1996–97 National Soccer League

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NSL 1996-97
League National Soccer League
Sport Association football
Duration 1996-97
Number of teams 14
NSL season
Champions Brisbane Strikers
Minor premiers Sydney United
Top scorer David Zdrilic (21)
National Soccer League seasons

The 1996–97 National Soccer League season, was the 21st season of the National Soccer League in Australia.

Teams[edit]

1996–97 National Soccer League is located in Australia
Adelaide City
Adelaide City
Brisbane Strikers
Brisbane Strikers
Canberra Cosmos
Canberra Cosmos
Gippsland Falcons
Gippsland Falcons
Newcastle Breakers
Newcastle Breakers
Perth Glory
Perth Glory
West Adelaide
West Adelaide
Wollongong City
Wollongong City
Melbourne
Melbourne
Sydney
Sydney
Melbourne teams:Collingwood WarriorsMelbourne KnightsSouth MelbourneSydney teams:Marconi-FairfieldUTS OlympicSydney United
Melbourne teams:
Collingwood Warriors
Melbourne Knights
South Melbourne
Sydney teams:
Marconi-Fairfield
UTS Olympic
Sydney United
Location of teams in 1996–97 National Soccer League
Team Home city Home ground
Adelaide City Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium
Brisbane Strikers Brisbane Lang Park
Canberra Cosmos Canberra Bruce Stadium
Collingwood Warriors Melbourne Victoria Park
Olympic Park
Gippsland Falcons Morwell Falcons Park
Marconi-Stallions Sydney Marconi Stadium
Melbourne Knights Melbourne Knights Stadium
Newcastle Breakers Newcastle Breakers Stadium
Perth Glory Perth Perth Oval
South Melbourne Melbourne Lakeside Stadium
Sydney United Sydney Edensor Park
UTS Olympic Sydney Belmore Oval
West Adelaide Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium
Wollongong City Wollongong Brandon Park

Season overview[edit]

It was performed in 14 teams, and Brisbane Strikers won the championship. Perth Glory and Collingwood Warriors entered the competition.

League standings[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney United 26 17 5 4 67 33 +34 56 1997 National Soccer League Finals
2 Brisbane Strikers (C) 26 15 2 9 55 40 +15 47 1996-97 National Soccer League Champions
3 South Melbourne 26 14 4 8 39 25 +14 46 1997 National Soccer League Finals
4 Adelaide City 26 11 10 5 32 22 +10 43
5 Marconi Stallions 26 12 4 10 41 37 +4 40
6 Melbourne Knights 26 11 6 9 36 32 +4 39
7 Perth Glory 26 11 5 10 48 41 +7 38
8 West Adelaide 26 10 3 13 39 51 −12 33
9 Sydney Olympic 26 8 8 10 41 46 −5 32
10 Wollongong Wolves 26 8 8 10 42 48 −6 32
11 Newcastle Breakers 26 7 9 10 40 46 −6 30
12 Gippsland Falcons 26 8 6 12 33 41 −8 30
13 Collingwood Warriors (R) 26 6 9 11 32 44 −12 27 Disbanded at end of season
14 Canberra Cosmos 26 2 5 19 30 69 −39 11

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Finals[edit]

  Semifinals Wk1 Semifinals Wk2 Preliminary final Grand final
                               
  1  Sydney United  0  Sydney United  2 (2)    Sydney United  0
  2  Brisbane Strikers  1  Brisbane Strikers (a)  1 (2)              Brisbane Strikers  2
                               
                     Sydney United  1        
  3  South Melbourne  4 3 (7)              South Melbourne  0        
  6  Melbourne Knights  1 0 (1)                        
             South Melbourne  1                
             Adelaide City  0                
  4  Adelaide City  0 4 (4)                        
  5  Marconi Fairfield  3 0 (3)                        


Grand Final[edit]

25 May 1997
15:00 AEST
Brisbane Strikers 2 – 0 Sydney United
Farina Goal 47'
Brown Goal 69'
(report)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 40,446
Referee: Simon Micallef

Individual awards[edit]

References[edit]