A-League

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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

Should the Newcastle Jets sign Ernie Merrick?

Should the Newcastle Jets sign Ernie Merrick?

by , 29 Apr 2017

Winning the A-League double with Melbourne Victory in 2006-07 and 2008-09 ensured Ernie Merrick’s status as an A-League coaching legend.

Glory relishing ‘underdog’ status

Glory relishing ‘underdog’ status

by , 29 Apr 2017

Perth Glory will go into their A-League semi-final on Saturday against Sydney FC as rank outsiders, but that doesn’t bother the men from the west.

Enjoy the A-League finals, because they’re here to stay

Enjoy the A-League finals, because they’re here to stay

by , 28 Apr 2017

Finals football is here to stay, and thankfully the destination of the A-League title will be decided where it counts – on the pitch.

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-Finals

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-Finals

by , 28 Apr 2017

Now things are getting serious. With only four teams (and three games) left this A-League season, the matches are getting very difficult to pick in our expert tips and predictions.

Brisbane Roar fuming after bizarre injury to Jamie Young

Brisbane Roar fuming after bizarre injury to Jamie Young

by , 27 Apr 2017

Brisbane Roar could have no choice but to throw untried teenager Tomislav Bilic into the mix for Sunday’s A-League semi-final against Melbourne Victory as they sweat on the availability of back-up keeper Jamie Young.

Sky Blues receive Ninkovic boost ahead of semi-final

Sky Blues receive Ninkovic boost ahead of semi-final

by , 27 Apr 2017

Milos Ninkovic will start Sydney FC’s A-League semi-final against Perth, coach Graham Arnold has confirmed.

Make no mistake, City will buy victory eventually

Make no mistake, City will buy victory eventually

by , 27 Apr 2017

In front of Manchester City executives, as well as Roy Hodgson, Ange Postecoglu, and less than 10,000 others, Melbourne City’s season ended with a weak parp. As the last few trumpets and trombones trailed off, the bandwagon finally eased creakily to a stop.

Time to drop the finals format from the A-League

Time to drop the finals format from the A-League

by , 27 Apr 2017

This season has been dominated by Sydney FC. To force them to play off for the right to be crowned champions proves once again that the A-League finals are unnecessary.

The elimination finals showcased the best and worst of the A-League

The elimination finals showcased the best and worst of the A-League

by , 24 Apr 2017

The football on the pitch was outstanding for the first week of the finals, but Football Federation Australia deserve a roasting for their administration off it.

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong’s football passion

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong’s football passion

by , 24 Apr 2017

Melbourne City are slowly but surely winning the hearts of Geelong’s football fans. More and more kids (and adults) are wearing the sky blue and white jersey around town and the club is making a concerted effort to build its relationship with the region.


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