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The 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 12 teams – 11 from Australia and one from New Zealand.
Of the original eight clubs, seven still remain in the competition. Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory and Sydney FC have competed in the competition since inception, with the New Zealand Knights being replaced by Wellington Phoenix in 2007.
Attempted expansion in the late 2000s proved unsuccessful, with Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury both joining in 2009 but dissolving within three years.
Since then, however, the league added Melbourne City (originally known as Melbourne Heart) and Western Sydney Wanderers to great success, with Western United (based in Melbourne’s west) joining for the 2019-20 season and Macarthur FC joining in 2020-21.
Currently, A-League teams play 26 matches every season – playing each opponent at least twice. The top six clubs progress to the A-League finals, with the elimination series culminating in the grand final – where the champions for the season are decided.
The 2019-20 season was won by Sydney FC, after they defeated Melbourne City in the grand final.
|2019-20||Sydney FC 1-0 (aet) Melbourne City||Sydney FC|
|2018-19||Sydney FC 0-0 (4-1p) Perth Glory||Perth Glory|
|2017-18||Melbourne Victory 1-0 Newcastle Jets||Sydney FC|
|2016-17||Sydney FC 1-1 (4-2p) Melbourne Victory||Sydney FC|
|2015-16||Adelaide United 3-1 Western Sydney Wanderers||Adelaide United|
|2014-15||Melbourne Victory 3-0 Sydney FC||Melbourne Victory|
|2013-14||Brisbane Roar 2-1 (aet) Western Sydney Wanderers||Brisbane Roar|
|2012-13||Central Coast Mariners 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|2011-12||Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory||Central Coast Mariners|
|2010-11||Brisbane Roar 2-2 (4-2p) Central Coast Mariners||Brisbane Roar|
|2009-10||Sydney FC 1-1 (4-2p) Melbourne Victory||Sydney FC|
|2008-09||Melbourne Victory 1-0 Adelaide United||Melbourne Victory|
|2007-08||Newcastle Jets 1-0 Central Coast Mariners||Central Coast Mariners|
|2006-07||Melbourne Victory 6-0 Adelaide United||Melbourne Victory|
|2005-06||Sydney FC 1-0 Central Coast Mariners||Adelaide United|