2009–10 A-League

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Season 2009–10
Champions Sydney FC (2nd title)
Premiers Sydney FC (1st title)
AFC Champions League Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory
Top goalscorer Shane Smeltz
(19 goals)
Biggest home win Wellington Phoenix 6–0 Gold Coast United
(25 October 2009)
Biggest away win Melbourne Victory 0–4 Central Coast Mariners
(7 November 2009)
North Queensland Fury 1–5 Central Coast Mariners
(21 November 2009)
Highest scoring Melbourne Victory 6–2 Perth Glory
(16 January 2010)
(8 goals)
Highest attendance 30,668
Lowest attendance 2,616
Average attendance 9,796

The 2009–10 A-League was the fifth season of the Australian A-League football competition since its establishment in 2004. The season marked the addition of two new teams from Queensland. Gold Coast United FC and the North Queensland Fury FC made their A-League debuts at the start of the season.[1] Because of this, Queensland Roar were renamed to Brisbane Roar, as they were no longer the only A-League club from Queensland. With the inception of the two new clubs, many club transfers took place both within Australia and New Zealand, and around the world.

The length of the regular season was longer than in previous years, with 27 rounds rather than 21, plus finals. The season began on 6 August, with Melbourne hosting the Central Coast at home.[2] As well as these major changes to the league, the Pre-Season Challenge Cup was no longer held as part of the 2009–10 season due to a busier regular season schedule,[3] and clubs attracting higher profile pre-season friendlies. The Premiership and Championship double was completed by Sydney FC with victory over Melbourne in the final match of the regular season and on penalties in the Championship Grand Final.


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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
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory Melbourne Etihad Stadium 56,347
NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium 26,164
NorthQueenslandColours.png North Queensland Fury Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 26,500
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Perth ME Bank Stadium 20,500
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
WellingtonPhoenixColours.png Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 36,000


Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Australia John Kosmina Sacked 31 January 2009[4] 5th (08–09) Czech Republic Vítězslav Lavička 4 February 2009[5] Pre-season
NEWicon.png Newcastle Jets Australia Gary van Egmond Resigned 27 June 2009[6] 8th (08–09) Australia Branko Čulina 30 June 2009 Pre-Season
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Australia Frank Farina Sacked 14 October 2009[7] 6th (09–10) Australia Ange Postecoglou 16 October 2009[8] Round 10

Foreign players[edit]

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Visa 5 Non-Visa Foreign
Adelaide United Brazil Alemão Brazil Cássio Brazil Cristiano Ghana Lloyd Owusu South Korea Shin In-seob Argentina Marcos Flores3
Brisbane Roar Belgium Pieter Collen Brazil Henrique Brazil Reinaldo Costa Rica Steven Bryce Indonesia Sergio van Dijk None
Central Coast Mariners England Nicky Travis Scotland Chris Doig Wales Jonathan Brown Wales Matt Crowell None Jamaica Wolry Wolfe4
Malta John Hutchinson2
Gold Coast United Brazil Jefferson Brazil Robson Ivory Coast Adama Traoré Netherlands Bas van den Brink Scotland Charlie Miller Brazil Anderson3
Melbourne Victory Costa Rica Marvin Angulo Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Thailand Surat Sukha None None New Zealand Glen Moss2
Scotland Grant Brebner1
Newcastle Jets England Michael Bridges Italy Marcello Fiorentini South Korea Song Jin-hyung None None Iraq Ali Abbas3
North Queensland Fury England Robbie Fowler England James Robinson Japan Kojiro Kaimoto New Zealand Jeremy Brockie Scotland Scott Wilson England Terry Cooke3
Netherlands Antilles Dyron Daal3
Perth Glory England Andy Todd Netherlands Victor Sikora Serbia Branko Jelić Scotland Steven McGarry None None
Sydney FC Slovakia Karol Kisel South Korea Byun Sung-hwan Switzerland Stephan Keller None None Northern Ireland Terry McFlynn1
Wellington Phoenix Barbados Paul Ifill Brazil Daniel Brazil Diego Walsh China Jiang Chen England Chris Greenacre Ivory Coast Eugène Dadi4
Malta Manny Muscat2

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian Residency (and New Zealand Residency, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);
2Australian residents (and New Zealand residents, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Regular season[edit]

Team Pld
Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney FC (C) 27 15 3 9 35 23 +12 48 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Melbourne Victory 27 14 5 8 47 32 +15 47
3 Gold Coast United 27 13 5 9 39 35 +4 44 2010 A-League Finals Series
4 Wellington Phoenix 27 10 10 7 37 29 +8 40
5 Perth Glory 27 11 6 10 40 34 +6 39
6 Newcastle Jets 27 10 4 13 33 45 −12 34
7 North Queensland Fury 27 8 8 11 29 46 −17 32
8 Central Coast Mariners 27 7 9 11 32 29 +3 30
9 Brisbane Roar 27 8 6 13 32 42 −10 30
10 Adelaide United 27 7 8 12 24 33 −9 29

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 2010 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2010 A-League Grand Final automatically earns qualification for the 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless first place are champions.
4Second place qualifies for the 2011 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off, unless they qualify for the 2010 A-League Grand Final alongside first place or become A-League Champions, subsequently third place then qualify for the 2011 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off.

Home and away season[edit]

The 2009–10 A-League season was played over 27 rounds, followed by a finals series.[2]

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]

Round 10[edit]

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Round 15[edit]

Round 16[edit]

Round 17[edit]

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

Round 20[edit]

Round 21[edit]

Round 22[edit]

Round 23[edit]

Round 24[edit]

Round 25[edit]

Round 26[edit]

Round 27[edit]

Finals series[edit]

  Semi Finals Week 1 Semi Finals Week 2 Preliminary Final Grand Final
    A – 18 February       D – 7 March               G – 20 March  
  1  Sydney FC  1  Sydney FC  2    Melbourne Victory  1 (2)
  2  Melbourne Victory  2  Melbourne Victory (a.e.t.)  2              Sydney FC (p.s.o)  1 (4)
                    F – 13 March          
    B – 20 February                Sydney FC  4        
  3  Gold Coast United  0 (5)              Wellington Phoenix  2        
  6  Newcastle Jets (p.s.o)  0 (6)     E – 7 March                  
             Wellington Phoenix (a.e.t.)  3                
    C – 21 February        Newcastle Jets  1                
  4  Wellington Phoenix (p.s.o)  1 (4)                        
  5  Perth Glory  1 (2)