Pre-Season Roundtable

Welcome to a special pre-season Roundtable edition of The A-League Show. James is joined by Paul Williams and Mike Tuckerman for an in-depth discussion on everything A-League ahead of the new season kicking off next week.


  • The ongoing CBA negotiations between FFA & PFA.
  • Brisbane Roar and the Bakrie Group retaining ownership.
  • Newcastle Jets ownership issues and possible sale of the club.
  • Supporter issues and the proposed RBB restrictions by NSW Police.
  • The current ownership model - how do we improve on it and is fan ownership viable in the A-League?
  • A-League expansion - Rumours FFA are keen on a 3rd club in Sydney - we express why we think it won't work and why Canberra & Wollongong are the best options.
  • Damien de Bohun believes the A-League is on track to take over rival sporting codes - but there's still work to do.
  • A-League referees go full time in 2015/16.
  • Perth Glory - how will they fare this season and will the fans trust the club again?
  • Wellington Phoenix still chasing a license renewal beyond this season - but it's not panic stations just yet.
  • The National Youth League is moving to a two-conference format.
  • FFA Cup has been a success once again and we love it.
  • Melbourne Victory break their own Membership record and it's amazing.
  • Adelaide United open their new training facility - the way forward for A-League clubs.

This episode was originally broadcast live on 30/09/15.

Live Show on September 30!

The 2015/16 A-League season is nearly here and we're gearing up for our fourth season of coverage. Over the off-season a few of you have requested another Roundtable episode, so this Wednesday, September 30th we're doing just that - and we'll be broadcasting it live right here on!

Join us for a pre-season roundtable discussion where we'll be talking everything A-League, including the current CBA negotiations, Brisbane and Newcastle ownership problems, supporter issues and more. The show will run for about an hour with James Parkinson being joined by Paul Williams and Mike Tuckerman.

Because we'll be live you get to tune and join in the conversation in real time. We want to hear your input and questions as we go along. You can Tweet us @ALeagueShow and include the hash tag #ALeagueShowLive. We may even take some listener calls on air via Skype. Full details for the broadcast can be found on our live page. 

A-League: The Inside Story with Shaun Mooney

Before the new season gets underway, today we're featuring a brand new book on Australian football.

James chats to Leopold Method publisher, Shaun Mooney, the co-author of A-League: The Inside Story of the Tumultuous First Decade. Shaun offers his insights into the process of writing the book, from initial idea to a published novel.

'A-League' takes you behind the scenes of the formation of the Hyundai A-League, Australia's failed World Cup bid, the collapse of Gold Coast United, the launch of the Wanderers, the many Socceroos campaigns and everything in between.

A-League: The Inside Story of the Tumultuous First Decade by John Stensholt & Shaun Mooney is now available. Order your copy from


Join our Fantasy Draft league

After years of waiting there is finally a draft style fantasy game for the A-League, thanks to Virtual Sports! We're now recruiting team managers for our very own private league with the live online draft set for October 1st. 

If you've never played any draft style fantasy sports before, the rules are quite simple. Each player drafts a team of A-League players, taking in turns to make their picks. This means that each team will be completely unique. Honestly, it's the only way to play! But it also means you have to be careful about the players you choose. It's a lot of fun. 

Virtual Sports limits leagues to a maximum of 10 teams, meaning we have 9 places up for grabs this season. It's first in, best dressed so if you'd like to play, please email and include the word "fantasy" in the subject line. The first nine people to email through will be accepted and I'll be in touch ASAP with your invite to join.

Also, please make sure you will be available for the live draft otherwise your team goes on auto draft and that's just no fun. As spots are limited we'd prefer to have players who can commit to playing. 

The draft league details are as follows:

  • League Type: Head to Head
  • League Size: 10 Teams
  • Draft Order: Snake
  • Trade Waivers: Yes
  • Draft Day: Thursday, October 1st, 7:30pm AEST

This league is of course free to join, playing for bragging rights only. Game on!

75: Grand Final Preview 2015

Welcome to this weeks A-League Show, our Grand Final edition! James kicks off todays show with the latest news headlines, including changes at the top for Brisbane, Newcastle and Central Coast.

Then’s Iain Strachan joins James to review the Semi Finals and discuss the end-of-season A-League Awards.

Simon Hill from Fox Sports then comes on the show to preview the Grand Final.