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The A-League Portal

The A-League is a professional men's soccer league run by Football Federation Australia (FFA). At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport. The A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is currently contested by ten teams; nine based in Australia and one based in New Zealand. It is known as the Hyundai A-League (HAL) through a sponsorship arrangement with the Hyundai Motor Company.

Seasons run from October to May and include a 27-round regular season followed by a Finals Series playoff involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in a grand final match. The winner of the regular season tournament is dubbed the 'premier' while the winner of the grand final is the season's 'champion'. This differs from the other major football codes in Australia, where 'premier' refers to the winner of the grand final and the winner of the regular season is the 'minor premier'.

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John Hutchinson playing against Sydney FC.

John Paul Hutchinson (born 29 December 1979) is a retired Maltese international footballer who played as a central midfielder for Eastern Pride, Northern Spirit, Manly United, Central Coast Mariners and Chengdu Blades.

Hutchinson was born in Morwell, Victoria and made his senior debut for Gippsland Falcons in the National Soccer League in 1997. He went on to play for Northern Spirit and Manly United before joining Central Coast Mariners in 2005. Hutchinson spent ten years playing for the Central Coast including three as captain, becoming the club's all-time most capped player as well as the most capped player in the A-League. He has also spent time on loan at Chinese club Chengdu Blades.

Hutchinson won 11 caps with the Maltese national team, for whom he was eligible through two of his grandparents.

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Ante Covic watches a high cross in front of the Newcastle Jets fans.

Ante Covic watches a high cross whilst playing for Newcastle Jets in front of the club's fans in 2007.

Photo credit: Peter Kennelly/Jared Wiltshire


  • Continually update the 2016–17 A-League article with results and stats.

  • In addition, update the 2016–17 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.
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