The annual A-League Grand Final runs on a Sunday in early May each year and is the final fixture of the A-League season played between the final 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 27-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.
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.
2016/17 A-League Grand Final
The A-League Grand Final 2016/17 is scheduled to take place on Sunday May 7, 2017.
A-League Grand Final Results
Eight of the current 10 A-League Teams have appeared in Grand Finals and two share top honours with three wins each. Melbourne Victory won the Grand Final in 2007, 2009 and 2015. Brisbane Roar were award the A-League Champions in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
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 Sydney FC who won in 2006 and 2010, 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. Both the Western Sydney Wanderers (2013, 2014, 2016) and Perth Glory (2012) have played in a Championship decider, but finished runners-up.
|YEAR||CHAMPIONS||RUNNERS-UP||SCORE||MAN OF THE MATCH||VENUE||ATTENDANCE|
|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|
|Club||Champions||Runners-Up||Winning A-League Grand Finals|
|MELBOURNE VICTORY||3||1||2007, 2009, 2015|
|BRISBANE ROAR||3||0||2011, 2012, 2014|
|SYDNEY FC||2||1||2006, 2010|
|CENTRAL COAST MARINERS||1||3||2013|
|WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS||0||3||–|