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How to watch 2020 FA Cup 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 known 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 five clubs won it – Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013.

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FA Cup schedule

Date Match Kick-off (AEST) How to watch
2 August Arsenal vs Chelsea 2:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV

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 or on Kayo Sports. Fetch TV also has access to some games. Read on to find out more.

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. Games featuring Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all live.

Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial so the FA Cup quarter-finals could be the ideal time to test it out. All up, Kayo has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you.

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.

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.

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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 also 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, though Foxtel iQ deals are also 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, you're still paying double the price of Kayo Sports to get your FA Cup fix.

If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial. We have also put together a full guide which includes the list of compatible devices.

Watch the FA Cup on Fetch TV

Subscription television service Fetch TV also has access to ESPN and is showing the FA Cup quarter-finals. 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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