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

Could Melbourne City be the A-League’s saviour?

Could Melbourne City be the A-League’s saviour?

by , 11 Dec 2017

Melbourne City scored the sort of goal you see more commonly in Europe on Sunday, and the club could hold the keys to unlocking the A-League’s full potential.

Sydney confirm their championship credentials – again

Sydney confirm their championship credentials – again

by , 11 Dec 2017

Are nine A-League teams playing for second place?

Ross the boss earns City win

Ross the boss earns City win

by , 10 Dec 2017

Ross McCormack has jumped to the top of the A-League scorers charts, scoring the only goal in Melbourne City’s 1-0 defeat of Central Coast on Sunday.

Merciless Sydney eviscerate Wanderers 5-0 in derby

Merciless Sydney eviscerate Wanderers 5-0 in derby

by , 10 Dec 2017

A revolution can’t occur without a violent reset. The slate must be harshly wiped clean for a new regime to stand stable and secure.

Lack of game time behind Cahill’s City exit

Lack of game time behind Cahill’s City exit

by , 9 Dec 2017

Tim Cahill admits he saw the writing on the wall at Melbourne City that he wasn’t going to get the minutes he needs to fuel his push for a fourth World Cup appearance.

No time to panic for Victory boss Muscat

No time to panic for Victory boss Muscat

by , 9 Dec 2017

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he’s no intentions of pushing the panic button after another disappointing A-League performance by his side.

Arnold ‘flattered’ by Wanderers approaches

Arnold ‘flattered’ by Wanderers approaches

by , 8 Dec 2017

Graham Arnold says he’s “nervous for the families” of Western Sydney defenders after confirming the club made a pre-derby approach to sign his Sydney FC first-team backline.

Think no one wants new stadia? Try asking football fans

Think no one wants new stadia? Try asking football fans

by , 8 Dec 2017

Peter FitzSimons may have touched a raw nerve with his anti-stadia rhetoric, but he did so by ignoring the sport that stands to benefit most – football.

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 10

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 10

by , 8 Dec 2017

With so much news around Australian football at the moment, let’s not forget the intriguing round that will unravel over the weekend.

Is Andrija Kaluderovic the most in-form A-League striker?

Is Andrija Kaluderovic the most in-form A-League striker?

by , 8 Dec 2017

At the beginning of the season names such as Besart Berisha, Bobo, Roy O’Donovan, and Bruno Fornaroli were hotly tipped to win the Golden Boot, but after nine rounds there’s a surprise joint leader on the goalscoring charts.


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