The A-League Ladder lists the ten professional soccer clubs in the annual Hyundai A-League Premiership ranked from 1 – 10 based on their current competition points. A-League teams are awarded three points for a win and one point each for a draw, which is a far more common occurrence in soccer than in other football codes like the NRL or AFL.
When clubs have the same amount of competition points their standings on the A-League ladder is determined by goals for and against to determine a clear ranking order. The standings determine the teams that continue onto the A-League finals after the 27 rounds of the regular season.
The team that finishes top of the A-League standings at the end of this season are known as the season’s Premiers. The top six teams on the table face off across a three-week finals series leading up to the A-League Grand Final to determine the season’s Champions who receive the famous ‘toilet seat’ trophy.
Soccer betting is available on where teams in the A-League will finish on the ladder such as ‘To Finish Bottom’, ‘Top Six Finish’, ‘Top Victorian Team’ and ‘Top NSW Team’. Futures A-League odds on the League Champions are also open throughout the season.
Three-time A-League Premiers Melbourne Victory (2007, 2009 and 2015) have finished the highest in the A-League standings more than any other club, and are also three-time A-League Champions (2007, 2007 and 2015) along with Brisbane Roar (2011, 2012 and 2014) and Sydney FC (2006, 2010, 2017).
Where clubs sit on the A-League table has an impact on the round-by-round football betting odds on the competition as well as all-in markets on the A-League Grand Final. Overall A-League Winner markets are usually led by those teams highest up the ladder during the season.
2017/18 A-League Ladder
|1||Sydney FC||16||12||3||1||38||12||+26||39||Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series|
|2||Newcastle Jets||16||10||3||3||35||17||+18||33||Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series|
|6||Western Sydney Wanderers||15||4||7||4||17||24||−7||19||Qualification to Finals series|
|8||Central Coast Mariners||16||3||6||7||16||22||−6||15|
A-League Standings Correct as of January 16, 2018.
*Wellington Phoenix are a non-AFC club and cannot qualify for the 2019 AFC Champions League