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

It’s time for the FFA to step up – or stand aside

It’s time for the FFA to step up – or stand aside

by , 19 Feb 2018

AFLX might be the most blatant act of colonisation since Australia was first settled, but football should get its own affairs in order before we point fingers.

Let the battle for A-League expansion begin

Let the battle for A-League expansion begin

by , 19 Feb 2018

The A-League has finally announced that there will be two new teams come the 2019-20 season, long-awaited good news for Australian football fans.

Five talking points from A-League Round 20 (part two)

Five talking points from A-League Round 20 (part two)

by , 18 Feb 2018

The Round 20 split round has come to an end, and the A-League has once again managed to deliver on, as well as off, the field, so there is plenty to talk about in the A-League Talking Points.

O’Donovan’s gravity a vital mechanism for the Jets

O’Donovan’s gravity a vital mechanism for the Jets

by , 18 Feb 2018

The video assistant referee-affected 2-2 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday was Roy O’Donovan’s second game back from an extended injury convalescence.

Can Central Coast be ‘good’ if they don’t score?

Can Central Coast be ‘good’ if they don’t score?

by , 18 Feb 2018

Daniel De Silva still has faith in his Central Coast squad ahead of their clash against Adelaide, despite their lack of goals this season.

Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League match result, highlights

Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League match result, highlights

by , 17 Feb 2018

Match result The Reds have come back from the brink to grab a point off the disappointing Mariners, who should really have been able to finish off the home side when they were left with ten men after a first-half send-off.

Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory: A-League match result, highlights

Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory: A-League match result, highlights

by , 17 Feb 2018

Match result The Wellington Phoenix have broken a run of some poor form to take a victory over the Perth Glory at home.

Two A-League expansion sides to be decided by end 2018

Two A-League expansion sides to be decided by end 2018

by , 17 Feb 2018

The wheels are finally turning at Football Federation Australia on expansion on the A-League, with two new clubs to be decided this year.

Wonder strike helps Jets hold Wanderers

Wonder strike helps Jets hold Wanderers

by , 17 Feb 2018

Newcastle have twice come from behind to snatch a point from Western Sydney in a rousing 2-2 A-League draw heavily impacted by the video assistant referee.

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets: A-League match result, highlights

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets: A-League match result, highlights

by , 16 Feb 2018

Match result The Wanderers and Jets played out a thrilling 2-all draw on Friday night, with Dimitri Petratos and Andrew Nabbout from Newcastle equalling the effort of Oriol Riera who kicked two for the Wanderers.


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