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How to watch 2020 UEFA Champions League matches live

All knockout matches of the UEFA Champions League 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. With several teams worth more than $1 billion, this is the trophy that every side covets.

Liverpool are the defending champions after they managed to defeat English rivals Tottenham in last year's final. Before that, it was Real Madrid who won an astonishing three in a row. This year's tournament now has some extra intrigue following Manchester City's two-year Champions League ban, which starts next season.

So unless they lodge a successful appeal, this is City's last chance to win a first Champions League title until the 2022/23 season at the earliest. Holders Liverpool and fellow giants Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid are among the teams still vying for this year's crown.

When is next UEFA Champions League match day?

  • Round of 16, first legs, 19–20 February and 26–27 February
  • Round of 16, second legs, 11–12 March and 18–19 March

Champions League schedule

How to watch every UCL match in Australia

The UEFA Champions League is exclusive to Optus Sport. Optus also has the rights to the Euro 2020 qualifiers, English Premier League and UEFA Europa League.

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 2019/20 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. Fortunately, after the "Floptus" World Cup incident the Optus Sport app has rapidly improved and is now far more reliable.

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.

For non-subscribers, you can watch the round of 16 second leg Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid for free. That's because that fixture is offered as a Free Seat Match on Optus. This means you can watch the Premier League and La Liga heavyweights for free without signing up.

Please note that Fetch devices purchased through Internet providers other than Optus are not supported.

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.

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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 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 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 there we progress to the quarter-finals which have no restrictions on who will play each other, before finally the semi-finals and final.

When is the UEFA Champions League final?

The final will be held on Sunday 31 May (AEDT) at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.

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