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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 Brisbane Roar are the defending champions after defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 in extra time in the 2014 grand final. The A-League reaches its 10th season in 2014/15.

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 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 (three times). Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

2014/15 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

Arnie’s Sydney FC revolution

Arnie’s Sydney FC revolution

by , 24 Jul 2014

Halfway through last season, fans of Sydney FC fans staged a very public protest against then-manager Frank Farina and the board’s handling of the club. Results were not going the way of the Sky Blues, marquee players weren’t delivering, and frustration was growing that ‘quick fix’ options were brought in over promoting from the club’s […]

Phoenix shock West Ham in Auckland

by , 24 Jul 2014

The Wellington Phoenix shocked English Premier League outfit West Ham United 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Auckland’s Eden Park. In a clinical all-round performance, the hosts illustrated the value of a full pre-season under manager Ernie Merrick and looked the more composed of the two sides. West Ham looked short of match fitness and were […]

Juventus to bring World Cup stars

by , 24 Jul 2014

Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop has received assurances Italian giants Juventus will bring their World Cup stars for next month’s clash with an A-League All Stars side. The 20-man A-League squad for the August 10 game at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium was finalised on Wednesday. The last four players announced were Newcastle goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, […]

Sydney FC outclassed by EPL’s Newcastle

by , 23 Jul 2014

English Premier League club Newcastle United made a successful start to their New Zealand tour on Tuesday with an emphatic 4-0 win against Sydney FC at Forsyth Barr Stadium. They had too much pace on the flanks and too much organisation in defence for the Sky Blues, who had their moments but lacked the class […]

A-League salary cap still a work in progress

A-League salary cap still a work in progress

by , 22 Jul 2014

Admittedly one of the worst things about Graham Arnold moving to Vegalta Sendai was that it left us bereft of his majestic rants on Australian football. There are few topics Arnold is scared to approach, particularly as far as the Socceroos are concerned. And his history makes his opinion well worth listening to. But one of his latest suggestions doesn’t […]

Wanderers sign Dutch speedster Castelen

by , 21 Jul 2014

Former Dutch international Romeo Castelen has signed a two-year deal with the A-League’s Western Sydney Wanderers. The 31-year-old winger joins the Wanderers from Dutch first division team RKC Waalwijk and will play outside of Europe for the first time in his career. Castelen has 10 international caps for the Netherlands and has also played club […]

A fond farewell to writing on The Roar

A fond farewell to writing on The Roar

by , 18 Jul 2014

“I slashed and burned through my 15 minutes of fame. And now it’s time for me to extinguish the flame.” The time has come for me to wrap up this column and give another young writer a crack. Have you ever watched a testimonial game, where a serviceable but otherwise nondescript departing player is indulged […]

FFA Cup’s credibility under scrutiny

FFA Cup’s credibility under scrutiny

by , 18 Jul 2014

You probably wouldn’t know it, but the round of 32 fixtures of the brand new FFA Cup are set to kick off in under two weeks. The first set of fixtures start on Tuesday the 29th of July, with the A-League sides joining the competition a week later on August 5th. Strangely, the round of […]

Is the time right for Australian basketball to Boom?

Is the time right for Australian basketball to Boom?

by , 17 Jul 2014

Australian basketball is booming, at least in some senses. Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are currently touring the nation, and punking Fox Sports reporters with the NBA trophy. Next week, freshly minted number five pick Dante Exum will return to Canberra for a pre-world cup Boomers camp after his successful debut for the Utah Jazz […]

Teams competing in the FFA Cup Round of 32

by , 16 Jul 2014

The Australian FFA cup is nearly upon us. We know about A-League clubs, however what do we know about the clubs that will challenge the established teams in Australia and New Zealand? If you a football lover or just starting to watch a few matches because of the World Cup, this competition is a must. […]


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