How to watch the 2017 AFL Grand Final online

Matt Sayer 28 September 2017 NEWS


Richmond's first Grand Final appearance in over 30 years is one not to be missed.

Saturday 30 September marks the biggest day in this year's AFL calendar, and one of the biggest days in recent memory for fans of the Richmond Tigers.

But they'll have to get through the Adelaide Crows first, who finished as minor premiers.

With the Adelaide Crows vying for their third Grand Final win in the history of the club, it seems that the odds are on their side. They've been hot favourites to take out the flag the entire season.

But who doesn't love an underdog? After a heartwarming win from the Bulldogs last year, fans are craving another fairytale ending to a great year of AFL.

More than three decades have passed since the ol' Tigers have made it to the Grand Final, and Dusty Martin's win of the praised Brownlow Medal has put momentum on their side. There's sure to be plenty of black and yellow on display both at the MCG and in living rooms around the country. Well, except in Adelaide, of course.

While many Aussies will be tuning into their regular tellies at 2:30pm on Saturday 30 September, there are plenty of alternatives if you'd rather not muck about with tuning TV channels or you're looking to catch the finals on-the-go:


There are two ways of streaming the Grand Final through Foxtel: with the Foxtel Go app included with traditional Foxtel subscriptions or with the Foxtel Now/Foxtel Play app included with Foxtel's online-only Foxtel Now subscription. In both cases, you'll need to have subscribed to the Sports pack to access the Fox Footy channel, where the final will be streamed live.

As a bonus, Foxtel Now is currently running a two-week free trial, so you can sign up to stream the Grand Final and cancel later without paying a cent, if you so wish.

AFL Live Pass

The official AFL Live Pass service streams live coverage of every AFL match, including the upcoming Grand Final. It also features plenty of deep statistics and player profiles you can peruse during the final, giving you a keener insight than those watching on normal TV. You can watch the final on a wide range of devices, too, with a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices as well as in-browser streaming on the AFL website.

An AFL Live Pass subscription normally costs $4.99 a week, but new customers get a free two-week trial on sign-up – perfect for watching the Grand Final and cancelling later if you don't want to start paying for it.

If you're a Telstra mobile customer, you don't even need to worry about leveraging the free trial – all Telstra's post-paid mobile plans, mobile broadband plans and pre-paid services with more than $30 of recharge credit get a free AFL Live Pass subscription for the 2017 season as part of their contract. Simply log into the AFL Live Pass mobile app with your Telstra-connected device to redeem your free subscription.

Watch AFL (for those outside Australia)

If you or a friend are going to be outside Australia on the 30th, Watch AFL offers a Grand Final Pass for $25 that lets you stream the big game live on iOS and Android devices as well as on PC and Mac via the Watch AFL website.

Can I watch the Grand Final on 7Plus?

7Plus, Channel 7's on-demand and catch-up service, is usually pretty good at streaming everything that gets broadcast on its traditional TV service. Unfortunately, Channel 7 doesn't have the rights to stream any AFL matches, the Grand Final included, so you won't be able to catch the big game through 7Plus.

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