Watch AFL Live Stream Free Online [Outside Australia]

Are you looking for ways to watch the Australian rules football (AFL) from outside Australia live? Well, you’re in the right place, we show you all the options available so you can stream this great game from anywhere.

AFL is a strange game for those watching it that have not grown up with it, it looked chaotic, tough, and super fast. Many Americans look at it with amazement as they are not wearing any protective gear at all and still hitting each other hard, this is a major draw to the game. It is a game that hasn’t gone too soft yet.

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An even bigger draw to it this year in 2022 is the fact that the world finally getting some sports to stream, thanks to COVID-19, and since this has happened it has forced some people to start broadening their horizons to experience some sports outside of the US and Europe. There have even been some big-name ex-NFL players really getting into AFL, such people as Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colts) and likening it to a one-night stand, and we all know how good they are!

Pat was likening it to a one night stand due to the fact that the AFL played one round in 2020 before being shut down due to the Coronavirus. Luckily for us, Australia took swift action in shutting down the virus by closing its borders and implementing a lockdown. The restrictions have now lifted and the AFL, after finishing last season in 2021, is getting back to business for its round 1 starting on the 16th of March 2022.

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They even expect to have crowds back to normal by mid-July!

Anyway, let’s get down to business and see how we can watch AFL live stream free and online, no matter whether you are in the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, you can even use this guide from within Australia for free with a couple of tweaks.

How Can I Watch AFL Outside Australia (via live stream)?

The AFL has broadcasting deals in place with various different companies around the world to bring live AFL to the masses, so it really depends on where you live. Luckily for you, we are going to run you through the official channels and then also provide you with some free options in case you are little light on funds like most of us in this current economic climate.

Here is a video of some good hits from last season.

How to Stream AFL Live for Free?

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So instead of running you through all of the paid options first then finishing with what everyone really wants, we will just give you what you want first. We all want a way to stream the AFL live and we want to be able to watch every match and we want to be able to see the finals series and all the content about it.


The best way to stream the matches of the Australian Football League for 2020 is by using a couple of loopholes along with a software tool called a VPN.

You see in Australia, Channel 7 plays most of the AFL games for free, but channel 7 is blocked to all people outside Australia.

To get around this we use a VPN. The VPN allows you to fake your IP address and fake your location so it looks like you are actually in Australia, then you don’t need an expensive subscription for any Cable TV or Streaming subscription.

How to Stream AFL With a VPN From Anywhere.

  1. Get a VPN that has fast speeds and servers in Australia. We like NordVPN for this.
  2. Sign up for an account.
  3. Install the VPN on your devices
  4. Sign in and connect to a server in Australia
  5. Go to Kayo Sports and sign up for a 14-day free trial to watch the AFL and all its content.
  6. Make a new email address on Gmail and sign up again if you need another 14-day trial. (Connect to a different server on your VPN to get a new IP so they think you are a different user, also use incognito mode on Chrome)

If there is a match on that you want to watch and for some reason, Channel 7 is not showing it then you can sign up for a Trial on Kayo sports. Just make sure to use your VPN when signing up and then enjoy your free trial.

How to Watch AFL Live Stream from US?

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For those Americans (or Australians) that miss their NFL and want to see some big Ozzy guys busting up each other like a herd of bison with a firecracker going off in the middle, then you’re in luck. Take a break from watching the world go crazy, go a grab a beer, sit on the sofa, and watch an AFL match. You won’t regret it.

At the moment, Fox Sports has some broadcasting rights to the 2022 Australian rules football matches, but they will only show a select few matches live. This is pretty nice if you already have a cable subscription with Fox Sports, it will allow you to dip your toes in the water and see if you like it or not.

Official broadcaster: Fox Sports

Channels: FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports 1, ESPN

Coverage: Select live games and all AFL finals games

Price: Depends on your Cable Subscription package. (Expensive)


  • If you have Fox already then it's included and free


  • Don't get every game
  • Limited content
  • Limited match replays
  • Expensive cable required

How to watch AFL from the UK

Flag of U.K.There are lots of Australians living in the UK (probably too many, along with the bloody Kiwis), so there are lots of footy fans really looking forward to the AFL season opening up again and they finally get to watch an AFL match again. And the good thing is that put it on the TV for them and you get peace and quiet for a couple of hours so you can finally have a crack at the women.

Official broadcaster: BT Sports

Channels: BT Sport 1

Coverage: Select live games and all AFL finals games

Price: Expensive as you also need SKY TV


  • If you have Sky TV and BT Sports already then it's included and free
  • Have a BT Sport App for live streaming on mobile


  • Don't get every game
  • Limited content
  • Limited replays
  • Expensive
  • Also need Sky TV

How to watch AFL from Canada

Flag of CanadaIn Canada, there are many Australians living there that are getting sick of touring their beautiful country and looking at their gorgeous women, they just want to sit with a beer and look at a bunch of sweaty blokes smash each other. Luckily for them, TSN is showing the great AFL game in Canada.

Official broadcaster: TSN

Channels: TSN2, TSN5

Coverage: Select live games and all AFL finals games

Price: $19.95 /mo


  • If you have TSN already then it's included and free


  • Don't get every game
  • Limited content
  • Limited replays
  • Expensive

How to watch AFL from Australia

Flag of AustraliaIn the home of Australian Football, it is a bit easier to watch every match of the Toyota AFL premiership season. There are many games on free to air TV including the grand final, and the rest are on Foxtel or Kayo. Foxtel is owned by FOX which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, that Australian media mogul that owns (or used to own) the media industry around the world. This is why he has kept a tight grip on the broadcasting of the AFL, he sees the appeal to the broader market.

Official broadcaster: Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo

Channels: 7, Fox Footy 504, Fox Sports 503

Coverage: All games and all Finals matches.

Price: Channel 7 Free, Foxtel with AFL $55 /mo, Kayo $25 /mo


  • If you have Foxtel with Sports HD Bundle or Kayo then you get all games


  • Base Foxtel package doesn't have AFL games
  • Expensive subscription required

Here is a video of some great moments from last season.

If you would rather have a no-fuss subscription service where you get access to all the content of the AFL including the matches, finals series, grand final, replays, interviews, etc. then the AFL live pass is probably for you. With the AFL live pass there will be no messing around, everything will be available from the one place in your app. iOS app is here and the Android app is here.

If you want to watch AFL in USA on the app or anywhere else than Australia, we suggest you again use a VPN. You may ask us “why would we need to do that?” Well, if you purchase your AFL live pass from Australia you will pay $99.99 AUD ($69.80 USD) for the whole year but if you purchase in the USA it is $199 AUD! That is double! Check out the official AFL website here.

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Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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