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
(2 teams), Newcastle
(2 teams) and Wellington
(New Zealand). Auckland
(New Zealand), the Gold Coast
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.