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The regular season runs mainly during the Australian summer, from early October to April of the following year. The competition consists of 33 rounds, with each team playing every other team three times. The teams are allotted two home matches against an opponent in one season and one home match against that opponent in the following season. Each match sees the winning team awarded three competition points, with one point each for a draw. The club at the top of this ladder is crowned A-League Premiers, and since the 2005–06 season, is entitled for a place in the AFC Champions League. The Premier is presented with a trophy known as the Premier’s Plate. After the regular season the top six placed teams on the league table progress to the finals series. The position of each team is determined by the highest number of points accumulated during the regular season
The finals series culminates in the A-League grand finale, where the winner is crowned A-League Champion and receives a place in the AFC Champions League. The club that wins the grand final is presented with the A-League Champions Trophy. The finals series consists of six teams who are placed by rank, as determined at the end of the regular season. The finals series runs over four weeks. In the first week of fixtures, the third-through-sixth ranked teams play a single-elimination match, with the two winners of those matches joining the first and second-ranked teams in two-legged ties played over two weeks. The two winners of those matches meet in the grand finale. This method was initially adopted for the 2021–22 season.