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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Further information: A-League § Clubs
Team City Home Ground Capacity
AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United Gold Coast Skilled Park 27,400
MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart Melbourne AAMI Park 30,050
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Melbourne AAMI Park
Etihad Stadium
30,050
56,347
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle EnergyAustralia Stadium
Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
26,164
10,000
NorthQueenslandColours.png North Queensland Fury Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 26,500
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Perth NIB Stadium 20,500
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png 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]