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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 Brisbane Roar are the defending champions after defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 in extra time in the 2014 grand final. The A-League reaches its 10th season in 2014/15.

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 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 (three times). Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

2014/15 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

Mariners’ predicament represents new era of A-League expansion

Mariners’ predicament represents new era of A-League expansion

by , 25 Nov 2014

The A-League’s tenth season has started rather uncharacteristically, with a distinct gap between the top four and bottom six consolidating as the season unfolds. The current top four were part of season one and are each from different capital cities: Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. The unpredictable nature of the A-League means it could well […]

Thijssen’s challenge to steady Roar

Thijssen’s challenge to steady Roar

by , 25 Nov 2014 Video

Stability never has been a trademark of the A-League. This season even more so. Take your pick from the bunch: the farce of Jonny Steele’s short lived Newcastle stay, Western Sydney remaining winless after six games, a cacophony of on and off-field problems in Gosford and David Villa’s premature exit to name a few. The […]

Glory wary of unpredictable Roar

by , 25 Nov 2014 Video

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says his side won’t get distracted by Brisbane’s off-field woes heading into Saturday night’s A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium. The Roar dropped a bombshell on Sunday when they sacked coach Mike Mulvey just six months after he led the team to the title. Former Dutch international Frans Thijssen has been […]

Football’s blow torch to the belly year

by , 25 Nov 2014

Memberships in the A-League are up 14 per cent, crowds about the same and TV ratings also on the rise. It’s an interesting indicator of how fast football is growing in Australia. The often said reality of football playing in summer is to avoid going head to head with the NRL and AFL is slowly […]

Mulvey’s sacking indicates where the Roar’s power lies

Mulvey’s sacking indicates where the Roar’s power lies

by , 24 Nov 2014 Video

From A-League coach of the year to unemployed – all within six months. No matter which way you look at it, Mike Mulvey’s departure from Brisbane Roar is a cruel and unfitting end to his tenure as head coach. Five losses and a solitary win in the opening six matches of the 2014-15 A-League has […]

Hapless Mariners brushed aside by dominant Reds

Hapless Mariners brushed aside by dominant Reds

by , 24 Nov 2014 Video

An overcast afternoon in Gosford offered a chilling portent of what was to come for the Central Coast Mariners as they hosted a high-flying Adelaide outfit. In spite of the absence of Marcelo Carrusca and Bruce Djite, the Reds went into the match with great confidence that they could fly home with three points. They […]

Flores key to Jets revival, says Stubbins

by , 24 Nov 2014 Video

Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins has pinpointed Marcos Flores as the man who can turn around the Jets’ A-League season. Stubbins’ side are still looking for a first win of the season but were much improved on Saturday as they grabbed a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney to bounce back from last week’s 4-0 defeat by […]

Glory flying high after dream start

by , 23 Nov 2014 Video

They sit on top of the pile, but Perth Glory aren’t stressing about the hungry pack trying to hunt them down. Glory’s dream start to the season continued on Friday night when they posted a 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium. Perth only narrowly avoided the wooden spoon last season, but they are […]

Gombau confirms Japanese interest

by , 23 Nov 2014 Video

Adelaide United’s Josep Gombau has confirmed he is on the shortlist of candidates to coach Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos. Adelaide’s A-League coach Gombau told News Corp he is aware of being a shortlisted for the role at the J.League club. “For me it was a surprise last Sunday when The (Adelaide) Advertiser put this […]

Teens held in flare scare at Victory-Roar game

by , 23 Nov 2014 Video

Two teenagers have been arrested after a woman and a boy suffered burns as flares were ignited at an A-League match in Melbourne on Friday. Police say a number of flares were let off during the second half of Melbourne Victory’s clash with Brisbane Roar at Etihad stadium, leaving a woman, in her 20s, and […]


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