How to live stream the FA Cup final online for free in Australia

Manchester City and Watford meet at Wembley in the early hours of May 19 to decide the 2018/19 FA Cup final. Here how you can stream the FA Cup Final online.

What a year it has been for Manchester City. The newly-crowned English champions will be looking to add to this season's Premier League and League Cup titles on May 19, and complete a domestic treble at Wembley. The only thing standing in the way is a Watford team looking to win a first FA Cup. A team that has regularly punched above its weight during the Premier League season and is capable of giving Manchester City a scare.

It's true Watford met Manchester City twice in the league this season, with City winning both times. But the FA Cup is famous for upsets. Will we witness some more "magic of the FA Cup" this weekend? Thankfully, you can live stream the FA Cup final into Australia; and can even do so for free if you're lucky.

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When does the FA Cup final start?

In Australia, the FA Cup final will be broadcast live via ESPN on Sunday 19 May at 2:00 am AEST. The broadcast starts off at 1: 45 am, and concludes at 4:00 am, so there will be some pre-game discussion and also plenty of post-game coverage to enjoy. You can watch or live stream ESPN through Kayo Sports and Foxtel, which we will compare below. Here is when the FA Cup Final starts across the nation.

FA Cup Final Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart, Brisbane Adelaide, Darwin Perth New Zealand
Manchester City vs Watford 2:00am 1:30am 12:00am 4:00am

How to stream the FA Cup final

Two ESPN channels are broadcast into Australia through Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and the exciting new live streaming service, Kayo Sports. A Foxtel IQ requires a full installation of a set-top box and it therefore provides no instant return. As such, it's likely not a solution for those wanting to instantly access the FA Cup Final. Unless of course you are already a Foxtel IQ subscriber, in which case you just need to add the Sports premium pack onto your package via the website or by calling Foxtel direct.

Foxtel Now is the streaming alternative to Foxtel IQ, and with instant access it is an option for watching he FA Cup final in Australia. However, as the Sports Pack is an add-on to the base Lifestyle Pack, it's not you cheapest choice.

The cheapest option is Kayo Sports, and it's also the best. Kayo Sports takes the 14 best channels from the premium Sports Pack on Foxtel - including the two ESPN channels - and puts it in a unique new app. This app not only features a fantastic UI with a game-day hub showing off all the surrounding FA Cup content, from historical matches to highlights and discussion shows, but it has some great viewing features. This includes SplitView - so you could watch the PGA Championship at the same time on the one screen should you want - picture-in-picture mode, hide scores option, jump to key moments and more.

You can access Kayo Sports via iOS, Android, Mac and PC, or on your TV via Android TV, Telstra TV, Apple TV and ChromeCast. It costs $25 per month and allows for two simultaneous live sports streams. Plus, because it has a 14-day free trial, you can actually watch the FA Cup final - and the EFL promotional playoff between Aston Villa and Derby on May 28 for good measure - without paying a cent. It's easy to access and cancel if you want to test out the Kayo Sports experience, so what better occasion than the FA Cup final to check it out?

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When to watch the FA Cup final replay

We'll forgive you if you can't quite keep the eyelids open long enough to watch the FA Cup final live when it plays at 2:00 am on the morning of May 19. Thankfully, both Kayo Sports and Foxtel, the two services which we compared above, will have the FA Cup final available to watch on-demand and also replayed through more reasonable hours. There is no extra cost to accessing the FA Cup final replay, even if you are using the free 14-day Kayo Sports trial in order to watch the game. However, don't leave it too long, as we can't vouch for how long the FA Cup final replay will be available in the future.

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