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Special Offers For Fans During Finals

We're pleased to offer fans two discount options for this year's finals. First, if you haven't subscribed to WatchAFL and plan to do so for the rest of the month or just for the Grand Final, you can save by using our link and the discount code AFANA when you complete your subscription:

WatchAFL at this link, use code AFANA for 10% off!

and if you need meat pies... you can save 10% on the pies, too. Click on the graphic below and use code AFANA17 when you check out::
   (Order by Friday the 22nd if you delivery by the Grand Final with standard shipping)



Receive 10% off your order on meat pies for the Grand Final with code AFANA17
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2018 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World

Dusty Brownlow Medal,Norm Smith and Premiership Player

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. (If you are reading this on the front page of our web site click to "read more" first.)

Are you hosting a party 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 us the details by going to: our party entry page. Plan to subscribe to the finals or GF on WatchAFL? We have special offers for individuals (10% off) and venues (50% off). Venues: be sure to contact us to find out more. We also have 15% off at Dub Pies for fans and venues.

2017 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World

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.
(If you are reading this on the front page of our web site
"click to read more" first.)
Western Bulldogs Celebrate Winning the Grand Final in 2016
Are you hosting a party 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 us the details by going to: our party entry page. Plan to subscribe to the finals or GF on WatchAFL? Then be sure to go to our party entry page to find out more.

 

Limited Time Offer for 25% off on WatchAFL Internet TV Service

Here at AFANA, we get a wide range of views on the footy coverage from fans. We do our best to lobby for solutions that help as many fans as possible. One issue that we hear is the cost to watch footy. We also hear that "my team isn't on this week" and many other less pleasant variations of this. What to do? If you want to see every game of your favorite team at the lowest cost then we have a solution.

At least until June 4, there is a way to save a few dollars and help AFANA at the same time. For a limited time, save 25% on a WatchAFL Season Pass giving you 12 months (not just half a season!) access to every AFL match LIVE and on-demand plus the 24/7 Fox Footy Australia channel. You can get this offer by using this link:  Subscribe to WatchAFL Now!
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Free Day of Coverage on WatchAFL!

For this coming Sunday (Australian time) games, all three games will be free on WatchAFL including the game in Shanghai. Fans can get the free game by creating an account on WatchAFL at no charge. Please use our links to sign up and support AFANA! Here are some key points you may want to know: 

Sign up at this link:  https://www.watchafl.com.au/join/china#AFANA


  • 24-hour free pass runs from 00:01AM - 11:59PM AEST Sunday 14th May (10:01 AM US EDT Saturday May 13 to 9:59 AM Sunday).
  • Free pass period covers three matches being played that day - Richmond vs Fremantle, Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast and North Melbourne vs Sydney - plus users can access all previous 2017 matches and FOX FOOTY content
  • Previous cancelled subscribers can also access the free pass
  • Stream the historic Round 8 match in Shanghai LIVE on Watch AFL with the 24-Hour Free Pass
  • No credit cards. No commitments. Just 24-hours of free footy.
If you do choose to subscribe, then there is a special offer you can take advantage of: for a limited time, save 25% on a Watch AFL Season Pass giving you 12-months access to every AFL match LIVE and on-demand plus the 24/7 Fox Footy Australia channel.  Subscribe here.  Offer scheduled to expire 6/4/17.

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2017 North American TV Coverage Is Still Up In The Air

(Ed note: 3/23/17 7:00 PM EDT. We have added almost all known schedule listings to our TV schedules page. We still await the official announcement from the AFL and Fox Sports. TSN did issue a press release today.
3/22/17 9:15 PM EDT. We have now confirmed the round 1 schedules with all parties. We also will be adding Round 2 to 5 for Fox to the schedules page in the next 24 hrs. However, we understand that contractual issues remain between Fox and the AFL. 
3/22/17 4:00 PM EDT. We have posted the schedule info we have so far on our TV schedules page but nothing has been officially confirmed by the AFL, Fox Sports, or TSN. We anticipate an announcement in the next 24 to 36 hrs. More will follow as available.)

With a little over two weeks until the 2017 AFL season kicks off, the league and its North American broadcast television partners are still in the process of negotiating television rights for the 2017 season and beyond. The AFL is hopeful that the deal is finalized before the Round 1 opener of Carlton v Richmond on March 23rd.  This applies to both US and Canada.

While AFANA understands this is not ideal, we are encouraged that the parties involved are still negotiating and are hopeful that an agreement can be reached quickly. None of the parties has indicated that any specific problem is the cause of the delay and we discourage fans from uninformed speculation. While the delay is of concern, we do not suggest fans take any action at this time.

All games will still be streamed on WatchAFL Global to subscribers, regardless of the current broadcast television situation.
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Free Trial of WatchAFL

Update: For offers good after August 6, 2018 go here. WatchAFL is offering a free trial through March 23rd. You will be able to watch all this year's NAB AFL Women's matches (except the Women's Grand Final. The free trial ends March 23rd, WGF is March 25th.) and JLT Community Series games (men's preseason) for free! (you do have to sign up with a credit card or PayPal and cancel before 11:59 PM Australia time on March 23rd or they will start charging your account). There are also Android and Apple apps in the app stores. Go to https://www.watchafl.com.au/ for the details. Our TV schedules page has complete schedules for WatchAFL, Fox Soccer Plus (FSP), and other networks posted now. All JLT Community Series matches will be live on FSP with repeats. The official press release is attached to the full version of this article (click on "more:" if you are reading this on the home page).

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2016 Grand Final Live on Fox Soccer Plus, TSN2, and WatchAFL in North America

Fans should carefully note the start and end times of Grand Final coverage in the USA and Canada. We have been advised by Fox Sports that due to music rights guarantees requested by the host broadcaster Seven Network, many broadcasters including Fox Soccer Plus will be unable to show anything except the Grand Final game itself. This will mean coverage will be limited to a window between 12:24 AM and approximately 3:30 AM EDT in the US. Coverage will end shortly after the match ends. Fox has indicated they expect to be able to air the medal ceremony.  Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) in the USA and TSN2 in Canada will carry the Grand Final between Sydney and Western Bulldogs LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 30th / October 1st.  US coverage on FSP will begin at 12:24 AM EDT Saturday. Set your DVR accordingly by adding extra time before and after so you don't miss any of the medal ceremony or extra time if it occurs! Coverage will continue until approximately 3:30 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the medal ceremony. No other pre- or post-match coverage will be provided. Canadian coverage on TSN2 will begin at 10:30 PM EDT Friday and run to 4:00 AM Saturday. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live via the internet on WatchAFL (payment required, US$22) and you can sign up at this link. WatchAFL coverage will begin at 11:30 PM EDT. Fans should check our TV Schedule page for full TV listings including any repeats and our TV Info page for more information on FSP, WatchAFL, and TSN2. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. (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. Asking us if there are others will not get you a different answer because there isn't one.)

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2016 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World

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.
(If you are reading this on the front page of our web site
"click to read more" first.)


Are you hosting a party 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 us the details by going to: our party entry page.

 

Australian Football on US Television in 2016 and the Future

(This is the first in a series of long form editorials on the state of footy on TV in 2016 and the future outlook.) A long time ago in TV world far, far away, a small group of passionate AFL fans managed to get the AFL and ESPN together and save the weekly highlights coverage on US and Canadian television. It was an early and largely unnoticed accomplishment of the internet age as e-mail and newsgroups were the media used to launch coordinated action. Looking back, it was an amazing achievement in 1995-1996. It also was the catalyst for the formation of AFANA.

Over the past 20 years we’ve evolved from lobbying by fans to more sophisticated ways of attempting to drive the AFL’s TV strategy (with varying degrees of success). We’ve successfully helped steer them to new TV homes for the sport when old ones blew up on us. We’ve succeeded in keeping it on the air for 21 seasons without fail. Now, we have to decide what we do in 2016 and beyond. The answers for 1996 and 2006 no longer are the right ones. The TV market has changed. The fan base has changed. The AFL is far more media savvy than before and nominally, has an “international” strategy (although fans and marketing seem not to be a big part of that). We must change our tactics and strategy to deal with the AFL, TV networks, and fan development to match the world as it is in 2016.

Let’s take a look at the US landscape today (we’ll deal with Canada and Mexico in a future article):

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