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The A-League Portal

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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 known as Football Federation Australia or FFA) announced the formation of a new 8-team competition to revitalise the sport. Clubs are from cities in Australia or New Zealand. The cities currently represented are: Adelaide, Brisbane, Gosford, Melbourne (2 teams), Newcastle, Perth, Sydney (2 teams) and Wellington (New Zealand). Auckland (New Zealand), the Gold Coast and Townsville have been represented in the past by teams no longer competing in the league. 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 and SBS.

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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
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Tasks

  • Continually update the 2014–15 A-League article with results and stats.

  • In addition, update the 2014–15 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

Club Stadium Capacity
Adelaide United Coopers Stadium 17,000
Brisbane Roar Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Central Coast Mariners Central Coast Stadium 20,119
Melbourne City AAMI Park 30,050
Melbourne Victory AAMI Park

Etihad Stadium

30,050

53,355

Newcastle Jets Hunter Stadium 26,164
Perth Glory nib Stadium 18,156
Sydney FC Allianz Stadium 45,500
Wellington Phoenix Westpac Stadium 36,000
Western Sydney Wanderers Pirtek Stadium 21,500
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A-League Results

Current Season
2014–15 A-League: Finals series
Previous Season
2013–14 A-League: Grand Final
Brisbane Roar 2–1 Western Sydney Wanderers
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A-League News

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