There are some big changes happening at the AFL, with the AFLW season starting significantly earlier this year, and CEO Gillon McLachlan confirming that he will stand down from his role at the end of the 2022 AFL season. One thing that won’t be changing is the annual Dreamtime match, which celebrates Indigenous football and culture. Dreamtime at the ‘G will see Richmond take on Essendon—despite the clash with Seven’s live broadcast of the 2022 Australian federal election on Saturday, 21 May.
If you’re an AFL fan living or traveling overseas, don’t worry; it’s easy to watch the footy from anywhere. Read on for the 2022 schedule and find out how to get your AFL live streams in buffer-free HD!
How to stream AFL games
You can stream AFL games in just a few simple steps:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a VPN location in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or Perth.
- Check the schedule of the broadcaster, like Channel 7, Foxtel, or Kayo Sports, and find the game you want to watch.
- Tune in and enjoy!
Where to watch AFL live games
You can stream the 2022 AFL season using any of the following streaming services:
Channel 7 is the official free-to-air broadcaster of the AFL and shows up to four games per round. It will also broadcast the Finals, including the 2022 AFL Grand Final.
Cost: 7Plus is free, so you can stream AFL games at no cost.
Kayo Sports is an Australian sports streaming service and will broadcast every game of the 2022 AFL and AFLW season. The AFL Grand Final will be a delayed broadcast as Channel 7 has live broadcast rights.
Cost: New customers can get a 14-day free trial with Kayo Sports. After that, the Basic plan is 25 AUD/month, and the Premium plan is 35 AUD/month.
Watch AFL offers live streams and on-demand replays of AFL games to viewers outside Australia. You can purchase the subscription service from anywhere, but content can only be viewed outside Australia. Download the app from either the App Store or Google Play.
Cost: A weekly subscription is 20 AUD/week, the monthly subscription is 39 AUD/month, and the 12-month subscription is 199 AUD/year.
FOX FOOTY is a subscription channel available through Foxtel and Optus Television. You can watch all the AFLW games live here and all AFL games barring the Grand Final, which will be a delayed broadcast. FOX FOOTY is also available on Kayo Sports.
Cost: It’s not possible to subscribe to FOX FOOTY independently.
If you’re in Australia you can sign up for a subscription with Foxtel Now or Foxtel iQ4 and watch FOX FOOTY 24/7—you’ll need to get the base pack and add the Sport pack to your subscription.
Cost: New customers can get a 10-day free trial with Foxtel Now. After that, packages start at 54 AUD/month for three months. Foxtel iQ4 packages start at 59 AUD/month for a 12-month package.
Watch AFL highlights on YouTube
Check out the official AFL YouTube channel for game highlights, recaps, and interviews with AFL and AFLW players and coaches.
Download the AFL Live Official App
The AFL Live Official App no longer offers live streams of games, but you can listen to the live radio broadcast and watch replays on-demand to your heart’s content. You can download the AFL Live Official App from either the App Store or Google Play. You can also test out AFL On Demand BETA—a new video streaming service that’s in development. You won’t be able to watch live games, but it’s free and available everywhere.
Australian Football League (AFL) schedule 2022
|Round 9||Network||Time (AEST)|
|Friday, 13 May|
|Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs||Seven||7:50 p.m.|
|Saturday, 14 May|
|Hawthorn vs. Richmond||FOX FOOTY||1:45 p.m.|
|North Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide||FOX FOOTY||2:10 p.m.|
|St Kilda vs. Geelong Cats||FOX FOOTY||4:35 p.m.|
|Sydney Swans vs. Essendon||Seven||7:25 p.m.|
|Adelaide Crows vs. Brisbane Lions||FOX FOOTY||7:40 p.m.|
|Sunday, 15 May|
|Gold Coast SUNS vs. Fremantle||FOX FOOTY||1:10 p.m.|
|GWS GIANTS vs. Carlton||Seven||3:20 p.m.|
|West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne||FOX FOOTY||5:20 p.m.|
|Friday, 20 May|
|Carlton vs. Sydney Swans||Seven||7:50 p.m.|
|Saturday, 21 May|
|Geelong Cats vs. Port Adelaide||FOX FOOTY||1:45 p.m.|
|Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast SUNS||FOX FOOTY||1:45 p.m.|
|North Melbourne vs. Melbourne||FOX FOOTY||4:35 p.m.|
|Richmond vs. Essendon||Seven||7:30 p.m.|
|Adelaide Crows vs. St Kilda||FOX FOOTY||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, 22 May|
|GWS Giants vs. West Coast Eagles||FOX FOOTY||2:10 p.m.|
|Hawthorn vs. Brisbane Lions||Seven||3:20 p.m.|
|Fremantle vs. Collingwood||FOX FOOTY||5:20 p.m.|
Check out the full 2022 AFL schedule here.
Australian Football League Women’s Competition (AFLW)
The 2022 AFLW has come to a close after an incredibly tough season, with the Adelaide Crows beating the Melbourne Demons to take out their third premiership in six years. Fans won’t have long to wait, though, as the AFLW has confirmed the next season will begin in August 2022 during the pre-finals bye of the men’s season.
Is Aussie Rules the same as AFL?
Aussie Rules, or Australian Football, is the name of the national football game played in Australia. Mostly referred to as “footy,” Aussie Rules has been played since around 1858. AFL refers to the Australian Football League, the sport’s governing body.
Is AFL better than NFL?
Definitely! In all seriousness, it depends where you’re from and who you ask. AFL players are renowned for their fitness due to the demands of the game. Although there are different positions, all players need aerobic endurance, strength, speed, and agility.
Is AFL the same as rugby?
Haha, nope. Both sports involve an oval-shaped ball and two teams, but that’s where the similarity ends. AFL is a much more free-flowing game, as players move around the field largely unrestricted. The goal (ahem) is to kick the ball between the two middle posts of your team’s end of the field.
FAQ for streaming AFL
Can I stream AFL on my computer?
Absolutely! If you’re accessing the streaming service from a web browser, be sure to also install the ExpressVPN extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. The extension has a few features under the hood that can smooth out common streaming issues.
Can I stream sports on my phone or tablet?
Yes. ExpressVPN has apps for every major mobile device, including iOS and Android.
Where can I stream this week’s games?
Check out the event-specific information at the top of this page, which will always list the date, time, and streaming platforms available to watch the games.
To watch AFL, simply follow these steps:
- Get ExpressVPN
- Connect to a server location in the country of your preferred broadcaster
- Log in to your preferred streaming services (such as 7Plus and Kayo Sports)
- Tune in to the games live!
How can I stream on my TV with a VPN?
In brief, there are five different ways to stream sports on your TV with ExpressVPN:
- With the native app for a smart TV or streaming device
- By streaming on your computer and connecting to the TV with an HDMI cable
- By mirroring or casting wirelessly to your TV or streaming device from your computer or mobile device
- By connecting to an ExpressVPN-enabled router, which allows for unlimited devices and makes it super simple to connect to different server locations simultaneously
- With MediaStreamer, ExpressVPN’s solution for devices that cannot install a VPN, such as Apple TV or gaming consoles. MediaStreamer only needs to be set up once, although it does not provide the full security benefits of a VPN. (Note that by connecting your Apple TV or gaming console to a router, you can get the best of both worlds!)
- For more information on all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your big-screen TV, click below, or just contact a 24/7 Support agent for step-by-step instructions.
I connected to the suggested VPN server location, but I can’t log in to the streaming service!
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If you’re trying to connect to a country with one server location, the first step is to check your location settings. If you’re on a mobile device, disconnect from the VPN, turn off location services, then connect to the VPN again. On both Windows and Mac computers, you can turn off Location Services within the Privacy & Security settings menu.
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I connected to the VPN but my internet speed is slow
If your internet speed is slow or your streaming seems to lag, there are a few possible reasons:
- The distance of your selected VPN server location from your physical location
- Your connection type (wired connections are more reliable than wireless connections)
- Suboptimal interconnectivity between the VPN and your ISP
- Slow internet connection speed at your location
- Your device type and processing power
Try each of the following steps to troubleshoot:
- Download the latest version of ExpressVPN
- Connect to a different VPN server location
- Change your VPN protocol
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What streaming services can I watch with ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN works seamlessly with all the most popular streaming apps from around the world. Using a VPN for streaming ensures you watch securely in blazing-fast HD with unlimited bandwidth, free from ISP throttling (which can sometimes slow down speeds). If you want to watch your favorite team from anywhere—even while traveling or on unsecured networks like public Wi-Fi—ExpressVPN is a great way to enhance your sports streaming experience.