Fox Footy

Fox Footy (stylised as FOX FOOTY) is an Australian rules football subscription television channel dedicated to screening Australian rules football matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited, operated out of their Melbourne based studios and available throughout Australia on Foxtel, and Optus Television. The channel is a revival of the former Fox Footy Channel, which was in operation between 2002–2006. The channel recommenced prior to the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between the former Premier Media Group, Austar, Foxtel and the Australian Football League (AFL).[1] Fox Footy is currently the most watched channel on Foxtel.[2]

Fox Footy
Fox Footy Logo
Launched17 February 2012
Owned byFox Sports Pty Limited
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganWe're a FOX Sporting Nation
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports
Fox Cricket
Fox League
Fox Sports News
FoxtelChannel 504 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
FoxtelChannel 504 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Optus TVChannel 504 (SD)
Channel 206 (HD)
Foxtel Now'Footy Play': Channel 504
'Footy Play +:' Channel 550
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 504
Kayo SportsChannel 504


Fox Footy logo
Fox Footy logo used from 2012 until 2015.

It was announced on 28 April 2011 that the channel would be revived for the 2012 AFL season. The channel returned exclusively on Foxtel and its broadcasting partners, under the proposed new name of "Fox Sports AFL",[3] which was later changed back to its original name "Fox Footy". The channel relaunched at 5:00 pm AEDT on Friday 17 February 2012 with the first NAB Cup round-robin match between Hawthorn, Richmond and North Melbourne.

Fox Footy has live broadcast rights to selected NAB Challenge matches, all home and away matches and all finals matches (except for the Grand Final which is screened exclusively on Seven). All matches are broadcast live to air in both Standard and High Definition with no commercial breaks during play. When two live matches are being played simultaneously, Fox Sports 3 broadcasts one of the matches.

From the start of the 2012 AFL season, Fox Footy had become the most watched Pay-TV network in Australia.[4] In 2017, the Australian Football League preliminary finals had 556,000 and 441,000 viewers.[5]. The channel currently shows 235 live games a season that includes the JLT Pre Season, Toyota Premiership Season and the Toyota AFL Final Series but shows the Toyota AFL Grand Final on delay as channel 7 has the exsclusive rights to that one game.



  • AFL 360 (2010-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012–present on Fox Footy)
  • AFL Tonight
  • Bounce (2007-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012–present on Fox Footy)
  • On the Couch (2002-2006 on Fox Footy Channel, 2007-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012–present on Fox Footy)
  • Open Mike (2009-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012–present on Fox Footy)
  • On the Mark (2018–present)
  • The Beep Test (2018–present)
  • The Weekend Lowdown (2018–present)
  • Saturday Stretch (2018–present)
  • Bob (2018–present)
  • Up The Guts (2019-present)

Former Programs

  • AFL Insider (2010-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012 on Fox Footy)
  • The Club
  • Ed & Derm's Big Week In Footy
  • Eddie McGuire Tonight (2012)
  • The Hangar
  • The Recruit (2014-2016, also shown on Fox8)
  • The Supercoach Show
  • The Winners Rebooted (2015-2016 on Fox Footy)
  • League Teams (2002-2006 on Fox Footy Channel, 2007-2011 on Fox Sports, 2012–2017 on Fox Footy)
  • The Greatest (2017)



All AFL premiership matches are broadcast live, with no ads during game-play, excluding the AFL Grand Final, which is delayed by three hours due to the Seven Network owning the exclusive broadcast rights. Most NAB Challenge matches are broadcast live.

Special events


Coverage of certain matches including Friday nights and public holidays is picked up from the Seven Network. The pre-match and post-match show, are removed from the Fox Footy broadcast (those segments only air on the original Seven broadcast), and the official Seven logo is concealed.



The following are not match commentators, but appear regularly on Fox Footy panel shows:


The following are former Fox Footy/Fox Sports match commentators

See also


  1. ^ Every game, every|Frost Global
  2. ^
  3. ^ FOXTEL to Deliver Most Comprehensive Live AFL Coverage Ever Archived 3 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ 2017 TV: the final word - TV Tonight, 2 February 2018

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2012 Hawthorn Football Club season

The 2012 season was the Hawthorn Football Club's 88th season in the Australian Football League and 111th overall.

2016 AFL Rising Star

The AFL Rising Star is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player adjudged the best young player in the Australian Football League (AFL) for the year. An eligible player is nominated for the award each round during the AFL's regular season, and a panel of experts votes for the winner at the end of the season.During the 2016 season, the award was sponsored by National Australia Bank. The winner was announced in a presentation held at Crown Palladium on 6 September 2016 and broadcast on subscription television by Fox Footy. The voting panel for this season consisted of ten members, all of whom were AFL officials or former players: Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Mark Evans, Danny Frawley, Glen Jakovich, Cameron Ling, Gillon McLachlan, Matthew Richardson, Warren Tredrea and Kevin Sheehan.The winner was Sydney player Callum Mills, who polled 49 votes. Mills was the third Sydney recipient to win the award, and the first New South Wales–born winner. The club that garnered the most individual nominations this season was Melbourne with four players nominated for the award, a record for the club. Essendon player Orazio Fantasia, who received a nomination in round 17, was previously nominated for the award in the 2015 season—becoming the tenth player ever to be nominated twice for a Rising Star award.

2017 JLT Community Series

The 2017 JLT Community Series was the Australian Football League (AFL) pre-season competition played before the 2017 home and away season. It featured 27 matches across 25 days, which began on 16 February ended on 12 March. For the fourth year in a row, the competition did not have a grand final or overall winner. The competition had a new sponsor in 2017, JLT Sport, replacing the National Australia Bank (NAB) after NAB elected to sponsor the inaugural AFL Women's season instead. All matches were televised live on Fox Footy as well as on the AFL Live app.

No team was undefeated in the series.

2017 Melbourne Football Club season

The 2017 Melbourne Football Club season was the club's 118th year in the VFL/AFL since it began in 1897.

2018 Brisbane Lions season

The 2018 Brisbane Lions season is the Brisbane Lions' 22nd season in the AFL. It is also their 2nd season in the AFL Women's and they will field a reserves team in the NEAFL.

2019 JLT Community Series

The 2019 JLT Community Series will be the Australian Football League (AFL) pre-season competition played before the 2019 home and away season. It will feature 18 matches across two weekends. For the sixth year in a row, the competition will not have a grand final or overall winner. All matches will televised live on Fox Footy as well as on the AFL Live app.

AFL 360

AFL 360 is an Australian nightly talk show that deals with the issues in the Australian Football League (AFL). It currently airs on Fox Footy at 7:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays (or Mondays to Wednesdays in weeks where a Thursday game is scheduled). AFL 360 contrasts with most similar AFL talk shows as its hosts, Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson, are professional journalists rather than former players turned journalists. The show also features players and coaches as regular guests.

AFL Insider

AFL Insider is an Australian AFL talk show that deals with the issues in the AFL. It airs on Fox Sports on 6 July 2010, beginning at 7:30 pm later moves to Fox Footy.

AFL SuperCoach

SuperCoach is an online Australian Football League (AFL) fantasy football game in which the competitor takes on the role of coach and selector and guide his or her hand-picked team against other teams. Supercoach is run by the Herald Sun in Melbourne. Super coach is also supported by other News Limited online newspapers, including Adelaidenow in South Australia, Geelong Advertiser in Geelong, Perthnow in Western Australia, the Mercury in Tasmania and the Courier Mail in Queensland. The Fox Footy television channel broadcasts a weekly Supercoach television show, hosted by former players Brad Johnson and Ben Dixon with two football journalists from News Corp's Herald Sun newspaper.

Supercoach is one of the two biggest AFL fantasy competitions, along with the AFL Dream Team. Both games are designed and run by Vapormedia.

There were 349,124 players in 2009 and 390,367 in 2010. In 2013, A New Competition, SuperCoach Draft, was added. To play SuperCoach Draft you join a league and then have a draft to select your players for the year. Later in the year Supercoach finals was created

Bounce (Australian TV series)

Bounce, formerly known as Before the Bounce and After the Bounce, is an Australian light entertainment television series focusing on Australian Rules football. The show, currently airing on Fox Footy, takes a comedic look back at the previous week in the Australian Football League. First aired in 2007, the show is currently hosted by former footballers Jason Dunstall, Danny Frawley and Cameron Mooney.

Fox Footy Channel

The Fox Footy Channel was a channel exclusively dedicated to Australian rules football. It was owned by Foxtel and operates out of their Melbourne based studios. From 2002 - 2006 it was available on Foxtel, Austar, Optus Television, TransTV and Neighbourhood Cable until transmission ceased on 1 October 2006. The channel was revived as Fox Footy for the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between Fox Sports and the AFL.

Fox League

Fox League is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening rugby league (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 27 February 2017.

League Teams

League Teams is a weekly Australian sports television series based on the Australian Football League (AFL) that airs on Fox Footy. It is currently shown on Thursdays at 6:30pm, to coincide with that round's team announcements. Hosted by Dermott Brereton, it also features members of the Fox Footy's commentary team every week during the AFL season.

A predecessor show with the same name and same general format was screened by HSV-7 in Melbourne in the 1960s and 1970s. It featured a panal of three well known former players, Lou Richards, Jack Dyer and Bob Davis. It was shown late on Thursday nights during the football season.

List of Australian Football League television shows

This is a list of AFL shows which have aired on Australian television, as of 2011.

Mike Sheahan

Michael "Mike" Sheahan (born 4 March 1947) is an Australian journalist who specialises in Australian rules football. He was chief football writer and associate sports editor for the Herald Sun for eighteen years. Although he left these positions at the end of 2011, he still writes special columns for the newspaper, including his yearly "Top 50" player list. He was also a panelist on the Fox Footy program On the Couch and former media director for the Australian Football League (AFL, formerly VFL). He also joins Brian Taylor, Matthew Richardson, Matthew Lloyd and Leigh Matthews in the 3AW radio station's pre-match football discussion on Saturday afternoons. In addition he conducts a weekly interview program on Fox Footy, Open Mike. In February 2018 he joined a podcast with former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas and original host of The Footy Show Sam Newman entitled "Sam, Mike and Thomo", it airs once weekly and talks about all trending topics, with a sprinkling of commentary on AFL.

Sheahan attended Werribee High School and started his journalistic career with the Werribee Banner. He then began work with The Age newspaper in Melbourne before moving to The Herald and subsequently the Herald Sun where he has been a long-time sports writer. His opinionated pieces have drawn some criticism, but he has established himself as one Australian rules football's most prominent writers. Sheahan also worked with the Seven Network on their late-night football talk show, Talking Footy and formally appeared on Fox Sports' On The Couch with Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy and Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos.

One of his most widely known contributions to football writing is his bi-annual list of the Top 50 players in the Australian Football League. Sheahan prepares a ranked list at the beginning of each season of the 50 players he believes will be the best or have the most influence during the upcoming year; then, another list at the end of the season ranking the 50 best players of the year. The lists are always hotly debated. In 2008, Sheahan was given the task by the AFL to compile a list of the Greatest 50 players of all time, to be published in the book The Australian Game of Football, which honoured the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football.The media centre at AFL House in Melbourne is named in his honour.Sheahan is the cousin of former Test cricketer Paul Sheahan. He had a brief football career himself, playing 55 senior matches for the Werribee Football Club in the Victorian Football Association. Sheahan has stated, when commenting on which team he supports, that he is more a fan of the game, than of a particular team, but has stated he has a soft spot for the Melbourne Football Club..

Neroli Meadows

Neroli Meadows (born 16 September 1985) is an Australian television presenter, sports journalist and sports commentator. Meadows hosts the Fox Sports program Game Day Live and the Fox Footy programs AFL Today and AFL Tonight, and co-hosts the Fox Footy program On the Mark. She is also a boundary rider for Fox Footy's AFL Women's (AFLW) coverage, Triple M's Australian Football League (AFL) coverage, Fox Cricket's cricket coverage and Fox Sports' National Basketball League (NBL) coverage.

Meadows also appeared as a panellist on the Network Ten program Before the Game in 2013 and co-hosted the revamped Nine Network program The AFL Footy Show in 2019.

On the Couch (Australian TV series)

On the Couch is an Australian television program focusing on current issues in the Australian Football League. From its debut in 2002 until 2006, it was shown on the Fox Footy Channel, until the channel's demise. From 2007 to 2011 it was broadcast on Fox Sports, before moving to the relaunched Fox Footy from 2012 onwards. The show airs on Monday nights following AFL 360 and is hosted by Gerard Healy. It also features Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown and David King as presenters.

The Winners

The Winners, currently known as The Winners Rebooted is a long running Australian television series that shows highlights of Australian rules football matches.

White Line Fever (TV series)

White Line Fever was an Australian Football League-related television show, airing from 2002 to 2006 during the regular football season. It was based on a talkback radio format, airing live weeknightly at 7.30pm AEST on the Fox Footy Channel on the Foxtel, Austar and (since 2003) Optus pay television networks.

Hosted by Clinton Grybas, it allowed fans and viewers to call into the live shows and share their thoughts with regular guest panelists including Tony Shaw, Terry Wallace, Rodney Eade, Derek Humphrey-Smith and Mike Sheahan, along with guest players from AFL teams. The show was unique for its viewer interaction and comprehensive analysis of Australian rules football.

The show made frequent use of live crosses to notable events such as press conferences and AFL Tribunal hearings.

The show commenced in 2002 in a half-hour format from 8pm AEST following the half-hour Fox Footy News, but was expanded to a full hour from 7.30pm AEST in 2003, subsuming the news program as a ten-minute introductory segment presented by Tiffany Cherry. In 2005 the Friday night edition moved to a non-live format, allowing Grybas to front the show without intruding on his football calling duties with radio station 3AW. This edition of the show was rebadged as Friday Night Fever, although still appears as White Line Fever in listings.

The show ceased broadcasting following the closure of Fox Footy Channel after the 2006 season.

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