2010/11 A-League finals format
The 2010/11 season A-League format will be the same as the 2009/10 season with the top six teams qualifying for the finals and the finals running over four weeks.
The top two teams play each other over two legs and the winner goes straight to the grand finals and also gets the right to host it and gets a rest in week three.
The team that finishes second hosts the first leg with the minor premiers hosting the second leg. Away goals rule over these two legs.
So this year the Central Coast Mariners will host the first leg and the second leg will be at the Suncorp.
The loser between the top will play the winner from the third to sixth placed teams in week three of the finals.
With the third to sixth place, third will play sixth placed team and the fourth will play the fifth placed with the higher ranked teams hosting the matches in each case.
These are one-off and the winners in these matches will play each other in week two of the finals with the winner in week two playing the loser between the Roar and the Mariners.
So Adelaide United will host the Wellington Phoenix whilst Gold Coast United will host Melbourne Victory in week one of the finals.
The winners in these matches will play each in the second week of the finals and the winner will then play the loser in the Roar/Mariners match in the third week of the finals.
The fourth week of the finals will be the Grand final.
The rules in full can be found here.