Why the A-League lends itself to memes

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The culture surrounding football in Australia has developed a strong tradition of banter and shitposting that makes our beautiful game all the more entertaining.

The A-League may not be the best league in the world if you determine that purely by skill and the calibre of competition on the pitch. Despite this, you’d be hard pressed to find a competition anywhere in the world that provides fans with as much fuel for visual gags ready to be enjoyed and spread around the internet.

More often than not the jokes write themselves, with the league lobbing disgraceful haircuts, Usain Bolt and sauce bottles over the net ready to be smashed.

You just won’t find stuff like this in any other league in the world. Australians have earned a worldwide reputation for being the most prolific shitposters on the planet, and our top flight of football reflects this to a tee.

A big contributor to the humour-driven culture surrounding the game is the amount of almost cartoon-like characters that we’ve watched and made fun of over the years. Kevin Muscat, Ned Zelić, Besart Berisha and Mark Bosnich just to name a few. You could easily make a sitcom with these four and you wouldn’t even need to write a script for them.

The A-League is full of characters like this and the result is far from monotonous.

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There is definitely a degree of self-awareness about all of this too. Media outlets like Fox Sports and online coverage of football tends to encourage self-deprecating banter and humour. Not taking everything so seriously is built into the Australian identity and the coverage of the A-League definitely embraces this attitude.

Of course the focus is on the football but we don’t shy away from having a laugh which makes everything more fun.

Online meme accounts on Twitter and Facebook that cover the A-League thrive. There is hardly any shortage of material and fans have a field day almost every week. Of course it can be annoying and forced but at its best memes surrounding the A-League scratch a unique comedic itch.

For example, all the Lawrence Thomas memes after the diVARster would even have taken some of the edge off the most hardened Newcastle Jets fan (perhaps when paired with 14 misery beers).

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You can say what you like about the quality of football in the A-League, it’s a topic that people like to whinge about a lot and I’d argue that it’s definitely improving. One thing is for certain, there is no league in the world that can compete with the shenanigans that take place in our cherished league.

From the seagulls in Melbourne City to the sauce bottles in Bluetongue, may our antics continue for many years to come.

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Harry Keating
Harry Keating
Intern at The Football Sack covering The Newcastle Jets A-League and W-League home matches!

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