How to watch 2020/21 Europa League live online: TV guide
Once again there are some European heavyweights contesting this season's Europa League. Here's how to catch all of the action.
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The UEFA Europa League (UEL) is a European football competition contested by teams from all different associations across the continent. It is the second-tier tournament of European football behind the UEFA Champions League. Previously known as the UEFA Cup, it renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
While there's prize money and silverware on the line, the biggest reward is that the winner automatically qualifies for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League. Spanish side Sevilla continued its dominance of the competition last year, winning its sixth Europa League since 2006.
What's in this guide?
- How to watch every 2020/21 Europa League match in Australia
- How to watch on Optus Sport
- Can I watch Europa League for free?
- When is the Europa League?
- When is the Europa League final?
- Next match day games
- How to watch Europa League teams in other competitions
- Europa League tournament format
How to watch every 2020/21 Europa League match in Australia
The UEFA Europa League matches are live and exclusive to Optus Sport. In addition to this Optus also holds the rights for the postponed Euro 2020, now set for June/July 2021, plus the EPL and Champions League.
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 first. If you are not an Optus customer, 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 are not supported.
Optus Sport has improved significantly over the years and now has a bunch of live programming, matches on demand and other football shows.
Can I watch Europa League for free?
Optus Sport sometimes offers a Free Seat Match, which means you can watch live without having to subscribe, no strings attached. It varies depending on the stage of the competition. At the time of writing, Optus Sport currently has no Free Seat Matches scheduled for the Europa League.
When is the Europa League?
Originally scheduled to get underway in June last year, the qualifying matches eventually commenced in August 2020 due to the pandemic. The group stage was held from October through December. The knockout rounds were then scheduled for February 2021 with home and away ties through to the final in May.
When is the Europa League final?
The final will take place on 27 May AEST at Stadion Miejski in Gdańsk, Poland.
What is the Europa League match day schedule (Australian Eastern Time)?
- Group stage, 23 October to 11 December
- Round of 32, 19-26 February
- Round of 16, 12-19 March
- Quarter-finals, 9-16 April
- Semi-finals, 30 April to 7 May
- Final, 27 May
Next match day games
How to watch Europa League teams in 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. Kayo has a 14-day free trial for new users.
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.
Action and interest starts to pick up at the group stage which is comprised of 48 clubs. 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 will likely be hard to find a winner outside of the heavyweights. There are four English clubs remaining, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester City, along with AC Milan, Rangers, Napoli and Roma.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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