2016-17 Disciplinary Record- AprilPosted: March 30, 2017
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
After losing their spot at the top of the disciplinary table in last months update, Central Coast Mariners have displaced Adelaide United with just three rounds remaining of the regular season. The gap at the top however remains incredible close, with the top four sides separated by just four points.
With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, there are four teams who have a chance at claiming the discipline award for the 2016-17. Amongst them are potential first time winners Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United, in addition to 2007-08 winner Newcastle Jets and six time winner Brisbane Roar who also won the award last season.
At the other end of the table Melbourne City look all set to finish at the foot of the table with 13 point gap between City and ninth placed Western Sydney Wanderers.
Individual Players Table
So far this season there have been 533 yellow cards handed out to 173 different players over the course of the season, with the total number of yellow cards up from 472 in the last update. That equates to an average of 4.4 yellow cards per game, which is down from 4.5 last month.
So far this season there have been 63 players who’ve missed games this season for disciplinary reasons, who between them have missed a combined 81 games between them. Melbourne City’s Dean Bouzanis has missed the most games for disciplinary reasons this season due to his racial slur directed at Besart Berisha, with Melbourne City also having the most players to miss a game –nine-.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season there are a number of players who are closing in on the 8 game threshold who could wind up missing either important games in the run in or potentially a final. While the threshold re-sets for the finals series, any player who picks up an 8th yellow card in round 27 would miss a finals game.
The following players are currently one yellow card away from a one match ban- Corey Brown (BRI), Alan Baro, Jason Geria (MVC), Wayne Brown (NEW), Josh Brillante, Brandon O’Neill (SFC) and Brendon Santalab (WSW).
The following players are currently two yellow cards away from a one match ban- Tarek Elrich, Ben Garuccio (ADL), Thomas Kristensen, Brandon Borrello (BRI), Neil Kilkenny, Manny Muscat, Luke Brattan (MCY), Fahid Ben Khalfallah (MVC), Nigel Boogaard, Andrew Hoole, Steven Ugarkovic (NEW), Brandon Wilson, Rostyn Griffiths, Josh Risdon (PER), Rhyan Grant, Michael Zullo (SFC), Marco Rossi, Vince Lia, Andrew Durante (WEL) and Jack Clisby (WSW).
Finally to the referees table and the number of referees remains the same as the last update with 12 referees amongst the FFA’s rotation, with Chris Beath still the most common official and Matthew Conger the least common.
Kurt Ams has the highest average yellow cards per game with 52 cautions in nine games this season for an average of 5.8, with Daniel Elder the lowest average with 19 yellow cards from six games for an average of 3.2 per game. Jarred Gillett and Shaun Evans have both sent off five players this season which is the most of any official, while Kurt Ams and Matthew Conger are yet to issue a red card this season.
The final update for the 2016-17 season will arrive at the conclusion of the regular season.