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.

Melbourne Victory claimed the lead back at the top of the champions honour roll though, beating the Newcastle Jets 1-0 in 2017-18 with a ninth-minute goal sealing the deal.

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
2017-18 Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets 1-0 Sydney FC

Last updated: 5 May, 2018

A League Articles

Ufuk Talay joins Sydney FC as assistant coach

Ufuk Talay joins Sydney FC as assistant coach

by , 18 Jun 2018

Young Socceroos head coach Ufuk Talay has resigned from his post to replace Phil Moss as an assistant at Sydney FC.

Six teams who should make the A-League expansion shortlist

Six teams who should make the A-League expansion shortlist

by , 8 Jun 2018

The shortlist of bidders for the two additional A-League licences will be revealed on Monday 11 June. There is expected to be 4-6 bidders shortlisted from the 15 applications.

Team 11 continue to gain supporters

Team 11 continue to gain supporters

by , 6 Jun 2018

Following Australia’s 2018 World Cup qualification, football is booming in Melbourne’s South-East, A-League hopefuls Team 11 are building momentum in their efforts to claim a coveted A-League licence.

Stefan Mauk signs with Brisbane Roar

Stefan Mauk signs with Brisbane Roar

by , 4 Jun 2018

John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar rebuild has continued with the addition of Stefan Mauk on a four-year deal.

Why Brisbane City should be in the A-League

Why Brisbane City should be in the A-League

by , 1 Jun 2018

From a Brisbane-born football fan’s perspective, this is why all Queensland A-League expansion bids should not be painted with the same ‘maroon brush’.

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 3: Who makes the cut?

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 3: Who makes the cut?

by , 30 May 2018

The A-Leauge has the task of whittling 15 expansion bids down to just six – no easy task when there are more than six good contenders – and it’s made even harder when just two of those will end up entering the competiton.

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 2: Rest of the country

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 2: Rest of the country

by , 29 May 2018

The A-League is on the verge of expanding, so what teams are in line to become part of the national football competition?

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 1: NSW and Victoria

Assessing the A-League expansion bids – part 1: NSW and Victoria

by , 28 May 2018

The FFA have got 15 bids expansion to consider for A-League expansion, which they will narrow down to a short list of just six.

Foreign investment in A-League welcome, but tread cautiously

Foreign investment in A-League welcome, but tread cautiously

by , 26 May 2018

The only way to get an A-League licence is to have money, and lots of it with the help of a deep-pocketed private investor.

Which expansion clubs do you think deserve to be in the A-League?

Which expansion clubs do you think deserve to be in the A-League?

by , 25 May 2018

With the deadline for expressions of interest now expired, which new clubs have what it takes to join the A-League in 2019-20?


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