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. Adelaide United are the defending champions, having defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2016 grand final. The 2016-17 season will be the competition’s 12th instalment.

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.

The Wanderers were runners-up again in 2016, going down to Adelaide United at a packed Adelaide Oval 3-1. The Wanderers were never really in the game, with the home side starting strongly and taking an early 2-0 lead through a neat Bruce Kamau finish and a sublime free kick from Isais.

A thunderous finish from Wanderers’ defender Scott Neville set up a nervous for United, before super-sub Pablo Sanchez put the result beyond doubt with a late sealer.

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.

2016/17 A-League fixture and draw

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

A League Articles

First-half flourish gives Reds the edge over Sydney FC

First-half flourish gives Reds the edge over Sydney FC

by , 25 May 2017

If ever a team was going to give Sydney FC a football masterclass this season it had to be an English Premier League heavyweight like Liverpool.

FFA Memo: Vacant positions, apply within

FFA Memo: Vacant positions, apply within

by , 24 May 2017

The A-League season has just been concluded, and the FFA will spend the off-season looking to fill a number of high-profile positions.

Sydney skipper signs on with Sky Blues

Sydney skipper signs on with Sky Blues

by , 23 May 2017

When Sydney FC line up against Liverpool on Wednesday night they’ll do so in the knowledge their leader will still be wearing the armband next A-League season.

It’s time for the FFA to dream, build a dam – and forget the numbers

It’s time for the FFA to dream, build a dam – and forget the numbers

by , 23 May 2017

I passed Mathematics at school. Not with flying colours, but competently enough. It has served me well through life.

Sydney FC say goodbye to marquee player ahead of Liverpool clash

Sydney FC say goodbye to marquee player ahead of Liverpool clash

by , 22 May 2017

Filip Holosko has departed Sydney FC, effective immediately, returning to Europe, and won’t play in the club’s friendly against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Is the Asian Champions League a springboard for success or poisoned chalice?

Is the Asian Champions League a springboard for success or poisoned chalice?

by , 21 May 2017

This season’s Sydney FC team will long be celebrated as one of the most successful sides in A-League history. But spare a thought for Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

It’s time for A-League badges to join the 21st century

It’s time for A-League badges to join the 21st century

by , 20 May 2017

This week Sydney FC officially changed their team badge, releasing images of a spangly new crest, one chairman Scott Barlow felt better emphasised Sydney FC’s place as “an iconic club in an iconic city”.

Jamie Maclaren signs for FC Darmstadt – wait, who?

Jamie Maclaren signs for FC Darmstadt – wait, who?

by , 20 May 2017

This is, in my personal opinion, an absolutely outstanding, very intelligent move by a player who has his head squarely on his shoulders. The more I read about Jamie, the more I believe he will be a highly successful person both in football and after.

Jamie Maclaren set to sign for German club

Jamie Maclaren set to sign for German club

by , 19 May 2017

Jamie Maclaren has found a new home with the Socceroos hopeful poised to sign for German outfit SV Darmstadt.

How important is free-to-air coverage to the A-League?

How important is free-to-air coverage to the A-League?

by , 19 May 2017

Channel Seven has loomed as an unlikely bidder to broadcast the A-League, but will a free-to-air home on a major network take football in Australia to the next level?


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