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A-League

A-LeagueThe A-League is Australia’s premier national football competition, having replaced the defunct NSL in 2004. Kicking off its inaugural season in 2005-06, the A-League currently features ten teams from Australia and one from New Zealand.

The A-League commenced its seventh season in October 2011, with the league scaled back to ten teams after the removal of North Queensland Fury, two years after expansion saw both the Fury and Gold Coast United enter the A-League, and Melbourne Heart following the year after. The Western Sydney Wanderers were the latest team to be added to the league, in 2012/13. In what was one of the sporting stories of the Summer, the Wanderers captured the premiership plate in their first attempt.

Previous winners of the A-League include Sydney (twice), Melbourne Victory (twice), Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar (twice). Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

A League Articles

Ratings and cash shouldn’t be FFA’s only priorities

Ratings and cash shouldn’t be FFA’s only priorities

by , 25 Apr 2014

This morning, the Central Coast Mariners finally arrive in Sydney after a whirlwind midweek trip to Hiroshima. Tomorrow, they play for their season. For anyone who has experienced the wonder of jet lag, it’s hard not to feel for them. Not only are they heartbroken after a late goal ended their AFC Champions League campaign […]

Rogic’s injury an unexpected Victory for Melbourne

Rogic’s injury an unexpected Victory for Melbourne

by , 25 Apr 2014

Australia Day, 2014 and the Melbourne Victory are in crisis. If losing 5-0 in Wellington the week before was not bad enough, they had just suffered the indignity of being walloped 5-0 again – this time by rivals Sydney FC on their own turf. The revolution was falling apart. Manager Ange Postecoglou had left for […]

2013-14 A-League semi-finals by the numbers

2013-14 A-League semi-finals by the numbers

by , 25 Apr 2014

The teams set to play this weekend’s A-League semi-finals are the same four that played last year’s semis, when the Wanderers vanquished the Roar 2-0 to progress to the final, and Central Coast defeated Victory 1-nil. The Mariners would go on to be crowned the A-League Champions for the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 victory. […]

Berisha fires up Roar for A-League semi

by , 25 Apr 2014

Being runaway A-League ladder leaders was “boring”, according to Brisbane playmaker Thomas Broich. But it seems extrovert striker Besart Berisha has made sure complacency won’t be an issue for the minor premiers in Sunday’s sudden death semi-final with the Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium. No shrinking violet at the best of times, Berisha is pumped […]

Mariners upbeat about A-League chances

by , 25 Apr 2014

Central Coast remain optimistic of success in Saturday’s do-or-die A-League semi-final against Western Sydney Wanderers. The Mariners remain upbeat despite the physical and emotional strain brought about by their midweek Asian Champions League elimination at Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Mariners coach Phil Moss says that rather than being deflated by their Champions League exit in Japan, his […]

A-League semifinals lowdown

by , 25 Apr 2014

After a six-and-a-half months of the A-League campaign we’re down to the last four. These four sides compete in a straight knockout to decide who contests the 2014 grand final. Remarkably, in a league with a salary cap designed for equalisation, and in a competition which is notoriously difficult to predict week-to-week, it is the […]

A-League Teams: Finals – Week 2

by , 24 Apr 2014

The Roar has you covered for A-League team announcements, as well as all the ins and outs for the second week of the finals. Saturday 26 April Semi-final 1 – Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners Kick-off: 6.30pm local (AEST) Venue: Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones TV broadcast: Live, FOX Sports 3HD. Delayed, […]

Sydney FC must get their next coach right

Sydney FC must get their next coach right

by , 24 Apr 2014

It’s time Sydney FC made good on their promise to become one of Asia’s biggest clubs. If ever the Sky Blues are to become a serious force, they cannot afford to get another coaching appointment wrong. The news that Sydney FC had relieved coach Frank Farina of his duties was as predictable as it was […]

Mariners arrive in Japan with a bag of excuses

Mariners arrive in Japan with a bag of excuses

by , 24 Apr 2014

The little club that won’t go away has arrived in Japan for Match Day 6 of their 2014 Asian Champions League tilt. As if on cue, the Central Coast Mariners whinging and whining came wringing out of Friday night’s A-League finals victory over Adelaide. Mariners manager Phil Moss has teed off at FFA for scheduling […]

Should football have its own dedicated channel on Fox?

by , 24 Apr 2014

In the months of March, April and early May, Australia’s four football codes are in full swing. Super Rugby, NRL and AFL have commenced their seasons, while the A-League heads towards the end of their competition. When there’s four football codes on at the same time, such a congested market means it is challenging for […]


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