A-League

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A-League format

Regular season

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 allotted two home matches against an opponent in one season are allotted 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 has been entered into 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

Finals series

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.

A-League Records

Team

  • The team with the most Championships is Sydney FC with 5. They have also won the most Premiers with 4 Premier’s Plate.
  • Brisbane Roar holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in the competition with 36 league matches without a defeat.
  • Melbourne City currently have the highest market value with the total value being €11.10m.
  • The most consecutive wins in league history belong to Western Sydney Wanderers who won 10 matches.
  • Sydney FC leads the eternal A-League table with 717 points and 203 wins.
  • The highest victory belongs to Adelaide United who beat North Qld Fury 8-1 back in 2011.

Players

  • Leigh Broxham is the player with the most A-League matches with 325. He is still adding to that as he is currently still active as a player for Melbourne Victory.
  • The top goalscorer is Besart Berisha who has scored 132 goals in 219 matches in the A-League.
  • Jamie Maclaren has scored the most A-League hattricks with 6.
  • Shane Smeltz and Bobô are the only players to have scored hattricks in consecutive matches.
  • In 2015, Austrian striker Marc Janko broke the record for scoring in consecutive matches when he scored in 7 consecutive A-League matches for Sydney FC.
  • The A-League record for most goals in a single match is held by Archie Thompson and Jamie Maclaren who both scored 5 goals in a single match.