Australia Soccer teams: best, biggest & most successful football clubs in Australia

Australia Soccer teams: best, biggest & most successful football clubs in Australia

June 21, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Australia Soccer teams: the biggest, best and most successful football clubs in Australia.

 

The Australian A-League represent the best soccer teams in the country although it used to be the national Premier League during the old era.

 

Today, the A-League stands as the number professional soccer league in the country representing the best clubs in Australia.

 

 

Since moving to the AFC a few years back, Australia has been seen as one of the best leagues on the continent when it comes to management, financial value as a good structure and organisation.

 

It is one of the top emerging leagues in the continent attracting players from all over the world including European countries, Africa, South American and players from some Asian countries.

 

The first national soccer league in Australia began in 1977 as the National Soccer League after an agreement was made to create a single national league for clubs in the country.

 

 

The Australian A-League was established in 2004 as the new professional soccer league in Australia featuring twelve teams with a proposed expansion in the future.

 

The league features the majority of Australian teams and a single team from New Zealand participating as a franchise team with an existing licence.

 

Compared with Major League Soccer, the A-League A-League runs a regular season and play-offs final.

 

The team with the most points at the end of the regular season is awarded the Premiership while the winners of the playoffs or the Grand Final is awarded or crowned Champions of the league.

 

 

Highlighting the biggest football clubs in Australia.

The league has grown over the years to accommodate some of the biggest teams in Asian football today.

 

The biggest soccer teams in Australia

1. Sydney FC

2. Melbourne Victory

3. Western Sydney Wanderers

4. Perth Glory

5. Adelaide United

6. Brisbane Roar

 

Soccer in Australia is one of the most followed team sport after the Austrian Football Rugby League.

 

The Australian A-League since its inception is currently the number Competition in the country.

 

Best football clubs in Australia

 

Highlighting the best football clubs in Australia.

 

These are the best soccer clubs in the country over the years most especially since the commencement of the A-League.

 

Sydney FC is one of the biggest football clubs in Australia as well as one of the most successful in the country over years.

 

This could be attributed to the success achieved by the club both at the continental scene and the International scene.

 

The next team on the block is Melbourne Victory with some considered number of followers and trophies won over the years.

 

Other top teams that have made the highlights including Perth Glory, Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers, etc.

 

1. Sydney FC

Sydney FC is an Australian professional soccer team based in the city of Sydney. The club competes in the A-League as a franchise Soccer outfit.

 

When it comes to professional soccer in the country, Sydney FC is the best team in Australia as well as the most successful team in all-time history with notable domestic and international trophies.

 

Sydney was the only Australian Soccer team that achieved more success during Australia’s membership with the OFC which they recently moved to become a member of the AFC.

 

Established in 2004, Sydney FC has grown to become one of the strongest football leagues in the country one the years.

 

Sydney FC is the most successful team in Australia haven won 1 FFA Cup, a record 5 A-League Championship, a record 4 A-League Premiership, 1 OFC Champions League title.

 

The OFC Champions League was won during Australia’s membership of the OFC before the change was made in 2005 when Australia was accurate as a member of the Asian Football Confederation.

 

Sydney FC has also finished in the fifth round of the FIFA Club World Cup back in 2005 after the team won the OFC Champions League.

 

Highlighting the success recorded by Sydney FC

Australia A-League – National

 

A-League Championship

Sydney FC won its first-ever league title three years later in 2006 after the league was established in 2004.

 

This was after the club narrowly missed out on lifting the A-League A-League Premiership the same year.

 

It took the club another four years before another title came in 2010. There was another seven-year wait for a third title in the A-League era in 2017.

 

This win marked the club’s entrance into the Soccer scene in Australia.

 

This win performance also sent a strong message across the country, announcing the club’s emergence as a team in the division.

 

For the first time, Sydney FC made consecutive wins after defending the title it won in 2019 the following year in 2020.

 

A-League Premiership

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The club’s first-ever Premiership was achieved in 2010 which was the same year the club completed the double by emerging winners of the A-League Championship as well as A-League Premiership.

 

 

In 2017, Sydney FC completed its first-ever treble after emerging winners of the A-League Championship, A-League Premiership and FFA Cup.

 

This became the club’s most iconic record in its history as a club in Australia.

 

In 2020, Sydney FC achieved another domestic double by winning the A-League Championship and the Premiership at the same time.

 

FFA Cup – National

The club’s first-ever triumph in the FFA Cup was in 2017. Although the club had lost in two finals including the 2016 and 2018 finals.

 

OFC Champions League – International

This was the clubs most notable International trophy, achieved during Australia’s membership of the OFC before 2005.

 

The club won the 2005 OFC Champions League.

 

FIFA Club World Cup – International

Sydney FC finished in fifth place during the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup as winners of the OFC Champions League that year.

 

Rivalry

Unlike other top teams across the Asian continent and Europe, the domestic scene in Australia is not short of rival clubs facing each other in a duel.

 

Sydney FC also has some notable rivalries in the country.

 

Sydney FC boast of having one of the biggest rivalries in the country.

 

The club has two rivalries against Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers which is their direct rivals.

 

 

The Big Blue: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

The meeting between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC is regarded as the most iconic rivalries of football in Australia since the two sides represent the two largest cities in the country.

 

The match played between the two sides is always a fiercely contested encounter that has also gone more physical.

 

This is arguably one of the biggest and strongest football derbies in Australia.

 

The meeting between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC could be traced to the old era of football in Australia which gave it the status as most iconic in history.

 

The Sydney Derby: Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

For the first time, Sydney FC now has a true and direct local rivalry in Australia after the introduction of Western Sydney Wanderers FC in the A-League.

 

In terms of head to head and who can be seen as the best in the local derby, Sydney FC is the best, leading Western Sydney Wanderers with the most wins since the two teams began to meet each other.

 

Support

Sydney FC is one of the heavily supported football clubs across Australia most especially in the most famous city of Sydney.

 

The club’s support started in the early 2005s and grew even larger in 2012 until now.

 

2. Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory is an Australian professional soccer club based in Melbourne. The club competes in the A-League as a franchise team.

 

Since its entrance into the modern soccer scene in Australia, Melbourne has gone on to win notable trophies across the domestic scene.

 

Today, Melbourne doubles as the second most supported club in Australia as well as the second most successful team in the country.

 

The club holds the record as the only club in Australia to win all four major domestic trophies in the modern era of Soccer in the country.

 

Melbourne Victory has won 4 A-League Championship, 3 A-League Premiership, 1 FFA Cup, 1 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup.

 

Alongside Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory has also won a treble and a double as a club in the modern era.

 

Doubles and Trebles 

Doubles

 

A-League and A-League Grand Final (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15.

Trebles

A-League, A-League Grand Final and A-League Preseason Cup (1): 2008–09.

 

Highlighting Melbourne Victory’s success

A-League Championship – National

The club’s first-ever success in the A-League was in 2007, being a year of the club’s first double after lifting the A-League Premiership.

 

There was a short two-year wait for a second title which was achieved once again with a double by emerging Champions of the Premiership and Championship.

 

In 2015, Melbourne Victory emerged winners of the Championship as well as winners of the Premiership, as the club became the only club to win more than two doubles.

 

 

A-League Premiership – National

The club’s first-ever league win was 2006–07, followed by another successful campaign during 2008–09.

 

The club further went on to win another title during 2014–15.

 

FFA Cup

FFA Cup, the domestic knockout Competition is one of the most competitive. Melbourne Victory won its first title in 2015.

 

Rivalry

Melbourne Victory is one of the top clubs in Australia having some of the most notable domestic rivalries to date.

 

The club holds some high profile rivalries with teams including Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart), Western United, Sydney FC, Adelaide United, etc.

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The Big Blue: Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC

This is by far the biggest Soccer rivalry in the history of club Soccer in Australia until today.

 

It is seen as one of the oldest rivalries which can be traced back to the old era.

 

The derby between the two clubs stands because of the nature of the teams as the two most successful and with the most supporters in the country.

 

It is always a fiercely contested encounter between the two sides that has continued to grow over the years as a result of the craze from fans of the respective clubs.

 

Sydney dumped Melbourne during the 2010 season to win the A-League Grand Final.

 

Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart)

The clash between the two sides remains the true local rivalry for Melbourne City.

 

Melbourne Victory’s rivalry with Melbourne City most notably began in 2011 after the club was admitted into the new domestic league years after.

 

The two teams began facing each other when Melbourne City was representing the city as Melbourne Heart before its formal name change in 2014.

 

This new name has further made the rivalry more famous in Melbourne City.

 

In one of the meetings in the 2020/2021 season, there was a heavy scoreline as Melbourne City thrashed Victory 6-0. In the return leg, City also thrashed Victory 7-0.

 

The Original Rivalry: Melbourne City vs Adelaide United

Melbourne City also holds another famous rivalry with Adelaide United which is an interstate rivalry.

 

This is also another top and fiercely contested rivalry in the league.

 

The Westgate Derby: Melbourne City vs Western United

This is one of the newest rivalries in the domestic scene.

 

It is gradually gaining attention despite its short history.

Support

The club is one of the two most supported clubs in the Australian domestic scene.

 

Melbourne City has consistently had record matchday attendance over the years.

 

3. Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers is an Australian professional soccer club based in Sydney. The club competes in the A-League as a franchise team.

 

Western Sydney Wanderers holds the record as the first Australian Soccer team to win the AFC Champions League which was achieved in 2014.

 

The club is also the only club that has won the AFC Champions League as of 2020.

 

Adding the AFC Champions League triumph in 2014, Western Sydney Wanderers is the third most successful team in Australia with 1 A-League Premiership.

 

The International success in 2014 makes it one of the most respected in the country.

 

But in terms of domestic titles, Western Sydney Wanderers are yet to win except for the A-League Premiership which it first lifted in 2013.

 

Still, in 2014, The Wanderers finished in sixth place during the FIFA Club World Cup.

 

Rivalry

Based in Sydney, the club boost of having some top national and regionally recognize derbies against Sydney FC and Macarthur FC.

 

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC

This is the true local derby of Sydney.

 

The rivalry is regarded as the A-League biggest derby as a result of geography and historical peculiarities.

 

Sydney and Eastern Sydney team up against Western Sydney Wanderers from the Western part of Sydney City.

 

The teams two have met on several occasions thereby increasing the existing rivalry between them.

 

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Macarthur FC

It is the second derby played by the Wanderers. The rivalry exists as the two clubs are based in Greater Western Sydney.

 

Since Macarthur FC is a new team on the A-League block, the first-ever meeting between the two teams began in the 2020/2021 season where Macarthur FC emerged winners.

 

The other meeting ended in a draw.

 

Support

Western Sydney Wanderers is One of the most supported Soccer clubs in the A-League.

 

The AFC Champions League success in 2014 as well as the team’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014 was a major factor in the club’s recognition across the country.

 

4. Adelaide United

Adelaide United is an Australian professional soccer club based in Adelaide. The club competes in the A-League as a franchise team.

 

Adela United is also one of the top sides in the country.

 

The club has won 1 Championship, 2 A-League Premiership and 3 FFA Cup.

 

Rivalry

Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory

 

5. Perth Glory

Perth Glory is an Australian professional soccer club based in the Austrian city of Perth. The club Competes in the Australian A-League as a franchise team.

 

Perth Glory is one of the founding members of the Austrian A-League in its inaugural season in 2004.

 

Perth began winning the domestic league title in the old National Soccer League which is now defunct and replaced by the A-League.

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The club’s first major trophy was achieved during the 1999–2000 season.

 

This was the A-League Premiership in the now-defunct National Soccer League.

 

The club won two Premiership in the National Soccer League as well as a Grand Final win in 2003 in the defunct National Soccer League.

 

In total, Perth Glory has won 4 A-League Premiership, 2 A-League Championship.

 

Highlights Perth Glory trophies

A-League Premiership – National

Perth Glory has a joint record wins in the A-League Premiership with four titles alongside Sydney FC.

 

Years Won: 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2018–19.

 

A-League Premiership – National

The club boost two titles in the early years as well as four finals.

 

Rivalry

The Distance Derby: Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix

This is called the distance derby as Wellington Phoenix is the only team from New Zealand competing in the A-League.

 

The two teams have met on several occasions in the A-League.

 

6. Melbourne City

Melbourne City is an Australian professional soccer club based in Melbourne. The club competes in the A-League.

 

The club has won 1 A-League Premiership and 1 FFA Cup.

 

Rivalry

Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory

This served as the true local derby for Melbourne City. The two teams face each other in a fiercely contested encounter.

 

Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Melbourne City plays the Wanders which is the club’s second rivalry in the league.

 

7.Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar is a professional soccer club based in Brisbane. The club competes in the A-League as a franchise team.

 

Brisbane Roar is one of oldest soccer club in history of the A-League, established in 1957.

 

The team won trophies in the Brisbane State League as well as the old National Soccer League Cup.

 

In the modern era, Brisbane Roar have won 3 A-League Championship, 2 A-League Premiership.

 

Rivalry

Brisbane Roar vs Perth Glory

Brisbane Roar has a strong rivalry with Perth Glory which has a strong mention even on social media by fans of the two sides.

 

Brisbane Roar also has another strong rivalry with Sydney FC known as the rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland.

 

Brisbane Roar originally from Queensland while Sydney FC represents New South Wales.

 

8. Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets is a professional soccer club based in Newcastle. The club Competes in A-League.

 

Popularity of soccer in Australia

Soccer is one of the most popular team Sports in Australia.

 

The domestic league, the Australia A-League boost of having some of the highest matchday attendance.

 

The league has also grown to attract more awareness and followers across Australia despite the tough challenge it receives from The National Rugby League of Australia.

 

Since the beginning of the National Soccer League and the transition to the new A-League which was established in 2004, soccer has continued to thrive as a Sports in the country.

 

The game is also one of the most lucrative professional sporting competition across the country.

 

The competitiveness and popular of the A-League has further drawn interest from top countries across the world.

 

Competitiveness of soccer in Australia

The Australian A-League as a well as the FFA Cup are the two top competitive soccer events producing teams that have gone on to represent the country in international competitions.

 

Over the years, competitiveness of the A-League has brought back the old soccer vibes in the country when the league was operated as the National Soccer League.

 

The A-League and the FFA Cup has never been a one sided competition right from when they were established as professional soccer tournaments in the country.

 

Performance of Australia teams on the continent

 

Prior to Australia’s switch to the AFC in 2015, Sydney FC became the first club to win the OFC Champions League.

 

This was how not in the picture for teams in the country after the move to the AFC.

 

Since the entry, only Western Sydney Wanderers have emerged as Champions of the continental showpiece, winning the 2014 AFC Champions League in grand style.

 

Over the years, teams from the country has continued to spring up surprises.

 

Top teams including Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets have competed in the continental competition.

 

Final Thoughts

The soccer scene in Australia has continued to grow over the years. Today, the A-League is followed globally and just in Australia alone.

 

The competitiveness of the league has further made it more lucrative as fans attend matches throughout the season.

 

In Australia, the best football clubs are Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney Wanderers, Perth Glory, etc. This is because they’ve won remarkable domestic and international trophies combine.

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