A-League

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

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

The elimination finals showcased the best and worst of the A-League

The elimination finals showcased the best and worst of the A-League

by , 24 Apr 2017

The football on the pitch was outstanding for the first week of the finals, but Football Federation Australia deserve a roasting for their administration off it.

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong’s football passion

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong’s football passion

by , 24 Apr 2017

Melbourne City are slowly but surely winning the hearts of Geelong’s football fans. More and more kids (and adults) are wearing the sky blue and white jersey around town and the club is making a concerted effort to build its relationship with the region.

Lowe talking up Perth’s finals chances ahead of Sydney FC clash

Lowe talking up Perth’s finals chances ahead of Sydney FC clash

by , 24 Apr 2017

Now one game away from an A-League grand final, Perth Glory believe a repeat of their desperate play against Sydney FC will earn them a place in the decider.

Your complete A-League semi-finals form guide

Your complete A-League semi-finals form guide

by , 24 Apr 2017

MELBOURNE, April 24 AAP – SEMI-FINAL ONE: Sydney FC (1st) v Perth Glory (5th)

Glorious Perth crush City 2-0

Glorious Perth crush City 2-0

by , 23 Apr 2017 Video

Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.

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

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

by , 23 Apr 2017 Video

Match result: Just like last week, Perth Glory have beaten Melbourne City this time coming away with a 2-0 victory at AAMI Park.

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory: A-League finals start time, date, squads

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory: A-League finals start time, date, squads

by , 23 Apr 2017

The second A-League elimination final features Melbourne City hosting the Perth Glory in an exact re-match of last year’s elimination final, with kick off scheduled for 7:00pm (AEST) on Sunday, April 23 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory live stream: How to watch the A-League finals on TV or online

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory live stream: How to watch the A-League finals on TV or online

by , 23 Apr 2017

The second 2017 A-League elimination final takes place on Sunday, April 23 at 7:00pm (AEST), with a rematch of last year’s elimination final between Melbourne City and the Perth Glory at AAMI Park.

Red card killed Wanderers’ season: Popovic

Red card killed Wanderers’ season: Popovic

by , 22 Apr 2017

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic has rued Jaushua Sotirio’s extra-time red card as the moment his side’s A-League finals hopes went down the drain.

Brisbane survive another week after winning dramatic penalty shoot-out

Brisbane survive another week after winning dramatic penalty shoot-out

by , 22 Apr 2017

From the opening throes, Western Sydney sensed a vulnerability in the team across from them. Brisbane have self-tenderised in the last few days, laying blow after blow on their own finals preparations, with the Thomas Broich issue a major distraction.


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