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

A League Articles

Running Mitch Nichols the key that unlocks Wanderers’ potency

Running Mitch Nichols the key that unlocks Wanderers’ potency

by , 7 Dec 2016

The Western Sydney Wanderers seem to experience a squad overhaul every off-season, despite having only been in existence for four years.

New date confirmed for postponed Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory clash

New date confirmed for postponed Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory clash

by , 7 Dec 2016

The postponed Round 7 A-League clash between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 17 in between Rounds 15 and 16.

Miron Bleiberg urges FFA to plan for an 18-team A-League

Miron Bleiberg urges FFA to plan for an 18-team A-League

by , 7 Dec 2016

Miron Bleiberg has urged Football Federation Australia to take full advantage of a surfeit of A-League expansion bidders and start planning for an 18-team competition now.

The fallout from North’s dive betrays our own insecurities

The fallout from North’s dive betrays our own insecurities

by , 6 Dec 2016

Something struck me this weekend, as I sat, eyes flitting back and forth lazily like summer flies, from the oddly hypnotic bags under Ned Zelic’s eyes, to the airbrushed part in Mark Bosnich’s smoothed-down assemblage of gossamer scalp fibres he calls hair.

Season set for next expansion clubs to enter the A-League

Season set for next expansion clubs to enter the A-League

by , 6 Dec 2016

The A-League is set to welcome at least one new side into the fold for the 2018-19 season, league boss Greg O’Rourke has revealed.

Brisbane Roar can thank Jade North for their two dropped points

Brisbane Roar can thank Jade North for their two dropped points

by , 5 Dec 2016 Video

Jade North got exactly what he deserved on Saturday night, costing Brisbane Roar an important two points courtesy of an outrageous piece of play-acting.

Ernie Merrick resigns as Wellington Phoenix coach

Ernie Merrick resigns as Wellington Phoenix coach

by , 5 Dec 2016 Video

Last-placed Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has resigned, the A-League club confirmed on Monday.

Highlights: Adelaide score breakthrough A-League victory

Highlights: Adelaide score breakthrough A-League victory

by , 4 Dec 2016 Video

Adelaide United recruit Henrique scored two screamers as the Reds climbed from the bottom of the A-League table with a 2-0 win against Wellington.

Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix highlights: Reds win 2-0

Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix highlights: Reds win 2-0

by , 4 Dec 2016 Video

Match result: Adelaide United have gotten themselves into the winners circle, recording a 2-0 win at home over the Wellington Phoenix.

Highlights: Ninkovic, Ibini guide Sydney to win over Jets

Highlights: Ninkovic, Ibini guide Sydney to win over Jets

by , 4 Dec 2016 Video

Sydney FC have corrected a slight wobble in their A-League season with a 2-0 defeat of depleted battlers Newcastle, but will have to raise the bar further against Melbourne City next weekend.


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