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

Forget the AFL, what can we do to get more fans to A-League games?

Forget the AFL, what can we do to get more fans to A-League games?

by , 20 Nov 2017

The AFL’s move to play an experimental version of its sport on A-League grounds is nothing more than a blatant land-grab by a strangely insecure code.

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores

by , 19 Nov 2017

Match result: Melbourne Victory have finally gotten a win on the board in the 2017-18 A-League season, defeating Perth Glory 2-0.

Sydney return to form in top-of-the-table win over the Jets

Sydney return to form in top-of-the-table win over the Jets

by , 19 Nov 2017

Having been caught short, resting idly on their laurels against Central Coast a week ago, Sydney were keen to remind the league that they have not lost the strength in their arm.

Sky Blues on top in A-League after beating Jets 2-1

Sky Blues on top in A-League after beating Jets 2-1

by , 18 Nov 2017

Sydney FC have beaten the Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium to claim top position on the ladder, on what was a wet and wild night in Sydney.

Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

by , 18 Nov 2017

Match result: Sydney FC have beaten the Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium to claim top position on the ladder, on what was a wet and wild night in Sydney.

Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City: A-League live scores, blog

Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City: A-League live scores, blog

by , 17 Nov 2017

A bottom-placed Brisbane Roar host the magnificent Melbourne City, the Roar looking for their first win of the 2017-18 A-League season, City looking to go top of the table. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, starting from 7:50pm AEDT.

Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores, blog

Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores, blog

by , 16 Nov 2017

Central Coast Mariners host Adelaide United at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford in Round 7 of the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage starting from 7:50pm AEDT.

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 7

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 7

by , 16 Nov 2017

The Crowd was the star last week with three correct selections and my ambitious, upset driven selection strategy continues to fail.

Are Newcastle replicating Leicester City’s 2015-16 season?

Are Newcastle replicating Leicester City’s 2015-16 season?

by , 14 Nov 2017

Okay, I’m going to start this piece off by saying that I am a diehard Newcastle Jets fan.

Is Alex Brosque the A-League’s GOAT?

Is Alex Brosque the A-League’s GOAT?

by , 14 Nov 2017

Sydney FC have hosted many big name players over the years including Dwight Yorke, Juninho Paulista, and most notably Alessandro Del Piero, but there’s a case to be made that their biggest ever player is their current captain Alex Brosque.


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