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. Adelaide United are the defending champions, having defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2016 grand final. The 2016-17 season will be the competition’s 12th instalment.

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.

The Wanderers were runners-up again in 2016, going down to Adelaide United at a packed Adelaide Oval 3-1. The Wanderers were never really in the game, with the home side starting strongly and taking an early 2-0 lead through a neat Bruce Kamau finish and a sublime free kick from Isais.

A thunderous finish from Wanderers’ defender Scott Neville set up a nervous for United, before super-sub Pablo Sanchez put the result beyond doubt with a late sealer.

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.

2016/17 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

The A-League should move to winter

The A-League should move to winter

by , 29 Sep 2016

Recently, the discussion around the merits of an A2 league has been gathering serious momentum.

A-League and NPL clubs pushing for an independent commission

by , 28 Sep 2016

A-League club owners have reportedly set up an association as they push for an independent commission to run the competition.

A-League 2016-17 preview: The most exciting season ever?

A-League 2016-17 preview: The most exciting season ever?

by , 27 Sep 2016

Great Australian talent, returning stars, quality foreigners and Australia’s greatest ever goalscorer returns for the 12th edition of the A-League.

An open letter to football fans in Brisbane

An open letter to football fans in Brisbane

by , 26 Sep 2016

If the A-League is only as strong as the sum of its parts, then fans in cities like Brisbane need to get behind their team and continue showing up at matches.

Jets go local with new coaching duo

Jets go local with new coaching duo

by , 23 Sep 2016

The Newcastle Jets have put their faith in two Novocastrians to guide the side out of their pre-season turmoil and push the side towards an A-League finals berth.

Essien turns his back on A-League stint

by , 23 Sep 2016

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has opted against joining the Melbourne Victory for the upcoming A-League season, despite reports initially indicating the Ghanaian was on the verge of signing the deal.

Thomas Broich eyeing off coaching role with Brisbane

Thomas Broich eyeing off coaching role with Brisbane

by , 23 Sep 2016

Thomas Broich might be entering what will likely be his last A-League season as a player, but his influence on Australian football could be only just beginning.

Promotion and relegation in the A-League would do more harm than good

Promotion and relegation in the A-League would do more harm than good

by , 22 Sep 2016

Recent commentary seems to suggest that promotion and relegation at the top-tier of Australian football is a fait accompli.

The A-League needs ten strong, competitive teams to be successful

The A-League needs ten strong, competitive teams to be successful

by , 22 Sep 2016

The second article I ever wrote for the Roar was entitled ‘The Socceroos are changing the Australian sporting landscape.’ As a Roar rookie I was nervous about its reception.

Can NPL clubs afford to play in a national 2nd division?

Can NPL clubs afford to play in a national 2nd division?

by , 22 Sep 2016

This is not a discussion about whether Australia needs a national second division football league (henceforth referred to as “the A2 League”), nor is it a discussion about whether huge numbers will watch it in stadiums, or on the screen.


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