
Round 16 Saturday, 02 July Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne GMHBA Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel Fox Exclusive
Round 16 Saturday, 02 July Gold Coast Suns vs Collingwood Metricon Stadium, QLD 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 7Mate Nationally televised
Round 16 Sunday, 03 July Richmond vs West Coast Eagles MCG, VIC 2:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel Fox Exclusive except WA
Round 16 Sunday, 03 July GWS Giants vs Hawthorn GIANTS Stadium, NSW 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, 7Mate ACT/NSW,NT,QLD,TAS,VIC
Round 16 Sunday, 03 July Fremantle vs Port Adelaide Optus Stadium, WA 5:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel SA,WA

How to watch the 2022 AFL season

Every game of this year's home-and-away campaign will be available live and on demand via the options below, while you also have access to the finals.

Watch AFL live on free-to-air television

If you're a casual footy fan, free-to-air coverage might be enough to satisfy your cravings. Channel Seven has the broadcast rights to between 3 and 5 matches per week. The matches you can see vary significantly from state to state. The free-to-air broadcaster will generally show a Thursday or Friday night game, then a handful of matches over the weekend.

You can keep an eye on the broadcast guide from the AFL website to find out which fixtures will be available on free-to-air. The Seven Network also shows every match from the finals series live nationally, including the grand final.

Can you stream AFL on 7plus?

No. There is some sports content on 7plus, but you cannot watch AFL live on the Internet through the 7plus app. The rights to AFL live streaming belong to Foxtel and Kayo Sports.

How to stream AFL on Kayo Sports

Kayo Sports has access to all of the FOX SPORTS channels, along with 2 ESPN channels and 3 beIN SPORTS channels. That means subscribers can stream every match of the AFL Premiership live, with replays also available. The same goes for the finals series. The only exception is the grand final, which is shown exclusively on free-to-air. A replay of the big match will be available to Kayo users immediately after the final siren.

Kayo also offers live coverage of the Community Series pre-season fixtures, Under-18 Championship and the NAB Rising Star Award Ceremony. There are also a host of magazine shows like AFL 360 and On the Couch, pre- and post-match analysis, entertainment programming, panel discussions and interviews.

Stream Kayo Sports for 14 days FREE and no lock-in contract

Take Kayo Sports for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

The Kayo app delivers live HD streams and works with a wide range of devices, including Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TVs and Samsung TV (2017 models and later). There are 3 price points: $25, $27.50 and $35 a month for 1, 2 and 3 simultaneous streams respectively. Regardless of which option you choose, there's a 14-day free trial for new customers.

Other than its significantly cheaper price, what separates Kayo Sports from the other streaming options on this list is its sport-specific special features. This includes a picture-in-picture mode, SplitView (allowing 4 sports to be watched at once), hide scores, jump to key moments and match centre.

Watch AFL on Foxtel iQ

Foxtel broadcasts every match of the AFL season live on Fox Footy, with the exception of the grand final. You'll need a Foxtel subscription with the Sports HD pack to join in the fun. Once that's done, you can stream AFL matches on your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, which is available for free to Foxtel iQ subscribers.

You simply need to download the app from Google Play or the App Store and enter your Foxtel ID. You'll instantly have access to all the channels you're subscribed to. If you want to stream on a computer, go to the Foxtel website and check out the Foxtel GO page.

Foxtel iQ is $74 a month in order to access the sports channels and HD. This is because it includes the set-top box, its installation, non-sports channels and additional features such as 4K support (when you watch on your TV, not streamed) and recording. You need the Sports HD pack ($25 a month) as well as the Foxtel Plus package ($49 a month).

Watch AFL on Foxtel Now

Don't want to get cable? You can keep up with AFL matches via Foxtel Now. Fox Footy is available in the Sport pack, priced at $29 a month. This is a Premium pack though, so you also need to get the Essentials pack to have access to it. This includes Pop and Lifestyle channels and costs $25 a month, bringing your total monthly cost up to $54.

Foxtel Now is available on various devices, including PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromecast, AirPlay, PS4, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now box. New customers get a 10-day free trial.

Note: None of the advanced sports viewing features seen on Kayo Sports are available through Foxtel GO or Foxtel Now. These are exclusive to Kayo Sports.

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

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Stream AFL matches from outside Australia

If you're outside Australia when your favourite team is playing, you can still stream AFL matches live or on demand with Watch AFL. The platform is only available outside the country and comes with 3 subscription options. A weekly pass costs $19, a monthly subscription is $33 and a membership for an entire year is available for $189. During the finals, the weekly pass rises to $25 or you can get the entire finals series for $85.

It's a neat way of doing it, allowing you to navigate around work trips or family holidays depending on their length and frequency.

Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live

Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live from Watch AFL

If you're out of the country, streaming Aussie rules football can be a bit of a pain. For those travelling the globe, there's Watch AFL.

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You can watch on your laptop on the Watch AFL website or download the app to your mobile device. Watch AFL is also compatible with Chromecast, AirPlay and Apple TV.

Where can I watch AFL live games online for free?

You can pick your moment and strike with the Kayo Sports 14-day free trial. This gives you 2 weekends' worth of AFL live coverage streamed to almost any device. Signing up and cancelling is instant, quick and hassle-free. Plus, it's Kayo Sports that has all the brilliant sports viewing features that really make the experience shine.

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Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our full guide here. If you're not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.

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