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

The champs are ready, is anyone else?

The champs are ready, is anyone else?

by , 24 Apr 2018 Video

Round 27 did little else but confirm the fact that Sydney FC are ready to launch a compelling case for back-to-back titles.

We’ve got the semi-finals the A-League had to have

We’ve got the semi-finals the A-League had to have

by , 23 Apr 2018 Video

Don’t ever question Besart Berisha. The A-League legend scored an outrageous winner when his team needed him most to set up two classic semi-finals.

Berisha wondergoal seals triumph for Melbourne Victory over Adelaide

Berisha wondergoal seals triumph for Melbourne Victory over Adelaide

by , 23 Apr 2018 Video

There was a rising fever to this match, a simmering contest between two old rivals that haven’t met in the finals for a while.

Victory! Berisha brilliance eliminates Adelaide

Victory! Berisha brilliance eliminates Adelaide

by , 22 Apr 2018

What a great advertisement for the A-League at AAMI Park, as Melbourne Victory have beaten the gallant Adelaide United for the chance to meet Sydney and play for a spot in the Grand Final.

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United: A-League Elimination Final live scores, blog

Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United: A-League Elimination Final live scores, blog

by , 22 Apr 2018 Video

Match result: What a great advertisement for the A-League at AAMI Park, as Melbourne Victory have beaten the gallant Adelaide United for the chance to meet Sydney and play for a spot in the Grand Final.

Melbourne Victory shouldn’t underestimate Adelaide

Melbourne Victory shouldn’t underestimate Adelaide

by , 22 Apr 2018

A few people have told me that Melbourne Victory should win comfortably against Adelaide, either 4-1 or 3-0.

Joyce demands City improvement for Jets semi

Joyce demands City improvement for Jets semi

by , 21 Apr 2018

Melbourne City are one win from their first grand final but there is no celebrating at the A-League club.

Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar: A-League Elimination Final live scores, blog

Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar: A-League Elimination Final live scores, blog

by , 20 Apr 2018

The first of five A-League finals matches starts with Melbourne City hosting Brisbane Roar in an elimination final. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 7:50pm (AEST).

Feeling Lowe: Perth Glory sack Kenny

Feeling Lowe: Perth Glory sack Kenny

by , 20 Apr 2018

Perth Glory’s longest-serving coach Kenny Lowe has been axed after failing to guide the side to the A-League finals this season.

It’s time for Melbourne City to make their mark on the A-League

It’s time for Melbourne City to make their mark on the A-League

by , 20 Apr 2018

Melbourne City could be the club we all love to hate, but their brief history has largely been marked by indifference. Is tonight the night that all changes?


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