The 2021/22 A-League season begins on November 18 and we show you how to watch all of the games online and on TV.
Minor premiers Melbourne City take on Macarthur FC for a spot in the A-League grand final on Sunday afternoon.
Sydney FC and Adelaide United battle it out for a spot in the A-League Grand Final when the two teams clash on Saturday night.
Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United square off in the second A-League elimination final on Sunday in Redcliffe.
Macarthur FC vs Central Coast Mariners free A-League tips, predictions and preview.
Newcastle Jets have the chance to avoid the wooden spoon when they face minor premiers Melbourne City in the A-League on Thursday night.
Wellington Phoenix must beat Macarthur FC if they are to keep their faint finals chances alive in the A-League on Friday night.
Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC will both be aiming to bring winning momentum into the finals when they square off in the A-League on Saturday.
Central Coast Mariners are in desperate need of some positive momentum ahead of the finals when they meet a struggling Western United side in the A-League on Saturday.
A-LEAGUE TIPS & BETTING PREDICTIONS
The 2021/22 A-League season looks set to be another competitive year with all sides holding aspirations of winning the premiership.
Our expert A-League tipsters pick out the Best Bets and Value Selections for all games throughout the season and keep you on top of all the A-League betting tips.
A-LEAGUE LIVE STREAMS
Bookmaker bet365 stream all A-League games live online throughout the season* including during the finals series.
The regular season is over 27 rounds in the regular season before four weeks of finals, culminating with the A-League Grand Final.
To find out how to watch live streams, read our guide on how to watch A-League soccer live online.
*Coverage of A-League games is restricted in certain countries due to broadcasting rights.
Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.
Click here for the latest A-League betting odds.
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.
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.
Western United is the newest A-League club having entered the competition in the 2019/20 season.
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.
The A-League is made up of 11 teams from across Australia and New Zealand. Just four current clubs existed before the A-League was formed – Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar (as Queensland Lions), Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory.
Gold Coast United, New Zealand Knights and North Queensland Fury used to play in the A-League.
|Adelaide United||Adelaide, South Australia||Coopers Stadium||16,500|
|Brisbane Roar||Brisbane, Queensland||Suncorp Stadium||52,500|
|Central Coast Mariners||Gosford, New South Wales||Central Coast Stadium||20,059|
|Melbourne City||Melbourne, Victoria||AAMI Park||30,050|
|Melbourne Victory||Melbourne, Victoria||AAMI Park/Marvel Stadium||30,050/56,347|
|Newcastle Jets||Newcastle, New South Wales||McDonald Jones Stadium||33,000|
|Perth Glory||Perth, Western Australia||HBF Park||20,500|
|Sydney FC||Sydney, New South Wales||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium/Leichhardt Oval||20,505/20,000|
|Wellington Phoenix||Wellington, New Zealand||Sky Stadium/Eden Park||34,500/50,000|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Sydney, New South Wales||Bankwest Stadium||30,000|
|Western United||Wyndham, Victoria||GMHBA Stadium/Mars Stadium||36,000/11,000|
|Team||Champions||Year(s) won||Premiers||Year(s) won||Total combined|
|Sydney FC||5||2006, 2010, 2017, 2019, 2020||4||2009-10, 2016-17, 2017-18||9|
|Melbourne Victory||4||2007, 2009, 2015, 2018||3||2006-07, 2008-09, 2014-15||7|
|Brisbane Roar||3||2011, 2012, 2014||2||2010-11, 2013-14||5|
|Central Coast Mariners||1||2013||2||2007-08, 2015-16||3|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||–||–||1||2012-13||1|
- Most Premiership titles: 4 (Sydney FC)
- Most Championship titles: 5 (Sydney FC)
- Most points in a season: 66 (Sydney FC, 2016-17)
- Fewest points in a season: 6 (New Zealand Knights, 2005-06)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (Sydney FC, 2016-17, 2017-18)
- Most consecutive wins: 10 (Western Sydney Wanderers, January-March 2013)
- Most consecutive games without a win: 19 (New Zealand Knights and Melbourne City)
- Most defeats in a season: 20 (Central Coast Mariners (2015-16)
- Most consecutive games undefeated: 36 (Brisbane Roar, September 2010-November 2011)
- Most consecutive defeats: 11 (New Zealand Knights, September 2005-November 2005)
- Highest scoring game: Newcastle Jets def. Central Coast Mariners 8-2 (2018)
- Highest attendance: 61,880 (Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers, ANZ Stadium, October 2016)
- Most A-League appearances: Andrew Durante (320)
- Youngest player: Alusine Fofanah, 15 years, 189 days (for Western Sydney Wanderers vs Adelaide in 2014)
- Oldest player: Romario, 40 years, 320 days (for Adelaide United vs Newcastle Jets in 2006)
- Most goals in a match: 5 (Archie Thompson for Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United in 2007)
- Most goals in a season: 27 (Bobo for Sydney FC in 2017-18)
- Most hat-tricks: 5 (Besart Berisha)
- Most consecutive matches scored in: 7 (Marc Janko for Sydney FC in 2015)
- Most clean sheets in one season: 15 (Danny Vukovic, 2016-17)
- Most A-League Premiership wins: 4 (Michael Theo)
- Most A-League Championship wins: 5 (Michael Theo)
- Most Golden Boot Awards: 2 (Shane Smeltz, Besart Berisha)
Most A-League Goals ⚽️
|Rank||Player||Goals||Games||Goals per game||Position|
|1||🇽🇰 Besart Berisha||142||236||0.60||Forward|
|2||🇦🇺 Jamie Maclaren||104||149||0.70||Forward|
|3||🇳🇿 Shane Smeltz||92||190||0.48||Forward|
|4||🇦🇺 Archie Thompson||90||224||0.40||Forward|
|5||🇳🇿 Kosta Barbarouses||77||261||0.30||Forward|
|6||🇦🇺 Alex Brosque||75||243||0.31||Forward|
|7||🇺🇾 Bruno Fornaroli||74||124||0.60||Forward|
|8||🇦🇺 Matt Simon||66||288||0.23||Forward|
|9||🇦🇺 Mark Bridge||63||251||0.25||Forward|
|10||🇮🇪 Andy Keogh||59||145||0.41||Forward|