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This was intended to allow clubs to grow and develop an identity in their respective region without local competition.
The regular season runs mainly during the Australian summer, from early October to April of the following year.
The competition start date was set for August 2005.
By June 2004, 20 submissions had been received and a month later 12 consortiums sent in their final bids for the eight spots.
The formation of the NSL came after Australia's qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which led to discussion of a national league, with 14 teams eventually chosen to participate in the inaugural season of the NSL in 1977.
Under the guidance of the then-governing body, the Australian Soccer Federation (later Soccer Australia), the NSL flourished through the 1980s and early 1990s but then fell into decline with the increasing departure of Australian players to overseas leagues, a disastrous television deal with the Seven Network and the resulting lack of sponsorship.
The current champions are Melbourne Victory, who won the 2018 A-League Grand Final, equaling the record of four domestic titles held by Marconi Stallions, South Melbourne, and Sydney City.
A national round-robin tournament existed in various forms prior to the formation of the A-League, with the most notable being the National Soccer League (NSL).
The position of each team is determined by the highest number of points accumulated during the regular season.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.If two or more teams are level on points, the following criteria are applied in order until one of the teams can be determined as the higher ranked: The top six clubs at the conclusion of the Regular Season progress to the Finals Series.The finals series culminates to the A-League Grand Final, where the winner is crowned A-League Champion and receives a place in the AFC Champions League.
Three bids were received from Melbourne, two each from Sydney and Brisbane, one from each of the remaining preferred cities and a bid from the New South Wales Central Coast city of Gosford.