15 Facts About A-League Men


A-League Men is the highest-level professional men's soccer league in Australia and New Zealand.

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A-League Men was established in 2004 as the A-League by the Football Federation Australia as a successor to the National Soccer League and competition commenced in August 2005.

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A-League Men was announced in April 2004, as a successor to the NSL.

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In 2020, soccer experts concluded A-League Men is entering a new crisis era, due to lack of major competitiveness and that total reforms must be done to improve the league, including the introduction of promotion and relegation system, and this has started to be debated.

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A-League Men is currently contested by 12 teams: eleven from Australia and one from New Zealand.

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The rivalry is one of the most intense and well respected in the A-League Men, producing noticeable atmosphere and some of the largest attendances in the league.

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Current A-League Men logo was unveiled in January 2017 by Football Federation Australia.

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A-League Men has two trophies which are competed for during the season: the Premier's Plate and the A-League Men Trophy.

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The A-League Men Trophy is nicknamed the "Toilet Seat" due to its shape.

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Notable marquee and guest players in the A-League Men have included Alessandro Del Piero, William Gallas, Dwight Yorke, Keisuke Honda, Damien Duff, Emile Heskey, Robbie Fowler, Shinji Ono, David Villa and former FIFA World Player of the Year Romario.

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A-League Men games have been played in 33 stadiums since the inaugural season of the A-League Men in 2005.

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Since its formation, the A-League Men has been sponsored by an official naming rights partner.

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Fox Sport's contract with the A-League Men, which was renegotiated in June 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, concluded in July 2021.

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Every A-League Men match is live streamed globally, allowing games to be viewed online through a subscription service provided in a partnership with the FFA.

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A-League Men has been promoted using a number of different advertising slogans and strategies since its inception.

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