Background
Australia is well-known as a hotbed of sporting activity, and football is no exception, with the sport’s history in the country stretching back at least 140 years. The announcement of the A League’s formation in 2004, coming on the back of various developments in the country, has injected new life into the Australian football scene.
The 17th season of the A League kicks off this November, as football continues to undergo change in the country in an effort to further its growth. The unique passion of Australian sporting fans means they will be hungry for high-quality action in a competition that continues to nurture the country’s most promising football talents.
Additional Facts
12 teams vying for glory For the second consecutive season, there will be a total of 12 teams in the A League. This is the largest the league has ever been since the first season began in 2005.
Playing at home counts Home advantage was clearly visible in the 2020/2021 season. Of the 156 regular-season matches played, 67 produced wins for the home team, compared to 52 wins for the away team.
Sydney and Melbourne most represented The inclusion of Macarthur last year means there are now three Sydney-based teams in the A League, along with Sydney FC and Western Sydney. Melbourne, the second-biggest city in Australia after Sydney, also has three A League teams.
Competitive league Nine of the 12 teams have won either the A League regular-season or post-season playoffs titles. The only three teams without silverware yet are Wellington from New Zealand and the league’s two newest teams, Western United and Macarthur.