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

Melbourne Victory need to capitalise on the present

Melbourne Victory need to capitalise on the present

by , 28 Feb 2017

The race for the Premiers Plate is likely over for the Melbourne Victory, with Sydney easing past Melbourne City last Friday.

Ladies and gentlemen, the A-League All-Stars

Ladies and gentlemen, the A-League All-Stars

by , 28 Feb 2017

Mid-season is traditionally the time when the big American sports slip into all-star mode and the razzle and dazzle meter is ramped up to maximum.

Finals aren’t the issue, how we treat the premiership is

Finals aren’t the issue, how we treat the premiership is

by , 28 Feb 2017

Yesterday, Roar Expert Mike Tuckerman, wrote that “It’s time to ditch the A-League’s top six finals series.”

It’s time to ditch the A-League’s top six finals series

It’s time to ditch the A-League’s top six finals series

by , 27 Feb 2017

It doesn’t say much for the A-League’s finals series when a team can potentially qualify despite having lost more games than they’ve won.

Highlights: Mariners deny Jets a top six A-League spot

Highlights: Mariners deny Jets a top six A-League spot

by , 26 Feb 2017 Video

Central Coast have come from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle, denying the Jets a return to the A-League’s top six and a first home F3 derby win in 1590 days.

Postecoglou calls for life bans on RBB

Postecoglou calls for life bans on RBB

by , 26 Feb 2017

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has denounced Western Sydney’s active support group as “juvenile idiots” and called for lifetime bans on Red and Black Bloc members involved in the offensive Sydney derby banner.

Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners highlights: A-League live scores, blog

Newcastle Jets vs Central Coast Mariners highlights: A-League live scores, blog

by , 26 Feb 2017 Video

Match result: The Jets and Mariners fought out a draw in the F3 derby on Sunday, unable to be split at 1-all.

Highlights: Victory survive Reds rally

Highlights: Victory survive Reds rally

by , 25 Feb 2017 Video

Melbourne Victory have continued their surge toward the A-League finals, surviving a late scare from last-placed Adelaide United to claim a 2-1 victory.

Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers highlights: A-League scores, blog

Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers highlights: A-League scores, blog

by , 25 Feb 2017 Video

The Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers will be fighting to maintain their place in the top six when they clash on at nib Stadium Saturday night. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10pm (AEDT).

WATCH: Phoenix upset tired Roar 2-1 in A-League

WATCH: Phoenix upset tired Roar 2-1 in A-League

by , 25 Feb 2017 Video

Brisbane Roar have missed another chance to move ahead in the battle for third spot on the A-League ladder after an upset 2-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix.


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