Watch the 2019 International Champions Cup ICC football online in Australia
The 2019 International Champions Cup is upon us, with Australian football fans able to watch every match live online and on TV: Here's how.
It's an exciting time for football fans as some of world's biggest teams begin preparations for the upcoming season. It all starts with the International Champions Cup (ICC), which is currently in full swing. An annual club football exhibition competition, the ICC sees 12 beloved teams facing off in pre-season friendly matches.
This year, C.D. Guadalajara will make their debut in the tournament as the only non-European team. The other teams participating in 2019 are Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Fiorentina, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Benfica. The tournament is played across three continents: Asia, Europe and North America.
At the bottom of this article, you'll find the full ICC schedule of matches, including all kick-off times in Australia.
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How to watch the 2019 International Champions Cup
Australian football fans are in luck as all 18 matches of the ICC will be broadcast live and on demand both on television and via the Internet. Here's your ICC TV guide on how to watch this football friendly feast.
Watch the 2019 International Champions Cup on free-to-air with SBS
This year, SBS will broadcast all matches of the 2019 ICC, so you don't need to get a pay TV or streaming subscription to keep up. 17 of the fixtures will air on SBS's Viceland channel, but all matches will stream live on the The World Game website/app. You can download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store to your device. While there is nothing wrong with this experience, as you'll read below, there are better ways to enjoy the ICC live or with on-demand replays thanks to Kayo Sports.
International Champions Cup live stream on Kayo Sports
All 18 matches of the tournament will also be broadcast by beIN SPORTS in Australia, which means you can stream them live with Kayo Sports. This new live sports streaming services offers over 50 sports from all over the world both live and on demand, including a stack of football. This includes every A-League match, so football fans have plenty of reasons to give it a go.
A Basic subscription costs $25/month and supports two simultaneous streams, while a Premium subscription lets you watch on three streams at the same time for $35/month.
What makes Kayo Sports stand out, despite its price, is the great sport-specific viewing features it boasts. Subscribers can watch up to four channels at once on one screen thanks to SplitView, which is particularly handy for the ICC, where many matches overlap. In selected matches you can also jump to Key Moments, or watch mini highlights packages on demand. The No Spoilers setting helps you keep your eyes averted from the score when you're running late, while Interactive Stats lets you dive into a world of facts and figures.
Plus, the fantastic UI does a great job of grouping all the content, such as interviews, documentaries, conferences, classic matches and more, around live sporting events. There are plenty more features this streaming service offers and you can read our full review to learn more. You can try it all out for free during the ICC tournament thanks to a 14-day free trial.
Kayo Sports is compatible with PCs, Macs, smartphones, laptops, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV and Chromecast.
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Watch the 2019 International Champions Cup on Foxtel IQ
If you have a Foxtel IQ subscription then you can also access the same sports content as Kayo, including beIN SPORTS, by adding on the Sport pack. The Sport pack costs $29/month (plus $10/month for HD), which means your base cost once you add in the essential non-sporting content (such as HBO, Fox and Lifestyle) is $68/month.
The benefit of Foxtel IQ is that, as a cable connection, it's more reliable than streaming. You can also watch some content in 4K if you have a 4K TV and you can record direct to the device so you don't have to rely on the on-demand features. There are also some solid Foxtel deals around at the moment. And you can live stream the ICC and any other channels you're subscribed to through the Foxtel GO app.
Despite the added price, though, you don't get the unique viewing features offered by Kayo Sports.
Live stream the 2019 International Champions Cup on Foxtel Now
The ICC will also be available to stream with Foxtel Now. The platform lets you watch Foxtel content live and on demand via the Internet, no strings (or cords) attached. To gain access to beIN SPORTS you will need the Sport pack, which costs $29/month. You also need to get the Essentials pack, since Sport is a premium offering. Essentials costs $25/month and comes with several pop and lifestyle channels. So you're looking at $54/month minimum, without any of Kayo's unique viewing features.
Still if you want more than just sport, it's well worth considering. Foxtel Now has a 10-day free trial for new subscribers so you can try it out for free. The platform is compatible with Macs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, the Foxtel Now box, PS4, Telstra TV, Sony Android TVs, Chromecast and Airplay.
2019 International Champions Cup live stream with beIN SPORTS CONNECT
beIN SPORTS fans can also subscribe to beIN SPORTS CONNECT directly, the online platform that gives you access to all three beIN channels for $19.99/month. A two-week free trial is available for new customers. You can also get a subscription that will last you an entire year for $199.99. Users can access the app on PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets, Chromecast and Airplay.
Watch the 2019 International Champions Cup on TV with Fetch
If you have Fetch TV, you can add all three beIN channels to your subscription as a Special Interest channel pack for $19.99/month. The total price of your subscription will depend on whether you got your Fetch box through a broadband provider or bought it outright.
The 2019 International Champions Cup schedule
The 2019 International Champions Cup started on 17 July and will last until 11 August. Check the complete schedule below and mark your calendar.
|ICC football match||Date||Kick-off time (AEST)||Where to watch|
|Fiorentina vs Guadalajara||17 July||11am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Arsenal vs Bayern Munich||18 July||1pm||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Manchester United vs Inter Milan||20 July||9:15pm||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Benfica vs Guadalajara||21 July||6am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Arsenal vs Fiorentina||21 July||8am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid||21 July||10am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur||21 July||9:15pm||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Real Madrid vs Arsenal||24 July||9am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Bayern Munich vs AC Milan||24 July||11am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Guadalajara vs Atletico Madrid||24 July||11am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Fetch TV|
|Juventus vs Inter Milan||24 July||9:15pm||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Fiorentina vs Benfica||25 July||10am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United||25 July||9:15pm||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid||27 July||9:45am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|AC Milan vs Benfica||29 July||5am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Manchester United vs AC Milan||4 August||2:30am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter Milan||5 August||12am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
|Atletico Madrid vs Juventus||11 August||2am||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, SBS, Fetch TV|
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