2010–11 A-League

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A-League
Season 2010–11
Champions Brisbane Roar
Premiers Brisbane Roar
AFC Champions League Brisbane Roar
Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide United
Top goalscorer Sergio van Dijk (16)
Biggest home win Adelaide United 8–1 North Queensland Fury
(21 January 2011)
Biggest away win Central Coast Mariners 1–5 Brisbane Roar
(28 November 2010)
Highest scoring Adelaide United 8–1 North Queensland Fury
(21 January 2011)
(9 goals)
Highest attendance 32,231
Lowest attendance 1,003
Average attendance 8,393

The 2010–11 A-League was the sixth season of the Australian A-League football competition since its establishment in 2004. The home and away season began on 5 August 2010 and concluded on 13 February 2011. The addition of Melbourne Heart brought the total number of teams to 11. Brisbane Roar finished Premiers with two games remaining in the season following an Australian record unbeaten run, and later completed the Premiership and Championship double by beating the Central Coast Mariners in the Grand Final.

Rule changes[edit]

A new rule at the start of the season allows for two marquee players to be signed without salary cap restraints so long as one is Australian with certain amount of qualifications to be determined by FFA. This replaces the previous ruling of only one salary cap exempt player in previous seasons.

Clubs[edit]

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MelbourneHeartColours.png
MelbourneVictoryColours.png
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Further information: A-League § Clubs
Club Location Stadium Capacity1
Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
Gold Coast United Gold Coast Skilled Park 27,400
Melbourne Heart Melbourne AAMI Park 30,050
Melbourne Victory Melbourne AAMI Park
Etihad Stadium
30,050
56,347
Newcastle Jets Newcastle EnergyAustralia Stadium
Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
26,164
10,000
North Queensland Fury Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 26,500
Perth Glory Perth NIB Stadium 20,500
Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 36,000

Transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Time
Central Coast Mariners Australia Lawrie McKinna Reassigned 9 February 2010[1] 8th (09–10) Australia Graham Arnold 10 February 2010[2] Pre-season
Melbourne Heart
N/A (New Club)
Netherlands John van 't Schip[3] 12 October 2009 Pre-season
North Queensland Fury Scotland Ian Ferguson Moved to Perth Glory as an assistant coach 6 April 2010[4] 7th (09-10) Czech Republic Frantisek Straka 7 June 2010 Pre-season
Adelaide United Australia Aurelio Vidmar Sacked and hired as Olyroos coach & Socceroos assistant coach 3 June 2010[5] 10th (09–10) Netherlands Rini Coolen 5 July 2010[6] Pre-season
Perth Glory Australia David Mitchell Reassigned, moved to director. 12 October 2010[7] 7th Scotland Ian Ferguson 12 October 2010 Round 10
Melbourne Victory Scotland Ernie Merrick Sacked 12 March 2011[8] 5th (10–11) Australia Mehmet Durakovic 21 June 2011 Post-Season

Regular season[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Brisbane Roar (C) 30 18 11 1 58 26 +32 65 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Central Coast Mariners 30 16 9 5 50 31 +19 57
3 Adelaide United 30 15 5 10 51 36 +15 50 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
4 Gold Coast United 30 12 10 8 40 32 +8 46 2011 A-League Finals Series
5 Melbourne Victory 30 11 10 9 45 39 +6 43
6 Wellington Phoenix 30 12 5 13 39 41 −2 41
7 Newcastle Jets 30 9 8 13 29 33 −4 35
8 Melbourne Heart 30 8 11 11 32 42 −10 35
9 Sydney FC 30 8 10 12 35 40 −5 34
10 Perth Glory 30 5 8 17 27 54 −27 23
11 North Queensland Fury 30 4 7 19 28 60 −32 19 Disbanded at end of season

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 2011 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2011 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2012 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2011 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.

Home and away season[edit]

The 2010–11 A-League season had each team play 30 matches over 27 rounds. The regular season started on Thursday, 5 August 2010 and ended on Sunday, 13 February 2011. The opening game was played at the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park) and marked the A-League debut of the new franchise, Melbourne Heart. Mid week games were played to accommodate this extra team.[9] The official 2010-11 fixture list was released on 18 May 2010.[10]

Round 1[edit]

On the weekend break: Wellington Phoenix

Round 2[edit]

On the weekend break: Brisbane Roar

Round 3[edit]

On the weekend break: Gold Coast United

Round 4[edit]

On the weekend break: Newcastle Jets

Round 5[edit]

On the weekend break: Gold Coast United

Round 6[edit]

On the weekend break: North Queensland Fury

Round 7[edit]

On the weekend break: Sydney FC

Round 8[edit]

On the weekend break: Central Coast Mariners

Round 9[edit]

On the weekend break: Newcastle Jets

Round 10[edit]

On the weekend break: Central Coast Mariners

Round 11[edit]

On the weekend break: Central Coast Mariners

Round 12[edit]

On the weekend break: Wellington Phoenix

Round 13[edit]

On the weekend break: Melbourne Heart

Round 14[edit]

On the weekend break: North Queensland Fury

Round 15[edit]

On the weekend break: Melbourne Victory

Round 16[edit]

On the weekend break: Newcastle Jets

Round 17[edit]

On the weekend break: Perth Glory

Round 18[edit]

On the weekend break: Newcastle Jets

Round 19[edit]

On the weekend break: Sydney FC

Round 20[edit]

On the weekend break: Perth Glory

Round 21[edit]

On the weekend break: Wellington Phoenix

Round 22[edit]

On the weekend break: Melbourne Heart

Round 23[edit]

On the weekend break: Adelaide United

Round 24[edit]

On the weekend break: Brisbane Roar

Round 25[edit]

On the weekend break: North Queensland Fury

Round 26[edit]

On the weekend break: Melbourne Victory

Round 27[edit]

On the weekend break: Perth Glory

Notes
  1. ^ Game was moved to stop a clash with the AFL grand final replay [1]
  2. ^ Game was moved due to resurfacing of Sydney Football Stadium
  3. ^ a b Game was moved due to an exhibition match between Newcastle Jets and Los Angeles Galaxy which also resulted in the postponement of the F3 Derby.
  4. ^ Game was moved due to a U2 concert at Suncorp Stadium.
  5. ^ a b Roar matches against Phoenix and Heart were originally scheduled at Suncorp Stadium for 16 and 26 January, respectively, but were postponed and relocated due to the floods in Brisbane and throughout Queensland. [2]
  6. ^ Game was postponed and shifted from Dairy Farmers Stadium due to the impact of Cyclone Yasi.
  7. ^ Originally scheduled for 19 December 2010, this round 19 fixture was cancelled in the 20th minute due to the poor playing condition of the pitch. It was later replayed in week 26.

Table of results[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
  • Win
  • Loss
  • Draw
  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Adelaide United NJ CCM MH NQF SFC NJ BR PG SFC GCU WP MV BR PG NJ MH GCU WP NQF MH PG CCM SFC BR MV NQF CCM GCU WP MV
0–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–4 8–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1
Brisbane Roar GCU SFC WP NJ MV AU MH PG NJ CCM MV SFC WP AU MH NJ NQF PG CCM MV SFC NQF GCU AU PG CCM WP MH NQF GCU
0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–4 4–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–5 3–3 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–1 1–2 4 –0
Central Coast Mariners MH AU WP SFC MV MH GCU NQF BR PG NQF WP MV GCU NJ BR SFC PG NQF AU MV WP BR NJ PG SFC AU MH GCU NJ
0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–0 5–0 0–1 0–3 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–5 4–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–0
Gold Coast United BR WP MV PG CCM NJ SFC WP AU MH NQF MV SFC CCM AU NQF MH WP NJ BR PG SFC NQF MH NJ MV AU PG CCM BR
0–0 3–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–3 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 4–0
Melbourne Heart CCM NJ AU PG NQF CCM WP BR MV WP GCU NJ PG NQF BR AU WP SFC GCU NJ MV AU SFC NQF PG GCU MV BR CCM SFC
0–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–2
Melbourne Victory SFC PG NQF GCU CCM BR WP NQF NJ MH SFC BR AU GCU PG CCM WP BR MH PG NJ CCM WP AU SFC MH NQF GCU NJ AU
3–3 0–2 2–2 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–3 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–0 2–0 2–1
Newcastle Jets AU MH PG BR AU PG GCU MV BR MH SFC AU BR WP CCM NQF MH GCU WP MV SFC NQF NQF CCM GCU WP MV SFC PG CCM
0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 5–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–0
North Queensland Fury PG SFC MV AU MH MV WP SFC CCM PG GCU CCM MH BR PG GCU NJ AU SFC BR CCM WP MH NJ NJ GCU AU MV BR WP
3–3 2–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 4–0 8–1 0–3 1–2 3–1
Perth Glory NQF MV NJ MH WP GCU NJ AU BR NQF SFC CCM MH WP AU MV SFC BR NQF CCM MV AU GCU BR MH CCM WP SFC GCU NJ
3–3 0–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 5–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 0–2 1–2 4–0
Sydney FC MV NQF BR CCM AU WP GCU NQF AU MV PG BR NJ GCU PG MH WP CCM BR NQF MH AU NJ GCU MV CCM PG NJ WP MH
3–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2
Wellington Phoenix GCU CCM BR PG SFC MV MH NQF GCU MH AU BR PG CCM NJ MH MV SFC AU GCU NJ NQF MV CCM PG BR NJ AU SFC NQF
3–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–4 0–1 0–3 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–1


Finals series[edit]

  Semifinals Wk1 Semifinals Wk2 Preliminary final Grand final
    A – 19 February       D – 26 February               G – 13 March  
  1  Central Coast Mariners  0  Brisbane Roar (agg.)  2    Brisbane Roar (pen.)  2 (4)
  2  Brisbane Roar  2  Central Coast Mariners  2              Central Coast Mariners  2 (2)
                    F – 5 March          
    B – 18 February                Central Coast Mariners  1        
  3  Adelaide United  1              Gold Coast United  0        
  6  Wellington Phoenix  0     E – 27 February                  
             Adelaide United  2                
    C – 20 February        Gold Coast United  3                
  4  Gold Coast United  1                        
  5  Melbourne Victory  0                        

Grand Final[edit]

13 March 2011
Sunday 16:00 EST
Brisbane Roar 2 – 2 (a.e.t.) Central Coast Mariners
Henrique Goal 117'
Paartalu Goal 120'
Report
Summary
Kwasnik Goal 96'
Bozanic Goal 103'
  Penalties  
Franjic Penalty scored
Paartalu Penalty scored
McKay Penalty scored
Henrique Penalty scored
4 – 2 Penalty scored Hutchinson
Penalty scored Wilkinson
Penalty missed McBreen
Penalty missed Bojić
Suncorp Stadium
Attendance: 50,168
Referee: Matthew Breeze

AFC Champions League qualification[edit]

For the 2012 AFC Champions League, the number of berths allocated to Australian clubs was increased from two to three.[11] Two teams directly entered the group stage while the third team entered the qualifying play-off. The following teams qualified for the tournament:

Season statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Further information: A-League top scorers

Updated to end of regular season.

Total Player Club Goals per Week
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
16 Netherlands Sergio van Dijk Adelaide United 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3
11 Australia Matt Simon Central Coast Mariners 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1
Costa Rica Jean Carlos Solórzano Brisbane Roar 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Australia Robbie Kruse Melbourne Victory 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1
New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Brisbane Roar 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1
9 England Robbie Fowler Perth Glory 1 1 3 1 1 2
Australia Adam Kwasnik Central Coast Mariners 1 2 1 1 2 1 1
Australia Bruce Djite Gold Coast United 1 2 3 3
Brazil Bruno Cazarine Sydney FC 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
8 Argentina Marcos Flores Adelaide United 1 1 1 1 1 3
Australia John Aloisi Melbourne Heart 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
England Chris Greenacre Wellington Phoenix 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
A goal was scored from a penalty kick

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 15 15,234 32,321 8,287 228,517
Adelaide United 15 11,552 21,083 7,370 173,286
Brisbane Roar 15 9,279 20,831 3,522 139,182
Perth Glory 15 8,488 16,019 5,576 127,322
Newcastle Jets 15 8,429 13,463 3,114 126,439
Melbourne Heart 15 8,315 25,897 2,754 124,725
Wellington Phoenix 15 7,981 14,108 4,700 119,716
Central Coast Mariners 15 7,713 12,409 5,373 115,695
Sydney FC 15 7,656 12,106 4,012 114,834
North Queensland Fury 15 4,245 7,195 1,003 63,681
Gold Coast United 15 3,434 14,783 1,658 51,505
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 165 8,393 32,321 1,003 1,384,902

Updated to the end of season.

  • A Gold Coast United match held on 19 December 2010 was postponed due to the poor playing surface of the pitch and torrential rain after the 21st minute of the game had been played. Spectators were allowed free entry prior to the postponement, of which there were 10,146 in attendance of the 21,000+ who applied for the free tickets. The abandoned game's attendance is not taken into account.

Top 10 Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
50,168 GF 13 March 2011 Brisbane Roar 2 – 2 (4 – 2 pen.) Central Coast Mariners Suncorp Stadium Sunday Afternoon
32,321 24 22 January 2011 Melbourne Victory 2 – 2 Melbourne Heart Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
25,897 9 8 October 2010 Melbourne Heart 2 – 1 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Friday Night
25,168 SF Leg 2 26 February 2011 Brisbane Roar 2 – 2 Central Coast Mariners Suncorp Saturday Night
23,059 18 11 December 2010 Melbourne Heart 1 – 3 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Saturday Night
21,083 27 11 February 2011 Adelaide United 2 – 1 Melbourne Victory Adelaide Oval Friday Night
20,831 27 12 February 2011 Brisbane Roar 4 – 0 Gold Coast United Suncorp Saturday Night
20,358 2 14 August 2010 Melbourne Victory 0 – 2 Perth Glory AAMI Park Saturday Night
18,558 22 9 January 2011 Melbourne Victory 1 – 4 Adelaide United AAMI Park Sunday Afternoon
17,299 10 16 October 2010 Melbourne Victory 3 – 0 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Saturday Night

Discipline[edit]

The Fair Play Award will go to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season. It was awarded to Premiers Brisbane Roar who beat last year's Champions Sydney FC by 6 points.

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
Brisbane Roar 37 2 0 41
Sydney FC 45 1 0 47
Central Coast Mariners 45 2 0 49
Adelaide United 42 1 2 50
Wellington Phoenix 56 1 0 58
Gold Coast United 52 1 2 60
Newcastle Jets 52 2 3 65
North Queensland Fury 54 1 3 65
Melbourne Heart 56 4 1 67
Melbourne Victory 67 1 1 72
Perth Glory 62 5 5 87
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 568 21 17

Updated to End of Week 27 (End of Regular Season)

Notes
  1. ^ Sydney FC's Liam Reddy received a direct red card in the week 4 fixture against Central Coast Mariners. However, this was overruled by the match review panel and expunged from Reddy and the team's records.
  2. ^ Adelaide United's Travis Dodd received a direct red card in the week 17 fixture against Wellington Phoenix. However, this was overruled by the match review panel and expunged from Dodd's and the team's records.
  3. ^ Adelaide United's Paul Reid received a direct red card in the week 25 fixture against Gold Coast United. However, this was overruled by the match review panel and expunged from Reid's and the team's records.

NAB Young footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award will be awarded to the finest U/21 player talent throughout the Hyundai A-League 2010-11 competition. One nominee is announced per month and all nominees will qualify to be named the NAB Footballer of the Year at the conclusion of the season. On 18 February, it was announced that young Central Coast Mariners Goalkeeper and December nominee Matthew Ryan was chosen as the NAB Young Footballer of the Year.[13]

Month Player Club
August Australia Chris Payne[14] North Queensland Fury
September Australia Mathew Leckie[15] AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United
October Australia Luke DeVere[16] Brisbane Roar
November Australia Mustafa Amini[17] Central Coast Mariners
December Australia Matthew Ryan[18] Central Coast Mariners
January Australia Aziz Behich[19] Melbourne Heart
February New Zealand Marco Rojas[20] Wellington Phoenix

End of season awards[edit]