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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

Gombau’s Red revolution continues to gather pace

Gombau’s Red revolution continues to gather pace

by , 1 Sep 2014

Josep Gombau’s revolution at Adelaide United continues to roar forward, with the arrival of good friend and Barcelona great Guillermo Amor signalling the next step in his master plan. Amor represented the Catalan club more than 300 times, won 37 caps for Spain, and played in the 1998 World Cup during his career in midfield. […]

Wanderers can be Asian champions

Wanderers can be Asian champions

by , 1 Sep 2014

The Western Sydney Wanderers are just four games away from becoming Asian champions. I’m quietly confident that they can become the first Australian team to do so. After a 2-1 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande that left the semi-final leg tied 2-2 on aggregate, the Wanderers booked their spot in the semi-finals having scored a crucial […]

The FFA must stand firm on the NCIP

by , 1 Sep 2014

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A-league players that could survive in the EPL

A-league players that could survive in the EPL

by , 31 Aug 2014

A few weeks ago I was having an argument with my friend about which A-League players could compete in the EPL. We talked for hours and hours over who could make the big step up to one of the best leagues in the world, and we came up with these possibilities. 1. Eugene Galekovic – […]

Adelaide snare Barcelona great Amor

by , 31 Aug 2014

Barcelona great Guillermo Amor has joined Adelaide United as the A-League club’s technical director. Amor, who played 37 internationals for Spain, has signed a one-year contract with the Reds after a consultancy stint with his friend, Adelaide’s Spanish coach Josep Gombau. Gombau’s friendship with Amor stretches back to their time as development coaches at Barcelona, […]

Why I left the Red and Black Bloc

Why I left the Red and Black Bloc

by , 29 Aug 2014

I’m faced with a big decision. After two enjoyable years in the Red and Black Bloc of the Western Sydney Wanderers, I’m contemplating a move away. To paint a picture for you, the RBB is a mass of passionate football fans committed to singing until their throats are sore in the pursuit of supporting their […]

Wanderers cop abuse from fans in China

by , 29 Aug 2014

Western Sydney star Shannon Cole has questioned whether Guangzhou Evergrande fans were encouraged to be hostile towards his team for the second-leg of their Asian Champions League quarter-final in China. The fledgling A-League club lost Wednesday night’s match 2-1, but advanced to the semi-finals on away goals following last week’s 1-0 upset win at home. […]

Wanderers can be ACL champions: Covic

by , 29 Aug 2014

You can have all the money and star power in the world and even try dirty tactics, but nothing seems to deter Western Sydney who believe they can become the fist A-League club to lift the Asian Champions League trophy. The Wanderers sent shock waves through Asia on Wednesday after knocking out reigning ACL champions […]

Better coach education key to capitalising on Australia’s junior football numbers

Better coach education key to capitalising on Australia’s junior football numbers

by , 28 Aug 2014

Yesterday, at after school pick-up, I bumped into a father of one of the boys I coached in the under 7s last season. A delightfully natured kid, happy-go-lucky, much like his dad, he still addresses me as ‘Coach Tony’ a year on. Except, that this season, owing to the club and the local association’s grading […]

Roar lock in Brattan, Petratos

by , 28 Aug 2014

Brisbane have locked rising duo Luke Brattan and Dimitri Petratos into long-term deals that will keep them with the A-League champions until 2017. The pair, who both played key starting roles in the Roar’s championship success last season, agreed to contract extensions through to the end of the 2016-17 season. After failing to have former […]


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