2008–09 A-League

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A-League
Season 2008–09
Champions Melbourne Victory FC
AFC Champions League Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United
Top goalscorer Shane Smeltz
(12 goals)
Highest attendance 31,564
Lowest attendance 4,433
Average attendance 12,180

The 2008–09 A-League was the fourth season of the Australian A-League football competition since its establishment in 2004. Two new clubs, North Queensland Thunder and Gold Coast Galaxy[1][2] had received tentative licences from the FFA but these were revoked for the 2008–09 season on 12 March 2008.[3] Expansion plans are on hold until the 2009–10 season. Based on their 2007–08 performances, the Central Coast Mariners and the Newcastle Jets competed in the 2009 AFC Champions League for the first time.

Changes to the league included:

  • The introduction of both a youth league and women's league aligned with A-League clubs.[4]
  • An increase in the salary cap to A$1.9 million.[5]
  • The addition of a Junior Marquee player. (A player under the age of 23 who has up to A$150,000 of his salary outside of the cap.[5]
  • Injury replacement players can only match the injured players' salary, or have any excess included within the total Salary Cap.[5]
  • A-League squads will be increased to 30 or 35.[6] (inclusive of Youth Team Players)

Clubs[edit]

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Further information: A-League § Clubs
Club Location Stadium
Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium (17,000)
Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium (20,119)
Melbourne Victory Melbourne Etihad Stadium (56,347)
Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium (26,164)
Perth Glory Perth Members Equity Stadium (18,156)
Queensland Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium (52,500)
Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium (45,500)
Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium (36,000)

Pre-season Challenge Cup[edit]

All A-League clubs played the pre-season cup competition held in July and August, and were drawn into two groups. Group A consisted of Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory. Group B was Central Coast Mariners, Queensland Roar, Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

The winner of each group, Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix, met in Wellington on 6 August 2008 for the Pre-Season Cup Final.[7] With the score at 0–0 after 90 minutes, the game went to penalties, Melbourne Victory eventually prevailing 8–7, thus becoming the first team in A-League history to claim all three available trophies, after winning the Premiership and Championship in the 2006–07 season.

Regular season[edit]

Home and away season[edit]

The 2008–09 A-League season was played over 21 rounds, followed by a finals series.[8]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 12 2 7 39 27 +12 38 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 11 5 5 31 19 +12 38
3 Queensland Roar 21 10 6 5 36 25 +11 36 2009 A-League Finals Series
4 Central Coast Mariners 21 7 7 7 35 32 +3 28
5 Sydney FC 21 7 5 9 33 32 +1 26
6 Wellington Phoenix 21 7 5 9 23 31 −8 26
7 Perth Glory 21 6 4 11 31 44 −13 22
8 Newcastle Jets 21 4 6 11 21 39 −18 18

Source: the-AFC.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to sixth place qualify for the 2009 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2009 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.

Rules for classification:1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
# = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points.

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Round 16[edit]

Round 17[edit]

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Round 21[edit]

Finals series[edit]

  Semi-finals Preliminary-final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
                           
1  Melbourne Victory 2 4    
2  Adelaide United 0 0           1  Melbourne Victory 1
    2  Adelaide United 1   2  Adelaide United 0
    3  Queensland Roar 0  
3  Queensland Roar 2 2
4  Central Coast Mariners 0 1  

Statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Further information: A-League Top scorers
Total Player Team Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
12 New Zealand Shane Smeltz Wellington Phoenix 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2
11 Australia Matt Simon Central Coast Mariners 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2
11 Australia Daniel Allsopp Melbourne Victory 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
11 Netherlands Sergio van Dijk Queensland Roar 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 1
10 Ivory Coast Eugène Dadi Perth Glory 1 2 1 1 2 1 2
10 Australia Nikita Rukavytsya Perth Glory 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
8 Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
8 Brazil Cristiano Adelaide United 2 2 1 2 1
8 Scotland Charlie Miller Queensland Roar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
7 Australia Travis Dodd Adelaide United 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
7 Australia Joel Griffiths Newcastle Jets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
6 Australia Mile Jedinak Central Coast Mariners 1 1 2 1 1
6 Australia Sasho Petrovski Central Coast Mariners 2 1 1 1 1
5 Brazil Ney Fabiano de Oliveira Melbourne Victory 1 1 1 1 1
5 Australia Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory 1 1 2 1
5 Australia Alex Brosque Sydney FC 1 1 1 2
As of the end of the home and away season
A goal was scored from a penalty kick
Two goals were scored from penalty kicks

Awards[edit]

Attendance[edit]

These are the attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season. The table does not include finals series attendances.

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 11 24,516 31,564 18,036 269,671
Queensland Roar 10 12,995 19,111 9,118 129,947
Sydney FC 10 12,375 18,251 8,502 123,754
Adelaide United 11 11,712 23,002 7,832 128,832
Central Coast Mariners 11 10,465 15,546 7,865 115,110
Newcastle Jets 10 9,729 16,022 6,268 97,294
Perth Glory 10 7,942 12,581 4,433 79,415
Wellington Phoenix 11 7,193 10,516 5,500 79,124
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{{ALeague {{{T10}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T11}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 84 12,180 31,564 4,433 1,023,147

* Adelaide United played a one off match at the Adelaide Oval against Sydney FC in their Round 18 match. This is why Adelaide United's highest single attendance exceeds the capacity of Hindmarsh Stadium.

Top 10 Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
53,273 Grand Final 28 February 2009 Melbourne Victory 1 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome Saturday Night
34,736 Major SF (L2) 14 February 2009 Melbourne Victory 4 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome Saturday Night
31,654 Round 9 25 October 2008 Melbourne Victory 0 – 2 Sydney FC Telstra Dome Saturday Night
28,905 Round 21 23 January 2009 Melbourne Victory 2 – 0 Wellington Phoenix Telstra Dome Friday Night
27,196 Round 15 6 January 2009 Melbourne Victory 1 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome Tuesday Night
25,398 Round 17 27 December 2008 Melbourne Victory 3 – 2 Sydney FC Telstra Dome Saturday Night
24,812 Round 4 12 September 2008 Melbourne Victory 1 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome Friday Night
24,003 Round 20 16 January 2009 Melbourne Victory 3 – 0 Central Coast Mariners Telstra Dome Friday Night
23,705 Minor SF (L2) 13 February 2009 Queensland Roar 2 – 1 Central Coast Mariners Suncorp Stadium Friday Night
23,447 Round 18 2 January 2009 Melbourne Victory 2 – 1 Queensland Roar Telstra Dome Friday Night

Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award was awarded to Queensland Roar, the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season.

1 point Yellow card.svg Yellow Card
2 points Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Second Caution Red Card
3 points Red card.svg Direct Red Card
Team Yellow card.svg Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Red card.svg Points
Queensland Roar 36 0 0 36
Adelaide United 36 0 0 36
Melbourne Victory 26 2 3 39
Perth Glory 39 1 1 44
Sydney FC 29 2 4 45
Newcastle Jets 37 1 3 48
Wellington Phoenix 45 2 1 52
Central Coast Mariners 44 0 3 53
Sydney FC 0 0 0 0
Wellington Phoenix 0 0 0 0
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 292 8 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galaxy, Thunder to join A-League". Fox Sports. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Thunder, Galaxy get go-ahead". FourFourTwo. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "A-League expansion plans postponed". SBS. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "FFA: A-League WILL Get Bigger". FourFourTwo. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "New season to start with a bang sea". AU FourFourTwo. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "New initiatives to plug player drain". Fox Sports. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2008. 
  7. ^ 2008 Pre-Season Cup Draw, Football Federation Australia, 2 May 2008
  8. ^ Hyundai A-League 2008/09 Season Draw, Football Federation Australia, 2 May 2008
  9. ^ a b Match re-scheduled due to Adelaide's participation in FIFA Club World Cup

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