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. 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

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

A League Articles

Lowy unfazed by dual A-League deadlines

Lowy unfazed by dual A-League deadlines

by , 25 Jun 2017

FFA chairman Steven Lowy says the governing body is doing enough to stave off major threats to the sport’s prosperity.

Only football has the potential to unite Australia

Only football has the potential to unite Australia

by , 23 Jun 2017

The A-League has finished for the season but the chatter among fans about where to take the beautiful game is never ending.

Who would replace Gallop and Lowy?

Who would replace Gallop and Lowy?

by , 23 Jun 2017

Calls for the current leaders at FFA to leave are nothing new but it begs the question, who comes next?

Danny Vukovic seizes dream European move

Danny Vukovic seizes dream European move

by , 22 Jun 2017

At the end of his best ever season, his family now happy and healthy, Danny Vukovic isn’t done yet.

What an expansion team looks like

What an expansion team looks like

by , 21 Jun 2017

With the announcement of the FFA’s expansion plan and their final decision still two years away, anticipation grows and the critics circle.

Call a life guard, the A-League is treading water

Call a life guard, the A-League is treading water

by , 20 Jun 2017

Vigorous discussions around the A-League often have their origins in opinion on an interpretation of raw statistics. The numbers are tweaked and twisted, man-handled and wrenched until a view or slant on the issue at hand is reached.

Former Manchester United youth coach appointed at Melbourne City

Former Manchester United youth coach appointed at Melbourne City

by , 19 Jun 2017

Former Manchester United youth and reserve team coach Warren Joyce has been named as Melbourne City’s new A-League boss.

Tommy Oar set for move to Europe

Tommy Oar set for move to Europe

by , 19 Jun 2017

Tommy Oar is set for a return to Europe after Brisbane Roar agreed to sell the former Socceroo to Cypriot club APOEL FC.

City poach Galekovic for upcoming A-League season

by , 16 Jun 2017

Melbourne City have signed former Adelaide United goalkeeper and skipper Eugene Galekovic to a two-year deal.

Could an underwater stadium be Auckland’s A-League lifesaver?

Could an underwater stadium be Auckland’s A-League lifesaver?

by , 15 Jun 2017

It might sound like a crazy idea, but it might just happen.


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