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. Melbourne Victory are the defending champions after defeating Sydney FC in the 2015 grand final. The A-League reaches its 11th season in 2015/16.

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 in their first attempt.

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

2015/16 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

Mark Bridge leaves Wanderers, signs with Chiangrai United

by , 27 May 2016

Western Sydney all-time leading goal-scorer Mark Bridge has officially left the A-League club to join Thai Premier League outfit Chiangrai United.

Why football is the world’s language

Why football is the world’s language

by , 27 May 2016

This week proved to me why football is the world’s true language.

Sydney FC swing axe on eight players

by , 27 May 2016

Graham Arnold has taken the axe to eight off-contract Sydney FC players, as the coach begins the A-League club’s radical rebuild.

Arnold ready to axe “five or six” Sydney FC players

by , 26 May 2016

Graham Arnold will drop the axe on up to six Sydney FC players over the next couple of days, as the coach pledges a more ruthless recruitment approach to get his club back to the top of the A-League.

Sorry Australia, Tim Cahill looks set to stay in China

by , 26 May 2016

The chances of Tim Cahill playing in the A-League appear all but over with the Socceroos’ star in discussions to remain in China as three clubs pursue his signature, it’s been reported.

Shrewd recruiting has Perth primed for A-League tilt

Shrewd recruiting has Perth primed for A-League tilt

by , 26 May 2016

As the football season draws to a close and many turn their gaze to cup finals and the upcoming European Championships in France, one club has been very, very busy.

Brisbane Roar to appear in new series of Struggle Street

Brisbane Roar to appear in new series of Struggle Street

by , 26 May 2016

Brisbane Roar have announced plans to allow SBS to film their controversial series Struggle Street at the club.

Sydney FC out of Asian Champions League

by , 26 May 2016

A last-gasp Shandong Luneng goal has denied Sydney FC a maiden Asian Champions League quarter-finals berth, holding the 10-man A-League side to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night. Substitute Hao Junmin scored a screamer in the 89th minute to take his Chinese Super League outfit through on away goals, crushing the Sky Blues’ hopes despite […]

A vision for a big A-League expansion

A vision for a big A-League expansion

by , 24 May 2016

A-League expansion has been on the cards for a while, but where should any new teams be based?

Mooy set to leave Melbourne City

Mooy set to leave Melbourne City

by , 22 May 2016

Life after Aaron Mooy represents dangerous times ahead for Melbourne City FC. Despite the attacking style of football played last season and smashing goal-scoring records, the club failed to make any real impact into the overcrowded Melbourne sporting market.


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