2016-17 Disciplinary Record- May

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

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Central Coast Mariners have held off Brisbane Roar to claim the 2016-17 fair play award, their first in the competitions 12 year history. Despite the Roar having the best record for the final month of the season, Central Coast –who had the third best record of the month- held on by three points, with Newcastle and Adelaide sharing fourth place.

At the other end of the table, despite having the fourth best record throughout April, Melbourne City have finished bottom of the discipline table for 2016-17, finishing 11 points behind 9th placed Wellington.

Individual disciplinary table

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So far this season there have been 576 yellow cards handed out to 171 different players over the course of the season, with the total number of yellow cards up from 533 in the last update. That equates to an average of 4.4 yellow cards per game, which is the same as the last update.

Over the course of the season there have been 64 players who’ve missed games this season for disciplinary reasons, who between them have missed a combined 87 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-.

Melbourne City are also the club who’ve suffered from suspensions the most this season with 17 games missed by their players, while at the other end of the spectrum Central Coast Mariners have seen their players miss just the five games this season.

Referees Table

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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 the most common official over the regular season -21 matches- and Matthew Conger the least common -5 matches-.

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 21 yellow cards from seven games for an average of 3 per game. Jarred Gillett has shown the most red cards of any official this season dismissing six players in the regular season, while Kurt Ams and Matthew Conger were only officials not to issue a single red card in the regular season.

This is the final update for the 2016-17 season, with the both the A-League and W-League fair play award set to be given out at the league’s annual awards night next week.

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2016-17 Disciplinary Record- April

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

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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

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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).

Referees Table

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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.


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

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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

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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

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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.


2016-17 Disciplinary Record- February

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

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Starting with the league wide table and there’s been a change at the top with Newcastle Jets moving from second to first, while six time winner Brisbane Roar have gone from fifth to second over the last month. Melbourne Victory, who lead the table at the end of 2016, now find themselves down in sixth place. There is however just six points between the top four, so the battle for the most disciplined side of the season will go down to the wire.

Victory’s drop from the top spot is down to the fact that they’ve had the worst run of discipline over the last month, with 17 yellow cards and 2 reds –one rescinded- for a total of 20 points. Meanwhile Brisbane Roar have been the most disciplined side of the past month, with just the 8 yellow cards over the past five rounds to close the gap on the Jets.

Individual disciplinary table

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Moving on to the individual table and the list of players to get a mandatory one match ban for five yellow cards over the past month has grown to 17 players. There are a further 24 players who are still walking the tightrope, with a further yellow card in the next three rounds resulting in a ban. The threshold goes up to 8 yellow cards at the conclusion of round 20.

So far there have been 377 yellow cards handed out across the season so far, for an average of 4.4 per game which is almost identical to the January 2016 mark, and the last update back in early January.

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 15 games in the first 17 rounds. Matthew Conger is the least commonly used referee with just the 3 appointments so far.

W-League

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With the 2016-17 W-League season concluding at the weekend we have the final tally for the W-League disciplinary record, and Adelaide United have emerged at  the top of the table.

The Lady Reds picked up just the seven yellow cards over the course of the season, with Melbourne City and Newcastle rounding out the top three. Sydney FC finished bottom of the disciplinary table and were the only side to have multiple red cards over the season.

The next update will be at the end of round 21.


2016-17 Disciplinary Record- December

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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

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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

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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.

Referees Table

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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

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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.


Disciplinary Record- December

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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- Queensland 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

Individual player suspensions of one match are mandatory after the 5th and 8th yellow cards accrued.
All data in this series is collated from the official match reports posted on the A-League and W-League websites.

League Table

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Starting with the league table and Melbourne Victory are the big improvers over the month of November, picking up just two cautions in three matches to move into top spot on the ladder.

The base of the table remains the same with Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory currently the least disciplined sides in the league. The fact all 10 teams are split by just 8 points however indicates how even they are.

For Brisbane Roar this is an unusual situation to be down in 8th on the discipline table, however a change in tactical approach has brought with it more cautions than in the past.
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Rhys Williams and Neil Kilkenny are the first players to reach the five caution mark and are both set to sit out this weekend through suspension. Isaias Sanchez, Alan Baro and Corey Brown are on the cusp of that mandatory ban should they pick up a fifth yellow card.

So far 185 cautions have been handed out to 111 different players, averaging out to 4.75 yellow cards being handed out each game. In comparison to this time last season, 194 cautions had been handed out to 110 different players equating to an average of 4.85 cards per contest so things are pretty standard at the moment.

In terms of games missed due to suspension, 8 players have sat out for a weekend due to either an accumulation of yellow cards or a sending off.

Referees table
Something new to this monthly feature after many requests is the referees table which outlines the number of cards handed out by a particular referee.

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So far 11 different match officials have been employed, with Chris Beath the most common with 7 appointments, while Kris Griffiths-Jones is the least used with just the one to date.

Alan Milliner is the referee with the most yellows handed out with 32 from his five matches, while Steven Lucas and Kris Griffith-Jones have handed out just the four.

In terms of the averages, Kurt Ams has handed out the most cards per appearances with an average of 7.3 issued in his three matches, while at the other end Steven Lucas is handing out an average of just two per match, although he has refereed just the two games so far.

W-League Table
Finally this week, another new addition in the W-League table which shows Western Sydney on top of the table with zero points accrued in the opening month of the season which is a fantastic effort.

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At the other end of the spectrum Sydney FC have picked up six bookings and a second yellow card, leaving them tied with Melbourne Victory who have picked up 8 cautions so far.

The next update will be at the end of December following the conclusion of round 12 in the A-League, and round 8 in the W-League.


2016-17 Disciplinary Record- October

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.

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Starting with the league wide table and it’s a very strong start on the disciplinary table for Newcastle Jets whose three yellow cards over the first month of the season sees them sit top, followed by their local rivals Central Coast Mariners.

At the other end of the table with 13 yellows and a straight red in the opening month it’s a poor start for high flying Melbourne City, with fellow contenders Perth Glory narrowly ahead of them with 14.

For Brisbane Roar it threatened to be a poor start to the with 5 yellow cards and McKay’s red starting the season off poorly, but some more disciplined performances in recent weeks see the Roar sit mid pack.

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Individually Neil Kilkenny is the only player in the league to be cautioned in each of the first four rounds and as such is the only player currently in danger of missing a game due to five yellow cards. Isaias of Adelaide, Brandon Wilson of Perth and Alan Baro of Melbourne Victory have accrued three yellows so far this season.

Thomas Kristensen and Corey Brown lead the way for Brisbane with two a piece. All up 70 players have been cautioned over the opening month of the season, with a grand total of 94 cards handed out.

That’s an average of five per game, although the overall tally is marginally down on that of the opening month of the 2015-16 season.

Just the three players have missed a game so far due to disciplinary reasons, with Melbourne City’s Thomas Sorensen, Western Sydney’s Artiz Borda and Brisbane captain Matt McKay all missing a game due to their respective red cards.

The next update will be at the conclusion of round 8 at the end of November.