China has one of the richest football leagues in the world but coverage is non existent in New Zealand.
We’ll show you how to watch Chinese super league live in NZ.
What is Chinese Super League?
The Chinese Super League is the highest division of association football in China, operating under the governance of the Chinese Football Association.
The league was rebranded to its current iteration in 2004, and began with 12 participating teams, which has since risen to 16, and 31 in total throughout its history. The league is projected to grow even further to 18 teams.
One of the strongest football leagues in the world, the Chinese Super League is currently first in the AFC Club Competitions Ranking of Asian leagues. Moreover, the Chinese Super League is one of the most popular leagues in terms of attendance in both China and the world, with an average of ~24,000 per game, which ranks 12th for domestic sports leagues in the world and 6th for association football.
How Games Work?
Thirty games are played each season, each team playing the other once both home and away. Unlike European leagues, the seasons start in February/March and end in November/December. By the end of the season, the bottom two teams in the league are relegated to the second division of Chinese football, the China League One, and the top two finishers of League One are promoted to the Super League for the following season.
The top three finishers of the league qualify for the AFC Champions League, which is the highest echelon of Asian football.
Chinese Players Salary
Chinese players are paid particularly well, with an average of $1,016,579 per player per season, which is the 11th highest of any sports league and sixth highest for football. As such, it has often drawn high profile players from European leagues to compete in the league, i.e Brazilian superstars Oscar and Paulinho for Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande, respectively.
The former’s transfer broke a record for the league, his sale from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG in December 2016 costing the Chinese club 60 million euros.
In order to limit the influx of expensive foreign players into the league, as well as maintain the development of the country’s own players, in 2017 the Chinese Football Association announced that any club paying more than 45 million yuan for a foreign player must pay an equal amount into a CFA youth development fund.
Super League Seasons
As of the time of writing, the most recent season to have taken place was the 2018/2019 competition, which was won by Shanghai SIPG with 68 points in total..
Their victory in the league put an end to the 7-season winning streak previously held by Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, who finished second with 63 points. Shanghai SIPG could attribute much of their success to their striker Wu Lei, who finished the season with an exemplary 27 goals, and Oscar, with 19 assists.
The season carried on one element of the broader foreign player policy, this element mandating that each team must have at a minimum one Chinese player under the age of 23 in the starting eleven. However, changes were made to reduce the number of foreign players a club can have from five to four.
How To Watch Chinese Super League NZ
Currently there is no NZ broadcaster of any games or on demand content.
In China, the China Sports Media, aka CSM, has exclusive rights for CSL until 2025. Also, QQ Sports, Qinghai TV, Shandong Sports Channel and PPTV Sport China stream select games in China while LeSports HK airs the games in Hong Kong.
You can also tune in BTV Sports Channel.
UK: Sky Sports (limited coverage)
USA: NBCSports (limited coverage)
With the help of a premium subscription and VPN you can watch all games live and on demand.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch the Chinese super league live or on demand in New Zealand you can use OVO Australia.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in Australia then you can buy a VPN and choose an Australian server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $10.95 per month or $2.88 on a subscription.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing OVO. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen channel and watch the live stream instantly.
Step 4: Start Watching Chinese Super League
Search for the games in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You will need an OVO account. It’s free.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.