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

Troisi gallivanting unwillingly into comedy

Troisi gallivanting unwillingly into comedy

by , 20 Jul 2017

These last twelve months have arguably been the most successful and satisfying of James Troisi’s career.

Two sell-out games confirm Arsenal will return sooner rather than later

Two sell-out games confirm Arsenal will return sooner rather than later

by , 16 Jul 2017

Just over 83,000 people packed and sold out ANZ Stadium on Saturday night between Arsenal and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Wanderers’ firm message may not reach their bad apples

Wanderers’ firm message may not reach their bad apples

by , 15 Jul 2017

This week Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas sent a letter out to club members. The statement, reinforced with a deliberately stern tone, was aimed at a troublesome minority.

Fan labour the answer to football’s stadia problems

Fan labour the answer to football’s stadia problems

by , 15 Jul 2017

The Amish might not be the most obvious people you would think of when it comes to stadium construction but maybe they should be.

Premier League visits should be celebrated

Premier League visits should be celebrated

by , 15 Jul 2017

As another European giant of football graces our beautiful shores, the Johnny Buzzkills of the world are once again bemoaning the apparent lack of high-quality football.

What the Sydney clubs can hope to get out of the Arsenal friendlies

What the Sydney clubs can hope to get out of the Arsenal friendlies

by , 13 Jul 2017

Pre-season friendlies are hard to take too seriously. Very little of consequence can be extracted from the result – even the performances – from either the A-League host or the touring Premier League visitors.

Two years on, do we still want to Save the Nix?

Two years on, do we still want to Save the Nix?

by , 13 Jul 2017

Let me take you back to 2015, when the Wellington Phoenix were in danger of disbanding.

Arsenal’s Lacazette reveals A-League link

by , 13 Jul 2017

Of all the Arsenal stars to have a mate who’s played in the A-League, it had to be club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Ranking Newcastle’s best and worst foreign forwards

Ranking Newcastle’s best and worst foreign forwards

by , 12 Jul 2017

So another Newcastle Jets striker has bitten the dust as Aleksandr Kokko leaves after just one season to sign with Eastern Lions in the Hong Kong Premier League.

It’s wrong to compare past and present Socceroos

It’s wrong to compare past and present Socceroos

by , 8 Jul 2017

There was once a belief that to measure the success of Australian football, one had to look at how many Australians were playing in the English Premier League.


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