2009–10 A-League

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A-League
A-League text logo.svg
Season2009–10
Dates6 August 2009 – 20 March 2010
ChampionsSydney FC (2nd title)
PremiersSydney FC (1st title)
AFC Champions LeagueSydney FC, Melbourne Victory
Matches played135
Goals scored348 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerShane Smeltz
(19 goals)
Best goalkeeperEugene Galekovic
Biggest home winWellington Phoenix 6–0 Gold Coast United
(25 October 2009)
Biggest away winMelbourne Victory 0–4 Central Coast Mariners
(7 November 2009)
North Queensland Fury 1–5 Central Coast Mariners
(21 November 2009)
Highest scoringMelbourne Victory 6–2 Perth Glory
(16 January 2010)
(8 goals)
Highest attendance30,668
Lowest attendance2,616
Average attendance9,796

The 2009–10 A-League was the 33rd season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the fifth season of the A-League 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.

Clubs[edit]

Team City Home Ground Capacity
Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
Brisbane Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
Gold Coast United Gold Coast Skilled Park 27,400
Melbourne Victory Melbourne Etihad Stadium 56,347
Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium 26,164
North Queensland Fury Townsville Dairy Farmers Stadium 26,500
Perth Glory Perth ME Bank Stadium 20,500
Sydney FC Sydney Sydney Football Stadium 45,500
Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 36,000

Transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Sydney FC Australia John Kosmina Sacked 31 January 2009[4] 5th (08–09) Czech Republic Vítězslav Lavička 4 February 2009[5] Pre-season
Newcastle Jets Australia Gary van Egmond Resigned 27 June 2009[6] 8th (08–09) Australia Branko Čulina 30 June 2009 Pre-Season
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 foreigner(s) Former player(s)
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 Scotland Bob Malcolm
Central Coast Mariners England Nicky Travis Scotland Chris Doig Wales Jonathan Brown Wales Matt Crowell Malta John Hutchinson2 Jamaica Wolry Wolfe4
New Zealand Michael McGlinchey
Gold Coast United Brazil Jefferson Brazil Robson Ivory Coast Adama Traoré Netherlands Bas van den Brink Scotland Charlie Miller Brazil Anderson3 Brazil Milson
Melbourne Victory Costa Rica Marvin Angulo Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Thailand Surat Sukha New Zealand Glen Moss2
Scotland Grant Brebner1
Brazil Ney Fabiano
Thailand Sutee Suksomkit
Newcastle Jets England Michael Bridges Italy Marcello Fiorentini South Korea Song Jin-hyung 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 Brazil Amaral4
Ivory Coast Eugène Dadi
Sydney FC Slovakia Karol Kisel South Korea Byun Sung-hwan Switzerland Stephan Keller 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, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Salary cap exemptions and captains[edit]

Club Marquee Junior Marquee Captain Vice-Captain
Adelaide United None None Australia Travis Dodd[9] Australia Lucas Pantelis[9]
Brisbane Roar None Australia Michael Zullo[10] Australia Matt McKay[11] None
Central Coast Mariners None None Australia Alex Wilkinson[12] Malta John Hutchinson[13]
Gold Coast United Australia Jason Culina[14] Australia Tahj Minniecon[15] Australia Jason Culina[16][17] Australia Michael Thwaite[16][17]
Melbourne Victory Australia Archie Thompson[18][19] None Australia Kevin Muscat[20] Australia Rodrigo Vargas[21]
Newcastle Jets Italy Fabio Vignaroli[22] Australia Adam D'Apuzzo[23] Australia Matt Thompson[24] None
North Queensland Fury England Robbie Fowler[25] None England Robbie Fowler[26] None
Perth Glory Australia Mile Sterjovski[27] None Australia Jacob Burns[28] None
Sydney FC Australia John Aloisi[29] Australia Mark Bridge[23] Australia Steve Corica[30] None
Wellington Phoenix None None New Zealand Andrew Durante[31] New Zealand Tim Brown[31]

Regular season[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney FC (C) 27 15 3 9 35 23 +12 48 Finals series and 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 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: ultimatealeague.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

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]

7 August 2009 Adelaide United 1–0 Perth Glory Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
20:00 UTC+9:30 T. Dodd Goal 30' (pen.) Report
Summary
Attendance: 13,847
Referee: Craig Zetter
8 August 2009 Brisbane Roar 1–3 Gold Coast United Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
19:30 UTC+10 van Dijk Goal 90+1' (pen.) Report
Summary
Smeltz Goal 17'
Culina Goal 59'
Robson Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 19,902
Referee: Peter Green

Round 2[edit]

15 August 2009 Gold Coast United 5–0 North Queensland Fury Skilled Park, Gold Coast
17:30 UTC+10 Smeltz Goal 30'54' (pen.)63'64'
Minniecon Goal 80'
Report
Summary
Attendance: 7,526
Referee: Chris Beath

Round 3[edit]

23 August 2009 Perth Glory 2–0 Newcastle Jets ME Bank Stadium, Perth
15:00 UTC+8 Shroj Goal 24'
Pellegrino Goal 73'
Report
Summary
Attendance: 9,398
Referee: Craig Zetter

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

5 September 2009 Gold Coast United 2–1 Sydney FC Skilled Park, Gold Coast
17:00 UTC+10 Smeltz Goal 45+1'56' Report
Summary
Corica Goal 75' Attendance: 6,406
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 6[edit]

13 September 2009 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Wellington Phoenix Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
15:00 UTC+10 Hernández Goal 4' Report
Summary
T. Brown Goal 30' Attendance: 17,644
Referee: Craig Zetter
13 September 2009 Perth Glory 2–2 Gold Coast United ME Bank Stadium, Perth
15:00 UTC+8 Jelić Goal 14'
Sikora Goal 16'
Report
Summary
Burns Goal 53' (o.g.)
Smeltz Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 9,408
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 7[edit]

20 September 2009 Sydney FC 2–1 Newcastle Jets Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
15:00 UTC+10 Bridge Goal 26'
Corica Goal 55' (pen.)
Report
Summary
M. Thompson Goal 37' Attendance: 10,357
Referee: Ben Williams
20 September 2009 Brisbane Roar 2–4 Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
17:00 UTC+10 Henrique Goal 50'
C. Coyne Goal 64' (o.g.)
Report
Summary
McCloughan Goal 1' (o.g.)
Shroj Goal 41'
Jelić Goal 61'
Reddy Goal 76' (o.g.)
Attendance: 7,367
Referee: Chris Beath

Round 8[edit]

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

9 October 2009 Melbourne Victory 0–3 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
20:00 UTC+11 Report
Summary
Brosque Goal 14'
Bridge Goal 15'19'
Attendance: 30,668
Referee: Peter Green

Round 11[edit]

16 October 2009 Adelaide United 2–1 Sydney FC Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
19:30 UTC+10:30 Cristiano Goal 30'54' Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 78' Attendance: 10,291
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 12[edit]

25 October 2009 Sydney FC 2–1 Brisbane Roar Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
17:00 UTC+11 Brosque Goal 55'
Kisel Goal 69'
Report
Summary
Cernak Goal 73' Attendance: 8,456
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Round 13[edit]

31 October 2009 Gold Coast United 0–2 North Queensland Fury Skilled Park, Gold Coast
20:00 UTC+10 Report
Summary
Fowler Goal 64'76' (pen.) Attendance: 2,616
Referee: Craig Zetter

Round 14[edit]

6 November 2009 Adelaide United 0–2 Brisbane Roar Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
19:30 UTC+10:30 Report
Summary
van Dijk Goal 35' (pen.)51' Attendance: 11,209
Referee: Australia Craig Zetter
8 November 2009 Wellington Phoenix 1–1 Perth Glory Westpac Stadium, Wellington
17:00 UTC+13 Ifill Goal 82' Report
Summary
Shroj Goal 68' Attendance: 6,930
Referee: Matthew Gillett

Round 15[edit]

22 November 2009 Perth Glory 2–0 Sydney FC ME Bank Stadium, Perth
16:00 UTC+8 Bulloch Goal 57'
Jelić Goal 88'
Report
Summary
Attendance: 8,932
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 16[edit]

29 November 2009 Sydney FC 1–3 Newcastle Jets Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
17:00 UTC+11 Brosque Goal 75' Report
Summary
Bridges Goal 22' (pen.)55'
M. Thompson Goal 58'
Attendance: 9,996
Referee: Strebre Delovski
29 November 2009 Brisbane Roar 4–1 Wellington Phoenix Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
18:00 UTC+10 Reinaldo Goal 17'56'
van Dijk Goal 79'
D. Dodd Goal 90+1'
Report
Summary
Greenacre Goal 27' Attendance: 6,307
Referee: Alan Milliner

Round 17[edit]

6 December 2009 Perth Glory 1–1 Brisbane Roar ME Bank Stadium, Perth
16:00 UTC+8 Harnwell Goal 78' Report
Summary
DeVere Goal 52' Attendance: 7,217
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 18[edit]

Round 19[edit]

16 December 2009 Brisbane Roar 2–0 North Queensland Fury Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
19:30 UTC+10 van Dijk Goal 20'42' Report
Summary
Attendance: 11,530
Referee: Matthew Gillett
19 January 2010 Adelaide United 2–3 Perth Glory Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
19:30 UTC+10:30 Pantelis Goal 13'
T. Dodd Goal 52'
Report
Summary
Burns Goal 63'69'
McBreen Goal 78'
Attendance: 8,904
Referee: Ben Williams

Round 20[edit]

18 December 2009 Adelaide United 1–1 Wellington Phoenix Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
19:30 UTC+10:30 Alemão Goal 57' Report
Summary
Cáceres Goal 77' Attendance: 9,070
Referee: Craig Zetter
19 December 2009 Central Coast Mariners 2–3 Brisbane Roar Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
18:00 UTC+11 Travis Goal 35'
Macallister Goal 77'
Report
Summary
Oar Goal 10'
van Dijk Goal 22'
McKay Goal 90+1'
Attendance: 5,684
Referee: Alan Milliner

Round 21[edit]

26 December 2009 Gold Coast United 5–1 Brisbane Roar Skilled Park, Gold Coast
17:00 UTC+10 Rees Goal 45+1'53'
Smeltz Goal 50' (pen.)61'77'
Report
Summary
McKay Goal 7' Attendance: 10,024
Referee: Strebre Delovski
26 December 2009 Perth Glory 4–0 Newcastle Jets ME Bank Stadium, Perth
17:00 UTC+8 Sekulovski Goal 19'
Harnwell Goal 24'69'
Sterjovski Goal 36' (pen.)
Report
Summary
Attendance: 9,418
Referee: Ben Williams

Round 22[edit]

10 January 2010 Perth Glory 0–0 Sydney FC ME Bank Stadium, Perth
16:00 UTC+8 Report
Summary
Attendance: 9,319
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 23[edit]

16 January 2010 Melbourne Victory 6–2 Perth Glory Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
19:00 UTC+11 A. Thompson Goal 4'
Kruse Goal 12'26'39'
K. Muscat Goal 81' (pen.)
Hernández Goal 83'
Report
Summary
Vargas Goal 20' (o.g.)
Sterjovski Goal 52'
Attendance: 20,448
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Round 24[edit]

24 January 2010 Newcastle Jets 1–3 Sydney FC EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
17:00 UTC+11 Wheelhouse Goal 33' Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 45'
Musialik Goal 45+4'
Payne Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 9,892
Referee: Peter Green

Round 25[edit]

Round 26[edit]

7 February 2010 Sydney FC 3–2 Perth Glory Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
17:00 UTC+11 Corica Goal 24' (pen.)
Aloisi Goal 48'87'
Report
Summary
Shroj Goal 45+2'
McBreen Goal 79'
Attendance: 8,359
Referee: Chris Beath

Round 27[edit]

13 February 2010 Perth Glory 2–0 Brisbane Roar ME Bank Stadium, Perth
16:00 UTC+8 Neville Goal 9'
Bulloch Goal 73'
Report
Summary
Attendance: 8,054
Referee: Peter Green

Finals series[edit]

  Semi Finals Week 1 Semi Finals Week 2 Preliminary Final Grand Final
                         
  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)
                             
                   Sydney FC  4        
  3  Gold Coast United  0 (5)              Wellington Phoenix  2        
  6  Newcastle Jets (p.s.o.)  0 (6)                      
             Wellington Phoenix (a.e.t.)  3                
           Newcastle Jets  1                
  4  Wellington Phoenix (p.s.o.)  1 (4)                        
  5  Perth Glory  1 (2)                        
18 February 2010 Major Semi-Final Leg 1 Melbourne Victory 2–1 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
20:00 UTC+11
Report
Summary
Aloisi Goal 42' Attendance: 18,453
Referee: Australia Peter Green
7 March 2010 Minor Semi-Final Wellington Phoenix 3–1 (a.e.t.) Newcastle Jets Westpac Stadium, Wellington
16:00 UTC+13 T. Brown Goal 33'
Ifill Goal 105+1'
Dadi Goal 115'
Report
Summary
M. Thompson Goal 20' Attendance: 32,792
Referee: Australia Chris Beath
7 March 2010 Major Semi-Final Leg 2 Sydney FC 2–2 (a.e.t.) Melbourne Victory Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
17:00 UTC+11 Kisel Goal 36' (pen.)
Bridge Goal 54'
Report
Summary
Kruse Goal 15'
A. Thompson Goal 113'
Attendance: 23,818
Referee: Australia Strebre Delovski

Melbourne Victory won 4–3 on aggregate.

13 March 2010 Preliminary Final Sydney FC 4–2 Wellington Phoenix Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
20:30 UTC+11 Payne Goal 21'31'
Brosque Goal 63'
Bridge Goal 71'
Report
Summary
Durante Goal 27'
Dadi Goal 81'
Attendance: 13,196
Referee: Australia Peter Green

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 New Zealand Shane Smeltz Gold Coast United 19
2 Indonesia Sergio van Dijk Brisbane Roar 13
3 Costa Rica Carlos Hernández Melbourne Victory 12
Barbados Paul Ifill Wellington Phoenix
5 Australia Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 10
6 Australia John Aloisi Sydney FC 9
England Robbie Fowler North Queensland Fury
8 Australia Daniel McBreen Perth Glory 8
9 New Zealand Tim Brown Wellington Phoenix 7
Australia Steve Corica Sydney FC
Australia Matt Thompson Newcastle Jets

Attendance[edit]

These are the attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season. The table does not include finals series attendances.

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 14 20,750 30,668 15,168 290,503
Sydney FC 14 12,987 25,407 8,359 181,816
Adelaide United 14 10,765 15,038 8,244 150,705
Perth Glory 13 9,205 12,822 7,217 119,670
Wellington Phoenix 13 8,965 19,258 4,115 116,549
Brisbane Roar 14 8,650 19,902 5,801 121,099
Central Coast Mariners 13 7,430 11,137 5,193 96,588
North Queensland Fury 13 6,723 8,897 4,156 87,396
Newcastle Jets 13 6,358 9,892 4,329 82,656
Gold Coast United 14 5,392 10,024 2,616 75,493
{{{T11}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{{T12}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 135 9,796 30,668 2,616 1,322,475

Top 10 Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
44,560 Grand Final 20 March 2010 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Saturday Evening
32,792 Finals
Wk 2
7 March 2010 Wellington Phoenix 3–1 Newcastle Jets Westpac Stadium Sunday Afternoon
30,668 10 9 October 2009 Melbourne Victory 0–3 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Friday Night
27,344 20 19 December 2009 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Sydney FC Etihad Stadium Saturday Evening
25,407 27 14 February 2010 Sydney FC 2–0 Melbourne Victory Sydney Football Stadium Sunday Evening
24,278 Finals
Wk 1
21 February 2010 Wellington Phoenix 1–1 Perth Glory Westpac Stadium Sunday Evening
23,818 Final
Wk 2
7 March 2010 Sydney FC 2–2 Melbourne Victory Sydney Football Stadium Sunday Evening
22,726 26 5 February 2010 Melbourne Victory 2–0 North Queensland Fury Etihad Stadium Friday Night
21,182 12 24 October 2009 Melbourne Victory 3–1 Adelaide United Etihad Stadium Saturday Evening
20,537 16 28 November 2009 Melbourne Victory 4–0 Gold Coast United Etihad Stadium Saturday Evening

Discipline[edit]

The Fair Play Award will go to the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season. It was awarded to Premiers Sydney FC who scraped in by 4 points from rivals Melbourne Victory.

1 point Yellow card.svg Yellow Card
2 points Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Second Caution Red Card
3 points Red card.svg Direct Red Card
Team Yellow card.svg Yellow card.svgYellow card.svgRed card.svg Red card.svg Points
Sydney FC 38 0 1 41
Melbourne Victory 40 1 1 45
North Queensland Fury 41 2 0 45
Adelaide United 43 1 1 48
Central Coast Mariners 42 2 0 46
Newcastle Jets 43 1 0 45
Perth Glory 50 1 0 52
Gold Coast United 48 1 2 56
Wellington Phoenix 54 0 1 57
Brisbane Roar 54 2 1 61
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 453 11 7

* The Newcastle Jets' Tarek Elrich received a direct red card in their round 7 fixture against Sydney FC. However, this was successfully appealed by the club and expunged from Elrich and the team's records.[36]
* Adelaide United's Iain Fyfe received a direct red card in their round 19 fixture against Perth Glory. However, this was overruled by the match review panel and expunged from Fyfe and the team's records.[37]

Awards[edit]

NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award[edit]

The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award was awarded to the finest U-21 player talent throughout the Hyundai A-League 2009–10 competition, based on a monthly nomination. At the end of season awards night, it was announced that Brisbane Roar's Tommy Oar was the winner of NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.[38]

Month Player Club
August Australia Kofi Danning Sydney FC
September Australia Leigh Broxham Melbourne Victory
October Australia Tommy Oar Brisbane Roar
November Australia Rostyn Griffiths North Queensland Fury
December Australia Ben Kantarovski Newcastle Jets
January Australia Mathew Leckie Adelaide United

See also[edit]

Team season articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold Coast And Townsville Set For A-League". FourFourTwo. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Season Draw" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2009. (2.33 MB) Football Federation Australia, 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  3. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (20 April 2009). "Clubs ditch Pre-Season Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  4. ^ Coach John Kosmina dumped by A-League club Sydney FC
  5. ^ Czech mate: Sydney FC confirm Lavicka appointment
  6. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/106588,branko-is-new-jets-boss.aspx
  7. ^ Brisbane Sack Farina
  8. ^ Ange Is The Man For Roar
  9. ^ a b Brettig, Daniel (30 July 2008). "Cool Dodd new Adelaide United skipper". The Advertiser.
  10. ^ "Introducing... Michael Zullo". The Equaliser. 12 April 2010. recently being named as the club’s junior marquee player
  11. ^ "No Reds Wooden Spoon Just Yet". FTBL. 6 February 2010. second-half send-off of captain Matt McKay...
  12. ^ "Captain Wilkinson promoted to Centurion". Central Coast Mariners. Football Federation Australia. 8 February 2011. Wilkinson took the captain-s armband from an injured Noel Spencer late in the second season of the Hyundai A-League
  13. ^ Pike, Chris (1 February 2010). "Hutchinson puts hand up as Mariners sink". The Sydney Morning Herald. Vice-captain John Hutchinson has accepted blame...
  14. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (9 January 2009). "Gold Coast lure Culina for $3.6m". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ "Gold Coast signs two more". A-League. Football Federation Australia. 6 January 2009. Minniecon has also been confirmed as the club's under-23 marquee signing
  16. ^ a b "Jason Culina Looks Ahead To Gold Coast United's Fulham Friendly". Goal. 30 June 2009. club's skipper, Jason Culina, and vice-captain, Michael Thwaite...
  17. ^ a b Favager, Neil; Gallagher, Jamie (16 March 2010). "United leaders secure gongs". Tweed Daily News.
  18. ^ Lynch, Michael (30 April 2016). "Archie Thompson should play on after leaving Melbourne Victory". The Sydney Morning Herald. As Victory's inauguaral marquee signing...
  19. ^ "Archie Thompson, Adrian Leijer sign new deals with Melbourne Victory". The Guardian. 2 May 2014. Victory's first ever signing, and scorer, will join up with new marquee Besart Berisha next season, after agreeing a new deal with the club that takes him inside the salary cap
  20. ^ "Kevin Muscat appointed as new Melbourne Victory coach". The Guardian. 31 October 2013. Phoenix’s Ernie Merrick was the Victory's inaugural coach and Muscat the club's inaugural captain
  21. ^ "Vargas Ruled Out Of Final Rematch". FTBL. 22 October 2009. vice-captain Rody Vargas ruled out...
  22. ^ Gardiner, James (5 August 2009). "V for Vignaroli - Jets splash the cash to get their man". The Newcastle Herald.
  23. ^ a b Ritson, Jon (8 August 2008). "Slow Start For Marquee Scheme". FTBL. Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets, confirmed they had signed junior marquees for the new season – Mark Bridge (Sydney), Nick Ward (Victory) and Adam D’Apuzzo (Jets).
  24. ^ Gardiner, James (18 November 2009). "Matt Thompson to leave Jets". The Newcastle Herald. Thompson, who is the Jets most-capped player with 106 A-League games, was elevated to captain at the start of the Asian Champions League.
  25. ^ Hannah, Matthew (4 February 2009). "Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler fancies Fury as he heads off to Queensland". The Daily Telegraph.
  26. ^ "Robbie Fowler named captain of North Queensland Fury". The Guardian. 7 August 2009.
  27. ^ "Three Year Deal For Sterj". FTBL. 12 June 2009.
  28. ^ Chadwick, Justin (29 July 2009). "Jacob Burns to captain Perth Glory". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.
  29. ^ "Sydney FC put players on notice". Fox Sports. 3 March 2008. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Aloisi, 32, signed a lucrative two-year deal as the marquee player...
  30. ^ "Sydney FC captain Steve Corica to retire at end of the season". The Daily Telegraph. 10 February 2010.
  31. ^ a b "Durante named Wellington Phoenix skipper". Ninemsn. 17 July 2008. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012.
  32. ^ Match re-scheduled due to World Cup qualifying fixture for New Zealand
  33. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKFPKHlR09E
  34. ^ Originally to be played on 30 January but rescheduled due to heavy rain.
  35. ^ Originally to be played on 6 February but rescheduled due to drenched pitch caused by heavy rain.
  36. ^ "Elrich red overturned". Football Federation Australia. 21 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  37. ^ "Outcome of independent Match Review Panel – Round 19". Football Federation Australia. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  38. ^ "NAB Young Footballer of the Year". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.