2011–12 A-League

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A-League
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Season 2011–12
Champions Brisbane Roar
Premiers Central Coast Mariners
Champions League Central Coast Mariners
Brisbane Roar
Matches played 142
Goals scored 390 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Besart Berisha (19)
Biggest home win Brisbane Roar 7-1 Adelaide United
(28 October 2011)
Biggest away win Adelaide United 0-4 Central Coast Mariners
(2 December 2011)
Sydney FC 0-4 Melbourne Heart
(29 December 2011)
Highest scoring Brisbane Roar 7-1 Adelaide United
(28 October 2011)
Perth Glory 4-2 Melbourne Victory
(24 March 2012)
Longest winning run Central Coast Mariners (6)
Longest unbeaten run Central Coast Mariners (15)
Longest winless run Gold Coast United (13)
Longest losing run Brisbane Roar
Gold Coast United (5)
Highest attendance 50,334
(22 April 2012)
Lowest attendance 1,141
(22 February 2012)
Average attendance 10,819

The 2011–12 A-League was the seventh season of the Australian A-League soccer competition since its establishment in 2004. At the end of the previous season, the North Queensland Fury were cut from the competition by the governing body, Football Federation Australia, due to financial reasons.[1]

Clubs[edit]

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AdelaideUnitedColours.png
BrisbaneRoarColours.png
CentralCoastColours 2.png
GoldCoastColours.png
MelbourneHeartColours.png
MelbourneVictoryColours.png
NewcastleJetsColours.png
PerthGloryColours.png
SydneyFCColours.png
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png
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 Etihad Stadium
AAMI Park
55,000
30,050
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle Ausgrid Stadium 33,000
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

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Jersey sponsor
Adelaide United Australia Kosmina, JohnJohn Kosmina Australia Galeković, EugeneEugene Galeković Erreà Coopers
Brisbane Roar Australia Postecoglou, AngeAnge Postecoglou Australia Matt Smith Puma The Coffee Club
Central Coast Mariners Australia Arnold, GrahamGraham Arnold Australia Wilkinson, AlexAlex Wilkinson Hummel Soccer5
Gold Coast United England Mulvey, MikeMike Mulvey Australia Thwaite, MichaelMichael Thwaite Fi-ta Hyatt Regency Coolum
Melbourne Heart Netherlands van 't Schip, JohnJohn van 't Schip Brazil Fred ISC Westpac
Melbourne Victory Northern Ireland Magilton, JimJim Magilton Australia Leijer, AdrianAdrian Leijer Adidas Adecco
Newcastle Jets Australia van Egmond, GaryGary van Egmond Australia Wheelhouse, JobeJobe Wheelhouse ISC Hunter Ports
Perth Glory Scotland Ferguson, IanIan Ferguson Australia Burns, JacobJacob Burns X-blades QBE Insurance
Sydney FC Czech Republic Lavička, VítězslavVítězslav Lavička Northern Ireland McFlynn, TerryTerry McFlynn Adidas UNICEF
Wellington Phoenix New Zealand Herbert, RickiRicki Herbert Australia Durante, AndrewAndrew Durante Adidas Sony

Transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Newcastle Jets Australia Branko Čulina Sacked 4 October 2011[2] Pre-season Australia Gary Van Egmond 20 October 2011[3]
Adelaide United Netherlands Rini Coolen Sacked 18 December 2011 9th Australia John Kosmina 18 December 2011
Melbourne Victory Australia Mehmet Durakovic Sacked 6 January 2012[4] 8th Northern Ireland Jim Magilton 7 January 2012[5]
Gold Coast United Israel Miron Bleiberg Sacked/Resigned 19 February 2012[6][7] 10th England Mike Mulvey 20 February 2012[8]

Regular season[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 27 15 6 6 40 24 +16 51 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Brisbane Roar (C) 27 14 7 6 50 28 +22 49 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off
3 Perth Glory 27 13 4 10 40 35 +5 43 2012 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 12 4 11 34 32 +2 40
5 Sydney FC 27 10 8 9 37 42 −5 38
6 Melbourne Heart 27 9 10 8 35 34 +1 37
7 Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 34 32 +2 35
8 Melbourne Victory 27 6 11 10 35 43 −8 29
9 Adelaide United 27 5 10 12 26 44 −18 25
10 Gold Coast United 27 4 9 14 30 42 −12 21 Disbanded at end of season

Updated to games played on 25 March 2012..
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 2012 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2012 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless first place are champions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Home and away season[edit]

The 2011-12 season saw each team play 27 games, host 13 and play 1 regional game over 25 rounds. On 4 January, over 11 hours of soccer was broadcast with all matches aired back to back starting in Wellington and ending in Perth. The season began on 8 October 2011 and concluded on 22 April 2012. All times are local unless otherwise stated.

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]

Midweek Fixture

Round 10[edit]

Midweek Fixture

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Midweek Round[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Midweek Fixture

Round 16[edit]

Midweek Fixture

Round 17[edit]

Midweek Fixture

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Postponed Round 17 Fixture[Note 1]

Round 21[edit]

Round 22[edit]

Round 23[edit]

Round 24[edit]

Round 25[edit]

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 PG MV SFC BR MH GCU WP NUJ CCM MV GCU SFC WP MH BR MV CCM NUJ PG WP GCU SFC NUJ PG BR CCM MH
1–0 1–0 1–2 7–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–1 0–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 | | |
Brisbane Roar CCM SFC GCU AU MV WP NUJ PG SFC MH WP CCM GCU MV PG AU SFC MH NUJ CCM WP MV PG MH AU NUJ GCU
1–0 0–2 3–0 7–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 | | |
Central Coast Mariners BR GCU NUJ PG WP MV SFC MH AU NUJ BR PG GCU MV SFC NUJ MH AU GCU BR MV WP MH SFC PG AU WP
1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 3–3 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 | | |
Gold Coast United WP CCM BR NUJ SFC AU MH MV PG SFC AU BR CCM NUJ MH WP SFC CCM MV PG AU MH MV WP NUJ PG BR
1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 | | |
Melbourne Heart NUJ PG MV SFC AU NUJ GCU CCM WP BR PG MV SFC AU GCU PG CCM BR WP MV NUJ GCU CCM BR WP SFC AU
3–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 | | |
Melbourne Victory SFC AU MH WP BR CCM PG GCU NUJ AU WP MH BR CCM NUJ AU PG SFC GCU MH CCM BR GCU NUJ SFC WP PG
0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 4–2 | | |
Newcastle Jets MH WP CCM GCU PG MH BR AU MV CCM SFC WP PG GCU MV CCM WP AU BR SFC MH PG AU MV GCU BR SFC
3–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 5–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–5 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–2 | | |
Perth Glory AU MH WP CCM NUJ SFC MV BR GCU SFC WP MH CCM NUJ BR WP MH MV AU GCU SFC NUJ BR AU CCM GCU MV
1–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 3–3 0–1 1–2 4–1 0–3 4–0 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–3 4–2 | | |
Sydney FC MV BR AU MH GCU PG CCM WP BR PG GCU NUJ AU MH WP CCM BR GCU MV NUJ PG AU WP CCM MV MH NUJ
0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 4–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–5 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 | | |
Wellington Phoenix GCU NUJ PG MV CCM BR AU SFC MH PG BR MV NUJ AU SFC PG GCU NUJ MH AU BR CCM SFC GCU MH MV CCM
1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 5–2 2–0 4–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 | | |


Positions by round[edit]

Team / Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 M 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Central Coast Mariners 9 7 10 8 5 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1* 1 1** 1 1 1* 1 1 1 1 1
Brisbane Roar 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1* 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Perth Glory 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 7 8 7 7 9 7 5* 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 3
Wellington Phoenix 4 3 4 7 8 9 9 8 8 4* 6 5 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 4 4 4
Sydney FC 5 9 5 6 4 2 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 5 6* 6 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 5
Melbourne Heart 7 10 9 10 10 8 5 7 6 3 3 2 2 3 3 3* 4 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 6
Newcastle Jets 1 5 3 3 2 4 7 6 4 6 7 8 8 6 9 9 9* 7 6 5 7 6 6 6 6 7
Melbourne Victory 5 8 7 4 6 6 6 3 7 8 5 6 6 8 6 7 8 8* 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Adelaide United 9 4 6 9 9 7 8 9 9 9 9 10 9 7 8 8 7* 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Gold Coast United 4 6 8 5 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10* 10 10 10 10 10
  • *Team played two games in this round
  • **Team did not play in this round

NOTE: Brisbane Roar were tied with Perth Glory at the end of Round 1

Finals series[edit]

  Semi Finals Week 1 Semi Finals Week 2 Preliminary Final Grand Final
    A – 31 March 2012       D – 8 April 2012               22 April 2012  
  1  Central Coast Mariners  0  Central Coast Mariners  2    Brisbane Roar  2
  2  Brisbane Roar  2  Brisbane Roar  3              Perth Glory  1
                    F – 14 April 2012          
    B – 1 April 2012                Central Coast Mariners  1(3)        
  3  Perth Glory  3              Perth Glory  1(5)        
  6  Melbourne Heart  0     E – 7 April 2012                  
             Perth Glory  3                
    C – 30 March 2012        Wellington Phoenix  2                
  4  Wellington Phoenix  3                        
  5  Sydney FC  2                        

Semi-finals[edit]

Preliminary final[edit]

Grand Final[edit]

22 April 2012
16:00 AEST
(UTC+10)
Brisbane Roar 2 – 1 Perth Glory
Berisha Goal 84',Goal 90+7' (pen)
Franjic Booked 87'
Report Franjic Goal 53' (o.g.)
Miller Booked 9'
Burns Booked 49'
Heffernan Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 57', 90'
Vukovic Booked 90'
Mehmet Booked 90+5'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 50,334[12]
Referee: Jarred Gillett

Season statistics[edit]

Leading goalscorers[edit]

Further information: A-League top scorers

Updated to end of regular season

Total Player Club Goals per Game
 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
19 Albania Besart Berisha BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 X 1 1 2 2 1 1
13 New Zealand Shane Smeltz PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory 2 1 1 1 X X 1 2 1 4
10 Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory X 1 X 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
9 New Zealand Jeremy Brockie NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 1 2 1 2 2 1
Australia Ryan Griffiths NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
Australia Mitch Nichols BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 1 1 X X X 1 1 2 1 1 1
Australia Eli Babalj MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart X X X X X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
8 Australia Harry Kewell MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory X X 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Brazil Bruno Cazarine SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Netherlands Sergio van Dijk AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 1 X X X X 2 1 1 1 1 1
7 Australia Matt Simon CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners 1 1 1 1 1 2 X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Australia Archie Thompson MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 1 2 1 1 1 1
Barbados Paul Ifill WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix X X X X 1 1 X X X 1 2 1 1
Australia Mate Dugandzic MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart 2 1 X X 1 1 1 1
6 Netherlands Patrick Zwaanswijk CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners 1 1 1 1 X 1 1
Brazil Henrique BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar X X 2 1 1 X X X X X X X 1 1

      Goal scored from penalty kick           Two goals scored from penalty kick           Player did not play    

Attendances[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 13 20,281 40,351 11,231 263,648
Brisbane Roar 13 13,387 19,339 9,293 174,033
Newcastle Jets 13 12,117 17,245 9,311 157,518
Sydney FC 14 11,861 18,180 5,505 166,052
Central Coast Mariners 13 9,607 14,838 6,883 124,892
Melbourne Heart 14 9,082 26,579 2,951 127,142
Adelaide United 14 8,797 14,573 2,363 123,160
Wellington Phoenix 14 8,691 20,078 3,898 121,677
Perth Glory 13 8,315 12,358 6,484 108,101
Gold Coast United 14 3,546 6,927 1,141 49,649
{{ALeague {{{T11}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 135 10,488 40,351 1,141 1,415,872

Updated to the 25/3/12 note: Adelaide United's lowest crowd was at Bathurst's Carrington Park(NSW) as part of the regional round fixtures.

Top 10 Season Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
50,334 GF 22 April 2012 Brisbane Roar 2 – 1 Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium Sunday Afternoon
40,351 1 8 October 2011 Melbourne Victory 0 – 0 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
39,309 3 22 October 2011 Melbourne Victory 0 – 0 Melbourne Heart Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
26,579 12 23 December 2011 Melbourne Heart 3 – 2 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Friday Night
26,395 18 4 February 2012 Melbourne Heart 0 – 0 Melbourne Victory AAMI Park Saturday Night
24,820 5 5 November 2011 Melbourne Victory 2 – 2 Brisbane Roar Etihad Stadium Saturday Night
20,959 15 13 January 2012 Melbourne Victory 1 – 1 Adelaide United AAMI Park Friday Night
20,078 7 19 November 2011 Wellington Phoenix 1 – 1 Adelaide United Eden Park Saturday Afternoon
20,053 17 26 January 2012 Melbourne Victory 2 – 2 Sydney FC AAMI Park Thursday Afternoon
19,339 8 26 November 2011 Brisbane Roar 4 – 0 Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium Saturday Night

Discipline[edit]

Updated to end of Week 17, 2 February 2012 The Fair Play Award will go to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder[clarification needed] 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
Adelaide United 44 2 0 48
Brisbane Roar 30 0 1 33
Central Coast Mariners 33 0 0 33
Gold Coast United 38 2 0 42
Melbourne Heart 35 1 0 37
Melbourne Victory 34 2 4 50
Newcastle Jets 41 1 1 46
Perth Glory 35 0 3 44
Sydney FC 48 0 1 51
Wellington Phoenix 32 2 2 42
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 370 10 12

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 2011–12 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 10 April at the End of season awards January nominee Matthew Ryan was named as NAB Young Footballer of the Year for the second year running.[13]

Nominees[edit]

Month Player Club
October 2011 Australia James Brown GoldCoastColours.png Gold Coast United
November 2011 Australia Bernie Ibini-Isei CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners
December 2011 Australia Mustafa Amini CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners
January 2012 Australia Matthew Ryan CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners
February 2012 Australia Tomas Rogic CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners
March 2012 Australia Eli Babalj MelbourneHeartColours.png Melbourne Heart

End of season awards[edit]

All-Star team[edit]

Formation: 3-4-3[14]

See also[edit]

Team season articles[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Game was postponed due to risk of flooding in the Gold Coast.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.newcastlejets.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=41234
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  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Red card was rescinded following a Phoenix appeal
  10. ^ Despite being played at Hindmarsh Stadium, this is nominally a Gold Coast home game.
  11. ^ "Mariners downed in penalty shoot-out with Perth through to grand final". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Roar go back-to-back amid drama". Footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  13. ^ "Ryan, Arnold honoured at Hyundai A-League Awards". footballaustralia.com.au. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arnie's Delight At Coach Of The Year Award - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-07.