How to watch 2020/21 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 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.

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

FA Cup schedule

Date Match Venue Time (AEDT) How to watch
Saturday, 9 January Aston Villa vs Liverpool Villa Park 6:45 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Saturday, 9 January Wolves vs Crystal Palace Molineux Stadium 6:45 AM N/A
Saturday, 9 January Everton vs Rotherham Goodison Park 11:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Saturday, 9 January Boreham Wood vs Millwall Meadow Park 11:00 PM N/A
Saturday, 9 January Luton Town vs Reading Kenilworth Road 11:00 PM N/A
Saturday, 9 January Nottm Forest vs Cardiff City City Ground 11:00 PM N/A
Saturday, 9 January Norwich City vs Coventry Carrow Road 11:00 PM N/A
Saturday, 9 January Chorley vs Derby County Victory Park 11:15 PM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster Ewood Park 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Blackpool vs West Brom Bloomfield Road Stadium 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Wycombe vs Preston Adams Park 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January QPR vs Fulham Loftus Road 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Stevenage vs Swansea Broadhall Way 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Burnley vs MK Dons Turf Moor 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United Memorial Stadium 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Oldham Athletic vs Bournemouth Boundary Park 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Stoke City vs Leicester City Britannia Statium 2:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Sunday, 10 January Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday St. James Park 2:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Arsenal vs Newcastle Emirates Stadium 4:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Sunday, 10 January Brentford vs Middlesbrough Brentford Community Stadium 5:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Huddersfield vs Plymouth Argyle John Smith's Stadium 5:00 AM N/A
Sunday, 10 January Man United vs Watford Old Trafford 7:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Sunday, 10 January Southampton vs Shrewbury St. Mary's Stadium 7:00 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Crawley Town vs Leeds United Broadfield Stadium 12:30 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Bristol City vs Portsmouth Ashton Gate 12:30 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Cheltenham vs Mansfield Town Whaddon Road 12:30 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Chelsea vs Morecambe Stamford Bridge 12:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Monday, 11 January Man. City vs Birmingham City of Manchester Stadium 12:30 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Barnsley vs Tranmere Oakwell 12:30 AM N/A
Monday, 11 January Marine vs Tottenham Rossett Park 4:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV
Monday, 11 January Newport County vs Brighton Rodney Parade 6:45 AM N/A
Tuesday, 12 January Stockport vs West Ham Edgeley Park 7:00 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.

Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial. 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 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.

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.

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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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