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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

Victory set sights on winning FFA Cup

by , 22 Aug 2014

Melbourne Victory have set their eyes on winning the inaugural FFA Cup following a solid 2-0 win over Western Australia’s Bayswater City in Perth on Wednesday night. Victory won the final match of the round of 32 of the inaugural knockout competition featuring both A-League and State league clubs to now advance to the round […]

Wanderers set for feisty affair in China

by , 22 Aug 2014

It was a match that ended with a remarkable against-the-odds victory and an extraordinary tirade by a world-renowned coach, leaving the stage set for an intriguing second instalment. Western Sydney toppled one of Asia’s richest and most successful clubs Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0 in the first leg of their Asian Champions League (ACL) quarter-final at Parramatta […]

McGlinchey’s A-League future in doubt

by , 22 Aug 2014

Wellington Phoenix playmaker Michael McGlinchey’s playing future remains in doubt, with a Football Federation of Australia (FFA) arbitrator ruling he is still contracted to Central Coast in the A-League. McGlinchey has been at the centre of a long-running dispute between Wellington and the Mariners – his club since 2009 – with a change in ownership […]

Mind the gap: The class gulf between state league and A-League

Mind the gap: The class gulf between state league and A-League

by , 21 Aug 2014

Somewhere out in the open plains of Australia’s footballing landscape, there’s a wide gaping chasm. It separates most from a privileged few, and swallows almost all who dare to attempt to cross it. If there’s one thing the FFA Cup euphoria has made apparent, it’s the well-defined dichotomy between semi-professional and professional football in this […]

A Canberra home for the FFA Cup final

A Canberra home for the FFA Cup final

by , 21 Aug 2014

Wembley, home of the FA Cup. The Olympiastadion in Berlin, home of the DFB-Pokal. The Stade de France, home of the Coup de France. All of these established cup competitions have one thing in common – the final is played at a permanent venue. The venue is part of the very fabric of these competitions. […]

Lippi tirade overshadows Wanderers win

Lippi tirade overshadows Wanderers win

by , 21 Aug 2014

Western Sydney’s remarkable victory over Asian juggernauts Guangzhou Evergrande has has been overshadowed by a furious tirade from World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi. The Wanderers overcame what seemed insurmountable odds to conquer one of Asia’s richest and most successful clubs 1-0 in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarter-final at Parramatta Stadium on […]

Wanderers topple Guangzhou 1-0 in ACL

by , 21 Aug 2014

They might be one of Asia’s richest clubs but they couldn’t buy a win on Wednesday as Western Sydney pulled off a remarkable 1-0 victory, toppling Guangzhou Evergrande in the first leg of their Asian Champions League (ACL) quarter-final. A lone strike from Tomi Juric on the hour was enough to conquer the ACL champions […]

Mariners boss backs Wollongong A-League side

by , 21 Aug 2014

Central Coast coach Phil Moss on Wednesday backed a move for an A-League team to be based in Wollongong, after a crowd of more than 5000 made the trip to WIN Stadium to watch his Mariners defeat South Coast Wolves 1-0 in the FFA Cup. Moss’s side struggled with their fitness and a moment of […]

Evergrande biggest test yet: Popovic

Evergrande biggest test yet: Popovic

by , 20 Aug 2014

Tony Popovic has faced and overcome some mighty hurdles in his time as Western Sydney coach but he rates coming up against Asian giants Guangzhou Evergrande as the biggest. The Wanderers take on the Asian Champions League (ACL) titleholders and reigning three-time Chinese Super League winners, guided by World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, in the […]

Roar thump WA locals 4-0 in FFA Cup

by , 20 Aug 2014

The defending champion Brisbane Roar have become the first A-League club to blow away a lower-level opponent in the FFA Cup with a 4-0 round of 32 win over the Stirling Lions on Tuesday night. The Roar opened the scoring in the first half through livewire forward Henrique before netting three times after the break […]


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