2019–20 A-League

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Dates11 October 2019 - 16/17 May 2020
All statistics correct as of 25 May 2019.

The 2019–20 A-League will be the 43rd season of national level football in Australia, and the 15th since the establishment of the A-League in 2004. The addition of Western United brings the total number of teams to 11.[1] The regular season will commence on 11 October 2019 and conclude on 26 April 2020. 29 rounds will be played where teams will play 26 matches and have 3 byes to account for the odd number of teams. The play-offs begin on 1 May 2020 and will end with the Grand Final on 16–17 May 2020.[2]


Club City Home Ground Capacity
Adelaide United Adelaide Coopers Stadium 16,500
Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
Dolphin Stadium
Central Coast Mariners Gosford Central Coast Stadium 20,059
Melbourne City Melbourne AAMI Park 30,050
Melbourne Victory Melbourne Marvel Stadium
Newcastle Jets Newcastle McDonald Jones Stadium 33,000
Perth Glory Perth HBF Park 20,500
Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Cricket Ground
Netstrata Jubilee Oval
Leichhardt Oval
Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 34,500
Western Sydney Wanderers Sydney Bankwest Stadium 30,000
Western United Geelong GMHBA Stadium 36,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Kit sponsor
Adelaide United Netherlands Gertjan Verbeek TBD Macron
Brisbane Roar England Robbie Fowler TBD Umbro Actron Air
Central Coast Mariners Australia Alen Stajcic Australia Matt Simon Umbro Masterfoods
Melbourne City France Erick Mombaerts Australia Scott Jamieson Puma Etihad Airways
Melbourne Victory Germany Marco Kurz TBD Adidas
Newcastle Jets Scotland Ernie Merrick Australia Nigel Boogaard Viva Sports O'Neills Tyre & Autocare
Perth Glory Australia Tony Popovic Spain Diego Castro Macron
Sydney FC Australia Steve Corica Australia Alex Wilkinson Under Armour
Wellington Phoenix Australia Ufuk Talay TBD Adidas
Western Sydney Wanderers Germany Markus Babbel TBD Nike Centuria
Western United Australia Mark Rudan TBD Kappa Probuild

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position on table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Brisbane Roar Wales Darren Davies (caretaker) End of caretaker spell 25 April 2019 Pre-season England Robbie Fowler[3] 23 April 2019
Wellington Phoenix Australia Mark Rudan Resigned[4] 4 May 2019 Australia Ufuk Talay[5] 4 May 2019
Melbourne City England Warren Joyce End of contract[6] 8 May 2019 France Erick Mombaerts[7] 27 June 2019
Adelaide United Germany Marco Kurz End of contract[8] 10 May 2019 Netherlands Gertjan Verbeek[9] 23 May 2019
Melbourne Victory Australia Kevin Muscat Resigned[10] 23 May 2019 Germany Marco Kurz[11] 28 June 2019
Western United Inaugural Australia Mark Rudan[12] 23 May 2019

Foreign players[edit]

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Non-Visa Foreigner
Adelaide United Curaçao Michaël Maria Denmark Michael Jakobsen Germany Mirko Boland England Ryan Strain1
Brisbane Roar England Macaulay Gillesphey Republic of Ireland Roy O'Donovan Republic of Ireland Jay O'Shea Scotland Tom Aldred Wales Aaron Amadi-Holloway England Jamie Young2
New Zealand Max Crocombe1
Central Coast Mariners New Zealand Michael McGlinchey Scotland Ziggy Gordon New Zealand Jai Ingham2
Melbourne City Austria Richard Windbichler England Craig Noone France Florin Berenguer Uruguay Javier Cabrera Uruguay Adrián Luna
Melbourne Victory Sweden Ola Toivonen Burundi Elvis Kamsoba2
New Zealand Storm Roux2
Newcastle Jets New Zealand Matthew Ridenton Panama Abdiel Arroyo England Kaine Sheppard1
New Zealand Glen Moss2
Perth Glory Republic of Ireland Andy Keogh Spain Diego Castro Spain Juande Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli New Zealand Dane Ingham2
Sydney FC England Adam le Fondre Germany Alexander Baumjohann New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Serbia Miloš Ninković
Wellington Phoenix England David Ball England Steven Taylor Mexico Ulises Dávila
Western Sydney Wanderers Germany Patrick Ziegler Poland Radosław Majewski Switzerland Daniel Lopar Switzerland Pirmin Schwegler North Macedonia Daniel Georgievski2
Western United Greece Panagiotis Kone Poland Filip Kurto New Zealand Andrew Durante2
Turkey Ersan Gülüm2

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian citizenship (and New Zealand citizenship, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);[13]
2Australian citizens (and New Zealand citizens, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of fourteen games)

Salary cap exemptions and captains[edit]

Club First Marquee Second Marquee Captain Vice-Captain
Adelaide United None None TBD None
Brisbane Roar None None TBD None
Central Coast Mariners Australia Daniel De Silva[14][15] None Australia Matt Simon[16] None
Melbourne City Australia Jamie Maclaren[17] None Australia Scott Jamieson[18] None
Melbourne Victory None None TBD Australia Leigh Broxham[19]
Newcastle Jets None None Australia Nigel Boogaard[20] Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley[21]
Perth Glory Spain Diego Castro[22][23] Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli[24] Spain Diego Castro[25] None
Sydney FC None None Australia Alex Wilkinson[26] None
Wellington Phoenix None None TBD None
Western Sydney Wanderers None None TBD None
Western United Greece Panagiotis Kone[27] None TBD TBD


Regular season[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Adelaide United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2021 AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series[a]
2 Brisbane Roar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2021 AFC Champions League preliminary round 2 and Finals series[a]
3 Central Coast Mariners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Finals series[a]
4 Melbourne City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Melbourne Victory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Newcastle Jets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Perth Glory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Sydney FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Wellington Phoenix[b] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Western Sydney Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Western United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 October 2019. Source: A-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
  1. ^ a b c The top two teams enter the Finals series at the semi-finals, while the teams ranked third to sixth enter the Finals series at the elimination-finals.
  2. ^ Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2021 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Adelaide United
Brisbane Roar
Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory
Newcastle Jets
Perth Glory
Sydney FC
Wellington Phoenix
Western Sydney Wanderers
Western United
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source: A-League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Positions by round[edit]

Leader and qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
Qualification to AFC Champions League preliminary round 2
Qualification to Finals series
First match(es) will be played on ?. Source: ultimatealeague.com


Finals series[edit]



Grand Final[edit]


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