How to watch 2019/20 Europa League live online: TV guide
The Europa League is reaching the business end of the tournament. Here's how to catch all of the action live.
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The UEFA Europa League (UEL) is a European football competition contested by teams from all different associations across the continent. This competition is the second-tier tournament of European football behind the UEFA Champions League. The tournament was previously known as the UEFA Cup, but was renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
While there's some prize money and silverware on the line, the real prize is that the winner automatically qualifies for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League. English club Chelsea won last year's tournament.
What's in this guide?
How to watch every 2019/20 Europa League match in Australia
How to watch on Optus Sport
Luckily for most Optus customers you can sign up to Optus Sport for free. If you're a prepaid customer there are a few criteria you'll have to check if you meet. If you aren't an Optus customer, then that's no problem and you can still sign up too.
Optus Sport is priced at $14.99/month but where you subscribe is up to you. There's the option of signing up directly to Optus Sport via the app. This allows you to stream football content to Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One and Amazon Fire.
Your other option is to sign up via Fetch TV, where Optus Sport is available as an add-on. If this appeals to you but you don't have a Fetch box, you could buy a Fetch TV Mini which is the cheapest box offering. Though please note, Fetch devices purchased from Internet providers that aren't Optus aren't supported.
Optus Sport has improved significantly over the years, especially since the "Floptus" World Cup calamity. It now has a bunch of live programming, matches on demand and other football shows.
Can I watch Europa League for free
Usually Optus Sport offers a Free Seat Match, which means you can watch live without having to subscribe, no strings attached. However with the resumption of the Europa League, Optus Sport currently has no Free Seat Matches scheduled.
When is the Europa League?
The group stage was held over set match days from September to December. Knockout games are usually held from February 2020 to May 2020. However due to the COVID-19 situation across the globe games were postponed until August.
When is the Europa League final?
The final was originally scheduled to be played on 28 May 2020 at Stadion Energa in Gdansk, Poland. Instead now it will take place on 22 August at 5:00am (AEST) at RheinEnergieSTADION Cologne, Germany.
When is the next Europa League match day?
- Round of 16, second legs, 6-7 August
- Quarter-finals, one-game elimination, 11-12 August
- Semi-finals, one-game elimination, 17-18 August
- Final, Sunday 22 August
Next match day games
How to watch Europa League teams other competitions
To watch matches of the non-English teams from the Europa League in their domestic leagues, including Sevilla, AS Roma, Lazio and Wolfsburg, you will need a subscription to either Kayo Sports or beIN SPORTS CONNECT. Of the two Kayo has more content with over 50 sports.
Kayo has some cool features too, like SplitView where you can watch four games simultaneously or Kayo Minis, which are special condensed versions of games to help you catch up.
Europa League tournament format
The Europa League is an almost identical format to the Champions League, especially as we get to the group stages. Overall there are 128 teams that take part in the tournament, though many are eliminated during the preliminary and qualifying rounds.
Action and interest starts to pick up at the group stage which is comprised of 48 clubs. This year 26 associations are represented in the group stage. Teams are split into 12 groups of 4 and restrictions ensure clubs from the same country are separated. Again, like the Champions League a home-and-away round robin format is used.
The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the knockout stage where things get spicy. At this point the eight teams who finished third in their group from the Champions League are introduced. Atletico Madrid are the last club to win the title after being eliminated from the Champions League.
It's also here where the format gets messy. To explain simply, the 12 group winners and 12 runners-up from the Europa League group stage are paired with the 8 third-placed teams from the Champions League groups to make the round of 32. A random draw is then held and teams play over two legs on a home-and-away basis, until the final which is one match at a neutral venue.
This tournament it'll likely be hard to find a winner outside of the heavyweights. The more fancied clubs include Manchester United, Internazionale, Sevilla and AS Roma.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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