How to watch the Euro 2020 qualifiers online in Australia: Live stream guide
Qualifying for the Euro 2020 tournament continues, and all the matches are being broadcast live online in Australia. Here's how you can tune in.
Football is often referred to as the World Game, and while that might be debatable to some, to others it is certainly true. Soccer is definitely "the game" to all Europeans, and the time has come once again to find out who the best national soccer team in Europe is. The action has officially begun at the UEFA European 2020 Championship qualifiers, which is better known to most as the Euro 2020.
Portugal are the defending champions, after global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo helped guide them to a win in the 2016 final against France. Can the proud nation go back-to-back? Or will England finally get a win – or even just make the final – for the first time?
This is the 16th edition of the championships and it will be contested by 24 teams. There's no host country in the traditional sense, either. Instead, Euro 2020 will be hosted by 12 cities in 12 European countries for the first time ever, with the final and semi-finals scheduled to be played at London's Wembley Stadium.
Qualifying for the tournament works with all 55 European UEFA teams being split into 10 groups. There will be five groups with five teams apiece and a second batch of five groups with six countries each. The winner and runner-up of each group will progress through to the tournament stage. This gives us our first 20 teams for the Euro 2020 finals.
To determine the final four qualifying teams, things become a little more complicated. The 16 UEFA Nations League group winners from 2018 will go into another playoff qualifier. If any Nations League group winners have already accomplished that, then their spot will go to the next best ranked team in their league.
How to watch every Euro 2020 qualifying match in Australia
All UEFA Euro 2020 games are broadcast exclusively through Optus Sport. So, if you are keen to watch the qualifiers, your decision is simple. Optus also owns the rights to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, the English Premier League and some international friendlies. So that might also help sway your decision.
Unfortunately, if you want to see Euro superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Eden Hazard, Luka Modrić, Robert Lewandowski and more play for their club's teams, Optus Sport will not sort you out. For that, you should take a look at the excellent Kayo Sports service. It's the only Australian platform to give access to every A-League game, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, the EFL, Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and more with futuristic viewing features.
How to subscribe to Optus Sport
Optus Sport is free to most Optus customers, or as an add-on service at an additional charge for prepaid customers. For those who are not Optus customers, you can still sign up. Optus Sport offers a few different types of subscription options.
If you choose to sign up to Optus Sport only you can do so via the app for $14.99/month. You can then stream Euro 2020 matches to desktop and laptop computers, iOS and Android devices, Fetch TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Xbox One and Amazon Fire.
Thankfully, despite a poor start – everyone will remember the Floptus World Cup debacle – the Optus Sport app is pretty decent. It offers plenty of live programming, catch-up matches, commentary shows and more for Euro 2020 fans.
If that isn't quite what you're after, Optus Sport is also available with Fetch TV. The most economical way to take this option is to get a Fetch TV Mini. This comes with a basic Fetch subscription, which you can then add the Optus Sport pack to for 14.99/month.
Please note that Fetch devices purchased through Internet providers other than Optus are not supported.