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The 2018 AFL season runs between late March and early October, with all of the matches shown on either free-to-air or pay television, often both. Here is our full AFL TV Guide on how to watch every game of season 2018.
Under the AFL’s broadcast deal, coverage is split between pay TV and free-to-air. Fox Sports is the competition’s pay TV broadcaster, while Channel Seven holds the free-to-air rights, including to every finals game.
Under the agreement, Channel Seven will show up to five matches per week live on their network, with Fox broadcasting each and every game on either a Fox Sports channel or Fox Footy.
Although games change from state to state, the following table provides a rough outline of what games are shown on each channel.
|Match 1||Friday night||Seven network, Foxtel|
|Match 2||Saturday afternoon||Seven network, Foxtel|
|Match 3||Saturday afternoon||Foxtel|
|Match 4||Saturday twilight||Foxtel|
|Match 5||Saturday night||Seven network, Foxtel|
|Match 6||Saturday night||Foxtel|
|Match 7||Sunday early||Foxtel|
|Match 8||Sunday afternoon||Seven network, Foxtel|
|Match 9||Sunday twilight||Foxtel|
Channel Seven also has the rights to broadcast Thursday night and public holiday games. Foxtel will televise every match of the 2018 season, bar the grand final.
There are some variations from the above table from week to week. All Thursday night and Monday afternoon fixtures will be shown on free-to-air TV, causing fewer matches during the weekend to be available to the Seven network. Some weeks will also feature just the four free-to-air games, while others will see five matches shown on Seven.
In New South Wales and the ACT, all Sydney Swans and GWS Giants matches will be broadcast by Seven, with the vast majority of their coverage limited to their 7Mate and 7HD channels. The same can be said of Queensland and the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns.
All Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power matches will be shown on free-to-air TV in South Australia, although, unlike in NSW, viewers will be able to watch their games on Seven’s main channel.
In Perth, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers fans will be able to catch of their teams’ games live and on free-to-air TV, with coverage shifting between 7Mate and Channel Seven.
For a detailed, match-by-match guide for the entire AFL season, you can head over to AFL.com.au’s 2018 broadcast guide.
Fortunately, there are no restrictions on the free-to-air coverage for the 2018 AFL Finals. All games will be shown live and free on the Seven Network and on Foxtel.
However, the only place to watch the 2018 AFL grand final is the Seven network, with coverage confined to the free-to-air channel.
Coverage on the AFL’s biggest day will kick off at 7:00am (AEST) on Channel Seven, with a special edition of Weekend Sunrise live from Federation Square. Game Day is the next program off the rank, starting at 9:00am (AEST) on Channel Seven, 7Mate and SevenHD in all states.
The AFL Pre-Game Show – including the pre-game entertainment – then starts at 11:00am (AEST), again across the three channels, before the coverage of the Grand Final itself begins at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm opening bounce. Post-game coverage will continue from 6:00pm, although it will be confined solely to 7Mate.
Fans unable to get in front of a TV have a number of live streaming options for the season. All games, with the exception of the grand final, will be streamed on Foxtel Now, or fans based in Australia and can purchase an AFL Live Pass and get every game of thew season live on their mobile and tablet. Some Telstra customers are eligible to get this service for free.
For more detail, head over to The Roar’s full AFL live streaming guide.
The AFL has a number of international broadcast partners who show games in overseas countries, including Australia Plus (Asia/Pacific), BT Sport (UK), CCTV5 (China), Sky Television (New Zealand), Claro Sports (Mexico/Latin America), ESPN (Carribean), Fox Sports (USA), Orbit Showtime Network (Middle East and North Africa), TSN (Canada) and SuperSport (Africa).