How to watch 2021/22 UEFA Champions League matches live

The UEFA Champions League has a new home 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 which is the best club in Europe and is the trophy every side covets.

English club Chelsea are the defending champions heading into the 2021/22 tournament, defeating Manchester City in the final of last season's coronavirus-impacted competition for their second title overall.

Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, PSG, Barcelona, Manchester United and Atlético Madrid are among the big teams competing for this year's crown.

How to watch every UCL match in Australia

Previously held by Optus Sport, the rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League have been snapped up by Stan Sport on a 3-year deal starting this season. Optus still has the rights to the English Premier League and the 2023 Women's World Cup.

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Stream Champions League on Stan Sport

Subscriptions to Stan Sport start from $10 per month. But to access Stan Sport you also need to be a regular Stan subscriber. Regular Stan memberships cost between $10 and $19 so the true cost of Stan Sport is $20–29 per month. It is a minimum of $24 per month if you want to watch sport in HD.

Stan Sport has a 7-day free trial. In terms of coverage, it was announced in August 2021 that ex-Socceroo Craig Foster and English football pundit Max Rushden will lead Stan Sport's coverage of the Champions League. We have a full guide to Stan Sport for you here.

How to stream Champions League teams regularly

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. You can also catch Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal Premier League games on delay through either Kayo or beIN SPORTS.

Kayo has a number of special features including SplitView, which lets you watch 4 sports or matches at once. That's 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. For now, clubs are divided equally into 8 different groups, with teams seeded before the draw. Each team plays its group opponents in a home and away round-robin format. From the 2024/25 campaign, it will increase to 36 teams.

The group stage is traditionally played from September to December and is held over 6 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 2022 at Gazprom Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the home ground of Russian club FC Zenit.

Image source: Kayo Sports

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