A-League Teams 2019/20

There were previously 10 A-League teams in the annual Hyundai A-League competition, which is the successor to the National Soccer league (NSL) having been established in 2004 with the first season played in 2005-06, before the addition of an 11th club – Western United – for the 2019/20 A-League Season.

There are ten Australian-based A-League football clubs and one in New Zealand that face off over an increased 29-round regular season leading into the playoffs and the coveted A-League Grand Final.

A-League teams fight for the honour of the season’s Premier, awarded to the club that wins the regular season and sits top of the A-League Table after the standard 29-week season. The A-League Grand Final winning club are dubbed the season’s Champions. Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory are the equal most successful of the A-League teams with four Champion titles each.

The successful A-League clubs also gain qualification into the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) or AFC Champions League, a continental professions soccer competition. Thirteen teams have competed in the A-League competition since its inauguration and just four were in existence pre-A-League.

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There are 11 A-League Teams as of the 2019/20 season.

The current A-League teams are: Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, Western Sydney Wanderers and making their debut in the 2019/20 season Western United.

The former clubs that were part of the league are: Gold Coast United (2008-12), New Zealand Knights (1998-2007) and North Queensland Fury (2008-2011).

Below is a complete breakdown of 11 A-League teams (alphabetically) in the current competition listing details including the club’s first season, wins and home stadiums as well as links to the latest A-League Winner markets for the next season.

Adelaide United

Adelaide United were the inaugural A-League Premiers and during their first season in the competition set the record of fastest ever goal (Louis Brain – 13 seconds) and best away record of 8 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. They qualified for the FIFA World Cup during the 2008/09 season and finished fifth in Japan.

  • Founded: 2003
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Adelaide, SA
  • Home Stadium: Coopers Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 16,500
  • Colours: Red, Navy Blue & Gold
  • Mascot: Red The Kangaroo
  • A-League Premierships Won: 2 (2006, 2016)
  • A-League Champions: 1 (2016)

Brisbane Roar

The Roar are the oldest founded professional Australian soccer club in the current A-League competition. In the 2011/12 season the club created history breaking a 74-year old record for most consecutive matches undefeated playing 36 A-League fixtures without defeat. They are also the first A-League team to score back-to-back championships (2011-12).

  • Founded: 1957
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Brisbane, QLD
  • Home Stadiums: Suncorp Stadium / Dolphin Stadium
  • Stadium Capacities: 52,500 / 10,000
  • Colours: Orange & Black
  • Mascot: Roary The Lion & Rosie The Lion
  • A-League Premierships Won: 2 (2011, 2014)
  • A-League Champions: 3 (2011, 2012, 2014)

Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners are the first ever professional sporting club in Australia to represent the entire Central Coast region on a national and international stage. The club enjoyed their first Championship win in 2013.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Gosford, NSW
  • Home Stadium: Central Coast Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 20,059
  • Colours: Yellow, Blue & Black
  • Mascot: Captain Red Beard the Pirate & Admiral Frederick the Admiral
  • A-League Premierships Won: 2 (2008, 2012)
  • A-League Champions: 1 (2003)

Melbourne City FC

Melbourne City FC was formerly known as Melbourne Heart, which is where their mascot Ticker came from. They are owned by the same connections that have ownership of the English Premier League’s Manchester City FC.

  • Founded: 2008
  • Joined: 2010
  • Home City: Melbourne, VIC
  • Home Stadium: AAMI Park
  • Stadium Capacity: 30,050
  • Colours: Sky Blue, White, Red & Gold
  • Mascot: Ticker
  • A-League Premierships Won: 0
  • A-League Champions: 0

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory are the equal most successful A-League club to date having been dubbed Premiers on three occasions and Champions four times. They have the highest membership and attendance rates of any team in the competition and their Marvel Stadium boasts the biggest capacity of any of the clubs’ stadiums. It is also the only club to secure the domestic treble with wins in the Pre-Season Cup, Premiership and Championship in 2008/09.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Melbourne, VIC
  • Home Stadiums: Marvel Stadium / AAMI Park
  • Stadium Capacities: 56,347 / 30,050
  • Colours: Navy Blue & White
  • Mascot: Vic
  • A-League Premierships Won: 3 (2007, 2009, 2015)
  • A-League Champions: 4 (2007, 2009, 2015, 2018)

Newcastle Jets

The Jets chose their name in reference to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Williamtown located only 25 kilometres from the Newcastle football club’s home ground at Hunter Stadium. Their unique crest for which they are known features three F/A-18 Hornets.

  • Founded: 2000
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Newcastle, NSW
  • Home Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 33,000
  • Colours: Blue, Red, Gold & White
  • Mascot: Benny
  • A-League Premierships Won: 1 (2008)
  • A-League Champions: 0

Perth Glory

Perth Glory Football Club is solely owned by successful WA businessman Tony Sage. Their sole A-League Grand Final appearance to date was in 2012 when, during their 15th anniversary season, they lost in a thriller 2-1 to Brisbane Roar after winning three straight sudden death A-League Finals fixtures.

  • Founded: 1995
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Perth, WA
  • Home Stadium: HBF Park
  • Stadium Capacity: 20,500
  • Colours: Purple, Gold & White
  • Mascot: George the Gorilla
  • A-League Premierships Won: 1 (2019)
  • A-League Champions: 0

Sydney FC

Sydney FC (nicknamed the Sky Blues) are the inaugural A-League club representing Sydney city and they have featured in 10 of the 14 finals series to date.  Their supporter base is known as “The Cove” and they were the inaugural A-League Champions defeating the Central Coast Mariners in the 2005/06 Grand Final. In the 2018/19 A-League Grand Final they secured their equal fourth championship title.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Sydney, NSW
  • Home Stadiums: Netstrata Jubilee Oval / Leichhardt Oval
  • Stadium Capacities: 20,500 / 20,000
  • Colours: Sky Blue, Royal Blue & White
  • Mascot: Skye & Blue
  • A-League Premierships Won: 3 (2010, 2017, 2018)
  • A-League Champions: 4 (2006, 2010, 2017, 2019)

Wellington Phoenix

The Wellington Phoenix are the only A-League club based outside of Australia and replace the New Zealand Knights. Their main supporters group are called the “Yellow Fever”. The club’s biggest victory to date was 6 – 0 over Gold Coast United on October 25, 2009 and their biggest defeat was 7 – 1 to Sydney FC on January 19, 2013.

  • Founded: 2007
  • Joined: 2007
  • Home City: Wellington, NZ
  • Home Stadiums: Westpac Stadium / Eden Park
  • Stadium Capacities: 34,500 / 50,000
  • Colours: Yellow & Black
  • Mascot: Nix
  • A-League Premierships Won: 0
  • A-League Champions: 0

Western Sydney Wanderers

Dubbed “Australia’s newest, oldest club” the Wanderers were the last club to join the A-League before Western United made their debut in the 2019/20 season. The club’s record winning streak is 10 matches achieved in 2012 under head coach, former Socceroo Tony Popovic, and they took out the A-League Premiership in 2013.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Joined: 2012
  • Home City: Sydney, NSW
  • Home Stadium: Bankwest Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 30,000
  • Colours: Red, Black & White
  • Mascot: None
  • A-League Premierships Won: 1 (2013)
  • A-League Champions: 0

Western United

Western United are the latest edition to the list of A-League teams making their debut in the 2019/20 season. They are the youngest club in the League founded in 2017 before joining two years after.

  • Founded: 2017
  • Joined: 2019
  • Home City: Wyndham, Victoria
  • Home Stadiums: GMHBA Stadium / Mars Stadium
  • Stadium Capacities: 36,000 / 11,000
  • Colours: Black, Green & White
  • Mascot: None
  • A-League Premierships Won: 0
  • A-League Champions: 0

A-League Transfers

In the A-League soccer competition clubs are able to sign new players at any time over the season and these A-League transfers often affect betting on the fixtures. The majority of the A-League club transfers officially go through on June 1 each year as player contracts tend to terminate around May 31.

Trying to boost their team’s position, many of the A-League clubs poach players from professional international soccer leagues and these marquee signings can mean big business in soccer betting. A major A-League signing of a player like Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero for Sydney FC (2012-14) can shorten the A-League odds on the team that secures the contract.