A-League Teams 2017/18

There are 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.

There are nine Australian-based A-League football clubs and one in New Zealand that face off over the 27-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 27-week season. The A-League Grand Final winning club are dubbed the season’s Champions, and Melbourne Victory are the most successful of the A-League teams with three Champion titles.

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 currently 10 teams that participate in the Hyundai A-League. Picture courtesy of FFA.

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 and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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 all 10 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 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 52,500
  • Colours: Orange & Black
  • Mascot: Roary 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. To date the club has competed in four A-League Grand Finals and have embarked on four AFC Champions League campaigns.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Gosford, NSW
  • Home Stadium: Central Coast Stadium/li>
  • 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 most successful A-League club to date having been dubbed both Premiers and Champions on three occasions. They have the highest membership and attendance rates of any team in the competition and their Eithad 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 Stadium: AAMI Park & Etihad Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 30,050 & 56,347
  • Colours: Navy Blue & White
  • Mascot: Vic
  • A-League Premierships Won: 3 (2007, 2009, 2015)
  • A-League Champions: 3 (2007, 2009, 2015)

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: Hunter 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: NIB Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 20,500
  • Colours: Purple, Gold & White
  • Mascot: George the Gorilla
  • A-League Premierships Won: 0
  • A-League Champions: 0

Sydney FC

Sydney FC (nicknamed the Sky Blues) are the inaugural A-League club representing Sydney city and they have competed in seven of the 10 A-League 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.

  • Founded: 2004
  • Joined: 2005
  • Home City: Sydney, NSW
  • Home Stadium: Allianz Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 45,500
  • Colours: Sky Blue, Royal Blue & White
  • Mascot: Skye & Blue
  • A-League Premierships Won: 2 (2010, 2017)
  • A-League Champions: 3 (2006, 2010, 2017)

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 Stadium: Westpac Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 34,500
  • 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 are the last club to join the A-League. The club’s record winning streak is 10 matches achieved in 2012 under head coach, former Socceroo Tony Popovic. They are also the only club without an official mascot as yet.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Joined: 2012
  • Home City: Sydney, NSW
  • Home Stadium: Pirtek Stadium
  • Stadium Capacity: 21,487
  • Colours: Red, Black & White
  • Mascot: None
  • A-League Premierships Won: 1 (2013)
  • 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.