Why the A-League finals format is perfect

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It has been hotly debated over the years whether to keep the top six format, move to a top four, or to scrap the finals all together.

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The reality is, in Australian sport, a grand final is the epitome of entertainment and drama. It’s an occasion where families all across the nation turn to their TV screens to see who will be crowned the champion of any sporting code.

As it stands in the A-League, you have the same chance of making the finals as you do missing out completely. This model lends itself to not only a close battle for the final couple of spots in the finals, but it also allows for some upsets.

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In A-League history, the top two teams have more often than not cruised through the league and made the grand final. A top-four finals format would eliminate the chance of sixth placed upsetting third, and the close battle between fourth and fifth. Losing one of those games is almost as heart-breaking as losing your jackpot on the best online pokies.

The point is, just because something can be harder to make, it doesn’t necessarily lend its hand to being more entertaining. Sometimes the true entertainment can be found in a scrappy battle for sixth place.

There’s almost no better example of this than in 2019/20 when Perth Glory scraped their way into sixth place, pipping Adelaide United by one point. That season, we also saw sixth placed Perth defeat third placed Wellington in their semi-final, with fifth placed Western United also upsetting fourth placed Brisbane Roar.

The unpredictability of the six-team finals format is thrilling, and best mobile casinos add a thrill a minute, too.

The A-League is often bashed on by those outside the football world, but the drama that ensues in a finals series is truly exciting. Football fans around the country cannot wait to see if Macarthur or Adelaide can upset the Mariners or Brisbane to earn themselves a shot at a grand final.

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