Australia’s A-League may be going from strength to strength but not according to the latest global rankings.
The domestic product has fallen to 99th in the world, below the likes of Singapore, Indonesia and the Congo and is rated only marginally better than Hong Kong.
The annual list of the strongest national leagues by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics puts Spain's La Liga on top of the pile for the fourth year in a row - largely due to the success of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona - followed by the English Premier League.
Germany’s Bundesliga remains in third with the leagues of Italy, Brazil, Argentina, France, Russia, Colombia and Romania rounding out the top 10.
Australia plummeted from the 2012 ranking of 52. The highest ranked leagues in the Asian Football Confederation are the Republic of Korea (23 down from 15), Saudi Arabia (24 up from 28) and Japan (30 down from 27).
The rankings have been released annually by the IFFHS since 1991. The latest Top 125 results cover the 2013 calendar year and are based on national and inter-continental results.