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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

Victory, Mariners amongst FFA Cup winners

by , 17 Sep 2014 Video

Fairytales were in short supply in the FFA Cup round of 16 on Tuesday as A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners eased to wins over lower league opposition. Melbourne outclassed Canberra-based Tuggeranong United with a competition-high 6-0 win in the nation’s capital. Central Coast had a tougher time in Brisbane but were never […]

Sydney FC set to paint the A-League sky blue

Sydney FC set to paint the A-League sky blue

by , 15 Sep 2014

After a shocking season last year, Graham Arnold has regenerated Sydney FC into a powerhouse, like they were five years ago. We have said farewell to Frank Farina and some of our recognised players, including former captains Alessandro Del Piero and Terry McFlynn, and welcomed new faces. Since Graham Arnold has become the ninth coach […]

A reshaped Melbourne in pursuit of Victory

A reshaped Melbourne in pursuit of Victory

by , 14 Sep 2014

Call it the inevitable response to Friday’s column on “Why Adelaide United will win the A-League“, but the Reds aren’t alone in having an off-season of exciting change and continuity. After inheriting a team and a formation bequeathed by predecessor Ange Postecoglou, Kevin Muscat has used his first offseason as manager to reshape the Melbourne […]

The A-League’s future: Expand to 12 teams and add an extra marquee

The A-League’s future: Expand to 12 teams and add an extra marquee

by , 14 Sep 2014

The A-League has come along way, that’s been said many times. Following a gradual build-up in the past 10 years, I believe it can really take off on a global scale. You often hear people talking about promotion and relegation, or mass expansion, as part of the not too distant future of the A-League. These […]

McGlinchey’s Phoenix rebirth highlights compensation flaws

McGlinchey’s Phoenix rebirth highlights compensation flaws

by , 12 Sep 2014

One of the A-League’s most drawn-out contract wrangles is nearing a conclusion, with Michael McGlinchey’s signature on a Wellington Phoenix contract expected to be imminent. Yet while the saga should satisfy McGlinchey, Wellington and the Professional Footballers Association, where does it leave the midfielder’s former team, Central Coast Mariners? The club has done the admirable […]

Will Adelaide United will win the A-League?

Will Adelaide United will win the A-League?

by , 12 Sep 2014

When Josep Gombau arrived in Adelaide at the beginning of 2013, merely infusing the club with his Spanish football philosophy was not his intention. He wanted to entirely reinvent it. Prior to Gombau’s A-League coaching debut, Adelaide United were in woeful form. Having finished the previous season with half the points of title winners Central […]

Big test awaits Berisha replacement

by , 12 Sep 2014

Don’t call Albanian striker Mensur Kurtishi the Brisbane Roar’s next Besart Berisha. It may have been the well worn line Mike Mulvey stuck to on Thursday but the Roar coach will get his best indication yet of how Kurtishi will fare following in Berisha’s footsteps during Friday night’s unique double header trial in Brisbane. Kurtishi […]

Players’ union to inspect A-League clubs

by , 9 Sep 2014

The players’ union will conduct inspections of every A-League club’s facilities after a 30 per cent spike was recorded in the number of games missed through injury last season. In its injury report for the 2013/14 season released on Monday the union, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), found while the total number of injuries suffered remained […]

Berisha, Finkler star for Victory

by , 8 Sep 2014

Melbourne Victory’s creative duo Besart Berisha and Gui Finkler have shown great promise in a 3-0 friendly win over Perth Glory. Berisha scored two goals at AAMI Park on Sunday, with Finkler providing the opener. Albanian forward Berisha, playing as the focal point in Victory’s attack, pleased coach Kevin Muscat in the side’s first hit-out […]

Melbourne City set membership record

by , 4 Sep 2014

Melbourne City’s A-League revolution is raking in the fans, with the club setting a new membership benchmark more than a month before the season begins. On the back of the club’s new ownership and player signings including David Villa, Damien Duff, Robert Koren and Aaron Mooy, City have signed up 7311 members for the season […]


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