The campaign for the Socceroos to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup continues as international football returns to Australia on Thursday evening with a match against Nepal. This is The Roar’s complete guide to live streaming the match online, or watching it on TV in Australia.
The match is set to be played at GIO Stadium in Canberra, with it the first trip to the national capital since 2015 for Graham Arnold’s side. Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm (AEDT) on Thursday, October 10.
The last trip to Canberra for the Socceroos came with a 3-0 victory over the Kyrgyz Republic early in their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which they successfully made.
Australia are red-hot favourites in this game as they take on one of the minnows of Asian football.
The second-round match will prove an important one for both sides however, with only the top two teams out of the five-team group advancing to the third round after a full slate of home and away games.
To this stage, the Socceroos have only played one game, going past Kuwait 3-0 away from home, while Nepal have lost heavily to Kuwait, and beaten Chinese Taipei 2-0, with both games on the road after they applied to have all their home games played at the back-end of the second round due to stadium availability.
There will be two ways to watch this qualifier on TV in Australia, with both Fox Sports and the ABC broadcasting the contest, under a new deal with the FFA which gives the national public broadcaster the rights to every Socceroos match that Fox Sports cover at home.
Fox Sports, who broadcast every Socceroos match, as well as all A-League games, will cover the match with a preview show starting at 7:30pm (AEDT) on Fox Sports 505.
To watch the coverage on Fox Sports, you will need to have a valid Foxtel TV subscription, complete with the sports package.
The ABC’s coverage, which will be broadcast live in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, but on delay with an 8pm local start time in those states not on daylight savings time, will be on their main channel.
The match will be available to live stream through both the coverage on Fox Sports, and the ABC.
Kayo Sports is the sports streaming platform which has access to all of Foxtel’s sporting content for $25 per month, while the App is the way to go if you already have a TV subscription to Foxtel.
Foxtel Now is used for those wanting to only live stream Foxtel channels, while Iview is the ABC’s streaming service, and is free to use.
Here at The Roar, you’ll be able to follow the qualifying match against Nepal with our live scores, blog and highlights of all the action.