(other club(s) from) New Zealand
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||FFA Cup|
|AFC/OFC cup(s)||AFC Champions League|
|Current champions||Melbourne Victory (4th title)|
|Most successful club||Melbourne Victory (4 titles)|
|TV||Fox Sports & SBS (Australia)|
Sky Sport (New Zealand)
The A-League is a professional men's association football league, run by Football Federation Australia (FFA). At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport. The A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is currently contested by ten teams; nine based in Australia and one based in New Zealand. It is known as the Hyundai A-League (HAL) through a sponsorship arrangement with the Hyundai Motor Company.
Seasons run from October to May and include a 27-round regular season and an end-of-season finals series playoff tournament involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in a grand final match. The winner of the regular season tournament is dubbed 'premier' and the winner of the grand final is 'champion'. This differs from the other major football codes in Australia, where 'premier' refers to the winner of the grand final and the winner of the regular season is the 'minor premier'. The A-League's non-standard terminology is reflective of the increased prestige associated with winning the regular season in soccer compared to other football codes in Australia.
Successful A-League clubs gain qualification into the continental competition, the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL). Since the league's inaugural season, a total of six clubs have been crowned A-League Premiers and five clubs have been crowned A-League Champions.
The A-League is currently contested by 10 teams: nine from Australia and one from New Zealand. A total of 13 teams have competed at some stage in the league's short history. Only four of these clubs – Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar (as Queensland Lions), Newcastle Jets, and Perth Glory – existed before the A-League was formed. Gold Coast United, New Zealand Knights and North Queensland Fury have formerly competed in the league.
Unlike most European leagues, there is no system for promotion and relegation of teams. The A-League system thus shares some franchising elements with most other professional leagues in Australia, Major League Soccer and other major North American-based sports leagues.
|Gold Coast United||Gold Coast, Queensland||Skilled Park||27,400||2008||2009||2012|
|New Zealand Knights||Auckland, New Zealand||North Harbour Stadium||25,000||1998||2005||2007|
|North Queensland Fury||Townsville, Queensland||Dairy Farmers Stadium||26,500||2008||2009||2011|
Adelaide United · Brisbane Roar · Central Coast Mariners · Melbourne City · Melbourne Victory · Newcastle Jets · Perth Glory · Sydney FC · Wellington Phoenix · Western Sydney Wanderers · Western United
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