A-League Men

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A-League Men
Founded2005
CountryAustralia and New Zealand
Level on pyramid1
Most championshipsSydney FC (5)
Websitekeepup.com.au

A-League Men, known before the 2021–22 season as the A-League, is an association football (soccer) league which is the top division in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 2004 as a replacement to the National Soccer League and started in August 2005. Unlike professional soccer leagues in most of the rest of the world, A-League Men 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.

Since the beginning of the league in 2005, fourteen teams have competed in the league with Western United becoming the last club to join the league in the 2019–20 season. From those fourteen teams, six have taken the title while seven have taken the minor premiership. The current champion is Melbourne City FC, who defeated Sydney FC in the 2021 Grand Final.

The word "Men" was added to the league name after the 2020–21 season when the country's men's, women's, and youth leagues were brought under the "A-League" brand.

History[change | change source]

Before A-League Men was founded, the top division of Australian soccer was the National Soccer League which ran between 1977 and 2004.

2021–22 clubs[change | change source]

Former clubs[change | change source]

Champions and premiers[change | change source]

A-League Men, 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 AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2006–07 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2007–08 NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets CCMicon.png Central Coast Mariners
2008–09 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.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 SydneyWanderersColours.png Western Sydney Wanderers
2013–14 BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar BRIicon.png Brisbane Roar
2014–15 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2015–16 AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2016–17 SYDicon.png Sydney FC SYDicon.png Sydney FC
2017–18 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory SYDicon.png Sydney FC
2018–19 SYDicon.png Sydney FC Perth Glory
2019–20 SYDicon.png Sydney FC SYDicon.png Sydney FC
2020–21 Melbourne City Melbourne City