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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 A-League commenced its seventh season in October 2011, 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. 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 (twice). Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

A League Articles

A-League Teams: Finals – Week 1

A-League Teams: Finals – Week 1

by , 17 Apr 2014

The Roar has you covered for A-League team announcements, as well as all the ins and outs for the first week of the finals. Friday, 18 April 2014 Hyundai A-league 2014 Elimination Final 2 Melbourne Victory (4) V Sydney Fc (5) Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Kick-off: 7.30pm Local (7:30pm Aest) Referee: Peter Green TV: 6.30pm (AESST) […]

Gombau re-signs with Adelaide

Gombau re-signs with Adelaide

by , 17 Apr 2014

Adelaide United have announced Josep Gombau has extended his contract with the Reds until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season. Gombau’s two-year contract extension, finalised earlier today, comes just prior Reds’ participation in the 2013/14 finals. After taking over from Michael Valkanis earlier this season, Gombau has revitalised the Reds’ approach. They have built […]

Farina unfazed by constant scrutiny

by , 17 Apr 2014

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina doesn’t know if his side’s do-or-die finals clash against Melbourne Victory on Friday could be his last game at the helm of the A-League club. But the embattled mentor says he won’t let the constant pressure and scrutiny affect him or his team as they vie for a spot in […]

ACL destiny is in our hands: Wanderers

by , 17 Apr 2014

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his side will not be complacent against a depleted Guizhou Renhe on Tuesday despite his side having one hand on a ticket to the Asian Champions League knockout stage. The Wanderers continued their impressive continental debut with a 2-0 win on Tuesday against South Korean big guns Ulsan […]

FFA hopes for great Friday finals clash

by , 17 Apr 2014

Ask any local and they’ll tell you AFL is the only game in Melbourne – except for Good Friday. Traditionalists have kept the Easter holiday free of AFL football and this year the round ball code has pounced. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has scheduled the blockbuster elimination final between the A-League’s traditional powers – Melbourne […]

Heart replacement is a good thing

Heart replacement is a good thing

by , 16 Apr 2014

When it was announced in January 2014 that Melbourne Heart would be bought by Manchester City, the red and white half of Melbourne could barely contain their glee. They were getting a true world power in football on their side, with the promise of shared resources, player exchange and development opportunities. But like buying Fernando […]

Mariners can be Asian giant-killers: Moss

by , 16 Apr 2014

Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss believes his in-form side are primed to be “giant-killers” when Korean powerhouse FC Seoul visit Bluetongue Stadium on Wednesday night. A ticket to the Asian Champions League knockout stage is up for grabs and the tables have turned since the Mariners fell to a one-sided 2-0 defeat against the […]

Heart seek new sky blue A-League phase

by , 16 Apr 2014

As Melbourne Heart coach John van’t Schip flies off into the black night, he leaves behind a simmering sky blue A-League brawl. Just three days after finishing their rollercoaster season, van `t Schip and football operations manager John Didulica left Melbourne on Tuesday night to meet their new parent club, Manchester City. While squad renewal […]

Wanderers beat Korean side, top ACL group

by , 16 Apr 2014

Second-half goals from Mark Bridge and substitute Brendan Santalab lifted Western Sydney Wanderers to a crucial 2-0 AFC Champions League win over Korean powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai. The win on Tuesday at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium pushes the Wanderers to the top of Group H for the first time in what is the club’s first […]

Colour clash: Sydney rebuke Melbourne Heart’s play for sky blue

Colour clash: Sydney rebuke Melbourne Heart’s play for sky blue

by , 15 Apr 2014

Sydney FC have reportedly lodged a formal complaint with Football Federation Australia after Melbourne Heart applied to change their colours to those of their new owners Manchester City. Fairfax have reported that Heart have applied for a name change to Melbourne City, and a kit change to reflect their owners: a sky blue shirt with […]


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