For a league with only 10 teams, the A-League is rather plentiful in derbies. Here at Sack Attack we’ve decided to give you a little primer on some of them ahead of the Sydney Derby this weekend!
The Sydney Derby (Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers FC)


The A-League’s newest derby. The true essence of this derby is summed up in the fact that you can buy a damn good kebab in Western Sydney for about $5 whereas the same kebab in the CBD would cost $15.

The Melbourne Derby (Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart)
The green chairs at AAMI Park are at the center of this derby. Melbourne Victory fans resent green chairs and aim to continually fill AAMI Park so that they aren’t seen. Melbourne Heart fans as lovers of green chairs aim to show them in their natural unmanned glory.
The F3 Derby (Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets)

Started by a car accident on the F3 involving a Mariners supporter and a Jets supporter, the F3 Derby is a celebration of the ongoing legal case between the two victims of the accident. This match is also secretly a government military test involving the navy and airforce.

The Big Blue (Sydney FC vs. Melbourne Victory)

Often mistakenly labeled as the continuation of the rivalry between Australia’s two largest cities and the meeting of arguably the two biggest teams in the A-league, the Big Blue actually owes it’s inception to two kit designers at Reebok who were arguing over shades of blue.

The Totally Exists Derby (Gold Coast United vs. North Queensland Fury)

The Totally Exists Derby is contested by two teams who totally exist in the A-League. Like the rivalry between the Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory, Melbourne Heart fans over the age of 20 and good crowd numbers at Bluetongue Stadium, it totally exists.

If you’re sad about the demise of the two Queensland A-League teams maybe reading up on this week’s NPL Queensland Wrap will make you feel better! Or check out more popular original content with this week’s Crossbar!
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Agaki is the cartoonist for the Hyundai A-League webcomic, Sack Attack.