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

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

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

by , 20 Oct 2017

Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory meet in a Friday night clash at Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:5pm (AEDT).

There’s no bigger game in the A-League than the Sydney derby

There’s no bigger game in the A-League than the Sydney derby

by , 20 Oct 2017

The Sydney derby is one of the best and brightest games in Australian sport – a fact Football Federation Australia should be shouting from the rooftops.

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 3

by , 19 Oct 2017

Round three of the A-League throws up some interesting match-ups as teams lament their poor start or seek to consolidate their enterprising play in the opening rounds.

Underwhelming Socceroos a major health risk for Australian football

Underwhelming Socceroos a major health risk for Australian football

by , 18 Oct 2017

Reflecting on a largely no-name Socceroos team limp to a 2-1 second leg win against a gallant (albeit pedestrian) Syria in last week’s World Cup qualifier, it is hard not to feel slightly uneasy about the state of football in this country.

Will anyone usurp Besart Berisha as the A-League’s top goal scorer?

Will anyone usurp Besart Berisha as the A-League’s top goal scorer?

by , 18 Oct 2017

Besart Berisha is the greatest goal scorer in the A-League era, maybe even Australian football. The first player in the A-League to score 100 goals, the only player to win multiple Golden Boots.

Battle of the coaches: Warren Joyce v Darije Kalezic

Battle of the coaches: Warren Joyce v Darije Kalezic

by , 18 Oct 2017

Melbourne City and the Wellington Phoenix face off at AAMI Park and after two matches you can already see the differences between the two sides.

Australian football’s dependence on division, animosity and selfishness

Australian football’s dependence on division, animosity and selfishness

by , 17 Oct 2017

After a tumultuous week for Australian football, it was relieving to have a weekend of A-League action to distract us from the off-field drama that followed the win against Syria.

Joyce immediately building a new defensive foundation at City

Joyce immediately building a new defensive foundation at City

by , 17 Oct 2017

Last season, City conceded only marginally fewer goals per game, on average (1.63), than Adelaide and Wellington did (1.70).

Mariners finally have clear direction under Paul Okon

Mariners finally have clear direction under Paul Okon

by , 17 Oct 2017

The Central Coast Mariners have a clear identity as a family-friendly community club, but their on-field identity has been less clear in recent years.

Warts and all, I love the Western Sydney Wanderers

Warts and all, I love the Western Sydney Wanderers

by , 17 Oct 2017

The Western Sydney Wanderers have been polarising in their short history – one premiership, two championship loses, and the unforgettable Asian Cup win went along with flare incidents, police presence, life bans and general poor behaviour.


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