2016-17 Disciplinary Record- March

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


We have yet another change at the top with Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners tied on 43 points, however it’s the Reds who lead based upon the fact they have fewer red cards than the Mariners. The race at the top is still remarkably close however, with perennial winner Brisbane Roar and last months leader Newcastle Jets on 45. Even Melbourne Victory who sit fifth on 51 points are still in with a chance as the competition moves into the final stages.

At the other end of the table Melbourne City have moved to the basement of the table on a massive 71 points after what is the least disciplined month in the four years I’ve been covering the disciplinary record. City racked up a massive 17 yellow and two red cards, including seven yellow cards in the derby in addition to Tim Cahill’s red.

City are now 11 points behind 9th placed Western Sydney Wanderers, with last months bottom placed team in Perth Glory moving up into sixth on the table after accruing just the six cautions last month. That record saw the Glory hold the second best record for the month of February, behind just Central Coast who picked up just four cautions last month. It goes without saying City had the worst month, with Wellington not far behind them.

Individual disciplinary table


Moving on to the individual table and to date 165 different players across the A-League have picked up at least one yellow card, for a total of 472 yellow cards at an average of 4.5 per game. That pushes the average up from 4.4 in the last update, while back at this stage last year the average was 4.1 yellows per game.

Now that the league has progressed beyond round 20, the initial threshold for a suspension after the fifth yellow card has passed, with a one match ban now occurring for players who reach the eight yellow card mark.

Up until round 20 there had 33 players miss a game due to yellow cards, with Melbourne City having the most with 6 players on the list, while Central Coast had just the one player miss a game due to an accumulation of 5 yellow cards.

There have also been three players pick up a second one match band for receiving eight yellow cards, with Isaias Sanchez, Neil Kilkenny and Dimas Delgado the biggest offenders in the League this season. Alan Baro, Jason Geria, and Rhys Williams are one yellow away from joining them.

All up there have been 59 games missed by players for disciplinary reasons when you included the red cards into the equation, a figure that doesn’t include the additional game handed out to Rostyn Griffiths for his send of in round 15, or the 5 week suspension handed out to Dean Bouzanis for his racial slur directed towards Besart Berisha in round 18.

Referees Table

Since the last update there hasn’t been any new referees added to the rotation so the same 12 referees remain, with Chris Beath still the most commonly used official this season having refereed 18 games so far this season, with Matthew Conger still the least common official with just the four appearances to date.

In terms of average cards handed out, Daniel Elder has the lowest average yellow cards handed out at 3.4 per game, while Kurt Ams hands out the most on average at 6.3 per match. Shaun Evans has sent the most players off this season with four dismissals so far in his 13 matches, while on the other hand Kurt Ams and Matthew Conger are yet to issue a red card this season.

With two months remaining in the regular season, the top spot on the A-League table may be all but decided, however on the disciplinary table there are still five sides fighting it out for the award. The next update will occur at the end of round 24 which is the last round to be completed in March due to the split round.


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