A-League Grand Final 2019/20

Sydney FC and Melbourne City faced off in the 2020 A-League Grand Final on Sunday August 30, 2020 with the reigning Champions – Sydney FC – securing a record fifth title with a 1-0 victory 

The annual A-League Grand Final runs on a Sunday in mid-May each year and is the final fixture of the A-League season played between the last two standing teams in the competition.

A-League Grand Final betting is hugely popular with soccer fans and futures markets on the A-League Winner are open all season at juicy all-in prices.

The team that finishes number one on the A-League Ladder at the end of the 29-round regular season are referred to as the Premiers, but markets on this can often be listed as Minor Premiers / Premiership to tie in with other footy codes like the NRL and AFL.

The A-League Grand Final winners are officially known as the season’s Champions and earn a spot in Asia’s premier professional soccer tournament – the AFC Champions League. 

Pitting the best two teams of the season against each other in a thrilling 90 plus minutes of football, the Grand Final of the A-League runs on the third and final week or stage of the A-League Finals.

A-League Grand Final Betting

Melbourne Victory boast the biggest A-League Grand Final win defeating Adelaide 6 – 0 in 2007. Photo Credit: The Daily Telegraph.

The A-League Grand Final teams are those that won the two sudden-death Semi Finals and will always feature at least one of the two top-ranked teams on the A-League Table. Usually the club that finished highest on the ladder gets the home ground advantage and hosts the A-League Championship game. This however can be overruled by the FFA if they deem the team’s home ground doesn’t boast a large enough capacity attendance.

The A-League Trophy up for grabs in the Grand Final follows on from the Premier’s Plate awarded to the Number 1 team on the A-League Ladder at the end of the regular season. The A-League Champions Trophy is currently designed by design company D3 design based in Sydney. It is nicknamed the “Toilet Seat” because of its shape, but the model changes each year and is unveiled in a ceremony annually.

2019/20 A-League Grand Final

A-League Grand Final 2020
Date Home Away Venue Kick-off
Sunday August 30, 2020

Sydney FC (1)

Highest-Ranked Semi Final Winner

Melbourne City (0)

Lowest-Ranked Semi Final Winner

Bankwest Stadium 6:30pm (AEST)

2020 A-League Grand Final Result:

  • Champions: Sydney FC (Fifth title)
  • Runners-Up: Melbourne City
  • Result: 1-0

A-League Grand Final Results

Nine of the current 11 A-League Teams have appeared with Sydney FC the most successful having secured their record fifth title in the 2019-20 Grand Final against Melbourne City.

Sydney FC’s other Grand Final wins in the A-League came in 2006, 2010 and 2017.

Melbourne Victory won the Grand Final in 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2018 making them the second most successful A-League club with four title wins.

Both A-League grand finalists gain entry to the AFC Champions League, commonly referred to as the Asian Champions League. On a couple of past occasions there has been a total of 3 entrants into the competition from Australia depending on who is crowned minor premiers at the conclusion of the regular season.

The other clubs to make a successful Grand Final appearance are the Central Coast Mariners who won in 2013, the Newcastle Jets who took out the 2008 Championship and Adelaide United who won their first A-League Grand Final in May of 2016.

The Western Sydney Wanderers (2013, 2014, 2016), Perth Glory (2012) and Melbourne City (2020) played in a Championship decider, but finished runners-up. Perth Glory were runners-up for a second time going down to Sydney FC in the 2018-19 A-League Championship match on penalties.

YEAR CHAMPIONS RUNNERS-UP SCORE MAN OF THE MATCH VENUE ATTENDANCE
2020 SYDNEY FC MELBOURNE CITY 1-0 Rhyan Grant Bankwest Stadium, Sydney 7,051 (due to COVID-19  crowd restrictions)
2019 SYDNEY FC (won 4-1 on penalties) PERTH GLORY 0-0 Miloš Ninković Optus Stadium, Perth 56,371
2018 MELBOURNE VICTORY NEWCASTLE JETS 1-0 Lawrence Thomas McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle 29,410
2017 SYDNEY FC (won 4-2 on penalties) MELBOURNE VICTORY 1-1 Daniel Georgievski Allianz Stadium, Sydney 41,546
2016 ADELAIDE UNITED WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 3-1 Isaías Sánchez Cortés Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 50,119
2015 MELBOURNE VICTORY SYDNEY FC 3-0 Mark Milligan AAMI Park, Melbourne 29,843
2014 BRISBANE ROAR WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 2-1 Thomas Broich / Iacopo La Rocca Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 51,153
2013 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 2-0 Daniel McBreen Allianz Stadium, Sydney 42,102
2012 BRISBANE ROAR PERTH GLORY 2-1 Jacob Burns Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 50,334
2011 BRISBANE ROAR (won 4-2 on penalties) CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2-2 Matt Ryan Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 50,168
2010 SYDNEY FC (won 4-2 on penalties) MELBOURNE VICTORY 1-1 Simon Colosimo Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 44,560
2009 MELBOURNE VICTORY ADELAIDE UNITED 1-0 Tom Pondeljak Telstra Dome, Melbourne 53,273
2008 NEWCASTLE JETS CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1-0 Andrew Durante Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 36,354
2007 MELBOURNE VICTORY ADELAIDE UNITED 6-0 Archie Thompson Etihad Stadium, Melbourne 55,436
2006 SYDNEY FC CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1-0 Dwight Yorke Aussie Stadium, Sydney 41,689

A-League Champions

Club Champions Premiers Winning A-League Grand Finals
SYDNEY FC 5 4 2006, 2010, 2017, 2019, 2020
MELBOURNE VICTORY 4 3 2007, 2009, 2015, 2018
BRISBANE ROAR 3 2 2011, 2012, 2014
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 2 2013
ADELAIDE UNITED 1 2 2016
NEWCASTLE JETS 1 2008
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 0 1
PERTH GLORY 0 1