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

VAR killing football for fans: Okon

VAR killing football for fans: Okon

by , 17 Dec 2017

Incensed Central Coast coach Paul Okon has savaged the video assistant referee for turning fans off football and pledged to appeal red cards dealt to Wout Brama and Jake McGing.

Sydney FC vs Melbourne City: A-League live scores, blog

Sydney FC vs Melbourne City: A-League live scores, blog

by , 15 Dec 2017

Sydney FC and Melbourne City meet at Allianz Stadium in the opening match of Round 11 in the A-League. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEDT).

Where’s the fans? A-League fails to spark

Where’s the fans? A-League fails to spark

by , 15 Dec 2017

A-League chiefs say poor crowds haven’t tempered enthusiasm for expanding the league and they are confident attendances will lift over the summer.

Our governance issues are overshadowing the A-League

Our governance issues are overshadowing the A-League

by , 15 Dec 2017

“Football is not a matter of life and death,” said Bill Shankly. “It is much more important than that.” He was wrong, of course. It’s simply part of the entertainment business.

Roar and Victory to meet under a torpid cloud

Roar and Victory to meet under a torpid cloud

by , 15 Dec 2017

With six championships and five premierships between them, two A-League giants, wading through a thick, foggy campaign, will attempt to rouse themselves against one another this Sunday.

Kamau to miss City’s Sydney FC clash

Kamau to miss City’s Sydney FC clash

by , 14 Dec 2017

Melbourne City will be without livewire winger Bruce Kamau for their trip to A-League leaders Sydney FC, but coach Warren Joyce has pledged to play without fear against the Sky Blues as he attempts to knock off the champions at his third try.

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 11

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 11

by , 14 Dec 2017

Roar editors are Roar editors for a reason and Daniel Jeffrey nailed four correct tips last week. The other experts were all level on two, as was the crowd, who are performing very well indeed.

Australia need a striker, the question is where and when?

Australia need a striker, the question is where and when?

by , 14 Dec 2017

Following Tim Cahill’s departure from Melbourne City and the national team’s performance against Honduras, the question that must be asked is: from where does Australia intend to get its goals?

Dimitri Petratos the blossoming flower of the Jets’ rapid improvement

Dimitri Petratos the blossoming flower of the Jets’ rapid improvement

by , 13 Dec 2017

Ten rounds into this A-League season, the Newcastle Jets have stunned in their surge to second place, with Dimitri Petratos the playmaker at the heart of their success.

Who is under more pressure: John Aloisi or Kevin Muscat?

Who is under more pressure: John Aloisi or Kevin Muscat?

by , 13 Dec 2017

At the beginning of the season, Brisbane Roar’s John Aloisi and Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat were being earmarked as potential replacements for Ange Postecoglou.


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