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. Melbourne Victory are the defending champions after defeating Sydney FC in the 2015 grand final. The A-League reaches its 11th season in 2015/16.

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 in their first attempt.

Previous winners of the A-League include Sydney FC (twice), Melbourne Victory (three), Brisbane Roar (three), Newcastle Jets and Central Coast. Currently, the two highest-ranked teams gain entry into the group phase of the Asian Champions League.

2015/16 A-League fixture and draw

A League Articles

OFC and AFC seek to improve cooperation as relations warm

OFC and AFC seek to improve cooperation as relations warm

by , 1 Sep 2016

In May of this year a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) seeking to improve cooperation to enhance football in both confederations.

The A-League’s current stadium plan is a joke

The A-League’s current stadium plan is a joke

by , 27 Aug 2016

The group with the ambition to drive a new Gold coast club into the A-League is filling me with joy.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: An A-League marquee from the dream factory

Bastian Schweinsteiger: An A-League marquee from the dream factory

by , 26 Aug 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger has told that world that Manchester United will be his last European club.

Put Wayne Rooney at the top of the A-League marquee wishlist

Put Wayne Rooney at the top of the A-League marquee wishlist

by , 25 Aug 2016

Earlier this week Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson told British newspaper Daily Mirror that Wayne Rooney would be a fine addition to Major League Soccer.

Cahill happy for City to lean on him

Cahill happy for City to lean on him

by , 25 Aug 2016

Putting thousands on attendances, serenading his new team and, now, getting on the field, Tim Cahill already feels like he’s been at Melbourne City forever and is loving being home.

Cahill ready for Melbourne City debut

Cahill ready for Melbourne City debut

by , 23 Aug 2016

Melbourne City have declared Tim Cahill ready to make his first Australian club soccer appearance in two decades.

Let’s shake up the A-League

Let’s shake up the A-League

by , 23 Aug 2016

Recent news stories have reported that the Cronulla Sharks are open to owning an A-League franchise based at Shark Park. This has again raised discussion about A-League expansion.

If Tim Cahill signs for Melbourne City and nobody sees it, did it really happen?

If Tim Cahill signs for Melbourne City and nobody sees it, did it really happen?

by , 18 Aug 2016

Melbourne is the most crowded sporting marketplace in the world, and the battle for media coverage is intense. So when a team has a major announcement, you need to make sure both the content and the timing of the message is right.

Sydney’s new marquee Bobô offers the experience club’s need

by , 18 Aug 2016

Sydney FC have signed marquee striker Bobô to a reported one-year, $1 million contract, in an attempt to mend their goalscoring woes of last season.

The gap between the EPL and our leagues is smaller than you think

The gap between the EPL and our leagues is smaller than you think

by , 17 Aug 2016

On Saturday night, I watched the opening game of the English Premier League, between Hull City and Leicester City. It was played at the KCOM Stadium, a 25,400-seat facility in the city of Kingston upon Hull, in eastern Yorkshire. The population of the region is about 573,000.


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