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Monday, February 20 2017 @ 07:46 AM ACDT

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FOX SPORTS now drive the Watch AFL app

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We did find the new Watch AFL app last week in our desperation to help viewers around the world find a way to watch AFLW matches.  There was no release to the public and the Watchafl.com.au site was still down as they tried to get everything ready to go before Friday's AFLW debut.  We believe we were the first to download it after some detective work and shared it on our social media channels on Thursday.

The app looks like it will be a much improved service for most viewers outside Australia that will use it through the free AFLW and JLT pre-season series and into the paid regular AFL season.  The cost of subscription has been reported to have increased significantly in some markets.  We have also been told that a number of AFL clubs offer international memberships that include subscription to the service that may cost less for the whole membership than directly subscribing to the Watch AFL service.

As well as live streaming the app will give access to full replays and a number of programs from Fox Footy to viewers outside Australia/NZ.

The full release from Fox Sports follows:

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Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

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It took way, way too long for women’s football to finally happen at the highest national level. But happen it did, and a lock-out crowd of spectators descended on Ikon Park (formerly Princes Park – iconic home of the Carlton Blues)to usher in a new era of Australian Rules football in style.

Such was the magnitude of the crowd, that caught organisers off guard, that AFL CEO, Gillon McLachlan actually went outside the ground to apologise to members of the estimated 2000 people that could not get into the game. Inside the stadium a crowd estimated at over 25,000 watched an historic but also highly entertaining match of women’s football.

The game had everything – snapped goals, pack marks, brutal tackles, dashing runs. Carlton’s Darcy Vescio scintillated the crown with four outstanding goals. Brianna Davey’s dash out of defence was as telling as her finishing skills, managing a goal along the way. Her 26 disposals set up Carlton’s attacking and left Collingwood players in her wake.
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“The Greatest Innovation To The Game Since They Changed The Shape Of The Ball.”



That isn’t my line. I heard someone say it recently, and they possibly nabbed it from somewhere else. But the advent of women’s football – Australian Rules football – is very well summed up by that line. It isn’t really an exaggeration either.

Numbers on backs, centre squares, interchange players, countless umpires on the field: all have played a part in refining the game along the way. But women’s football has seen the game grow in a way that is extraordinary, and we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. The game has moved along at an impressive rate since the 1850’s when it was first hatched as an alternative for cricket training. But in more than 150 since nothing has shown the next 150 years like the women’s game.
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Footy, Footy Everywhere

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The end of the Australian AFL season sometimes brings despair. For thee seasoned footy fan their run from February to October is finished as their beloved team is done for now. Same goes for local level. Some survive by tuning into the great race at Mount Panorama, the Bathurst 1000 car race. Others struggle through with Spring Racing Carnival, highlighted by the Melbourne Cup, then the cricket season kicks in.

But for some that just isn’t enough.

They want footy. They adore footy. They live and breathe footy. And the solutions are right there if they know where to look. In some cases the new seasons are about to start, competitions which will run through until the next “footy season”. In others, major overseas Aussie Rules tournaments are about to get under way.

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2016 AFL Grand Final - International Broadcast Schedule

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That one day in October is almost upon us.  The Western Bulldogs (or Footscray for us older folks) will take on the might of the Sydney Swans (once South Melbourne) at the home of footy, the MCG.

If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the full schedule below.

As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.   At this stage the times for the European coverage are still to be confirmed.

Also of note is that the game will be broadcast by ECONET in Africa after there has been no televised coverage there this year. 

We have confirmation through AFANA that the coverage finish is flexible in the US so that in the event of extra time being required hopefully the coverage will continue.  We cannot confirm that is the case for any other networks however.

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Tough Time Of Year For International Players

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The AFL Grand Final is now just a couple of days away. It is the pinnacle of the season and the place of the Holy Grail. But just the other side of that great day comes the real “silly season” as clubs finalise playing lists and adjust their player strategies hoping for the chance to recruit the players that will take them further.

But to recruit also means to delist and clubs are now gnawing away at their lists, making decisions on who goes and who stays. Players near the end of careers, or restricted by injuries, are usually first to go – but so are project players, and many international selections fall into that category.

Photos: Padraig Lucey, Geelong (ARFLI website) and Paddy Brophy, West Coast Eagles (West Coast FC website)
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A Premiership In Perspective – Swans v Dogs



Just four years ago – 2012 – the world was a little different. Barak Obama still sat in the White House, but the British Prime Minister was David Campbell and Julia Gillard was PM in Australia. The film “Argo” won best picture at the Oscars and the music charts were dominated by One Direction, Florence & The Machine, Rihanna, Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen.

The Sydney Swans won the premiership, their fifth including their South Melbourne days, and Essendon’s Jobe Watson won the Brownlow Medal.

The Swans will now attempt to chase their sixth flag in a world that hasn’t dramatically changed much since their last glorious day in the sun in 2012.
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AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Preliminary Finals

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And then there were four.  The Preliminary Finals kick off in Melbourne Friday night with Geelong hosting Sydney at the MCG.  In the other match GWS host the travelling Western Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium in Sydney.

If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the full schedule below.

As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates. 

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2016 AFL Grand Final parties around the world

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The 2016 AFL Grand Final is just a few days away where the Western Bulldogs will take on the Sydney Swans at the MCG.  For over 10 years, World Footy News has collated an extensive list of Grand Final Parties around the world to help viewers find them.

We are now calling for clubs around the world to send details of your party to us, so that fans of the game in your country/city can watch the big game with you. 

You can either post details as a comment below (you must register before you are able to post a comment or login via Facebook) or email troy@worldfootynews.com - all these details will be collated as per previous years.

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AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Finals Week 2

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And then there were six.  The semi finals kick off in Melbourne Friday night with the Western Bulldogs on a roll and looking to knock off the reigning Premiers Hawthorn at the MCG.  In the other semi-final Sydney will host Adelaide at the SCG.

If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the full schedule below.

As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates. 

GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL GMT NETWORK
Semi Final 2 16-Sep Night Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs MCG VIC 19:50 09:50 7
Semi Final 1 17-Sep Night Sydney vs. Adelaide SCG NSW 19:25 09:25 7

 

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