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Watch live and stream Commonwealth Games 2022 broadcast on Channel 7 and 7plus. Everything you need to know.

Our Aussie athletes are standing on the cusp of history with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games just days away.

By winning at least 66 gold medals at Birmingham 2022, Australia will become the first Commonwealth nation to reach 1000 all-time Commonwealth Games gold medals.

Superstar swimmer Emma McKeon, who currently boasts eight Commonwealth Games gold medals, also has the chance to earn a special spot in history.

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She needs just three gold medals to pass Ian Thorpe, Susie O’Neill and Leisel Jones and become the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete of all time – in any sport, for any country.

And Aussie sport fans have so much more to look forward to, with 20 sports to feature in this year’s Games amid a celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

We’ll be facing our arch-rivals, England, in women’s cricket. In netball, we go toe-to-toe with New Zealand. There’s also lawn bowls, squash and rugby sevens.

In another Commonwealth Games first, organizers have integrated both able-bodied and para sports schedules alongside each other, meaning Birmingham 2022 is set to be a Games like no other.

Competing in those events will be Australia’s largest ever overseas contingent at a Commonwealth Games, with a total of 435 athletes to don the green and gold in Birmingham.

Strap yourselves in because this is going to be a special 11 days of action and you can see it all live and free on Seven, Australia’s home of the Commonwealth Games.

Squash legend Rachael Grinham and men’s hockey captain Eddie Ockenden Australian flag bearers named. Credit: Instagram

When do the Commonwealth Games start?

The Games officially begin in Birmingham with an opening ceremony at 4.45am (AEST) on Friday, July 29.

Competition begins a few hours later at 5.30pm (AEST) on July 29 with lawn bowls and para lawn bowls.

After 11 days of action, the closing ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5.15am (AEST) on Tuesday, August 9.

How to watch and live stream

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are live and free exclusively on Seven and 7plus, in what will be the country’s second-biggest broadcast and digital event after Seven’s award-winning coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

There will be up to 30 dedicated exclusive and free, live and replay Commonwealth Games channels across Seven and 7plus.

Daily coverage on Seven’s primary linear channel will begin from the 7pm AEST prime-time slot, until 5.30am AEST when Sunrise takes the lead for all the early morning action.

Across the 11 days of competition, many of Australia’s most-loved medal events will feature in prime-time, including swimming and para-swimming, athletics and para-athletics, netball, T20 cricket, women’s and men’s hockey, and many more.

Faith Nathan with play for Team Australia in Rugby Sevens. Credit: Getty

Watch it all on 7plus

Just like Tokyo 2020 on Seven, there will be one destination to watch every epic feat, every medal moment, every record attempt and every inspiring turn from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

7plus is the only place to watch up to 30 live and replay channels of sport, see what’s on when, keep up to date with the medal tally, create a watchlist to follow your favorite events and catch up on highlights.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are just a click away on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or computer.

The broadcast will feature a consistent experience across multiple platforms, allowing Australians to stream across any device of their choosing.

With multiple modes of viewing including live, dedicated replay channels, event replays on demand, event minis (compressed replays) and short-form highlights, interviews and athlete features, you won’t miss a moment of Birmingham 2022.

What new sports will feature?

Four new sports will make their debuts at Birmingham 2022, providing even more exciting action for viewers on Channel 7.

Women’s T20 cricket will be held for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, to be hosted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

Both 3×3 basketball and 3×3 wheelchair basketball will also be making their debuts, highlighting the rise of the fast-paced and thrilling format around the world.

A total of eight Commonwealth nationals will take place in 3×3 basketball, while six teams will take part in 3×3 wheelchair basketball.

Finally, table tennis will also take place at a Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Aussie athletes will compete in 3×3 basketball when it makes its debut at Birmingham 2022. Credit: Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Where will the Games take place?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be contested across 15 venues in the West Midlands regions of England.

Seven of those venues are located in the city of Birmingham, the second-largest city in the UK with a population of 1.15 million.

Birmingham will be the third English city to host the Commonwealth Games following London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.

Seven’s commentary team

Three of Australia’s greatest athletes – Ian Thorpe, Cate Campbell and Curtis McGrath – headline the Seven Network’s unrivaled commentary team.

Australia’s most loved and respected sports broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney, returns for his fifth Commonwealth Games, broadcasting from the UK alongside three-time Australian Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou.

Here’s the full list of commentators for Birmingham 2022:

Athletics: Bruce McAvaney, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou, David Culbert, Jason Richardson, Matt Hill

Boxing: Jon Harker

Cricket: Lisa Sthalekar, Alison Mitchell

Cycling: Scott McGrory, Kate Bates, Paul van der Ploeg, Matt Carmichael, Phil Liggett, Curtis McGrath

gymnastics: Liz Chetkovich

Hockey: Alister Nicholson, Georgie Parker

Netball: Catherine Cox, Sue Gaudion

Rugby: Gregory Clark, Tiana Penitani

Swimming: Ian Thorpe, Cate Campbell, Basil Zempilas

Broadcasting legend Bruce McAvaney returns to cover his fifth Commonwealth Games. Credit: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

The sports of Birmingham 2022

Aquatics (diving, swimming), athletics, badminton, 3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cricket, cycling (mountain biking, road, track), gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic), field hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, powerlifting, rugby sevens, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting, wrestling.

All the nations competing

In total 72 teams will take part in this year’s Games, including 54 countries and 18 territories.

Australia is one of only six countries (including Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales) to have sent athletes to every edition of the Commonwealth Games since the inaugural tournament in 1930.

The focus now shifts to the Commonwealth Games for Rohan Browning. Credit: AAP
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladeshi
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Eswatini
  • Falkland Islands
  • fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guernsey
  • Guyanese
  • India
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica
  • sweater
  • Kenyan
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • malawi
  • Malaysian
  • Maldives
  • malt
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • new zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • norfolk island
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • south africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • st helena
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Tuvaluan
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • wales
  • Zambia
Emma McKeon has the chance to earn a special place in history at Birmingham 2022. Credit: matt roberts/Getty Images

Commonwealth Games schedule

You can click here to see the full daily schedule for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Throughout the Games you can also view live results here and a live medal tally here.

Where will the 2026 Commonwealth Games be held?

The 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in Victoria, with some of the best athletes from around the world set to arrive in the state in March 2026.

The opening ceremony will be held at the MCG on March 17 followed by 12 days of events in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Gippsland region.

Already a core group of 16 sports has been locked in to feature at the Games, while an application period for more expressions of interest from sporting bodies has begun.

Victoria’s Commonwealth Games will mark the second Comm Games held in Australia in eight years, after Gold Coast hosted the event in 2018.

Seven’s broadcast hosting schedule

7.00pm – 11.00pm AEST live on Channel 7

Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi will entertain viewers through Seven’s nightly prime-time coverage of the Games including our Aussies’ best swimming, athletics and cycling moments, along with live athlete and family interviews direct from Birmingham.

11.00pm – 12.30am AEST Brum Drum, live on Channel 7

Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson will join us from the host city each day for Brum Drum, Seven’s official Birmingham 2022 live show, with the best of the late-night coverage of the Games, alongside a rotating cast of nightly guests.

Matt Shirvington will bring a unique insight into Channel 7’s athletics coverage. Credit: stuart hannagan/Getty Images

12.30am – 3.30am AEST live on Channel 7

Abbey Holmes and Ryan Daniels will present the best of the overnight action in Birmingham, including our Aussies taking on 3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, cricket, hockey, netball, and rugby 7s.

3.30am – 5.30am AEST live on Channel 7, 5.30am – 7.30am AEST live on 7mate

Emma Freedman and Matt Shirvington will bring us the best gold medal moments each morning, covering endings across multiple sports.

3.00pm – 5.00pm AEST, live on Channel 7 (weekdays)

Johanna Griggs brings viewers the best from Birmingham each day of the Games.

Just like Tokyo 2020 on Seven, there will be one destination to watch every epic feat, every medal moment, every record attempt and every inspiring turn from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

7plus is the only place to watch up to 30 live and replay channels of sport, see what’s on when, keep up to date with the medal tally, create a watchlist to follow your favorite events and catch up on highlights.


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