How to watch 2020 AFC Champions League matches live in Australia
The AFC Champions League is the pre-eminent club football competition in Asia. Who will take out this season's crown?
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The AFC Champions League, also known as the Asian Champions League, is a club football competition open to teams from right across the continent. After a major break due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's tournament is now back on track.
Following a series of qualifying matches and criteria, 32 teams make the main tournament, split into 8 groups. They initially compete in a round robin format. The top 2 teams in each group then progress to the knockout rounds. Full details are below.
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When is the AFC Champions League?
The group stage of this year's AFC Champions League got underway in early February. The teams play each side in their group home and away. The third round of group matches was scheduled for the week starting 1 March, but the coronavirus outbreak forced a six-month postponement of the fixtures.
The competition re-started on 15 September for teams in the western zone, although it was beset by more issues related to COVID-19. The eastern zone, which includes teams from Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and others, resumed in November.
Live stream 2020 AFC Champions League on Kayo: 14-day free trial
How to watch the AFC Champions League in Australia
In Australia, the AFC Champions League is available exclusively on Foxtel, currently only showing games featuring Australian teams. Your options for watching matches are Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports.
Stream the AFC Champions League on Kayo Sports
Kayo has access to more than 50 sports, including a wide array of football leagues and competitions. The A-League, FA Cup, La Liga and Serie A are just some of the options. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users, so you can try the service before deciding to sign up.
Subscriptions are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.
Kayo also has a number of special features like SplitView, where you can watch four sports at once. Kayo Minis, available shortly after matches have completed, allow you to watch a condensed version. Other features include Interactive Stats and a Key Moments Timeline.
The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay. We have put together a full review of the service for you.
Stream the AFC Champions League on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the pay TV giant's digital streaming service. You have to subscribe to the Essentials pack in addition to the Sport pack which costs $54/month. So while it's cheaper than iQ, you're still paying double the price of Kayo Sports.
Watch the AFC Champions League on Foxtel iQ
If you have a Foxtel iQ subscription including the Sports HD pack, you are all set for the AFC Champions League. If not, the Sports HD pack costs $25/month through Foxtel. You must also sign up for the Foxtel Plus package at $49/month, blowing the total monthly bill out to $74.
Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that offers users access to 4K sports content. You may also find that you're up for some potential installation costs, though Foxtel iQ deals are also regularly available.
Asian Champions League A-League team schedule
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AFC Champions League format
In the Asian Champions League, teams are split into two regions, East and West. After the 32 teams qualify for the group stage, 16 then make it to the first knockout round. From there all knockout rounds are held over two legs, from the round of 16 through to the final. The final features one team from each region and is scheduled for December 2020.
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