PFA Footballer of the Year Awards

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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.

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.[1] The medal is named after the PFA's longest serving president, Alex Tobin. OAM stands for Medal of the Order of Australia.[2]

Year Player Ref
2008 Joe Marston & Johnny Warren [3]
2009 Craig Johnston [4]
2011 Mark Viduka [5]
2012 Frank Farina [6]
2014 Mark Schwarzer [7]
2016 Harry Kewell [8]
2017 Cheryl Salisbury [9]

Men's Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The Men's 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 Ref
2009 Tim Cahill England Everton [10]
2010 Mark Schwarzer England Fulham [11]
2011 Matt McKay Australia Brisbane Roar
Scotland Rangers
[12]
2012 Brett Holman Netherlands AZ [13]
2013 Robbie Kruse Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf [14]
2014 Mile Jedinak England Crystal Palace [15]
2015 Mathew Ryan Belgium Club Brugge [16]
2016 Aaron Mooy Australia Melbourne City
England Manchester City
England Huddersfield Town
[17]
2017 Aaron Mooy England Huddersfield Town [18]

Women's Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The Women's Footballer of the Year Award is voted for by all current female players who are PFA members, on a 3-2-1 basis.

Year Player Club Ref
2010 Servet Uzunlar Australia Sydney FC [19]
2011 Elise Kellond-Knight Australia Brisbane Roar
Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
[19]
2012 Lydia Williams Australia Canberra United [19]
2013 Samantha Kerr Australia Sydney FC
United States Western New York Flash
[19]
2014 Katrina Gorry Australia Brisbane Roar
United States FC Kansas City
[19]
2015 Elise Kellond-Knight Australia Brisbane Roar
Germany Turbine Potsdam
[20]
2016 Lydia Williams Australia Canberra United
United States Houston Dash
[17]
2017 Samantha Kerr Australia Perth Glory
United States Sky Blue FC
[18]

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.[19]

Year Player Club Ref
2009 Nikita Rukavytsya Australia Perth Glory [10]
2010 Mitch Langerak Australia Melbourne Victory [11]
2011 Robbie Kruse Australia Melbourne Victory [12]
2012 Mathew Ryan Australia Central Coast Mariners [15]
2013 Marco Rojas Australia Melbourne Victory [14]
2014 Mathew Ryan Belgium Club Brugge [15]
2015 Mathew Ryan Belgium Club Brugge [16]
2016 Jamie Maclaren Australia Brisbane Roar [17]
2017 Alex Gersbach Norway Rosenborg [18]

Young Women's Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

Year Player Club Ref
2017 Alex Chidiac Australia Adelaide United [18]

PFA Community Medal[edit]

Year Player Club Ref
2017 Robert Cornthwaite Australia Western Sydney Wanderers [18]

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 Indonesia 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 Galekovic Adelaide United
RB Australia Ivan Franjic Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Matt Smith Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Matthew Spiranovic Western Sydney Wanderers
LB Ivory Coast Adama Traoré 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 Vukovic 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

2014–15[edit]

GK Australia Eugene Galekovic Adelaide United
RB Australia Tarek Elrich Adelaide United
CB France Matthieu Delpierre Melbourne Victory
CB New Zealand Andrew Durante Wellington Phoenix
LB Australia Scott Jamieson Perth Glory
CM Australia Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory
AM Australia Aaron Mooy Melbourne City
AM Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Adelaide United
FW Tunisia Fahid Ben Khalfallah Melbourne Victory
FW Austria Marc Janko Sydney FC
FW Australia Nathan Burns Wellington Phoenix

Substitutes:

GK Australia Danny Vukovic Perth Glory
CB Australia Nigel Boogaard Adelaide United
CM Serbia Miloš Dimitrijević Sydney FC
FW Albania Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory
AM Brazil Guilherme Finkler Melbourne Victory

2015–16[edit]

Only one player from the two finalists (Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers) were picked for the starting XI.[21]

GK Denmark Thomas Sørensen Melbourne City
RB Australia Josh Risdon Perth Glory
CB Australia Jade North Brisbane Roar
CB France Matthieu Delpierre Melbourne Victory
LB Australia Scott Jamieson Western Sydney Wanderers
MF Spain Corona Brisbane Roar
MF Australia Aaron Mooy Melbourne City
MF Spain Diego Castro Perth Glory
FW Australia Jamie Maclaren Brisbane Roar
FW Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City
FW Martinique Harry Novillo Melbourne City

Substitutes:

GK Australia Mark Birighitti Newcastle Jets
CB Australia Nikolai Topor-Stanley Western Sydney Wanderers
MF Australia Mitch Nichols Western Sydney Wanderers
MF Netherlands Roly Bonevacia Wellington Phoenix
FW New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Melbourne Victory

Manager: Spain Guillermo Amor, Adelaide United

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

Venue of the season: Etihad Stadium

2016–17[edit]

[22]

GK Australia Danny Vukovic (c) Sydney FC
RB Australia Rhyan Grant Sydney FC
CB Australia Alex Wilkinson Sydney FC
CB Denmark Michael Jakobsen Melbourne City
LB Australia Michael Zullo Sydney FC
MF Australia Brandon O'Neill Sydney FC
MF Serbia Miloš Ninković Sydney FC
MF Australia James Troisi Melbourne Victory
RW New Zealand Marco Rojas Melbourne Victory
LW Spain Diego Castro Perth Glory
FW Kosovo Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory

Substitutes:

GK Australia Liam Reddy Perth Glory
CB Australia Jade North Brisbane Roar
CB Australia Joshua Brillante Sydney FC
FW Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City
FW Australia Alex Brosque (c) Sydney FC
CB Australia Ruon Tongyik (U20) Melbourne City
MF Australia Riley McGree (U20) Adelaide United

Manager: Australia Graham Arnold, Sydney FC

A-League Team of the Decade[edit]

The Team of the Decade covers the first ten seasons of the A-League. i.e. 2005-06 to 2014-15. [23]

GK Australia Eugene Galeković
RB Australia Ivan Franjić
CB Australia Kevin Muscat
CB Netherlands Patrick Zwaanswijk
LB Australia Cássio
MF Germany Thomas Broich
MF Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez
MF Australia Matt McKay
FW Australia Archie Thompson
FW Albania Besart Berisha
FW New Zealand Shane Smeltz
Substitutes
GK Australia Michael Theo
LB Ivory Coast Adama Traoré
MF Australia Mark Milligan
MF Australia Steve Corica
FW Italy Alessandro Del Piero


Manager: Australia Ange Postecoglou

Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

References[edit]

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