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. Sydney FC are the current champions after defeating Melbourne Victory on penalties. The 207-18 season will be the competition’s 13th instalment.

2017/18 A-League fixture and draw

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.

Sydney FC made it three titles to go equal top of the honours list during the 2016-17 season after a thrilling grand final. They were the dominant side all year, winning the premiers plate but the Victory ensured the grand final was anything but one-sided.

With scores locked at 1-1 after regulation time and again at the end of extra time, the game went to penalties with the men in sky blue holding their nerve to win 4-2.

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.

Full list of A-League champions

Season Champion Runner-up Grand Final score Minor premiers
2005-06 Sydney FC Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Adelaide United
2006-07 Melbourne Victory Adelaide United 6-0 Melbourne Victory
2007-08 Newcastle Jets Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Central Coast Mariners
2008-09 Melbourne Victory Adelaide United 1-0 Melbourne Victory
2009-10 Sydney FC Melbourne Victory 1-1 (4-2) Sydney FC
2010-11 Brisbane Roar Central Coast Mariners 2-2 (4-2) Brisbane Roar
2011-12 Brisbane Roar Perth Glory 2-1 Central Coast Mariners
2012-13 Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
2013-14 Brisbane Roar Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 (extra time) Brisbane Roar
2014-15 Melbourne Victory Sydney FC 3-0 Melbourne Victory
2015-16 Adelaide United Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Adelaide United
2016-17 Sydney FC Melbourne Victory 1-1 (4-2) Sydney FC

Last updated: 14 September, 2017

A League Articles

Riera is the striker the Wanderers have been craving

Riera is the striker the Wanderers have been craving

by , 24 Oct 2017

Last season, the Wanderers were a frustrating team to watch. They were third in the league for key passes made and chances created – behind Sydney and Brisbane – and yet were fourth-bottom for goals scored.

Is Ernie Merrick the Jets’ best ever pilot?

Is Ernie Merrick the Jets’ best ever pilot?

by , 24 Oct 2017

Life is good in Newcastle at the moment. The Newcastle Interchange just opened, Supercars is weeks away, and it looks like Big Al’s restaurant is returning.

A horse well and truly flogged: Football media at its worst

A horse well and truly flogged: Football media at its worst

by , 24 Oct 2017

As Mesut Özil said this week, “ignore the noise”.

The A-League’s foreign stars are the best we’ve ever seen in Australia

The A-League’s foreign stars are the best we’ve ever seen in Australia

by , 23 Oct 2017

The pedigree of foreign players is unprecedented and the football has at times been exhilarating, suggesting this season of the A-League could be the most entertaining yet.

John Aloisi fumes at VAR after Roar goal denied

John Aloisi fumes at VAR after Roar goal denied

by , 23 Oct 2017 Video

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has called for clarity around the A-League’s use of video reviews after his side was controversially denied an equaliser in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to the Newcastle Jets.

Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners: A-League live scores, blog

by , 22 Oct 2017 Video

It’s a battle of two sides still searching for their first win in the A-League when the Perth Glory host the Central Coast Mariners. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7pm (AEDT).

Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets: A-League live scores, blog

by , 22 Oct 2017 Video

The last-place Brisbane Roar hosts the newly improved Newcastle Jets this weekend, in a match which could certainly go either way. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from Sunday 5pm AEDT.

Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League highlights, live scores, blog

Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League highlights, live scores, blog

by , 21 Oct 2017 Video

Match result: Sydney FC stormed back from two-nil down in the Sydney derby to secure a deserved draw against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

Melbourne City vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

by , 21 Oct 2017

Match result: Melbourne City have started the season with three straight wins for the first time in their history after defeating the Wellington Phoenix 1 nil in a tight contest at AAMI Park.

Muscat’s Victory not out of the woods yet

Muscat’s Victory not out of the woods yet

by , 21 Oct 2017

Probed at length pre-match on how exactly he felt having taking zero from a possible six points from his first two fixtures, asked about every rippling detail of his stoic reflection on the losses to Sydney and City, Kevin Muscat was surprisingly jovial.


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