A-League (Australia)

The A-League is the highest professional league of Football/Soccer in Australia. The season is run from October to May, with the league divided into the regular season and culminating in the Finals Series playoffs. The league was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL), with the first season taking place between 2005 and 2006.

Since its inception, Sydney FC have been the most successful team – having won five Championships and four Premierships, followed by Melbourne Victory with four Championships and three Premierships.

A-League Format

Regular Season

The regular season runs between October and April, with each team playing a total of 27 matches – playing each of the other team’s 3 times.

At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest points is awarded as the A-League Premiers. There is however no relegation system in the A-League for the lowest place teams.

Finals Series

The top 6 teams from the league in the regular season advance to the Finals Series. All of the rounds are single matches, with the 1st and 2nd place teams from the regular season automatically given a bye Semi Finals.

The last 2 teams remaining contest the Grand Final, with the winners crowned the A-League Champion.

Clubs of the A-League

The A-League is currently made up of 12 teams, 11 from Australia and 1 from New Zealand. Click on the link next to the team (where available) for a guide to visiting the stadium and city, or view the map on the bottom of this page to see where each team is located.

Adelaide United – Coopers Stadium (Adelaide, South Australia)

Brisbane Roar – Suncorp Stadium/Dolphin Stadium (Brisbane, Queensland)

Central Coast Mariners – Central Coast Stadium (Gosford, New South Wales)

Melbourne City – AAMI Park (Melbourne, Victoria)

Melbourne Victory – AAMI Park/Marvel Stadium (Melbourne, Victoria)

Newcastle Jets – McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle, New South Wales)

Perth Glory – HBF Park (Perth, Western Australia)

Sydney FC – Sydney Football Stadium (Sydney, New South Wales)

Wellington Phoenix – Sky Stadium (Wellington, New Zealand)

Western Sydney Wanderers – Bankwest Stadium (Sydney, New South Wales)

Western United – AAMI Park (Melbourne, Victoria)/Eureka Stadium (Ballarat, Victoria)

How to buy tickets for A-League

Ticketing information for all clubs competing in the A-League is available on the official website by clicking here.

Further Information

A-League Official Website

Sports Tourist Blog at Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers – January 2018

Last Updated on July 24, 2023 by Sports Tourist

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