How to watch the 2021 AFL Community Series live
The AFL pre-season competition has again undergone some tweaks as teams prepare for the new season.
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The AFL has often experimented with its pre-season format and that will continue heading into the 2021 campaign. Original plans for each team to play two games has been cut in half due to coronavirus protocols.
The schedule was also shuffled from an initial plan. Some teams were travelling interstate before a late call for all 18 sides to remain in their home states for their sole pre-season fixture.
The rule experimentations of the past have also largely been dismissed again this year. Gimmicks like super goals won't be used and matches will follow standard premiership rules.
How to watch the AFL Community Series
There is no free-to-air coverage of the pre-season competition. Foxtel and Kayo Sports are your only options who'll be broadcasting every game live via FOX FOOTY. We have a full guide to viewing options for the upcoming AFL season here.
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When is the AFL Community Series?
The pre-season this year will run from Thursday 4 March through Monday 8 March at a number of venues around the country. It is being held predominantly in major stadiums this year, rather than the community grounds used in the past. You can find the full schedule further down in this article.
Stream the AFL Community Series on Kayo Sports
If you are yet to try out Kayo Sports, it offers a 14-day free trial for new users. So you could give it a test run during the Community Series before signing up for the AFL season proper.
AFL is just 1 of more than 50 sports Kayo has to offer and we have put together a full review of the service for you. Subscriptions are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.
Kayo also has a number of special features. Kayo Minis, SplitView, Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline are just some of the options. The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Watch the AFL Community Series on Foxtel
You can watch the pre-season fixtures on Foxtel iQ. You need the Sports HD pack for $25/month plus the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month, a minimum of $74 per month. Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content which is a bonus.
You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, although Foxtel IQ deals are also regularly available.
You can also watch on Foxtel Now. For that you need the Essentials pack in addition to the Sports pack which costs $54/month. It has a 10-day free trial for new users. We have a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.
AFL Community Series fixtures
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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