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A-League
A-League logo.png
Countries Australia Australia
New Zealand New Zealand
Confederation AFC
Founded 2004
First season 2005-06
Number of teams 11
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Pan-Pacific Championship
Current champions MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory (2009-10)
Most championships MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory (2)
Current premiers SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC (2009-10)
Most premiers MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory (2)
Website http://www.a-league.com.au/
2009–10 A-League

The A-League is the premier Australian domestic football (soccer) competition. Run by Australian governing body Football Federation Australia, it was founded in 2004 following the collapse of the National Soccer League and staged its inaugural season in 2005-06. It is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company Australia, and is therefore officially known as the Hyundai A-League.

The league is contested by ten teams: nine located across Australia and one from New Zealand.[1] Related leagues include a National Youth League and the Women's Westfield W-League.

Contents

Format

Pre-Season Cup

Prior to the 2009-10 season, a pre-season competition was held in August, as a precursor to the main season. In the Pre-Season Cup, the teams were evenly placed into two groups. Each team played the others in the group once over three rounds.

Beginning in 2006, an additional bonus round was then held, with each team playing a cross-over match with a team from a different group. In addition to the standard points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), there were special bonus points on offer for the bonus round matches:

  • 1 bonus point for 2 goals scored by a team,
  • 2 bonus points for 3 goals scored by a team, or
  • 3 bonus points for 4 or more goals scored by a team.
  • 4 bonus points for scoring 5 goals by a player.

This format was edited for the 2007 competition. The bonus round was removed, and the bonus points system introduced into each of the first three rounds. All eight teams then entered a knock-out round, culminating in the final in late August.

The Pre-Season Cup was removed from 2009-10's A-League schedule in order to give the clubs more control over their own pre-season training.[2]

Regular season

The regular season runs mainly during the Australian summer, from early August to February of the following year. The competition consists of 27 home-and-away rounds, with each team playing each other team three times – twice at one team's home stadium and once at the other's. The teams which are allotted two home matches against an opponent in one season are allotted one home match against that opponent in the following season. Each match sees the winning team awarded three competition points, or in the case of a draw, the teams receive one point each. At the end of the season, the teams are ranked firstly in terms of competition points accumulated, then goal difference, total goals scored, head-to-head records between tying teams and finally the number of cards each team has received.[3] The club at the top of this ladder is crowned A-League Premiers, and as of the 2006-07 season, will be entered into the AFC Champions League.[4]

At the completion of the Regular Season teams are ranked from one through ten with the top six teams progressing to the finals series. The position of each team is determined by the highest number of points accumulated during the Regular Season. If two or more teams are level on points accumulated, the following criteria are applied, in order, until one of the teams can be determined as the higher ranked:

  1. Highest goal difference;
  2. Highest number of goals scored;
  3. Highest number of points accumulated in matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Highest goal difference in matches between the teams concerned;
  5. Highest number of goals scored in matches between the teams concerned;
  6. Lowest number of red cards accumulated;
  7. Lowest number of yellow cards accumulated;
  8. Toss of a coin.

Finals series

The top six-ranked teams at the end of the regular season are entered into a finals series,[5] where the top two ranked teams in the regular season compete over two legs (with ties decided by the away goals rule, including extra time), the winner progressing straight to and hosting the Grand Final.

On the same weekend, the third and sixth ranked teams play against each other; the same for the fourth and fifth ranked teams. The winner of each of these matches play against each other, the winner of which goes ahead to play in a Preliminary Final against the loser of the two-legged match between the top two teams. The winner of this match progresses to the Grand Final. As of the 2006-07 season, this team will also contest the AFC Champions League, although if the team that wins the Premiership goes through to the Grand Final then the other Grand Final competitor will be awarded the second spot in the competition, win or lose.[4]

Promotion

The A-League logo, designed by Coast Design Sydney, is a three-dimensional sphere in the shape of a football. The two-toned ochre colours represent the sun, earth and desert while the 'glow' emanating from the centre of the logo depicts the playing season's Spring and Summer time span. The eight 'A' figures that make up the ball shape represent the eight foundation clubs.[6]

At the start of the inaugural season, an AU$3 million dollar advertising campaign was launched, with the television and film advertisements produced by Ridley Scott's production company. The theme for the campaign was: "Football, but not as you know it".

A new television advertisement was created for the start of the 2007-08 season, which debuted on Foxtel's program, Total Football. It was filmed at Bob Jane Stadium in Melbourne. The theme of the current campaign is "90 minutes, 90 emotions".[7] This promotional campaign continued into the 2008-09 season, along with music track "My People" from Australian act The Presets.

The A-League has been featured in the FIFA series by EA SPORTS since the 2007 edition of the game, as well as the Football Manager series by SI Games and the Championship Manager series by Beautiful Game Studios.[8]. Additionally, it is featured in the Pro Evolution Soccer (series) by Konami.

In 2008 and 2009 a Fox reality show, Football Superstar, offered as a prize, to the winner, a contract with an A-League club.

Clubs


There are currently eleven clubs from Australia and New Zealand playing in the A-League. Only three of these clubs, Adelaide United, Newcastle United Jets, and Perth Glory existed before the A-League was formed.

Unlike most European leagues, there is no system for promotion and relegation of teams nor a national knockout cup competition along the lines of the FA Cup. The A-League system thus shares some franchising elements with most other professional leagues in Australia, as well as Major League Soccer and other major American based sports leagues.

Wellington Phoenix replaced the New Zealand Knights at the start of the 2007-08 season.[9][10]

 
Adelaide United

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Founded: 2003
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: Hindmarsh Stadium (17,000)
Coach: Australia Aurelio Vidmar
Captain: 13. Travis Dodd

  Brisbane Roar

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Founded: 1957
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
Coach: Australia Ange Postecoglou
Captain: 15. Matt McKay

  Central Coast Mariners

Location: Gosford, New South Wales
Founded: 2004
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: Bluetongue Stadium (20,119)
Coach: Australia Graham Arnold
Captain: 18. Alex Wilkinson

  Gold Coast United

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Founded: 2008
Period: 2009-10
Ground: Skilled Park (27,400)
Coach: Israel Miron Bleiberg
Captain: 10. Jason Čulina

  Melbourne Heart

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Founded: 2008
Period: 2010-11 — present
Ground: TBA
Coach: Netherlands John van 't Schip
Captain: TBA

 
Melbourne Victory

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Founded: 2004
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: Etihad Stadium (56,347)
Coach: Scotland Ernie Merrick
Captain: 2. Kevin Muscat

  Newcastle Jets

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Founded: 2000
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium (26,164)
Coach: Australia Branko Čulina
Captain: 8. Matt Thompson

  North Queensland Fury

Location: Townsville, Queensland
Founded: 2008
Period: 2009-10
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium (26,500)
Coach: Scotland Ian Ferguson
Captain: 9. Robbie Fowler

  Perth Glory

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Founded: 1996
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: ME Bank Stadium (18,156)
Coach: Australia Dave Mitchell
Captain: 7. Jacob Burns

  Sydney FC

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Founded: 2004
Period: 2005-06 — present
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium (45,500)
Coach: Czech Republic Vítězslav Lavička
Captain: 9. John Aloisi

  Wellington Phoenix

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Founded: 2007
Period: 2007-08 — present
Ground: Westpac Stadium (36,000)
Coach: New Zealand Ricki Herbert
Captain: 22. Andrew Durante

Expansion


While making a relatively modest start in order to ensure future stability, both Football Federation Australia and the media have indicated significant interest in expanding the league. The eight foundation clubs have exclusivity clauses for their respective cities valid for five years, but this does not exclude teams from other areas.

Before the introduction of the A-League, FFA chairman Frank Lowy speculated that he hoped to expand the league into additional areas, mentioning Canberra, Hobart, Wollongong, Geelong , Gippsland, Far North Queensland, Bendigo, Ballarat, North Coast, Albury, Wodonga, Launceston, Christchurch, Auckland, Sunshine Coast and possibly Darwin.[11][12][13][14]

A Townsville-based group first assembled a bid when it was announced that the New Zealand Knights would not continue after the first two seasons. The Knights were instead replaced by Wellington Phoenix but the momentum from the bid process continued.[9] In November 2007, it was revealed that the name of the club, if and when accepted, would be North Queensland Thunder FC, and Dairy Farmers Stadium would be the team home ground.[15][16]

Gold Coast based club Gold Coast Galaxy FC announced in December 2007 that they were ready and able to join the league upon expansion. The team proposed to play its home games at Skilled Park.[17]

After considerable media speculation about the teams from December 2007 onwards,[18][19][20] it was announced in February 2008 that Gold Coast Galaxy and North Queensland Thunder had been tentatively admitted to the league for the 2008-09 season - pending the provision to FFA of additional financial criteria.[21] However expansion was later delayed for at least another season.[22]

In May 2008, FFA announced their intention to add as many as four teams to the league for the 2009-10 season.[23] Both Townsville and the Gold Coast also saw the appearance of competing bids - by former Thunder backer Melissa Fischer-Massa[24] and billionaire Clive Palmer[25] On June 6, 2008, the FFA announced that Clive Palmer had signed a provisional agreement to enter a franchise, to be named Gold Coast United Football Club, in the 2009-10 season.[26] The success of this is expected to rely on the acceptance of the tenth franchise's inclusion for this season. It was officially announced on August 28 that Gold Coast United and North Queensland FC will be joining the league for season 5. In September, 2008, FFA awarded a second Melbourne team exclusive negotiating rights to enter the league in 2010-2011.[27] The new Victorian team is set to make its debut in the 2010/11 A-League season, and is tentatively known as Melbourne Heart FC.

On September 29 West Sydney were given an A-League license for the 2011-12 season.[28][29] Furthermore, on October 2, the club was officially named Sydney Rovers FC.[30]

Squad and salary cap

The minimum number of players on each squad is 20. Each club has a salary cap of AU$2.1 million [31] for 19 players - much less than the millions of dollars a year that individual star players (including some Australians) earn in Europe's top football leagues. The 20th player is exempt from the salary cap, and therefore can be paid an unlimited salary (see Marquee Player below) The squad must include at least three under-20 players. Clubs may also only have a maximum of five players from outside Australia and New Zealand in their squad[32], and may now have one additional player from the Asian Football Confederation.

Marquee player

In order to combat fears that the salary cap would reduce the capacity of the clubs to attract crowds through big-name players, the league allows each team to have one "marquee" player, whose salary is exempt from the salary cap, and is quite well-paid. Arguably the best-known example of a marquee player in the A-League was the prominent English Premier League player Dwight Yorke, who played for Sydney FC in the inaugural season.[citation needed] From the 2008-09 season, A-League clubs may have a Junior Marquee player who is under the age of 23. The Junior Marquee's wages can be subsidised with $AU 150,000 outside the salary cap.[31]

Club Marquee player Junior Marquee player Captain Vice-Captain
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United None None Australia Travis Dodd Australia Lucas Pantelis
QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar None Australia Michael Zullo Australia Matt McKay Australia Josh McCloughan
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners None None Australia Alex Wilkinson Malta John Hutchinson
GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United Australia Jason Culina Australia Tahj Minniecon Australia Jason Culina Australia Michael Thwaite
MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart None None None
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Australia Archie Thompson None Australia Kevin Muscat Australia Rodrigo Vargas
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets Italy Fabio Vignaroli Australia Adam D'Apuzzo Australia Matt Thompson Australia Ljubo Miličević
NorthQueenslandColours.png North Queensland Fury England Robbie Fowler None England Robbie Fowler Australia Robbie Middleby
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Australia Mile Sterjovski None Australia Jacob Burns Australia Chris Coyne
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Australia John Aloisi Australia Mark Bridge Australia John Aloisi Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn
SydneyRoversColours.png Sydney Rovers None None None None
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix None None Australia Andrew Durante New Zealand Tim Brown

Youth league

Before the A-League 2008-09 season, a national youth league was set up in conjunction with the A-League in order to continue to blood young Australian talent into the league as well as into the Australian national team and its affiliates such as the under 17, under 20 and under 23 teams. The league's inaugural season was made up of seven teams, each linked to the corresponding Australian club in the A-League (excluding Wellington Phoenix) and had strong links to players training at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Some changes were implemented for the 2009–10 season, including the addition of the Gold Coast United and a team from the AIS. Wellington Phoenix and North Queensland Fury do not have teams in the youth league.

The original format of the youth league was similar to the previous A-league, made up of 21 rounds (18 games each plus three byes) corresponding with the A-League fixtures and occasionally used as curtain raisers. The new format has 27 rounds, however each team has three byes over the season.

Stadiums

Primary venues used in the A-League:

Melbourne Victory Brisbane Roar Sydney FC Wellington Phoenix Gold Coast United
Etihad Stadium Suncorp Stadium Sydney Football Stadium Westpac Stadium Skilled Park
Capacity: 56,347 Capacity: 52,500 Capacity: 45,500 Capacity: 36,000 Capacity: 27,400
Aleaguefinal3.jpg Suncorp Stadium.jpg Aussie Stadium.jpg Westpac Stadium Crowd.jpg Skilled Park (2008).jpg
North Queensland Fury Newcastle Jets Perth Glory Central Coast Mariners Adelaide United
Willows Sports Complex EnergyAustralia Stadium ME Bank Stadium Bluetongue Stadium Hindmarsh Stadium
Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 26,164 Capacity: 20,500 Capacity: 20,119 Capacity: 16,500
14-05-2005-dairy farmers at dusk.JPG NewcastleKnights.jpg Perth Oval.jpg Bluetongue CC Stadium.jpg HindmarshStadium.JPG

Other venues used by A-League clubs include:

Stadium Capacity Details
Stadium Australia 83,500 Used by Sydney FC for a friendly game against Los Angeles Galaxy on November 27, 2007
AMI Stadium 38,628 Used by Wellington Phoenix for an A-League match against Adelaide United on 30 January 2010.
Adelaide Oval 33,597 Used by Adelaide United for two A-League matches against Sydney FC on 28 December 2007 and 3 January 2009
Canberra Stadium 25,011 Used by Central Coast Mariners for an A-League match against Perth Glory on 4 September 2009 and again for an A-League match against Adelaide United on 31 October 2009.
North Harbour Stadium 25,000 Used by New Zealand Knights in the 2005-06 season and 2006-07 season
Parramatta Stadium 21,487 Used by Sydney FC for an AFC Champions League game on 25 April 2007 and will be used in an A-League match against Perth Glory on 7 February 2010
Olympic Park Stadium 18,500 Used by Melbourne Victory in the 2005-06 season and part of the 2006-07 season1
Arena Manawatu 18,000 Used by Wellington Phoenix for an A-League match against Sydney FC on 12 December 2009.

1Melbourne Victory's home stadium during the 2005-06 season was Olympic Park Stadium. Their round 2 match of the 2006-07 season, on September 2, 2006, was originally a one-off game at Docklands Stadium. After the success of the event, a further seven home games were relocated to Docklands Stadium, which went on to become Melbourne finals series home venue and as of the 2007-08 season, the full-time home ground of the club.

The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, currently under construction, will be the Melbourne Victory's home stadium on a limited basis for the 2010-11 season and the team's permanent home stadium from 2011 onwards. It is also expected that it will be the home stadium for Melbourne Heart from 2010-11 season onwards.

Crowds

Average crowds for the regular season are listed below. These figures do not include finals, international friendlies or AFC Champions League matches.

Team Crowd average
2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 10,947 12,162 12,697 11,712 10,765 -
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 14,785 16,465 16,951 12,995 8,650 -
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners 7,899 9,828 12,741 10,465 7,430 -
GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United - - - - 5,392 -
MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart - - - - - -
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 14,158 27,728 26,064 24,516 21,105 -
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 8,912 11,442 13,209 9,729 6,358 -
NewZealandKnightsColours.png New Zealand Knights 3,909 3,014 - - - -
NorthQueenslandColours.png North Queensland Fury - - - - 6,723 -
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory 9,734 7,671 7,596 7,942 9,205 -
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 16,669 14,999 16,373 12,375 12,987 -
SydneyRoversColours.png Sydney Rovers - - - - - -
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix - - 11,683 7,193 8,965 -
Whole season 10,955 12,927 14,610 12,180 9,796 -

Referees

The A-League also features some of Australia and New Zealand's top match officials. Referees include:

Matthew Breeze, New South Wales, FIFA/AFC

Peter Green, Queensland, FIFA/AFC

Ben Williams, Australian Capital Territory, FIFA/AFC

Craig Zetter, South Australia, FIFA

Peter O'Leary, New Zealand, FIFA

Michael Hester, New Zealand, FIFA

Strebre Delovski, New South Wales

Chris Beath, Queensland

Gerard Parsons, Australia

Champions and premiers

The club that accumulates the most points during the regular season receives the title of Premiers. Media reports sometimes erroneously refer to the Premiers as the minor premiers, a term used in other football codes in Australia. The team that wins the Grand Final receives the title of Champions.[33]

Season Pre-season cup Regular season Grand final
Premiers Points Runners-up Champions Score Runners-up
2005–06
Details
Central Coast Mariners Adelaide United AdelaideUnitedColours.png 43–36
Ladder
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 1–0
Grand Final
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners
2006–07
Details
Adelaide United Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png 45–33
Ladder
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png 6–0
Grand Final
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2007–08
Details
Adelaide United Central Coast Mariners CentralCoastColours.png 34–34
GD: 5–4
Ladder
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets NewcastleJetsColours.png 1–0
Grand Final
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners
2008–09
Details
Melbourne Victory Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png 38–38
GF: 39–31
Ladder
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png 1–0
Grand Final
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2009–10
Details
Was not held Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 48-47
Ladder
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory To be played
Grand Final

See also the list of champions from 1977 to 2004 in the previous National Soccer League competition. No team has ever successfully defended the Premiership or Championship.

OFC Champions League

In 2004-2005 Australia was still a part of the Oceania Football Confederation and Sydney FC won the right to compete in the Oceania Club Championship after defeating the Central Coast Mariners in a qualifying tournament. It has been suggested that the Wellington Phoenix should compete in the OFC Champions League after 2011, as the club will no longer be eligible for AFC Champions League football.

Season Qualified clubs
Team Final Position
2004-05
Details
Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png Winners
Details

AFC Champions League

Two A-League clubs have participated in the AFC Champions League competition[34] since the 2007 competition. Theses teams were determined by finishing positions in the 2005-06 A-League season, the 2008 competition by finishing positions in the 2006-07 season, and so on.

The Champions and Premiers qualify for the cup. In the case where the same team is Champion and Premier, the losing grand finalist qualifies. The fact that a whole season passes before clubs compete in the Champions League is controversial[citation needed], as the next season passes before the Champions League begins. For example, Newcastle Jets competed in the 2009 Champions League, even though they finished last in the 2008-09 A-League season.

Season Qualified clubs
Team Final Position Team Final Position
2007
Details
Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png Group stage (2nd)
Details
Adelaide United AdelaideUnitedColours.png Group Stage (3rd)
Details
2008
Details
Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png Group Stage (2nd)
Details
Adelaide United AdelaideUnitedColours.png Runners-up
Details
2009
Details
Newcastle Jets NewcastleJetsColours.png Round of 16
Details
Central Coast Mariners CentralCoastColours.png Group Stage (4th)
Details
2010
Details
Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png In progress
details
Adelaide United AdelaideUnitedColours.png In progress
details
2011
Details
Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png Yet to play Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png Yet to play

Top scorers

League and Finals (All-time)

Last updated 8 February 2010
Shows Players at current club or last club played for.

Rank Player Current Team Goals
1 Australia Archie Thompson MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 49
2 New Zealand Shane Smeltz * GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United 40
3 Australia Daniel Allsopp MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 36
4 Australia Alex Brosque * SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 31
5 Australia Sasho Petrovski * NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 30
6 Australia Joel Griffiths NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 28
7 Australia Kevin Muscat MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 26
8 Netherlands Serginho van Dijk * AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 25
=9 Australia Jamie Harnwell PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory 24
=9 Australia Travis Dodd AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 24
=9 Australia Mark Bridge * SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 24

Bold denotes players still playing in the A-League
(*) denotes players who have played for more than one A-League team

Awards

Johnny Warren Medal

The Johnny Warren Medal, named after the late former Socceroo and media advocate Johnny Warren, is presented to the player who is deemed to be the best player overall at the end of the season as judged by his fellow players. Each player in the A-League votes three times over the season: after Round 7, Round 14 and Round 21. Players are not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

Year Player Club
2005–06 Australia Bobby Despotovski PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory
2006–07 Australia Nick Carle NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets
2007–08 Australia Joel Griffiths NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets
2008–09 New Zealand Shane Smeltz WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix
2009–10 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory

Joe Marston Medal

The Joe Marston Medal is given to the best player in an A-League Grand Final. It is named after Joe Marston, a Socceroo in the 1950s.

Year Player Club
2006 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC
2007 Australia Archie Thompson MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2008 Australia Andrew Durante NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets
2009 Australia Tom Pondeljak MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2010

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is awarded to a youth (under 20) player judged by a panel of experts to be the best young performer throughout the season.

Year Player Club
2005–06 Australia Nick Ward PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory
2006–07 Australia Adrian Leijer MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2007–08 Australia Bruce Djite AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2008–09 Australia Scott Jamieson AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2009–10 Australia Tommy Oar BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar

Reebok Golden Boot

The Reebok Golden Boot is presented to the player who scores the most goals during the season. Only regular A-League matches between Round 1 and Round 27 (or to Round 21 before season 2009-10) are included.

Year Player/s Club Goals
2005–06 Australia Alex Brosque,
Australia Bobby Despotovski
Scotland Stewart Petrie
Australia Archie Thompson
QueenslandRoarColours.png Queensland Roar
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
8
2006–07 Australia Daniel Allsopp MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 11
2007–08 Australia Joel Griffiths NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 12
2008–09 New Zealand Shane Smeltz WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix 12
2009–10 New Zealand Shane Smeltz GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United 19

Goalkeeper of the Year Award

Year Player Club
2005–06 Australia Clint Bolton SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC
2006–07 Australia Michael Theoklitos MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2007–08 Australia Michael Theoklitos MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2008–09 Australia Eugene Galeković AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2009–10 Australia Eugene Galeković AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United

Coach of the Year Award

Year Name Club
2005–06 Scotland Lawrie McKinna CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners
2006–07 Scotland Ernie Merrick MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2007–08 Australia Gary van Egmond NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets
2008–09 Australia Aurelio Vidmar AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
2009–10 Scotland Ernie Merrick MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory

Fair Play Award

The Fair Play Award goes to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season (Yellow Card = 1 point, Direct Red Card = 3 points, 2nd Caution Red Card = 2 points).

Year Club
2005–06 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory
2006–07 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory
2007–08 NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets
2008–09 QueenslandRoarColours.png Queensland Roar
2009–10 SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC

Zurich Referee of the Year

Year Referee
2005–06 Australia Mark Shield
2006–07 Australia Mark Shield
2007–08 Australia Mark Shield
2008–09 Australia Matthew Breeze
2009–10 Australia Strebre Delovski

Foreign Player of the Year

Year Player/s Club
2008–09 Scotland Charlie Miller QueenslandRoarColours.png Queensland Roar
2009–10 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory

TV Coverage

The Hyundai A-League, being a relatively minor league internationally, only has a small broadcast base, compared to the giant European competitions such as the FA Premier League or Serie A. The countries where the A-League is shown are mostly other Commonwealth nations, which have a larger than normal base of Australian immigrants.

Rivalries

Although there are no local derbies, due to the league's one-city one-team policy, many 'rivalries' have formed between A-League sides:

  • Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory: "The Big Blue" The clash between Australia's two biggest cities is considered one of the biggest rivalries in the league by both sets of fans. Sydney and Melbourne have been historical rivals for over a century, and their football teams are no exception. These contests are often full of spite and controversy on and off the pitch, the most recent example being a clash between Daniel Allsopp and Sydney coach John Kosmina.
  • Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory: Contested the 2006-07 and 2008-09 A-League Grand Finals, in which Melbourne won 6-0 and 1-0 respectively. The Adelaide vs Melbourne rivalry stems from the traditional rivalry between sporting teams from Victoria and South Australia but was strengthened by incidents in the 2006-07 season, such as the confrontation between Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat and then Adelaide United coach John Kosmina and Robert Bajic's red card for kicking Fred.
  • Brisbane Roar v Gold Coast United: "The M1" or "South East Queensland Derby". Before their first encounter there were big media reports and controversy in the lead up to their first matchup in round 1 of the 2009–10 season. Hype was also surrouning Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg (Former Queensland Roar Coach) returning to Suncorp Stadium. The most recent of clashes, 26 December 2009, was hotly contested after former Roar star Charlie Miller left the club to join the Gold Coast.

References

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Simple English

A-League
Country Australia and New Zealand
Confederation AFC
Founded 2005
Level 1
Number of teams 10
Current champions Melbourne Victory (2008/09)
Most successful club Melbourne Victory (2)

A-League is a football league which is top division in Australia and New Zealand.

Club 2009/10

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunner-up
2005/06SydneyCentral Coast Mariners
2006/07Melbourne VictoryAdelaide United
2007/08Newcastle United JetsCentral Coast Mariners
2008/09Melbourne VictoryAdelaide United








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