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

FFA Cup final loss must steel Sydney’s finals resolve

FFA Cup final loss must steel Sydney’s finals resolve

by , 28 Mar 2017

Kenny Lowe, in the lead up to Perth’s match against newly crowned premiers Sydney FC, called them possibly the greatest A-League team ever.

The lack of international breaks is damaging the A-League

The lack of international breaks is damaging the A-League

by , 27 Mar 2017

What a pity this weekend’s round of A-League action was overshadowed by the Socceroos, with the lack of an international break hurting the competition once again.

The importance of the left foot in junior football

The importance of the left foot in junior football

by , 27 Mar 2017

The Mount St Benedict under 14 girls’ team that plays in the North West Sydney Women’s competition will hit the pitch for the first time this coming Sunday.

Another record for A-League leaders Sydney

Another record for A-League leaders Sydney

by , 26 Mar 2017

Relentless Sydney FC have shown no signs off slackening off after securing the Premiers Plate, setting an A-League record after cruising to a 3-0 away win over finals aspirant Perth on Sunday.

Sky Blues stump Perth 3-0

Sky Blues stump Perth 3-0

by , 26 Mar 2017

It was a 3-0 win for Sydney FC over the Perth Glory, continuing their return winning streak after their only loss of the season so far.

Phoenix rise to knock off Jets 5-0

Phoenix rise to knock off Jets 5-0

by , 26 Mar 2017

The Wellington Phoenix have romped home to an emphatic 5-0 victory over a helpless Newcastle Jets outfit at Westpac Stadium.

Perth Glory vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

Perth Glory vs Sydney FC: A-League live scores, blog

by , 26 Mar 2017

Match result: It was a 3-0 win for Sydney FC over the Perth Glory, continuing their return winning streak after their only loss of the season so far.

Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets : A-League live scores, blog

Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets : A-League live scores, blog

by , 26 Mar 2017

Match result: The Wellington Phoenix have romped home to an emphatic 5-0 victory over a helpless Newcastle Jets outfit at Westpac Stadium.

Brisbane Roaring, no Victory for Melbourne

Brisbane Roaring, no Victory for Melbourne

by , 25 Mar 2017

The Brisbane Roar have come away with a 1-0 win over the Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

Reds win on the road 3-2

Reds win on the road 3-2

by , 25 Mar 2017

Adelaide United have come away with a win on the road over the Central Coast Mariners, 3-2.


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