2016-17 Disciplinary Record- DecemberPosted: December 29, 2016
Over the course of the season we’ll keep tabs on the yellow and red cards handed out each week across the A-League. It all adds up to the Fair play Award on the A-League’s annual awards night, an award which was won last season by Brisbane Roar.
While the fair play award is far from the most important trophy on offer in the A-League, it’s vital to have all of your players fit and available for the big games towards the end of the season and ill-discipline could prove to be crucial if players miss big games at the business end of the season.
Brisbane Roar have been the most successful disciplined side over the 11 year history of the A-League, winning the award on six occasions including four straight from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Other winners include Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC. The full list of winners is below.
2005-06- Melbourne Victory
2006-07- Perth Glory
2007-08- Newcastle Jets
2008-09- Brisbane Roar
2009-10- Sydney FC
2010-11- Brisbane Roar
2011-12- Brisbane Roar
2012-13- Brisbane Roar
2013-14- Brisbane Roar
2014-15- Wellington Phoenix
2015-16- Brisbane Roar
For those unaware, the award is decided on a points system, with points accrued for Yellow Cards, Second Yellow Cards and Straight Red Cards.
Here’s a breakdown on how the points system works
1 Point- Yellow Card
2 Points- Second Yellow Card
3 Points- Red Card
All data in this series is collated from the official match reports posted on the A-League website.
A-League Disciplinary Table
Starting with the A-League disciplinary table and the table has tightened up as we approach the halfway mark of the season with Melbourne Victory continuing to lead the way. At the other end of the table Melbourne City continue to be the leagues least disciplined side racking up 34 yellows and two red cards in 12 games so far.
Last seasons defending champion of the Disciplinary Record table has moved up the table from 8th to fifth in the last month, and are one of five teams within four points of the top of the table.
That strong form over the past month has seen Brisbane hold the best disciplinary record over the month of December, narrowly ahead of Adelaide United. At the other end of the table it’s been a bad month for Western Sydney whose 11 yellow and 2 red cards has seen them drop from 7th to 9th on the table, while Melbourne City consolidated their spot at the base of the table.
Individual Disciplinary Table
Moving on to the individual table and Adelaide United midfielder Isaias has joined Rhys Williams and Neil Kilkenny as the only players who’ve accrued a suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards. There are 14 other players on the cusp of a one match suspension, a list which includes Brisbane left-back Corey Brown.
As we approach the halfway mark of the season, there have been 266 cautions handed out, which is an average of 4.5 per game, which is marginally down from the November average of 4.85 per game.
Matthew Conger became the 12th referee of the A-League season over the past month and as such is the least common referee, while Chris Beath remains the most common having refereed 11 matches so far this season.
Matthew Conger is also the referee with the lowest average cards handed out per game (3 per game), with Stephen Lucas (3.33) and Peter Green (3.75) not far behind. At the other end of the spectrum Kurt Ams leads the way with an average of 7.33 yellow cards in the three games he’s controlled this season.
W-League Disciplinary Table
Finally, we move to the W-League where there’s been a change at the top with Western Sydney Wanderers dropping from first to fifth, with Adelaide moving up from second to lead the way after 8 rounds.
At the other end of the table, Brisbane Roar now sit at the bottom of the table with 15 yellow cards, while Sydney FC have moved up from the foot of the table into 7th.
The next update will be at the conclusion Round 16 in the A-League, while next month will be the final update of the W-League table.