Why the A-League is better than the EPL

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The debate is over, the A-League is better than the English Premier League and everyone needs to accept it.

The EPL is home to some of the best players and the biggest clubs in the world, watched by millions and generating billions in revenue, yet it has got nothing on the A-League.

There are a group of people in Australia that refuse to watch the A-League because they claim it is not as good, and these people are often referred to as ‘euro snobs’. They are wrong and here is why.

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Time zones

Easy win here for the A-League, obviously perfect timing for those in Australia unlike those late night games of the EPL.

While their games can be entertaining, waking up at 3.30am on a Monday morning to watch a 0-0 draw is a dreadful way to start the week.

Meanwhile a 5pm A-League game on a Saturday is perfect timing to enjoy a game of football.

Accessibility

Another easy win for the A-League, actually being able to attend games and be there live with friends to enjoy the atmosphere. Obviously, the EPL can not really compete in this category.

Clubs and players are extremely accessible in the A-League which helps build a better relationship between clubs and fans. It is not every league where you can run into the players down at the shops or the pub, you probably know someone who has a story like that.

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The history

A lot of people will point out the difference in the history between the two competitions, with the Premier League/First Division being around for 133 years compared to the A-League’s 16 years.

While the history of the English game is impressive and a great attraction for people, the A-League is great because history is being made right before our eyes.

We are able to experience history as it happens and also be a part of it.

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A proving ground

The EPL has some of the best players in the world, the A-League can not compete with that. However, it is okay because the A-League is a proving ground for emerging talent that could one day be one of those players.

This category is all about preference, while watching the best of the best can be amazing, it can also be incredible to watch that youngster rise up through your club’s academy.

You grow attached to those young players and hope they can live up to the potential, it is all about the unknown, anything could happen and that is exciting.

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The memes

You knew this one was coming, when people talk about the A-League they can not help but talk about the memes.

We are lucky to have people like JayFC or pages like A-League Memes to help create content and highlight the absurdness of the league.

While the EPL is not without its absurd moments and memes (hey AFTV) it can not compete with the incredible meme content the A-League has.

You will not see the palm trees or sauce bottle mascots at the Theatre of Dreams but come on down to Gosford to get your fill.

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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