How to Watch the Europa League Final in Australia

Europa League final
COLOGNE, GERMANY - AUGUST 20: Franco Vazquez of Sevilla in action during a training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League match against FC Internazionale at RheinEnergieStadion on August 20, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Europa League final is happening tomorrow, 22 August. Here’s how you can watch the big game in Australia.

The 2019-20 Europa League had been on on hold since 12 March due to the pandemic. However, after a five-month interruption, it restarted on 5 August to wrap up the sporting event.

In a remodeled format, all the games from the quarter-finals to the semis have been played behind closed doors as one-off ties in Germany, and after much waiting, we’ve finally come to the last two teams to battle it out for the title.

When and what time is the Europa League final?

The Europa League final is set to take place tomorrow, Saturday 22 August. 

Unfortunately for Aussies, the start time for the clash is 5am AEST so that means giving up on sleeping in or staying up all night and then heading straight to bed after the final whistle. Whatever you do, have lots of coffee on hand and some snacks or leftover pizza to help you through the game.

We’re hoping it’s going to be a nail-biting encounter and that’ll keep us wide eyed throughout.

Which teams are playing in this year’s Europa League final?

The Europa League final will take place in Cologne between Sevilla and Inter Milan.

Sevilla beat Manchester United 2-1 and Inter Milan knocked it out of the park with a 5-0 thumping of Shakhtar Donetsk to be the last two teams standing.

How to watch the Europa League matches live in Australia

Optus Sport

Optus Sport has exclusive rights to the Europa League matches here in Australia.  To sign up, you’ll need to pay $14.99 per month unless you live in Victoria.

As of 8 August, Optus is giving locked down Victorians complimentary access to its service. If you’re in the state, all you have to do is download Optus Sport on your preferred platofrm and watch Champions League for free.

If you’re outside Victoria, you will still need to download the service via the Apple or Google Play stores. You’ll be able to watch games on all Android & iOS devices as well as Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

Use a VPN

BT Sport has been showing every Europa League game. To access the channel you could consider using a VPN if you’d rather not pay for Optus Sport.

PureVPN is currently offering a 15-day trial for only $0.99 after which you can pay $10.95 per month or $8.33 for a six-month plan (priced after a 24 per cent discount). It’s a good choice if you’re keen to access shows and movies on US Netflix as well.

Alternatively, you can use NordVPN to watch the final. As part of its sale, the service is offering its two-year plan at a 68 per cent discount so you only have to pay $3.71 per month or $89 for the first two years. Otherwise, you can also get the 6-month plan for $9 per month and save 24% on the total cost.

If you’d rather not commit long-term, pay $11.95 per month and cancel anytime.

What is the UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa league is UEFA’s second-tier European club competition.

Similar to the Champions League, 32 teams qualify for the knockout stages which are played over two legs, excluding the final.

To make it to these knockout rounds, which begin in September each year, 12 groups of four teams are pitted against each other. The teams in each group will play one another at home and away, and the top two teams from each group will  progress to the round of 32. This number also includes the eight third-placed teams who didn’t make it past the Champions League group stage.

The last 10 Europa League winners (starting with the most recent title holders):

  • Chelsea
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Manchester United
  • Sevilla FC
  • Sevilla FC
  • Sevilla FC
  • Chelsea
  • Atletico Madrid
  • FC Porto
  • Atletico Madrid


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