Australian Tier 1

Hyundai A-League

League Guide & Facts

  • The top tier of Australian football

  • 12 teams (11 Australian, 1 New Zealand)

  • Comprises of a regular season followed by a knockout play-off system leading to a grand final

  • Regular Season teams play each other at least once (26 games)

  • 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw


  • Top 6 qualify for the knockout stage with the top 2 getting a bye to the semi final

  • Grand Final decides overall winner


  • None, closed shop

Notable Rules

  • 1 goalkeeper on the bench

  • 2 under 21 players must be on the bench

  • Maximum of 5 foreign players

  • Rules on player wages is pretty convoluted, see video below

  • New team Macarthur FC join the league this season

  • Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for continental competition through the league as they are not recognised as an Asian Federation Club

  • League Reputation is 2 stars

Transfer, Registration and Salary Cap Rules

Australia has a fairly unique rules surrounding transfers, player registration and salary caps the only league that comes close is probably the USA. In the video below Newton Durham outlines the rules really well, you can tell he's passionate about the A-League.

Fair warning for LLaMas, he does name players, but the video is free from tipping, he doesn't ever mention tactics or who to sign or any of that nonsense

Suggested* Additional Nations To Load

An Asian Journeyman

There's plenty of scope for career progression with this setup and having all other nations in Asia running will keep the continental club competitions strong too

*As always this is only a suggestion, feel free to run as many or as little leagues as you feel your system can handle. The setup above gives a nice regional feel and still maintains historic transfer links with the two European Nations mentioned

Media Prediction, Board Expectations and Title Odds

Australia is a bit of a bone of contention for me as a LLaMa as are all of the nations with a single tier, my personal gut feeling is that I would only ever start as one of the bottom 3 maybe bottom 7 at a push.

Anything above that would be a little too strong for my tastes but hey, if you've watched the video and finally got your head around the player allocation and salary cap and you were sent here by the LLMPicker then who am I to argue with the 3 Llamas?

Keep in mind the figures you see below may be slightly different in your game but once you get started you'll see that they are broadly the same

Football Manager 2021 - Australian Hyundai A-League - Club Culture

Football Manager 2021 - Australian Hyundai A-League


Adelaide United

Brisbane Roar

Central Coast

Macarthur FC

Melbourne City

Melbourne Victory

Newcastle Jets

Perth Glory

Sydney FC

Wellington Phoenix

Western Sydney

Western United