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Season



Regular Season:

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Format:

10 teams, each plays the others three times - of which at least once home and once away - for a total of 27 games each, over 27 game weeks.


Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.


Table order:

1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. lesser number of red cards received; 7. lesser number of yellow cards received; 8. draw.



Qualification for AFC competitions:

1-2 place: AFC Champions League

3 place: possible AFC Champions League (depends on Final Stages outcome)


Qualification for the Final Stages:

1-6 place: qualify for Final Stages





Final Stages:

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Format:

6 teams contest the A-League champion in a knockout format.

The 1st and 2nd placed teams from the Regular Season enter directly at the Semi-finals.



Elimination Finals:

Teams are paired according to their Regular Season standings:

3rd vs 6th;

4th vs 5th.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The teams with higher placing from the Regular Season are hosts.




Semi-finals:

2 teams from the Elimination Finals and the two teams that enter at this stage are paired according to their Regular Season standings:

1st vs worst placed;

2nd vs 3rd best placed.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The teams with higher placing from the Regular Season are hosts.




Grand Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming A-League champion.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.

The team with higher placing from the Regular Season is host.



Qualification for AFC competitions:

winner: AFC Champions League *

* - if the A-League champion is one of the top-2 placed teams from the Regular Season, then the 3rd placed team in the Regular Season also qualifies for the AFC Champions League.