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A-League live stream - How to watch and bet on all A-League games

Gary Emmerson 5 Oct 2016
  • Watch and bet on the A-League live at bet365
Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United in action

The 2016/17 A-League season will be the 12th year of the league in Australia and you can watch and bet on every single game live online.

The A-League has grown in popularity since it was first started in August 2005 and the new season looks set to be another cracker with Adelaide United defending the title they won last year when being crowned premiers for the first time in the history of the league.

With only Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners being disregarded as title hopefuls by bookmakers, the 12th season in A-League history promises to be one of the best yet.

All games during the 27 rounds of the regular season will once again be streamed live by bet365 along with the A-League Finals series and 2017 Grand Final*.

Upcoming A-League Live Streams


*Coverage of A-League games is restricted in certain countries due to broadcasting rights.

How to watch and bet on A-League games


Step 1: Go to bet365



Step 2: Sign-up and remember to add the bonus/referrer code MAXCASH



Step 3: Click on live streaming at the top of the page once you are logged in.



Step 4: Sit back and watch and bet on A-League live online.




A-League 2016/17 Season


The 2016/17 A-League season looks one of the most wide open title races with all but two of the 10 teams holding serious aspirations of winning the premiership.

With only Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners being disregarded as title hopefuls by bookmakers, the 12th season in A-League history promises to be one of the best yet.

Three-time premiers Melbourne Victory were installed as early favourites to win the 2016/17 A-League crown ahead of the start of the season with cross-town rivals Melbourne City predicted to be the ones to push them all the way as they chase a first-ever premiership.

Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar are regarded as strong candidates to add to their previous successes in A-League history having won seven premierships between them, while Perth Glory are expected to feature prominently as they look for a maiden title.

Last year's champions Adelaide United are not expected to go back-to-back despite doing the premiership/minor premiership double, with Western Sydney Wanderers - the team they beat to the flag in the Grand Final - predicted to go closer than the Reds this time around.

It looks set to be another battle between rivals Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets for the wooden spoon if the bookmakers have the odds correct before the start of the season.

We've picked out our three best bets for the season included a value selection to be crowned premiers in May 2017, a prediction for who will finish bottom and our top goalscorer pick.



A-League 2016/17 Season Dates


The regular 27-game A-League 2016/17 season will commence on October 7 and conclude on April 16 with the top six teams qualifying for the 2016/17 finals series.

The side finishing top of the table in the regular season will be crowned minor premiers.

The finals series will take place across three weeks starting on April 21 and culminating with the Grand Final on May 7.

A-League History:


The A-League was officially announced as a successor to the old National Soccer League (NSL) back in 2004, with the inaugural competition beginning in August, 2005. The NSL was immensely popular since it’s inception following Australia’s qualification into the 1974 World Cup, however during the turn of the century several factors - including a lack of sponsorship deals, poor ratings and players heading overseas - led to its demise and the formation of a new national competition - the A-League.

Eight founding teams were a part of the first A-League season, including Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, New Zealand Knights, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar and Sydney FC. Only three NSL sides made the transition to the A-League - Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory, while the Queensland Roar and New Zealand Knights were formed from previous NSL clubs Brisbane Lions and New Zealand Football Kingz.

Since it’s inaugural season in 2005/06, the A-League has continued to soar in popularity, with the Hyundai Motor Company sponsoring the competition throughout it’s current 11-year history. During the 2007/08 season Wellington Phoenix replaced the New Zealand Knights, while Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury were introduced in an expanded 2009/10 competition, however due to financial instability, they were both removed in the 2011 and 2012 seasons respectively. Melbourne Heart were awarded an A-League license and joined the competition in the 2010-11 season, They’ve since been taken over by the City Football Group and were rebranded as Melbourne City ahead of the 2014-15 season. Western Sydney Wanderers also joined the A-League in the 2012/13 season and they enjoyed incredible immediate success, becoming the first Australian side to win the Asian Champions League in 2014/15. Queensland Roar were also renamed to Brisbane Roar in 2009 ahead of the two other Queensland sides entering the competition.

Melbourne Victory hold the current record for most minor premierships won with three, while Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar have captured two each. The Newcastle Jets are the only team who haven’t finished first at the end of the regular season. However the Jets did emerge as surprise premiers during the 2008/09 season. Victory and Roar have secured the most grand final wins with three each, followed by Sydney FC with two. Reigning premiers Adelaide defeated the Wanderers in last year’s grand final. The Wanderers and Perth Glory are the only two sides without a grand final triumph.

The A-League also isn’t just of national interest, with the competition being broadcast in more than 170 countries worldwide over the last few years.


Newcastle Jets celebrate their Grand Final win in 2008

Famous A-League Players:


Some of the biggest names in world soccer have starred in the A-League since its inception in 2005:

Alessandro Del Piero: Undoubtedly the most famous footballer ever to play in the A-League, the Italian superstar signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC after knocking back an offer to join Liverpool in September, 2012. He remains the highest-paid footballer to ever play in the A-League, with Del Piero scoring 24 goals in 48 appearances for the Sky Blues. Del Piero was made captain of Sydney FC during the 2013/14 season and was also named in their team of the decade, along with the AFC team of the decade in 2015.

Romario: The Brazilian legend was signed to Adelaide United in 2006 for a short five-game stint in what was a huge publicity coup for the A-League. Although Romario was well past his prime, he still dazzled the A-League with his sublime skills and managed to score a goal in his final game in December, 2006.

Juninho: The former Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough and Celtic star joined Sydney FC in 2007, but unfortunately injuries restricted the Brazilian to just 12 appearances for the Sky Blues, in which he failed to find the back of the net. Nevertheless, Juninho remains one of the most skilful footballers to ever grace Australian domestic football, with several sides still chasing his signature before he announced his retirement in 2008.

Dwight Yorke: The first marquee signing for the A-League in 2005, Yorke was picked up by Sydney FC after leaving Birmingham at the end of that season’s EPL campaign. Yorke, a former Aston Villa and Manchester United legend, played a starring role in Sydney’s championship-winning inaugural season, scoring seven goals and captaining the team in the grand final.

Emile Heskey: Best known for his exploits with Leicester City and Liverpool, Heskey enjoyed a solid two-year tenure with the Newcastle Jets between 2012 and 2014. The English cult hero scored 10 goals in 42 games for the Jets and was named the club’s player of the year award during the 2012/13 campaign.

Robbie Fowler: Liverpool legend Fowler played at two A-League clubs - the now-defunct North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory. Fowler scored nine goals for each club and scored his first A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Victory for Perth in 2010.

Harry Kewell: The Socceroos legend and arguably the most famous player in Australian history first signed with Melbourne Victory during the 2011/12 season, scoring eight goals from 25 appearances in a solid debut campaign in the A-League. Kewell would leave Victory after that season for a short stint in the Middle East, however he returned to sign with Melbourne Heart in 2013/14. But his signing wasn’t a successful one, with injuries restricting Kewell to just two goals in 16 games.

William Gallas: After signing a one-year deal with Perth Glory in 2013, Gallas became the first Frenchman to play in the A-League. Gallas, a former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham star, played 14 games for Perth, scoring one goal.

Shinji Ono: One of the most successful ever imports to the A-League, Japanese superstar Ono signed a two-year deal with the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012. Ono ended up scoring 10 goals in 51 appearances for the Wanderers, with his last game for the club coming in their grand final loss to Brisbane Roar in 2014.



A-League Teams:


The A-League is made up of 10 teams from across Australia and New Zealand. Three other teams have played during the 12 seasons of the A-League before leaving.

Current A-League teams:

Adelaide United: One of the founding teams when the A-League launched in 2005, the Reds finished top of the ladder in the inaugural season. They also won the minor premiership again in 2015/16, the year in which they would finally win their first Grand Final.

Brisbane Roar: The Roar are one of the A-League's most successful clubs having won three premierships. Originally known as Queensland Roar, Brisbane won back-to-back Grand Finals in 2011 and 2012 before claiming their third premiership in 2014.

Central Coast Mariners: Another of the founding members, Central Coast Mariners were crowned A-League Premiers in 2014 - the only time they have been champions. The Gosford-based side had lost on three previous Grand Final appearances in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Melbourne City: Joined the A-League in 2010 as Melbourne Heart before being renamed Melbourne City in 2015. Part of the City Football Group which owns Manchester City and New York City, the Melbourne team have yet to feature in an A-League Grand Final.

Melbourne Victory: Along with Brisbane Roar, Victory are the most successful team in A-League history with three premierships. They won the title in 2007, 2009 and 2015, having also won the minor premiership in the same seasons and have been ever presents in the A-League.

Newcastle Jets: The Jets are another of the teams to have been in the A-League from the outset. Newcastle have appeared in just one Grand Final, but made it count when beating rivals Central Coast Mariners in 2008. 

Sydney FC: Sydney FC created history as the inaugural A-League champions in 2006 and the Sky Blues also won the flag for a second time in 2010. They have also appeared in one other Grand Final, losing to Melbourne Victory in 2015.

Perth Glory: An ever-present throughout the A-League history, Perth are still in search of their first-ever premiership success. They have appeared in just one Grand Final when losing to Brisbane Roar in 2012.

Wellington Phoenix: The only New Zealand team in the A-League, Phoenix joined the league in 2007 when they replaced New Zealand Knights. The team from Wellington have yet to feature in an A-League Grand Final.

Western Sydney Wanderers: The A-League's newest team having made their debut in 2012, Wanderers have played in three Grand Finals in their four seasons in the league - but have lost on each occasions. Western Sydney did, however, become the first Australian team to win the AFC Champions League in 2014.

Former A-League teams:
Gold Coast United, New Zealand Knights, North Queensland Fury.



Betting on A-League Soccer:


Betting on A-League has grown in popularity with a number of ways to place bets on soccer increasing dramatically in recent years. From simply backing the winner or result of a single match to predicting premiership winners, top goalscorers, wooden spoonists and whether or not a player will be yellow or red-carded, the opportunity to bet on A-League soccer has never been greater.

A rundown of some of the types of bets you can place on A-League games is below:

Match Betting: Simply back the result, whether you think it will be a home win, an away win or a draw.

Correct Score: Predict the correct score in the game.

Over/Under Total Goals: Bet on whether you think there will be more or less than 2.5 goals in the game. If it ends 1-1, then it is under 2.5 goals. If it ends 3-2, then it is over 2.5 goals. Other totals are available - usually 0.5, 1.5, 3.5 and 4.5.

First Goalscorer: Predict who will get the first goal of the game. 

Both Teams To Score: If you think both teams will find the back of the net in the game, then this is the bet for you.

Handicap Betting: Bookmakers offer you the chance to bet on the result of the game but where one team starts with a handicap (usually one or two goals).

Premiership Betting: Back the team you think will be crowned premiers by winning the A-League Grand Final.

Wooden Spoon: Back the team you think will finish bottom of the ladder at the end of the regular season.

Top Goalscorer: Predict who will finish the season as the A-League's leading goalscorer.


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