How to watch the Grand Final + 2021 AFL Live Stream
The 2021 AFL Grand Final will be played at Optus Stadium on Saturday and here’s your ultimate guide to watch and stream the game live, on every device including on your mobile phone.
The match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs will kick-off at 7:15pm Melbourne time (AEST), which is 5:15pm local Perth time (AWST), on Saturday, September 25. Find out more about the game including entertainment and the match day running sheet in our ultimate Grand Final guide here.
It’s the second consecutive Grand Final being played outside of Melbourne as the Victorian capital remains in lockdown. We haven’t got the MCG, but we do have the next best thing, with the magnificent Optus Stadium to host the spectacle.
The Perth stadium will be able to fit 61,266 for the Grand Final and tickets were snapped up in no time. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get tickets for the game, then here’s all the information you need to know to watch the match live – but beware, a change from the AFL will make it more difficult for some to watch the match.
How to watch the Grand Final on TV
The 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 7 in Australia. Coverage begins at 6:15pm (Melbourne/AEST) which is one hour before the first bounce – see below for the full TV guide. You can tune in to 7HD for high-definition coverage on channel 70 or channel 7/71 for standard-definition through your TV antenna. If you’re watching through Foxtel, tune in to channel 107 for standard definition or 207 for high definition – although your antenna must be plugged into your set-top-box if you’re on satellite. If you usually watch channel 7 through the network’s official app, 7plus, see below for some important information.
Can I watch the AFL Grand Final on 7+?
You can stream the Grand Final live on the 7plus App, but only on selected TV’s or set-top-boxes. Importantly, you cannot watch the game through the 7 App on your mobile phone or tablet, as is the case for all AFL matches and the Brownlow Medal, which caught many people out on Sunday night (see below for info on how you can watch it on your mobile). This is due to broadcast restrictions put in place by the AFL. You can watch the game through the app on the following devices: Telstra TV, Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Fetch TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 & 5, Android TV, Google TV, LG TV. You cannot use Chromecast or AirPlay to watch the Grand Final and you cannot watch a replay of the game on the app.
Is the AFL Grand Final on Foxtel?
No, the Grand Final will not be shown live on Fox Footy due to the Pay TV provider not having the rights to broadcast the game direct. You will need to tune in to Channel 7 to watch the match (see above for details). Fox Footy will show a replay of the Grand Final after the final siren, with the delayed coverage commencing on channel 504 at 11:15pm AEST.
Is the Grand Final on Kayo?
While Kayo Sports live streamed every game of the 2021 premiership season and finals series, unfortunately the Foxtel-owned platform does not have broadcast rights to live stream the AFL Grand Final, meaning you cannot live stream it on the popular service. You will however be able to watch the game on-demand from when Fox Footy broadcasts the game, at 11:15pm, on all devices including mobile phones and tablets.
Grand Final on the AFL App? On Mobile?
Some good news late Friday night by the AFL, with confirmation the AFL Grand Final will now be able to be streamed live on your mobile device through the AFL Live Official App.
Due to changes made prior to the 2021 AFL premiership season, AFL matches could no longer be streamed in the league's App, with the popular free feature stripped from the Telstra-produced platform. Instead, footy fans were encouraged to sign-up for a Kayo subscription to live stream AFL matches (a 12-month discount was offered to previous AFL Live Pass subscribers). As Kayo doesn't have the rights to broadcast the AFL Grand Final, it meant initially there was no way to watch the final game of the season - either for free or via a paid subscription, on your mobile device, in an apparent oversight (as was the case with the Brownlow Medal). Thankfully, this was rectified late Friday and the game will be available to watch in the AFL App, as it has been in previous years. You can also listen to live radio broadcasts of the game within the app.
How to watch the Grand Final outside of Australia
You can live stream the Grand Final outside of Australia through WatchAFL – the official international streaming service of the AFL. With the WatchAFL App, you can Cast or AirPlay the match onto your TV. Official broadcasters around the world are also showing the game live, including ABC Australia in Asia, India & the Pacific, TSN in Canada, METV in the Middle East, Sky Sport in New Zealand, Viasat in Russia, BT Sport in the UK and Fox Sports 2 in the USA. Check your local guide for broadcast details.
AFL Grand Final live stream
Within Australia, you can live stream the 2021 AFL Grand Final on your mobile for free via the Official AFL App and on your compatible TV via the 7+ App. Internationally, you can live stream the game through WatchAFL for a small subscription fee.
2021 AFL Grand Final TV Guide – Channel 7
While the match begins at 7:15pm AEST (5:15pm local time), there will be coverage on Channel 7 beginning at 10:00am. Here’s the full TV guide for the free-to-air network on Saturday, September 25. All times are AEST (Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane time) – which is two hours ahead of ahead of Perth (AWST).
10:00am – Armchair Experts
12:00pm – Road to the Grand Final
2:00pm – AFL Grand Final – Pre-Game
5:45pm – Seven News
6:15pm – AFL Grand Final: Pre-Match Entertainment
7:15pm – AFL Grand Final: Melbourne v Bulldogs
10:30pm – AFL Grand Final: Post Game
Fox Footy TV Guide
While Foxtel and Kayo don’t have the rights to show the game live, Fox Footy's expert panel will deliver pre-game, halftime & post-match analysis, news & opinion, surrounding the Grand Final, before a full replay of the match at 11:15pm.
2:00pm – Grand Final Countdown
3:00pm – Fox Footy’s Longest Kick
4:10pm – Grand Final Day on Fox
8:25pm – Grand Final Half Time Show
8:45pm – Grand Final Day on Fox
10:15pm – Grand Final Post Game Show
11:15pm – AFL Grand Final Replay: Melbourne v Bulldogs
View the AFL Grand Final event page on Austadiums for all the info including the venue seating map and directions to Optus Stadium.