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The A-League is the major Australasian domestic football (soccer) competition, which kicked off its inaugural 2005-06 season on 26 August 2005. Football has had a troubled history in Australia, and has not traditionally been a major spectator sport. The A-League aspires to improve its status. Following the end of the National Soccer League, the former governing body Soccer Australia (now Football Federation Australia) announced the formation of a new 8-team competition to revitalise the sport. Clubs are from one city in Australia or New Zealand, in an attempt to concentrate player talent within regions. The cities represented are: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Gosford, Wellington (New Zealand), and as of the 2009/10 season, Townsville and the Gold Coast. The average crowd for the inaugural home and away season was 10,861. The league has attracted corporate support with Hyundai as major sponsor, and is televised on Fox Sports. Additionally, Reebok have provided the playing kits for all 8 clubs.
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Crowd at first match, against Melbourne Victory.

Wellington Phoenix are a football (soccer) team based in Wellington, New Zealand. They are the only fully professional side from New Zealand, and will begin participation in the Australian A-League competition as of the 2007-08 season, replacing the now-defunct New Zealand Knights FC. The Wellington franchise was confirmed on 19 March 2007, and the new name announced on 28 March 2007.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) granted the licence to New Zealand Football who then sub-let the licence to the new Wellington-based franchise. To retain the right to keep a side in the A-League – largely due to multiple extensions of a pre-decided application deadline – New Zealand Soccer had to compete with a promising bid from a Townsville-based expansion consortium in Queensland, a group called Tropical Football Australia (TFA).

The club's colours and badge were revealed on 29 March 2007. The colours are black and yellow, the traditional colours of Wellington, while the badge is a shield with a phoenix rising above the shield.

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Central Coast Mariners celebrate their 2005 Pre-Season Cup championship success at Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium. They defeated Perth Glory in the inaugural final on August 21.

Photo credit: Corey Davis/Daniel Bryant
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Tasks

  • Continually update the 2012–13 A-League article with results and stats.

  • In addition, update the 2012–13 season-specific content for each club.

  • Continue to work on A-League player project, an attempt to expand the article of every A-League player, as with the coaches.

  • Try and get all club pages to good article status or better.

  • The Australian soccer task force's to-do list.

  • Continue to expand the new club page: (Western Sydney Wanderers FC).
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A-League Teams

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A-League Results

Current Season
2013–14 A-League: [[2012–13 A-League#Round 18|Round 18]
Previous Season
2012–13 A-League: Grand Final
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