Soccer betting is one of the most popular sports markets in the country and the premier professional football competition in Australia is the A-League.
Run by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) the annual A-League season runs from late October through until early May the following year. The league was founded in 2004 ahead of the first season in 2005/06 following on from the now defunct National Soccer League (NSL). It is most commonly known as the Hyundai A-League for sponsorship purposes.
There are 10 A-League teams in the current competition, nine from Australia and one New Zealand-based club, which face off over the 27-round regular season leading up to the finals series.
The current A-League clubs are:
- Adelaide United
- Brisbane Roar
- Central Coast Mariners
- Melbourne City
- Melbourne Victory
- Newcastle Jets
- Perth Glory
- Sydney FC
- Wellington Phoenix
- Western Sydney Wanderers
Each club plays all other teams three times over the regular A-League season for competition points. One point is awarded for a draw and three points for a win, which goes towards positions on the A-League Ladder. The team that finishes at the top of the table are crowded the regular season Premiers and are awarded the Premier’s Plate, which is different to the Minor Premiership on offer in other sporting codes including the AFL and NRL.
The six top placed teams on the ladder then face off in the Finals leading up to the coveted A-League Grand Final, which is the premier match of the season and pits the two teams remaining in the competition post-playoffs fighting to be named the season’s Champion. The Grand Final winners also earn a spot in the continental AFC Champions League competition.
Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar boast the equal record of A-League Champions on three seperate occasions. Melbourne Victory have been named A-League Premiers three times to the Roar’s and Sydney’s two.
A-League betting gives fans the chance to back their tips for the season’s Premiers and Champions with plenty of exciting soccer odds on offer from overall Winners, Top Six Finish markets, Top A-League Goal Scorer and of course head-to-head prices on all matches over the A-League Fixtures.
A-League 2016/17 Season
The 2016/17 A-League season was the 40th edition of Australia’s No. 1 pro-soccer league and the 12th since the A-League was established in 2004. The season kicked off on October 7, 2016. Adelaide United were the competitions’ defending Champions, but finished the season second last on the A-League Ladder.
- 2016/17 A-League Week 1 Start: Thursday October 7, 2016
- 2016/17 A-League Finals Series Start: 21 – 23rd April, 2017
- 2016/17 A-League Grand Final Results: Sydney FC defeated Melbourne Victory 1-1 (4-2 on penalties) on Sunday May 7, 2017
The 2017 A-League Grand Final saw Sydney FC secure their third title after defeated Melbourne Victory 4-2 on penalties after the 1-1 draw. Both A-League Grand Final teams are qualified for the 2018 AFC Champions League.
Outright A-League betting is now open for the next season’s Australian Hyundai A-League Winner.