How to watch 2020/21 UEFA Champions League matches live
The UEFA Champions League is back and all games are available to watch live in Australia. Here's how you can tune in.
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The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of football. It determines who's the best club in Europe and is the trophy every side covets.
Bayern Munich are the defending champions heading into the 2020/21 tournament, defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the final of last season's coronavirus-impacted competition for their sixth title overall.
Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, PSG, Chelsea and Atletico are among the big teams competing for this year's crown. The tournament has been pushed back about a month due to last year's delayed finish. The 2020/21 final will be at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, the original venue for the 2020 final before that was moved to Portugal.
How to watch every UCL match in Australia
Stream Champions League on Optus Sport
Optus Sport is free to the majority of Optus customers or as an add-on at an additional charge. You can check for your eligibility here, but don't worry as you can still sign up to an Optus Sport subscription.
Subscriptions to Optus Sport come in a few different varieties. You can sign up to Optus Sport via the app for $14.99/month. This allows you to stream 2020/21 Champions League matches to PC and Mac, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One and Amazon Fire.
It offers football fans a bunch of live programming, on-demand matches, commentary shows and more. After something a little different? Then you can get Optus Sport via Fetch TV. The cheapest way to do so is with a Fetch TV Mini, which comes with the starter pack for free. Then you can add on the Optus Sport pack for $14.99/month.
Please note that Fetch devices purchased through Internet providers other than Optus are not supported.
Champions League schedule
How to stream football
To catch matches of non-English teams from the UCL in their domestic competitions such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, you will need a subscription to Kayo Sports or beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Most importantly Kayo has a feature that allows you to watch four sports at once called SplitView, which is fantastic considering many European fixtures are on simultaneously. It also has more sports available with over 50 to watch.
Champions League tournament format
The tournament has several different preliminary and qualifying rounds, but the real fun begins in the group stage with 32 teams. Clubs are divided equally into eight different groups, with teams seeded before the draw. Each team plays its group opponents in a home and away round-robin format.
The group stage is traditionally played from September to December and is held over six match days. Teams from the same nations are also split up to ensure parity. After the group stage, the UCL progresses to the knockout phase, which usually begins in February and is contested by 16 clubs.
The 16 teams who finished as the top 2 in each group advance and play matches over 2 legs. Those who finished in third place in their group enter the UEFA Europa League. The knockout phase begins with the round of 16 and sees the 8 group winners seeded against the 8 runners-up.
At this point, teams still can't be drawn against clubs from the same country or who were previously in their group. Then from the quarter-finals onwards, there are no restrictions on who will play each other through to the semi-finals and final.
When is the UEFA Champions League final?
The final will be held on 29 May, 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. This was the original venue for the 2020 final before it was moved to Estádio da Luz in Lisbon as last season's tournament was completed in Portugal.
Image source: Kayo Sports
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