PFA Footballer of the Year Awards

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This article is about the football awards of the Australian Professional Footballers' Association. For the football awards of England's Professional Footballers' Association, see PFA Players' Player of the Year.

The PFA Footballer of the Year Awards (or the Professional Football Association Footballer of the Year Awards) is an annual award ceremony created to formally recognise the most outstanding Australian footballers playing abroad or in the A-League, as well as foreign players playing in the A-League. The inaugural ceremony took place on 11 June 2009 in Sydney.

Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The Footballer of the Year Award is awarded to Australia's best professional player playing overseas or in the A-League. Performances for national teams are also taken into account. The votes are cast monthly by all current players who are PFA members. A final group of nominees is announced at the end of the season, the player with the highest number of votes becoming the eventual winner.

Year Player Club
2008-09 Tim Cahill England Everton
2009-10 Mark Schwarzer England Fulham
2010-11 Matt McKay[1] Australia Brisbane Roar
Scotland Rangers
2011-12 Brett Holman[2] Netherlands AZ

In 2009-10 the other nominees were Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Jason Culina, Scott Chipperfield, Simon Colosimo, Carlos Hernandez, Brett Holman, Joshua Kennedy, Harry Kewell, Shane Smeltz and Luke Wilkshire.[3]

Harry Kewell Medal[edit]

The Harry Kewell Medal is awarded to Australia's best professional Under-23 player playing overseas or in the A-League. Performances for national teams are also taken into account. The votes are cast monthly by all current players who are PFA members. A final group of nominees is announced at the end of the season, the player with the highest number of votes becoming the eventual winner. The medal is named after one of Australia's most famous and successful players, Harry Kewell.

Year Player Club
2008-09 Nikita Rukavytsya Australia Perth Glory
2009-10 Mitch Langerak Australia Melbourne Victory
2010-11 Robbie Kruse Australia Melbourne Victory
2011-12 Mathew Ryan Australia Central Coast Mariners

A-League Team of the Season[edit]

The A-League Team of the Season is awarded to the league's best players selected in a 4-3-3 formation with the best coach also selected. The team is selected by the PFA Awards Committee, a group of former Socceroos, football analysts and journalists.

2008-09[edit]

GK Australia Eugene Galekovic Adelaide United
RB Australia Tarek Elrich Newcastle Jets
CB Australia Craig Moore Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Sasa Ognenovski Adelaide United
LB Australia Scott Jamieson Adelaide United
DM Australia Mile Jedinak Central Coast Mariners
AM Australia Travis Dodd Adelaide United
AM Scotland Charlie Miller Brisbane Roar
RW New Zealand Shane Smeltz Wellington Phoenix
LW Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory
FW Ivory Coast Eugene Dadi Perth Glory

Substitutes:

GK Australia Michael Theoklitos Melbourne Victory
CB Australia Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory
DM Australia Paul Reid Adelaide United
CM Australia Billy Celeski Melbourne Victory
FW Australia Nikita Rukavytsya Perth Glory

Manager: Australia Aurelio Vidmar, Adelaide United

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

2009-10[edit]

GK Australia Eugene Galekovic Adelaide United
RB Australia Matthew Kemp Melbourne Victory
CB Australia Simon Colosimo Sydney FC
CB Australia Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory
LB Australia Dean Heffernan Central Coast Mariners
CM Australia Jason Culina Gold Coast United
CM Australia Matt Thompson Newcastle Jets
AM Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Melbourne Victory
RW Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory
LW Australia Alex Brosque Sydney FC
FW New Zealand Shane Smeltz Gold Coast United

Substitutes:

GK Australia Danny Vukovic Central Coast Mariners
CB Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Newcastle Jets
LW Australia Tommy Oar Brisbane Roar
AM Australia Steve Corica Sydney FC
RW Barbados Paul Ifill Wellington Phoenix

Manager: Czech Republic Vitezslav Lavicka, Sydney FC

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

2010-11[edit]

GK Australia Michael Theoklitos Brisbane Roar
RB Australia Ivan Franjic Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Matt Smith Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Luke DeVere Brisbane Roar
LB Brazil Cássio Adelaide United
AM Argentina Marcos Flores Adelaide United
CM Australia Matt McKay (captain) Brisbane Roar
AM Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
RW New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Brisbane Roar
LW Australia Robbie Kruse Melbourne Victory
FW Netherlands Sergio van Dijk Adelaide United

Substitutes:

GK New Zealand Glen Moss Gold Coast United
LB Australia Joshua Rose Central Coast Mariners
CM Australia Kasey Wehrman Newcastle Jets
AM Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Melbourne Victory
FW Costa Rica Jean Carlos Solórzano Brisbane Roar

Manager: Australia Ange Postecoglou, Brisbane Roar

Referee: Australia Gerard Parsons

2011-12[edit]

GK Australia Mathew Ryan Central Coast Mariners
RB Australia Michael Marrone Melbourne Heart
CB Netherlands Patrick Zwaanswijk Central Coast Mariners
LB Australia Joshua Rose Central Coast Mariners
CM Brazil Fred Melbourne Heart
CM Australia Mitch Nichols Brisbane Roar
AM Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
AM Australia Aziz Behich Melbourne Heart
RW Barbados Paul Ifill Wellington Phoenix
LW Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory
FW Albania Besart Berisha Brisbane Roar

Substitutes:

GK Australia Clint Bolton Melbourne Heart
CD Australia Andrew Durante Wellington Phoenix
CM Australia Nicky Carle Sydney FC
AM Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Melbourne Victory
FW Australia Harry Kewell Melbourne Victory

Manager: Australia Graham Arnold, Central Coast Mariners

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

2012-13[edit]

GK Australia Ante Covic Western Sydney Wanderers
RB Germany Jerome Polenz Western Sydney Wanderers
CB Australia Trent Sainsbury Central Coast Mariners
CB Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Western Sydney Wanderers
LB Ivory Coast Adama Traore Melbourne Victory
CM Australia Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory
AM Japan Shinji Ono Western Sydney Wanderers
AM New Zealand Michael McGlinchey Central Coast Mariners
RW New Zealand Jeremy Brockie Wellington Phoenix
LW New Zealand Marco Rojas Melbourne Victory
FW Italy Alessandro Del Piero Sydney FC

Substitutes:

GK Australia Eugene Galekovic Adelaide United
CB Australia Michael Thwaite Perth Glory
AM Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Adelaide United
FW Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory
FW Australia Daniel McBreen Central Coast Mariners

Manager: Australia Tony Popovic, Western Sydney Wanderers

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

2013-14[edit]

GK Australia Eugene Galeković Adelaide United
RB Australia Ivan Franjić Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Matt Smith Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Matthew Špiranović Western Sydney Wanderers
LB Ivory Coast Adama Traore Melbourne Victory
CM Australia Luke Brattan Brisbane Roar
AM Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
AM Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Adelaide United
FW Australia Adam Taggart Newcastle Jets
FW Albania Besart Berisha Brisbane Roar
FW Australia David Williams Melbourne Heart

Substitutes:

GK Australia Danny Vuković Perth Glory
CB Australia Osama Malik Adelaide United
CM Australia Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory
AM Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Wellington Phoenix
FW Belgium Stein Huysegems Wellington Phoenix

Manager: England Mike Mulvey, Brisbane Roar

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

Alex Tobin OAM Medal[edit]

The Alex Tobin OAM Medal is selected by the PFA Executive to a current or former player who demonstrates four outstanding attributes: leadership; achievement as a player; commitment to one’s fellow professionals and service and dedication to the game.[4] The medal is named after the PFA's longest serving president, Alex Tobin.

In 2011 Mark Viduka became the fourth winner of the medal, following previous medals won by Joe Marston, Johnny Warren and Craig Johnston.[5]

Year Player
2008 Joe Marston & Johnny Warren
2009 Craig Johnston
2011 Mark Viduka
2012 Frank Farina

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt McKay wins Australian Player of the Year award". Goal.com. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "The PFA Footballer of the Year Award". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "PFA Footballer of the Year 2010". 2009/2010 PFA Footballer of the Year Nominee Profiles. Professional Footballers Australia. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alex Tobin OAM Medal". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mark Viduka wins Alex Tobin Medal". Wide World of Sports. Ninemsn. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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