2006 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

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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.[1]

Pre-Season Cup group stage[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Central Coast Mariners2-1Perth Glory
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Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 5,680
Queensland Roar1-2Sydney FC
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Carrara Stadium
Attendance: 7,132 (Gold Coast)
Melbourne Victory0-1Adelaide United
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Aurora Stadium
Attendance: 6,834 (Launceston)
New Zealand Knights1-1Newcastle Jets
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North Harbour Stadium
Attendance: 804

Round 2[edit]

Sydney FC2-1Newcastle Jets
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Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 7,226 (Canberra)
Central Coast Mariners0-0Adelaide United
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Wade Park
Attendance: 4,344 (Orange)
Perth Glory1-1Melbourne Victory
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Dorrien Gardens
Attendance: ~2,000 (West Perth)
Queensland Roar1-1New Zealand Knights
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Maroochydore Soccer Club
Attendance: 3,347 (Maroochydore)

Round 3[edit]

New Zealand Knights0-0Sydney FC
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North Harbour Stadium
Attendance: 3,121
Melbourne Victory1-3Central Coast Mariners
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Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 6,593
Newcastle Jets0-0Queensland Roar
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Port Macquarie Regional Stadium
Attendance: 2,822 (Pt Macquarie)
Perth Glory0-0Adelaide United
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Dorrien Gardens
Attendance: 3,038 (West Perth)

Bonus round[edit]

Adelaide United1-0New Zealand Knights
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Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 12,006
Newcastle Jets2-3Melbourne Victory
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Scully Park Oval
Attendance: 3100 (Tamworth)
Queensland Roar0-0Central Coast Mariners
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Clive Burghofer Stadium
Attendance: 4,571 (Toowoomba)
Sydney FC3-0Perth Glory
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WIN Stadium
Attendance: 6,634 (Wollongong)

Group A table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA BP
Central Coast Mariners 8 4 2 2 0 5 2 0
Adelaide United 8 4 2 2 0 2 0 0
Melbourne Victory 6 4 1 1 2 5 7 2
Perth Glory 2 4 0 2 2 2 6 0

Group B table[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA BP
Sydney FC 12 4 3 1 0 7 2 2
Newcastle Jets 3 4 0 2 2 4 6 1
New Zealand Knights [2] 3 4 0 3 1 2 3 0
Queensland Roar [2] 3 4 0 3 1 2 3 0

Pre-Season Cup finals series[edit]

The finals series will be held over two weekends - 11 August to 13 August, and 18 August to 20 August.

Playoffs[edit]

Newcastle Jets0-1Perth Glory
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North Harbour Stadium
Attendance: 1,104
Sydney FC1-2Adelaide United
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WIN Stadium
Attendance: 4,210 (Wollongong)
Melbourne Victory0-0 (4-2)Queensland Roar
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Epping Stadium
Attendance: 2,117
Central Coast Mariners2-1 (a.e.t.)Newcastle Jets
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Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 7,567

Finals[edit]

New Zealand Knights1-2Queensland Roar
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North Harbour Stadium
Attendance: Unknown
Melbourne Victory1-0Perth Glory
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Olympic Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 2,215
Central Coast Mariners1-1 (4-5)Adelaide United
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Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 10,463
Sydney FC2-0Newcastle Jets
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Campbelltown Stadium
Attendance: 5,326
  Playoffs Finals
                 
              Grand final  
  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[edit]

Round Games Average Highest Lowest Total
Pre-Season Group Stage 16 4,954 12,006 804 79,252
Pre-Season Finals 7 4,715 10,463 1,104 33,002
Totals[3] 23 4,881 12,006 804 112,254

Top goalscorers[edit]

3 goals:

2 goals:

1 goal:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-League Pre-Season Schedule Confirmed". 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006.
  2. ^ a b 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 Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine for more details.
  3. ^ "Totals" regarding attendances for Pre-Season Cup, including highest and lowest crowds, are excluding the unknown figure for 7th Place Playoff match.