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How to watch the 2021/22 FA Cup live in Australia
The famous FA Cup is back for another year, with everyone chasing defending champions Leicester City.
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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 5 or 6 clubs in the Premier League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated the competition for more than 20 years. From 1996 to 2020, only twice did a team outside those clubs won it – Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013.
It happened again last season although it was hardly a minnow taking it out, with Leicester City claiming their first ever triumph with victory over Chelsea in the 2020/21 final. Now the 150th edition of the FA Cup has a new broadcast home in Australia and this is how to watch.
How to watch FA Cup matches in Australia
It was announced on 20 October 2021 that ViacomCBS, owner of Network Ten, 10play and streaming partner Paramount Plus, had secured the rights to the FA Cup starting with the 2021/22 competition.
The company then revealed the FA Cup would only be shown on 10 play and none of its other platforms in Australia. That was up until the quarter finals where Paramount Plus now have exclusive FA Cup rights in Australia.
Watch FA Cup on Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus is another streaming service Aussie sporting fans will need to become familiar with. After launching in August 2021 it quickly became the exclusive home of every A-League and W-League match along with Matildas and Socceroos internationals.
It costs $8.99 a month, or a discounted price of $89.99 if you commit to a full year.
It has a 7-day free trial for new customers. You can watch Paramount Plus on iOS and Android devices, Mac, PC, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Fetch TV, Samsung Smart TV or via AirPlay and Chromecast.
Can you stream the FA Cup on 10 play?
As mentioned above you can no longer stream the FA Cup via Channel 10 or 10 play. This appears to have only been a temporary agreement to show games via the 10 Network while Paramount Plus still had some tech enhancements to make to the service.
FA Cup Australian TV schedule
|Date||Match||Time (AEST)||How to watch|
|Sunday, 15 May||Chelsea vs Liverpool||1:45 AM||Paramount+|
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 3 matches are all held at Wembley Stadium in London.
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