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 – 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

Highlights: Late Maclaren goal leaves Brisbane Roaring

Highlights: Late Maclaren goal leaves Brisbane Roaring

by , 21 Jan 2017 Video

Brisbane have ended their five-week winless A-League run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Phoenix in Wellington.

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

by , 21 Jan 2017 Video

Perth Glory who are yet to lose a game in 2017 play host to the wounded Melbourne Victory who are coming off a midweek trip across the ditch. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEDT).

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar highlights: Maclaren delivers Roar’s first 2017 win

Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar highlights: Maclaren delivers Roar’s first 2017 win

by , 21 Jan 2017 Video

Match result: The Brisbane Roar have added another win to their ledger – their first of 2017 – on Saturday, thanks to a 87th-minute winner from Jamie Maclaren.

Who is the A-League’s most valuable asset?

Who is the A-League’s most valuable asset?

by , 21 Jan 2017

As managers sweat and pour over tactical systems, wearing erasers into nubs, and wander through the endless grind of team-building, the gaffers that have a stud to build around must always feel grateful they have a shiny pile to grip onto.

No Grant, no worries, as Arnold lauds Sydney FC’s depth

No Grant, no worries, as Arnold lauds Sydney FC’s depth

by , 21 Jan 2017

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold praised his side’s depth following their record-breaking 2-0 win over Adelaide United – the Sky Blues becoming the fastest team to reach 40 points in an A-League season, needing just 16 games.

Sydney FC face Big Blue selection dilemma after suspensions

Sydney FC face Big Blue selection dilemma after suspensions

by , 21 Jan 2017

Key defender Rhyan Grant is suspended for Thursday’s A-League blockbuster with Melbourne Victory but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold refuses to be rattled by his Big Blue selection conundrum.

Sydney FC vs Adelaide United highlights: Sky Blues defeat the Reds 2-0 in clinical second half

Sydney FC vs Adelaide United highlights: Sky Blues defeat the Reds 2-0 in clinical second half

by , 20 Jan 2017 Video

Sydney FC have a chance to increase their lead to possibly eight points atop of the A-League table at Allianz Stadium on Friday, as they welcome stuttering stragglers Adelaide United. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage, starting from 7:50pm AEDT.

Is it time to talk about A-League referees?

Is it time to talk about A-League referees?

by , 20 Jan 2017

Last night’s AAMI Park contest was hardly an even fight, so is it once again time to talk about A-League refereeing standards?

A-League needs to grow up over arm-to-face red cards

A-League needs to grow up over arm-to-face red cards

by , 20 Jan 2017 Video

With the match poised at 1-1, the A-League’s bottom team were jutting out their jaws, snorting in defiance of a conclusion that had, not long earlier, seemed inevitable.

Pity the fourth official, the toughest job in football

Pity the fourth official, the toughest job in football

by , 20 Jan 2017

Somewhere along the line, the football powers at be felt it would be wise to create the role of the fourth official. Near as I can tell it was officially implemented in 1991.


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