How to watch 2020/21 FA Cup semi-finals live in Australia
England's famous FA Cup is back. Will one of the superpowers of English football take out the title once more or can an upstart shake up the competition?
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Proudly known as the world's oldest football competition, the FA Cup was first held in 1871/72. Open to any professional club in the English football league system, it is renowned for some fairytale runs and epic upsets.
It is still traditionally taken out by the top five or six clubs in the Premier League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated the competition for more than 20 years. Since 1996, only twice has a team outside those clubs won it – Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013.
How to watch FA Cup matches in Australia
ESPN secured the rights to broadcast the FA Cup in Australia in late 2019. It is showing games on both its main and HD channels. That means you can watch it on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV also has access to some games.
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FA Cup Australian TV schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEST)||How to watch|
|Sunday, 18 April||Chelsea vs Man City||Wembley Stadium||2:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV|
|Monday, 19 April||Leicester vs Southampton||Wembley Stadium||3:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV|
Stream FA Cup on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports broadcasts a selection of the biggest matches of the FA Cup, including all fixtures from the quarter-final stage onwards.
Subscriptions for Kayo Sports 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, such as Kayo Minis. Available shortly after matches have completed, you can then watch a condensed version. Other features include SplitView, where you can watch four events at once, Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.
Watch the FA Cup on Foxtel iQ
If you have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set. ESPN can also be streamed on your laptop or mobile using Foxtel GO or the ESPN app. Both are free with your Sports HD pack for $25/month through Foxtel. The problem is you must also sign up for the Foxtel Plus package for $49/month.
This blows the total monthly bill out to $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 regularly available.
Stream FA Cup via Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack, which costs $54/month in total. So while it's cheaper than iQ, it's still significantly more expensive than Kayo to get your FA Cup fix.
Watch the FA Cup on Fetch TV
Subscription television service Fetch TV also has access to ESPN and the FA Cup. You can access it via the Vibe channel pack for $6/month. The total cost of your subscription will depend on whether you bought your Fetch box outright or through a broadband provider.
What is the FA Cup format?
The third round of the FA Cup is where the Premier League and Championship sides enter the tournament. The 64 matches in the third round are decided by a random draw, with the first teams drawn having the advantage of playing at home.
The 32 winners progress to the fourth round, where 16 teams proceed to the fifth round. From there they contest the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The last three matches are all held at Wembley Stadium in London.
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