Now entering its eleventh season, the Australian A-League continues to grow with a record crowd of over 60,000 attending the Sydney derby season opener of Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers. The A-League continues toproduce the majority of players for the national team The Socceroos who won the Asian Cup in 2015.
Here are 10 Things you didn’t know about the A-League
1) It might be known as the A-League but Kiwi’s would argue it should be called the ANZ league as Australia’s top flight features a team from New Zealand.
2) Former English Premier League favourites Emile Heskey, Michael Bridges, Robbie Fowler and William Gallashave all played down under.
3) Italian legend Alesandro Del Piero is currently playing for A-League side Sydney FC.
4) The A-League operates a strict salary cap which allows each team only one marquee Player from abroad, one marquee foreigner under 23 years of age and one Australian marquee player.
5) No team has ever been promoted to or relegated from the A-League!
6) The longest away trip in world football is a 5000km journey that separates Perth and Wellington. At this fixture you can find the world’s most dedicated away fans!
7) Docklands stadium in Mebourne is home to Melbourne Victory and is the biggest A-League stadium with a capacity of over 53,000.
8) New Zealand born Shane Smeltz is the all-time leading scorer in the A-League with 76 goals.
9) Matt Thompson holds the record for the most appearances in the A-League turning out over 250 times.
10) Michael Theo has been named Goalkeeper of the year a record 3 times.
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