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 – nine from Australia and one from New Zealand. Sydney FC are the current champions after defeating Melbourne Victory on penalties. The 207-18 season will be the competition’s 13th instalment.

2017/18 A-League fixture and draw

The A-League commenced its ninth season in October 2013 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. Melbourne Heart have since been renamed Melbourne City after their takeover by the owners of English Premier League club Manchester City. 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 season, the Wanderers captured the premiership plate with their first attempt, but failed to convert that into a maiden title. Two more grand final appearances later, and the men from Western Sydney are still waiting to get their hands on their first premiership.

Sydney FC made it three titles to go equal top of the honours list during the 2016-17 season after a thrilling grand final. They were the dominant side all year, winning the premiers plate but the Victory ensured the grand final was anything but one-sided.

With scores locked at 1-1 after regulation time and again at the end of extra time, the game went to penalties with the men in sky blue holding their nerve to win 4-2.

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

Full list of A-League champions

Season Champion Runner-up Grand Final score Minor premiers
2005-06 Sydney FC Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Adelaide United
2006-07 Melbourne Victory Adelaide United 6-0 Melbourne Victory
2007-08 Newcastle Jets Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Central Coast Mariners
2008-09 Melbourne Victory Adelaide United 1-0 Melbourne Victory
2009-10 Sydney FC Melbourne Victory 1-1 (4-2) Sydney FC
2010-11 Brisbane Roar Central Coast Mariners 2-2 (4-2) Brisbane Roar
2011-12 Brisbane Roar Perth Glory 2-1 Central Coast Mariners
2012-13 Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
2013-14 Brisbane Roar Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 (extra time) Brisbane Roar
2014-15 Melbourne Victory Sydney FC 3-0 Melbourne Victory
2015-16 Adelaide United Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Adelaide United
2016-17 Sydney FC Melbourne Victory 1-1 (4-2) Sydney FC

Last updated: 14 September, 2017

A League Articles

Rushing a second division would be a disaster for football

Rushing a second division would be a disaster for football

by , 22 Sep 2017

The excitement and demand for new teams to enter Australian football has reached a tipping point, however we must proceed with caution, for there are just as many negatives as positives.

Season 13: Unlucky for some, but not the A-League

Season 13: Unlucky for some, but not the A-League

by , 20 Sep 2017

While Sydney FC fans bask in the glow of their premiership, championship and an unrivalled and stellar season, there are nine other ambitious clubs circling A-League silverware in 2017-18.

Do you support a different team to anyone else in your family?

Do you support a different team to anyone else in your family?

by , 18 Sep 2017

It’s common to choose a team to support based on family allegiances, but what happens when you follow a completely different team to someone else in your immediate circle?

What is happening to football in this country?

What is happening to football in this country?

by , 15 Sep 2017

The Football Federation Australia (FFA) is a distracted organisation that is unable to make strategic decisions to improve the footprint of football in this country.

I’d rather watch the A-League than the EPL

I’d rather watch the A-League than the EPL

by , 14 Sep 2017

As the thirteenth running of the A-League draws ever nearer and excitement builds around what promises to be another gripping season, membership numbers continue to build, new international signings arrive and fresh kits are unveiled.

Ange the culprit? The identity crisis of the Socceroos

Ange the culprit? The identity crisis of the Socceroos

by , 10 Sep 2017

Ange Postecoglou is at the crossroads of his Socceroos coaching tenure. After failing to obtain direct qualification to the 2018 Qatar FIFA World Cup, he has been singled-out by many as the major culprit.

Which teams would make the cut in an A-League second division?

Which teams would make the cut in an A-League second division?

by , 10 Sep 2017

A national second division can be an emotive topic of discussion, especially when it comes to who gets in.

CBS’s investment in Ten could give football a once in a generation opportunity

CBS’s investment in Ten could give football a once in a generation opportunity

by , 8 Sep 2017

The head of Fox Australia has welcomed CBS’s takeover of Channel 10. Peter Tonagh said that CBS were in for the long haul and would bring plenty of free-to-air TV knowledge with vast experience from the US market.

The Ramble: The Mooy boy and shirtless Russians

The Ramble: The Mooy boy and shirtless Russians

by , 29 Aug 2017

I thought I’d have a crack at a regular column. The football world moves like an express train so every now and then it’s worth getting off at a station and taking a moment to reflect.

Social networks are an essential part of the modern sports media

Social networks are an essential part of the modern sports media

by , 26 Aug 2017

Yesterday morning, Bruno Fornaroli accidentally assumed the role of communications manager at Melbourne City, tweeting out a photo of him posing with Fernando Brandan, Iacopo La Rocca and, most interestingly, Marcelo Carrusca.


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