Every year, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup dominates the Hockey spotlight. And for both die-hard or fair-weather Hockey fans cheering on their favourite country, its an electrifying 7-8 days event.
If you cant be there in person, here is how you can watch the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 via TV and live streams – and everything you need to know.
- What: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019
- When: March 23rd – March 30th 2019
- Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
- Channels in Asia : Astro Arena TV in Malaysia. Fox Sports in Australia. Star Sports India does not have broadcast rights for this edition of the tournament.
- Official Live steam : Astro-Go ( accessible only in Malaysia)
How to watch the match on Astro-go if you are outside Malaysia
Astro Go is one of the best online streaming services in Malaysia but if you try to watch outside the country you will be blocked.
If you’ve already visited the Astro Go website or used their app outside Malaysia then you’ll know you can’t watch any of the shows apart from ones you’ve previously downloaded.
However, by using a VPN app you can pretend you’re in Malaysia and watch Astro Go in any country.
We’ve been using NordVPN because we find them to work the best for Asian Content. They also have a free 6-day trial.
All you need to do is signup, download the software from their website, and connect to a Malaysian IP and you should be good to go.
Is it legal to use a VPN?
In short, yes. You aren’t breaking the law. You aren’t watching illegal content. You pay for your subscription.
Unless you are living in a country like China, Russia or Iran which makes it illegal to use a VPN service, it is technically not a crime to stream content with a VPN if you are paying for your broadcasters subscription, as it is not like you are downloading the content illegally.
Which countries are playing?
- India (W.Rank. 5)
- Canada ( W.Rank. 10)
- Malaysia ( W.Rank. 13)
- South Korea ( W.Rank. 17)
- Japan (W.Rank. 18)
- Poland ( W.Rank. 21)
India :They are the strongest team on paper, but they are coming to the tournament without a permanent Head Coach, and 9 key players missing out, so it will be interesting to see how they perform.This is their 22nd appearance at the tournament.
Malaysia : Malaysian are coming to the tournament without their four key players, but they still can emerge as the surprise element of this Tournament.
Canada : Coach Paul Bundy has a good mixture of experience and talented players to use. Although they had an average World Cup, this is a team that has a high chance of medalling here.This is their 9th appearance at the tournament.
South Korea : One of the most technically brilliant team in Asia. Α team on the rise as they make their 20th appearance at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Japan : Out of all the teams in this competition, Japan looks like a complete team. They have more tools in their box than its neighbours. This is their 4th appearance.
Poland : The polish are the lowest ranked team in the tournament. The Polish more known for their outstanding indoor hockey performances than outdoor. It will be interesting to see their field hockey skills. This is their debut appearance.
When does it get serious?
Things start to get serious on the March 30th. The play offs runs from March 23rd to March 29th, then the top 2 team will advance to the finals on March 30th, Saturday.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 schedule
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 Schedule can be found here.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 Squad Guide
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019 Squad Guide for all the teams can be found here.
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