A-League

A-League

The A-League, the national football competition in Australia, began in 2005 and consists of 10 teams: nine from Australia and one from New Zealand.

The teams are Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City, Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Wellington Phoenix, Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar, and Adelaide United.

Australian teams also compete in the Asian Champions League against other teams from such countries as Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Keep up with all the soccer news from Down Under as well as the Australian national team, Australian players overseas and the Asian Cup.

Latest Australian Soccer News

April 24th, 2017

The Newcastle Jets are looking for a new coach. This will now be the fourth season in a row the Jets have started the campaign with a new man in charge.

March 22th, 2017

Should a player waste years of his career, with no guarantee of success at the end in Europe, when an opportunity is on offer to return home to Australia?

January 30th, 2017

FFA Heat Policy

Does the FFA care about player safety after the latest A-League matches in 39 degree heat in Adelaide?

December 12th, 2016

Tasmania Expansion Bid

Tasmania tick all the right boxes for A-League expansion: government support, solid financial backing and a stadium.

November 4th, 2016

A-League First Month Review

A look back at the first month of the A-League: Timmy’s goal, the explosive derbies in Sydney and Melbourne and the walk out of Melbourne Victory’s active supporters.

October 5, 2016

A-League Season Predictions 2016-2017

It's becoming increasingly difficult to predict the outcome of the A-League with seven of the ten teams this year in with a chance to win the title.

August 22, 2016

Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill Signs For Melbourne City - 'biggest in the history of the league.'

April 28, 2016

A-League Grand Final 2016

Adelaide United face Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2016 A-League Grand Final in Adelaide.

March 15, 2016

A-League Finale

With just four matches remaining we look set for one of the most gripping finales to an A-League season in the competition’s 11-year history.

January 14, 2016

Promotion & Relegation

Why promotion and relegation won't happen in the A-League.

December 8, 2015

Watching Phoenix Away

An away day watching Wellington Phoenix is certainly well worth the effort. But you'd better make it quick. With the consortium that owns the Phoenix said to be mulling over the club's immediate future, the current A-League season could also be their last.

November 30, 2015

A-League Fans Protest

Australian A-League soccer fans have staged a series of protests including walkouts from games over banning orders issued by FFA and subsequent media coverage of those on the banned list.

October 7, 2015

Five A-League Talking Points

Five talking points for the new season after an off-season dominated by failing club owners, ugly CBA negotiations, boardroom nepotism and the ongoing FIFA scandal.

September 2, 2015

A-League 2015/16 Preview

A-League 2015/16 Preview - In Australia there is an agonisingly long wait for soccer fans between the crowning of the Hyundai A-League Champions and the beginning of the new season.

July 24, 2015

Love Affair

Australia's love affair with European football's biggest clubs has been on full display over the last seven days as Real Madrid, Roma, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been Down Under.

March 11, 2015

Engage With Asia

The A-League does need to engage more with Asia and could do worse than to look to the efforts being made by Japan's J-League.

December 3, 2014

Central Coast Mariners

What is wrong with Central Coast Mariners? - Just over 18 months after being crowned champions of Australia, there appear to be major issues with a club regarded as one of the best run in Australia.

November 3, 2014

AFC Champions League Final First Leg

Tomi Juric's goal gives Western Sydney Wanderers hope after the first leg of the AFC Champions League Final First Leg versus Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

July 30, 2014

Ange Postecoglou's Greatest Legacy

Ange Postecoglou - his World Cup squad selections show just how much belief he has in the A-League and the players who play in it.

April 16, 2014

A-League Finals

The A-League Finals can only mean one thing - the annual debate about the merits of a finals system.

February 20, 2014

Who Can Predict the A-League

Who can predict the A-League? Just when it looked like the die had been cast for the season, a few results have turned everything on its head.

January 23, 2014

Manchester City All Heart

Manchester City buy 80% stake in Melbourne Heart.

November 23, 2013

Perth Glory v Adelaide United

Poor scheduling by the FFA means the Perth Glory v Adelaide United match goes ahead in baking temperatures.

October 1, 2013

A-League Expansion

When the A-League next expands the planning has to be thorough and meticulous.

August 21, 2013

Alessandro Del Piero

With Alessandro Del Piero on board the A-League has gone to a new level, highlighted most recently by Sydney FC's three-week, all expenses paid training camp in the Italian city of Jesolo, near Venice.

April 13, 2013

Melbourne Heart

Expansion team Melbourne Heart have struggled on and off the pitch.

January 30, 2013

John Kosmina

John Kosmina leaves Adelaide United again, this time over trust issues.

September 14, 2012

Del Piero To Sydney

Sydney FC pull off a coup with the signing of Alessandro del Piero.

April 4, 2012

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory's disastrous 2011-2012 season ended with coach Jim Magilton leaving the club.

March 25, 2011

Brisbane Roar Win Grand Final

Goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos is the hero as Brisbane Roar win 2011 A-League Grand Final.

June 24, 2010

Australia v Serbia

Australia beat Serbia but exit the World Cup.

June 15, 2010

Verbeek gambles and loses

Australia are put to the sword 4-0 by a rampant Germany.

June 3, 2010

Michael Beauchamp

Michael Beauchamp makes the Australian World Cup squad.

April 27, 2010

Asian Cup 2011

Australia face India in their opener at the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar.

April 16, 2010

Aurelio Vidmar

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar sees his team produce contrasting form in the A-League and ACL.

March 23, 2010

Pim Verbeek

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek is to step down after June's World Cup to pursue a club coaching career.

February 24, 2010

Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell is enjoying renewed form and fitness in Turkey.

February 10, 2010

Graham Arnold To Move To Mariners

Graham Arnold to return to club management with the A-League's Central Coast Mariners.

January 26, 2010

Aussie Stars Seek Loan Deals

Australian players seek loan deals in the run up to the World Cup in South Africa.

January 6, 2010

Kuwait v Australia

Kuwait take on Australia in an Asian Cup qualifier.


A-League Archives

January 26, 2010

Aussie Stars Seek Loan Deals

Australian players seek loan deals in the run up to the World Cup in South Africa.

January 6, 2010

Kuwait v Australia

Kuwait take on Australia in an Asian Cup qualifier.

December 18, 2009

Ange Postecoglou

Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou is fighting back against his critics.

November 26, 2009

Melbourne Heart

New franchise Melbourne Heart sign prodigy Kristian Sarkies and the experienced Matt Thompson.

November 21, 2009

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry on loan at Plymouth hopes to make the Socceroos' World Cup squad.

October 31, 2009

Gold Coast United

Gold Coast United have capped their gate at 5,000 for the visit of Robbie Fowler and North Queensland Fury.

October 5, 2009

Give Them A Go, pleads Versleijen

Socceroos u-20s coach Jan Versleijen demands more playing time in the A-League for his young players.

September 12, 2009

Getting Their Own Back

Promising youngsters Shane Lowry & Rhys Williams commit their futures to the Socceroos.

August 25, 2009

Gold Coast United

Gold Coast United and coach Miron Bleiberg have taken the A-League by storm so far.

July 25, 2009

Mark Viduka

Mark Viduka last played for the national team at the 2007 Asian Cup and his hopes for 2010 are fading fast.

July 3, 2009

Gary van Egmond

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond quits to take up a post with the FFA.

June 16, 2009

Lay off and look forward: Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer tells coach Pim Verbeek's critics to back off and look ahead.

May 21, 2009

Asian Champions League

Newcastle Jets make the last 16 of the ACL with a narrow win over Ulsan Hyundai.

March 14, 2009

Asian Champions League

Australian sides Central Coast Mariners & Newcastle failed to convince in their opening games in the ACL.

March 3, 2009

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United

Melbourne Victory won the 2009 Grand Final.

February 15, 2009

Japan v Australia

Australia scrape a draw in Yokohama.

January 30, 2009

David Carney

David Carney links up with old Sydney FC coach Ian Crook at Norwich City.

January 22, 2009

Asian Cup 2011 Squad

There are a few surprises in Pim Verbeek's Asian Cup squad for the first round of qualifiers

January 7, 2009

Jason Culina

PSV's Jason Culina is mulling a return to Australia with Gold Coast United.

December 19, 2008

Adelaide United

Adelaide United were impressive at the World Club Cup in Japan.

October 19, 2008

Socceroos News

Mark Viduka & Craig Moore were in Brisbane for the Qatar qualifier; Moore on the pitch and Viduka on the sidelines. Will either of them be in South Africa come 2010?

September 29, 2008

A-League News

In a weekend of A-League upsets Wellington Phoenix and Queensland Roar score unexpected victories.

September 27, 2008

Robbie Cornthwaite

Robbie Cornthwaite heads Adelaide to victory in the AFC Champions League quarter-final against J-League Kashima Antlers.

August 31, 2008

Uzbekistan v Australia

The A-League takes a break as Australia travel to Uzbekistan for their qualification game for World Cup 2010.

June 29, 2008

World Cup Qualification

A look at Australia's options as the team enters the final round of qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

May 8, 2008

Pim Verbeek

Australia's coach Pim Verbeek reflects on his first six months in the job.

May 6, 2008

Lucas Neill

Australia's captain Lucas Neill may miss the Socceroos' vital World Cup qualifiers at home to China and Iraq and away to Qatar and Iraq (in Dubai).

March 25, 2008

Singapore v Australia Friendly

Australia's drab draw with Singapore seems of little help as preparation for the big match with China.

March 14, 2008

"Old Soccer" Gets Its Due

At long last the FFA plans to honour Australia's football Australia's football heritage.

March 11, 2008

Ernie Merrick

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick discusses his team's chances ahead of their ACL campaign.

February 28, 2008

Australia 2018 World Cup Bid

Australia will bid to host the 2018 World Cup but are unlikely to be successful.

February 26, 2008

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners Grand Final

Newcastle Jets win a controversial and stormy Grand Final with Central Coast Mariners.

February 19, 2008

Newcastle Jets v Queensland Roar

Frank Farina lament's Queensland's loss to Newcastle in the preliminary final.

February 8, 2008

World Cup Qualifying Opening Match

Australia 3 v Qatar 0 match report.

February 6, 2008

Asian Zone World Cup Qualifying

Australia v Qatar match preview.

January 3, 2008

A-League News

A-League latest news as the teams take a festive break.

December 12, 2007

Verbeek New Head Coach

Pim Verbeek is confirmed as the new coach of the Australian national soccer team.

November 24, 2007

The Search for a Head Coach

The search for a new head coach of the Socceroos continues.

October 31, 2007

John Kosima

John Kosima takes the reins at Sydney after Branko Culina is shown the door.

October 23, 2007

John Aloisi & Ahmad Elrich

John Aloisi & Ahmad Elrich have returned from playing in Europe to join the A-League.

September 25, 2007

Sydney FC

Sydney FC and coach Branko Culina are under pressure following a poor start to the season.

September 12, 2007

Graham Arnold

Graham Arnold - Australia's caretaker coach defends his legacy.

August 23, 2007

A-League In Numbers

A-League In Numbers - Juninho's salary, the number of returning Socceroos, English and Brazilian players. All the statistics for the new season.

August 15, 2007

Samba Madness Down Under

A clutch of new Brazilian players joins the A-League including former stars Juninho and Jardel.

July 23, 2007

Asian Cup 2007 Australia Post-Mortem

Australia exit the Asian Cup and the post-mortem begins in earnest.

July 20, 2007

Asian Cup 2007 Japan v Australia Preview

Japan take on Australia in the most-eagerly awaited quarter-final of the Asian Cup.

July 17, 2007

Asian Cup 2007 Australia v Thailand

Australia beat co-hosts Thailand in Bangkok to advance to a crunch clash with defending champions Japan.

July 15, 2007

Australia v Iraq - The Aftermath

Australia's soccer team need to regroup for their crucial final group match versus hosts Thailand.

July 15, 2007

Australia Lose to Iraq

Iraq stun Australia 3-1 in Bangkok and unite a nation however briefly.

July 6, 2007

Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix are the new A-League franchise in New Zealand replacing the Auckland-based New Zealand Knights.

May 25, 2007

Socceroos coach ponders his options

Graham Arnold tries to find the right balance for Asian Cup.

May 11, 2007

Lucas Neill Predicts Socceroos Success at Asian Cup

Lucas Neill predicts Australia will win the 2007 Asian Cup.

May 5, 2007

Asian Cup

Socceroos prepare for 2007 Asian Cup.

April 23, 2007

Asian Champions League

FC Sydney & Adelaide United have prepared and performed poorly in this year's Asian Champions League.

April 10, 2007

Aurelio Vidmar

Aurelio Vidmar - Adelaide United's interim coach hopes to get the job permanently.

April 2, 2007

Mark Viduka

Mark Viduka - will the Middlesbrough striker be around for the Asian Cup?

March 23, 2007

Asian Champions League

FC Sydney v Urawa Reds - honors even in a 2-2 draw in Sydney.

March 6, 2007

John Kosmina Jumps, Vidmar In At The Deep End

John Kosmina resigns as coach of Adelaide United as Aurelio Vidmar takes over.

February 19, 2007

Grand Final 2007

Archie Thompson nets five as Melbourne crush Adelaide at Telstar Stadium.

January 23, 2007

Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher learns to relax at Sydney FC.

January 11, 2007

Rob Baan

Rob Baan is appointed the new technical director of the FFA.


December 20, 2006

A-League Update

The Australian A-League - all the latest Aussie soccer news as the A-League heads in to its Christmas break.

December 17, 2006

New Zealand Knights Fold

New Zealand Knights have their license revoked after two poor seasons in the A-League.

November 07, 2006

Melbourne on the verge of victory

Marc Fox reports on surging Melbourne Victory.

October 15, 2006

Job Done, But Asian Switch No Easy Transition

Marc Fox on Australia's move to the Asian Cup tournament.

October 10, 2006

All the A-League Stadia

An overview of all the stadiums in the A-League.

September 28, 2006

Exclusive Interview with Scot Gemmill

Marc Fox talks exclusively to Scot Gemmill for Soccerphile.

September 8, 2006

Trouble in Oz

Dwight Yorke bound for England, John O'Neill submits his resignation.

August 29, 2006

A-League 2006 Preview Part 2

A-League 2006 Preview Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC, Adelaide United.

August 15, 2006

A-League 2006 Preview Part 1

A-League 2006 Preview Perth Glory, New Zealand Knights, Melbourne Victory, Queensland Roar.

July 28, 2006

Marquee Players Returning from Europe to Play in Australia

Marc Fox on the return of a few big names from Europe.

July 15, 2006

Josh Kennedy in the Starting Lineup

Josh Kennedy makes a big hit in Germany. Marc Fox reports.

June 27, 2006

Oz Bows out of World Cup

Australia loses to Italy 1-0 on a late penalty. Marc Fox on the reaction from Down Under.

June 24, 2006

Australia Draws with Croatia

The Socceroos advance into Round Two, reports Marc Fox.

June 18, 2006

Australia Loses to Brazil in Tight Match

The Socceroos are still in the running, reports Marc Fox.

June 15, 2006

Australia Downs Japan in a Thriller

Marc Fox reports on the 3-1 win over the Blues in Germany.

May 22, 2006

Beauchamp Chosen to Represent Australia

Marc Fox on Michael Beauchamp's selection for the World Cup side.

May 11, 2006

Hiddink Picks His Side For Germany

Marc Fox on Australia's World Cup side.

May 3, 2006

Football Feeling Flush Down Under

Marc Fox on the A-League's massive new tv contract with Fox Sports.

April 19, 2006

Miracle Worker Has All Eyes on Number Two

Marc Fox on Guus Hiddink and Australia's World Cup campaign.

April 4, 2006

New Zealand Test FFA Patience

The Knights struggle in the A-League.

March 15, 2006

Yorke Wobbles But Stays With Sydney

Dwight Yorke nearly bolts Australia and the A-League.

March 1, 2006

Asian Cup Qualifier

Marc Fox on Australia's upcoming match with Bahrain.

February 14, 2006

Zany Coach to Entertain for One More Season

Marc Fox on the antics of Miron Bleiberg.

January 25, 2006

Archie Thompson Moves to PSV

Marc Fox on Thompson's sudden transfer to Dutch powerhouse PSV.

November 17, 2005

Australia Qualifies for World Cup

Marc Fox on Australia's playoff win.

November 14, 2005

Guus Hiddink

The master tactician Guus Hiddink looks ahead to Australia's play-off games with Uruguay.

October 27, 2005

Archie Thompson

Marc Fox on Australia's star in the making.

October 18, 2005

A Korean MVP in the Making + World Cup News

Marc Fox on Australian football.

September 29, 2005

Mid-Season Down Under

Update - Marc Fox updates the current A-League season.

September 13, 2005

Rebirth of Soccer Down Under

Rebirth - Marc Fox reports on the impact of Dwight Yorke, Kevin Muscat, Archie Thompson, Alex Brosque and Richard Kitzbichler: harbingers of football's rebirth down under.

August 23, 2005

A-League Team Profiles

A-League Team Profiles, squad previews and key players - Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners.

August 9, 2005

A-League Team Profiles

A-League Team Profiles, squad previews and key players - New Zealand Knights, Adelaide United, Newcastle United and Queensland Roar.

July 28, 2005

Interview with Ian Crook

Ian Crook, the ex-Norwich City and Spurs midfielder, now assistant coach at FC Sydney talks to Soccerphile.

July 21, 2005

Socceroos - Asian Success

Asian Success, Marc Fox looks at Australia's decision to jump ship to the Asian Football Confederation.

July 1, 2005

Socceroos - The Road To Germany

The Road to Germany, Marc Fox looks at Australia's performance at the Confederations Cup.

June 20, 2005

Marquee Signings

Dwight Yorke at FC Sydney, Ned Zelic with Newcastle Jets and Shengqing Qu at Adelaide United are the A-League's first three 'big-name' players.

June 6, 2005

A-League Preview

Marc Fox previews the all new A-League with Pierre Littbarski and Steve McMahon appointed as the new coaches of Sydney FC and Perth Glory.


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