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Australian Rules Football Television Coverage in 2022

We have full schedules at our AFL TV schedules page.
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((9/23/22) See our schedules page for the GF TV times. The Grand Final is live on FS1 (US) and live on TSN2 (Canada) but as always, things may change so be sure to check our website periodically. (9/20/22) This page has been extensively updated. (9/20/22) We're aware of the cutoff of the broadcast on FS1 on Saturday with :51 left in the match and of the online reaction to it. Fox has provided AFANA with the following explanation of the problem: "Unfortunately, what occurred was a transmission error with the service provider that was out of our control, but we have reinforced the significance of the approaching Final with the provider." In other words, the feed to Fox was cut. Not a justification but we accept it at face value. (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.

There is a WatchAFL website and there are WatchAFL apps in the Android and Apple app stores that permit "casting" to your TV. The service is now provided by Fox Sports Australia and requires a subscription fee. For the latest schedules see the TV schedules page. See this link to subscribe to WatchAFL. Nationwide coverage of Aussie rules in 2022 for North American fans is as follows:

US: Fox Sports

Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 1

Fox Soccer Plus

Fox Soccer Plus (nationally in the USA - for Canada see below). Primary coverage in 2022 is on Fox Soccer Plus (FSP) and this is the default (primary) channel for broadcasts of footy in the USA. FSP is the subscription counterpart to the former Fox Soccer channel and is a distinct channel. FSP carries all 9 live and tape-delayed matches on average, per week and with one to two repeats of each match. FSP is an additional charge on most cable systems. On some (e.g. DirecTV) it is $14.99 per month, on others including Spectrum (former Time Warner) cable systems it is part of a package of sports channels priced at $9.99 a month (may vary slightly by area). It is available to customers of some cable companies including DirecTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, most former Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse systems, some Charter / Spectrum systems, Cox, Cablevision, BlueRidge, Bendbroadband, SureWest, FullChannel, Frontier, RCN Cable, and others. It is not available on most Comcast systems (see our note on Comcast on this page.). About 35% of US homes can receive FSP. The channel is also available on YouTubeTV and Fubo TV. See the table below this section.

FSP will carry some finals live and others will be live on FS1 / FS2 or tape-delayed on FSP. FS1 (only) will have the 2022 Grand Final live. FSP has a contract running through the end of the 2022 AFL season with a mutual renewal option with the AFL for 2023. See our TV schedules page for the latest schedules. Most matches carried on FS1, FS2, and FSP are available on the Fox Sports smartphone apps live and for a short time afterward on-demand, if you have access to those channels on your TV or streaming service. Should Fox convert FSP to another Fox channel or eliminate it, it is probable that the AFL will land on another Fox channel in the future. Based on Fox's statements, we only know that Fox has not made any decision public.

Coverage on Roku and Amazon Fire is available via subscription to the appropriate app for "over the top" or OTT services such as YouTube TV, FS1, and FS2 (see table below) are included in many packages. FSP is extra at additional cost on some services. See the table below.

As of Round 4, 2015, all coverage is available in HD (high-definition) on the HD versions of FSP, FS1, and FS2 regardless of the Australian source network. This applies to all cable and satellite companies which offer the station in HD including DirecTV. However, DirecTV is still known to occasionally blackout AFL coverage on its HD service for reasons unknown but all listings are good for its SD service. Any blackouts are the fault of DirecTV as the coverage is available to them in HD.

OTT Internet Service Cost/mo. FS1 FS2 Fox Soccer Plus
YouTube TV $65 Yes Yes +$11/mo Sports Extra
Fubo TV $70 Yes Yes +$6/mo Int'l Sports
Hulu TV + Live TV $70 Yes Yes Not available
Sling TV Blue $35 Yes +$11/mo Extra Not available
DirectTV Streaming Ult. $105 Yes Yes Not available

Data and prices current as of Sept. 2022 and do not reflect any promotional deals.

Fox Sports 2

Fox Sports 2 (FS2) (nationally in USA by satellite and cable, debuted on 8/17/13 and was formerly Fuel TV). This year, FS2 is expected to carry one or more live matches per week. Fox Soccer 2 is a sports channel that is included in some extended cable packages and is part of an extra fee sports tier in others. FS2 reaches 48% of US homes during 2020. Coverage on Fox Soccer 2 consists of mostly live matches with few repeats. Repeats are unusual on FS2, so check FSP. FS2 is in many online services such as SlingTV, Fubo, and YouTube TV. Matches on FS2 are also carried on the Fox Sports apps.

Fox Sports 1

Fox Sports 1 (FS1) Occasionally, one AFL game per week is live on Fox Sports 1. FS1 is widely available and reaches 68% of US homes in 2020 (as compared to ESPN2 which reaches 70%). FS1 and FS2 are available on many services where FSP is not (for example on Sling TV, etc.)

Canada: TSN

TSN Canada (primarily TSN2, but occasionally TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, and TSN.ca) (nationally in Canada) carries two matches per week, primarily on TSN2; with one live and the other delayed most weeks. Highlight programs are available on TSN Go. TSN2 is available on most cable and satellite systems in Canada. The matches aired on TSN2, and occasionally on other TSN channels, may be different than those aired in the USA. TSN has a contract running through the 2022 season. Coverage of the Grand Final will be live on TSN2 as it has been for the past several seasons. Coverage from TSN is also available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers only via tsn.ca/Live and the TSN mobile app.

RDS Canada (RDS2, RDS1) French language coverage in Canada was on “RDS2” and has been discontinued. We do not expect coverage in 2022. La couverture dans la langue française pour le Canada est sur “RDS2”.  Nous ne prévoyons pas de couverture en 2022. (Update 3/31/16: AFANA has been advised by the programming manager at RDS that coverage of Australian football will not continue in 2019. Reasons include cost and schedule. He indicated that if enough fans show interest they might reconsider. We encourage fans to contact them.) (Mise à jour du 31/03/16: AFANA a été informé par le directeur de la programmation à RDS que la couverture du football australien ne coninuerai pas en 2019. Les raisons incluent le coût et le calendrier. Il a indiqué que si assez de fans montrent l'intérêt qu'ils pourraient reconsidérer. Nous encourageons les supporters à les contacter.)

Mexico and Latin America - México y América Latina

Star Plus: La cobertura ha regresado en América Latina a través de Star+. Hemos agregado horarios para América Latina. Star+ está disponible en Brasil, México, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, República Dominicana, El Salvador, Honduras y Venezuela.

Coverage has returned in Latin America on Star+. We've added schedules for Latin America. Star+ is available in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela.

Internet

Internet coverage: There is live and delayed (on-demand) coverage of all matches of every round via the WatchAFL service (officially it was referred to as WatchAFL Global Pass in the past). In 2022, this service is provided by Fox Sports Australia. There are also Android and Apple apps in their respective app stores that are free (though not very useful without a subscription) and permit "casting" to a TV, or use the service directly. This is a subscription service for video and fans can sign up here. Subscriptions can be by week, month, finals only, or annual (US$165 for the entire season; monthly payments of US$33 or one week only at US$17 for the "regular" season; finals are $65 for the month.). All matches of every round are available live as well as coverage of special events such as award ceremonies, the draft, etc. Reports indicate the service works on non-Windows PC's including Macs and Linux machines now as well as mobile devices including many smartphones, Android tablets, and the iPad™. An Android app is here and an Apple app here. There is also an AppleTV app. See our main article from 2017 on internet coverage for some  useful but dated user comments. (Note: AFANA no longer receives any revenue made through links to WatchAFL from our site.) In addition, see the Fox Sports apps in the app stores. Canadian fans can also get the TSN coverage either via live streaming or on-demand viewing via tsn.ca/Live and the TSN mobile app.

Some fans are connecting their computers to their televisions to watch the matches from the online services on a bigger screen or using features such as Google Chromecast or Apple Airplay. (Sorry, we cannot offer technical advice on how to do this but feel free to ask for assistance from other fans in our discussion forums by clicking on the "Forum" button on the top bar and follow the links. There is extensive help available by searching the Internet.) We suggest using Chromecast and Airplay as these are easier options than trying to connect devices using wires or cables. "OTT" internet coverage is available via SlingTV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV as part of their feeds of broadcast channels (see above). WatchAFL is also on AppleTV.

There is some access available on TSN apps for Canadian fans and Fox Sports apps for US fans.

The AFL has a YouTube channel [not the same as YouTube TV] with selected match highlights, interviews, and other short segment videos (but not full matches or TV programs). [The full YouTube TV service has all of the FS1, FS2, and FSP matches.] During the JLT Community Series some games are available only via afl.com.au and the AFL smartphone apps and these will be listed on our schedules with "afl.com.au" as the network. These games may also be linked via some club websites and use AFL media video and AFL Nation audio.

Satellite: ABC Australia

Fans on the extreme west coast of North America and in Hawaii may be able to access the Australian Broadcasting Company's ABC Australia (herein referred to as ABCA, formerly Australia Plus and before that Australia Network; ABC Australia was launched on July 1, 2018, as yet another rebrand) ABCA TV provides live coverage of 5 or more AFL games per week. The games are available "free to air" (FTA) on the Intelsat-18 satellite however a large (4 ft +) pointable dish and a clear western horizon are required. Reception west of the Rocky mountains may be possible but difficult due to the low angle of the satellites on the horizon and the weak signal. Access in Hawaii may be possible with 1.5 to 3 ft diameter dishes. For more information see the A+ TV web site. For more information on FTA satellite reception see the links below. As far as we know, the ABCA is not available on any US or Canadian cable or satellite system nor is distribution planned. Some ABCA content including AFL coverage is geoblocked in the USA or Canada.

Other Footy Competitions

AFLW: Women's League

AFLW (Women) matches that are televised via any of the networks are listed under that network on our schedule pages. We list every available match. FSP will air all AFLW matches either live or tape-delayed. WatchAFL will carry all AFLW matches live and on-demand.

JLT Community Series

We also list any matches for the AFL JLT Community Series preseason competitions under the individual network.

International Cup

AFL International Cup matches that available via afl.com.au (go to their YouTube feed to watch) will be listed in that section on our TV schedule page. Schedules for the next cup in 2020 are not yet available. 

Common Questions

A few words answering some of the most common questions we get:

  • There isn't any coverage on Bally Sports Nets, any ESPN outlet, or any regional sports network in 2022. Coverage on MHz Network and its affiliates ended on July 7, 2012, for undisclosed reasons. Anyone or any website that tells you coverage is on ESPN in 2022 is misinformed. Contrary to some reports in the press the service is not on ESPN and hasn't been since the 2011 season.

  • The coverage schedules on FSP, FS2, FS1, and the TSN networks are the same everywhere in the USA and Canada respectively. There are no regional feeds of those channels. In other words, you get the same programs at the same times (adjusted for your time zone) regardless of what state, province, or city you live in. Asking us whether it is on in Los Angeles is the same as asking us whether it is on in Boulder City or Boston. If you get one of the networks, you'll get the coverage. If you want to see our listings given in your local time, register at this site, log in, then set your preferred time zone in your profile. All times will then automatically adjust.

  • AFANA does not track which bars, pubs, hotels, or local cable companies carry these channels. It's a logistical impossibility across the breadth of the continent given our limited resources. There are over 20,000 cable franchise areas in the US alone. As a result, we can't tell you what establishment in your area will have which channel. Your best bet is to ask the establishment or carrier directly for the specific channel you are interested in. If you are visiting, understand that most US sports bars carry FS1 and FS2 and some soccer-friendly establishments carry FSP. Canadian bars usually carry TSN1 and TSN2. Often managers will be happy to put the games up on a TV for you if you ask politely and explain you are visiting or in a group. Buying food and drink helps, too. (Another hint: if the establishment hosted a Grand Final party the previous year, they are a good bet - search for the city on this site.)

  • Our TV schedules are complete as far out as we know them. We do not withhold any confirmed programming information. If we have a source we cannot confirm, we will either not publish it or indicate on the listing it is questionable. We update our schedules very frequently, often several times per day. We pride ourselves on completeness and accuracy and our primary source is the programming department of the respective networks and we use multiple sources whenever possible. We do not get our schedules solely from either the AFL or from third party TV schedule services as do most on-screen guides and other websites.

  • Fox Soccer Plus is the primary channel for the sport in the USA. Contrary to the expectations of some viewers, it is on FSP that all games will appear by default, not FS1 or FS2. In 2022, we expect the Grand Final to be on FS1.

  • If you have to choose between subscribing to WatchAFL and Fox Soccer Plus then your primary consideration should be this: if you want to watch all the games of one club or you want to cherry-pick the matches you watch or watch on demand, then get WatchAFL. If you want to see a variety of matches each week from different clubs or save matches to a DVR then choose FSP. The monthly cost is similar. Remember, your preferences are yours only and "your mileage may vary".
     
  • "I have Comcast [cable] and don't get FS2 or FSP". This comes up regularly. For various reasons, Comcast and Fox don't get along. It's unlikely that will change in the foreseeable future. If you are living in a Comcast area, your only choice in the near future is to seek alternative sources for the coverage, change providers, or wait (perhaps for years). Complaining here won't help you. With the advent of online sources ranging from WatchAFL to SlingTV, fubo TV, YouTube TV, etc. there are options, albeit all added cost. The situation with Comcast is not likely to change soon so you have to decide where footy fits in your personal priorities. You can read the latest from Comcast on this issue here. We list your options earlier on this page. (Addendum: This article illustrates how bad it is currently between the companies.)

  • We welcome reports by e-mail or our contact pages of any broadcasting errors or glitches you see on-air. Stuff happens and usually it is a slip-up or technical problem and not deliberate.  The networks are not out to "get you".

Bypassing Geo-Restrictions

The cost of subscribing to WatchAFL, Fox Soccer Plus, and other online options is higher than we'd like. However, we don't recommend using VPNs and other ways to get around geographic restrictions in order to stream AFL coverage directly from Australian sources. Yes, we know how to do that and could provide those instructions here. We have several reasons for this position: a) It's illegal by copyright law in the USA, Canada, and Australia and we would permanently damage our credibility with the AFL and networks if we endorsed it. We need their cooperation to lobby to improve TV coverage and promote the sport; b) the combined cost of a good VPN subscription and a subscription to the Australian based networks own streaming won't save you much money over the course of a year; c) our experience with free VPNs is that they are unreliable (so expect to pay for a VPN) because streaming sources are constantly working to block them. We've actively fought on behalf of fans for better AFL coverage since 1995. Back then we barely got one hour of highlights per week. We hope that since that time we've earned your support and trust.

Miscellaneous Links

To get DirecTV check out this link:
DirecTV

To get DISH Network check out this link:
DISH

To get Free to Air satellite search for FTA or "free to air satellite".
An FTA system installed will cost about $200 or so.

To get Roku check out this link
Roku

Article last changed on Friday, September 23, 2022 - 6:16 AM EDT


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