2006 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup
The 2006 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup was a series in the Australian A-League football competition held in July and August in the lead up to the start of the main season. The opening round was 15 July 2006. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds and a bonus round, followed by a two-week finals playoff. The bonus group round matched up teams against opponents from the other group, and also offered the incentive of "bonus points" based on goals scored (1 point for 2 goals, 2 points for 3 goals, 3 points for 4 or more goals).
The Pre-Season Cup was used to enhance the A-League's profiles by playing pre-season games in regional centres including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Orange and Tamworth.
Pre-Season Cup group stage
Group A table
|Central Coast Mariners||8||4||2||2||0||5||2||0|
Group B table
|New Zealand Knights ||3||4||0||3||1||2||3||0|
|Queensland Roar ||3||4||0||3||1||2||3||0|
Pre-Season Cup finals series
The finals series will be held over two weekends - 11 August to 13 August, and 18 August to 20 August.
|Date||Home team||Score||Away team||Venue||Crowd||Report|
|11 August||New Zealand Knights||0-1||Perth Glory||North Harbour Stadium||1,104||report|
|11 August||Sydney FC||1-2||Adelaide United||WIN Stadium||4,210 (Wollongong)||report|
|11 August||Melbourne Victory||0-0 (4-2)||Queensland Roar||Epping Stadium||2,117||report|
|12 August||Central Coast Mariners||2-1 (aet)||Newcastle Jets||Bluetongue Stadium||7,567||report|
|18 August||New Zealand Knights||1-2||Queensland Roar||North Harbour Stadium||Unknown||report|
|18 August||Melbourne Victory||1-0||Perth Glory||Olympic Park, Melbourne||2,215||report|
|19 August||Central Coast Mariners||1-1 (4-5)||Adelaide United||Bluetongue Stadium||10,463||report|
|19 August||Sydney FC||2-0||Newcastle Jets||Campbelltown Stadium||5,326||report|
|A1||Central Coast Mariners||2||Central Coast Mariners||1 (4)|
|B2||Newcastle Jets||1||Adelaide United (PEN)||1 (5)|
|Third place playoff|
|A2||Adelaide United||2||Sydney FC||2|
|B1||Sydney FC||1||Newcastle Jets||0|
|Fifth place playoff|
|A3||Melbourne Victory (PEN)||0 (4)||Melbourne Victory||1|
|B4||Queensland Roar||0 (2)||Perth Glory||0|
|Seventh place playoff|
|A4||New Zealand Knights||0||New Zealand Knights||1|
|B3||Perth Glory||1||Queensland Roar||2|
Pre-Season Cup attendances
|Pre-Season Group Stage||16||4,954||12,006||804||79,252|
- Carl Veart (Adelaide United)
- Danny Allsopp (Melbourne Victory)
- Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)
- Sasho Petrovski (Sydney FC)
- Adam Kwasnik (Central Coast Mariners)
- Paul O'Grady (Central Coast Mariners)
- Stewart Petrie (Central Coast Mariners)
- Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)
- Stuart Young (Perth Glory)
- "A-League Pre-Season Schedule Confirmed". 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006.
- As the New Zealand Knights and Queensland Roar were tied on points, goal difference, goals for, goals against, and points earned in the "Bonus Round", the sixth degree of disambiguity, number of red cards received, was used. See official A-League press release for more details.
- "Totals" regarding attendances for Pre-Season Cup, including highest and lowest crowds, are excluding the unknown figure for 7th Place Playoff match.