A-League

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A-League
Country Australia and New Zealand
Confederation AFC
Founded 2005
Level 1
Number of teams 10
Current champions Brisbane Roar (2013–14)
Most successful club Brisbane Roar (3)
Website a-league.com.au

A-League is an association football (soccer) league which is the top division in Australia and New Zealand.

Unlike professional soccer leagues in most of the rest of the world, the A-League has what is called a "franchise" system—the same teams play in the league each year, unless a team drops out of the league on its own, or the league decides to add one or more new teams. This system is normal for pro sports leagues in Australia, as well as in the United States and Canada.

2014–15 clubs[change | change source]

Former clubs[change | change source]

Champions and premiers[change | change source]

The A-League, like other professional leagues in Australia, crowns its champion at the end of a knockout playoff series involving top teams on the regular-season table. The final match is called the Grand Final, a term used in several other Australian sports. The team that finishes on top of the regular-season table is called the "Premiers". Media sometimes incorrectly call the Premiers the "minor premiers", a term used in other football codes in the country.

Season Champions Premiers
2005–06 SYDicon.png Sydney FC ADLicon.png Adelaide United
2006–07 MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory
2007–08 NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners
2008–09 MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory
2009–10 SYDicon.png Sydney FC SYDicon.png Sydney FC
2010–11 BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar
2011–12 BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners
2012–13 CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners WSWicon.png Western Sydney Wanderers
2013–14 BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar
2014–15 MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory MVCicon.png Melbourne Victory
2015–16 ADLicon.png Adelaide United ADLicon.png Adelaide United