ESPN2 and ESPN3 in the USA will carry the Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 30th / October 1st. US coverage on ESPN3.com will begin at 8:00 PM EDT Friday including most pre-match festivities; Coverage will continue until 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the awards ceremony. ESPN2 will join the live coverage in progress with the pre-game at 12:00 MN (Midnight) EDT and continue until 3:30 AM EDT Saturday. First bounce is about 12:30 AM EDT. Canadian coverage on TSN (not TSN2) will be joined in progress at 1:30 AM EDT and run to 4:00 AM. The entire Grand Final will be repeated on delay on TSN at 11:30 AM on October 1st and conclude at 3:30 PM. TSN.ca will have live coverage beginning at 11:30 PM EDT. through to 4:00 AM. (Canadian fans should press "read more" below and see our full info on this issue). If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live on LiveAFL.tv. If available to you, then you can signup at (removed- obsolete). Fans should check our TV Schedule page for details on the coverage and our TV Info page for more information on ESPN3, ESPN2, TSN, TSN2, and TSN.ca. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. We have a timeline of Grand Final Day events posted here. (Note: the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page.)
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Looking for an AFL Grand Final Party in your area? You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article. (Home page readers need to click on "read more" below this teaser to see the rest of this article and the drop down box of party listings is at the bottom of that page.) Clicking on the city names above this page will take you a special web page with links to every article we have related to that city including the party page but be sure to scroll down if necessary.
Are you hosting one and would like to promote it? Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties. If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send the details to us The page to enter info on your party is here.
The 2010 season TV coverage for North America is finally becoming clear. For the most part, coverage will not be different than what was the case in August and September of last season. The primary US coverage will be via internet broadband on ESPN360.com. This is free if your ISP has a deal with ESPN [about 50% of US homes including internet providers Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications, etc. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks]. We will be posting round by round schedules for virtually the entire AFL season shortly. Round 1 will have
(Update 09/21/09: US coverage complete from start of international feed until end of telecast.) ESPN Classic and ESPN360 in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between St. Kilda and Geelong LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 25th / 26th. US coverage will begin at 11:30 PM EDT Friday including most pre-match festivities; Coverage will continue until 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the awards ceremony. Canadian coverage begins at 12:27 AM EDT and concludes at 3:30 AM on TSN2. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live on Omnisport tv. The cost for the game on Omnisport is $5.99, and you can signup at this link (link removed, no longer works). Fans should check our TV Schedule page for details on the coverage and our TV Info page for more information on ESPN Classic, ESPN360, and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. We have a timeline of Grand Final Day events here. (Note: the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page.)
Do Not Adjust Your Television Set (Here We Go Again!)
(Update: 09/21/09: This story is no longer being updated. See here)
(Update: 09/15/09: For our Canadian fans, TSN2 will carry the Grand Final live.)
(Update: 09/14/09: The Grand Final will be live on ESPN Classic and ESPN360. The AFL and ESPN have confirmed this. Coverage will begin just before bouncedown at 12:25 AM EDT and run until 3:30 AM EDT.
We are still awaiting word on TSN for Canada.)
(Update: 09/10/09: We are in on-going communication with the AFL and monitoring progress on this issue. We are guardedly optimistic a positive resolution will be found. However, if things do not move forward very soon AFANA will not hesitate to tell you, the fan, what you can do to help get the Grand Final live.) The current ESPN TV schedule shows that ESPN2 will air the AFL Grand Final at 2:00 AM EDT on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The Grand Final will be edited for a two-hour window and will be delayed two hours. For Canadians, at present TSN has not committed to any confirmed coverage at all.
We are in constant contact with the AFL about the situation. The AFL international broadcasting staff in Melbourne is working with ESPN and "pushing for live." The AFL will keep us posted with updates as they happen on that front.
We will continue to keep AFANA members and footy fans apprised of the situation, so stay tuned. Starting next week, we will provide some ideas as to what all footy fans in North America can and should do (whether it is to lobby ESPN, call local stations, make voodoo dolls, etc.) to see if we can get the a live broadcast of the game.
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About three years ago, I wrote an entry on my blog here at AFANA.com on "Why AFANA Is Important Even If You Don't Get The Footy Now". My argument then, in a nutshell, was this: If the only time you support what we do is when you are happy with the coverage, we might not be there on the day when you are not. Or alternately, if you only visit our site when you feel you need us, don't be surprised if we aren't able to help you.
This article is out of date. For info good in 2018 go to TV Info.
Begins with Round 19 for USA and Canada
For the first time since 1997, the Australian Football League will be on an ESPN network in North America. Following the demise of the sport on Setanta, the AFL has struck a deal for live coverage on ESPN360, limited coverage on ESPN2, and for Canada, on TSN and TSN2. AFANA worked closely
One of the luxuries of being the "Chairman Emeritus" is that I get to help but I'm no longer responsible for the nitty gritty between the AFL, networks, and AFANA on TV issues. I can also offer my perspective as the "old man" on the block -- the gray haired veteran with (hopefully) sage wisdom. Now that the details are finally being published on the new AFL contract with ESPN and TSN in North America, I can also talk more freely without jeopardizing contract negotiations.
Fans are already starting to weigh in and predictably
Here are some answers to questions and comments we get frequently here at AFANA. (9/2015: This page is no longer maintained. It is obsolete. Go here for information.)
If you have a question please let us know by contacting us and if your question seems relevant to others, we may add it here. This information in this FAQ has not been fully updated in a long time. Some old questions are kept for reference purposes.
1. I can't find the network or the times Aussie Rules is on the TV!
2. We got no warning that footy was leaving Fox!
3. Will Setanta show more than one live game per week?
4. There are too many commercials on Setanta and all they do is promote their own programs. They should show interviews and other halftime coverage, too.
Australian Rules Football Television Coverage in 2022
We have full schedules at our AFL TV schedules page.
We have weekly radio listings for the AFL at our AFL Radio page
(9/26/22) This page has recently had major revisions. While the men have concluded their season, we'll keep reporting on the AFLW right through to the women's Grand Final and updating TV and radio schedules.(9/19/22) If you've noticed the delays this season, some delays are due to this: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS and donations. Please volunteer or donate if you can spare a few hours or dollars a month. We'll keep updating schedules as the networks release them. We URGENTLY need donations as we no longer get support from WatchAFL subscriptions. (3/30/22) Star+: Hemos agregado horarios para América Latina. We've added schedules for Latin America.
We now have our radio info available on a Google Calendar - see the radio page for details. Our schedules are free for personal use. Reuse, reposting, etc. on any other media must credit AFANA. US repeats are only on FSP. WatchAFL carries every game live and on-demand. We exist because of generous donations from fans (donation link in upper left). We need your support. Please consider donating (link button above) if you have found our schedules useful.
This page will give you the basic facts you need to know about TV Coverage in the USA, Canada, and Mexico in 2022 and is expected to be improved from late 2021 with all matches of the AFL and AFLW live and more on FS1 and FS2. Information will be updated as necessary throughout the 2022 season. Coverage in Canada is unchanged from last year, mostly on TSN2 and occasionally other TSN channels.