A Fair Play Update

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We’ve been keeping track of the disciplinary records of the teams this season and as we get to the business end of the let’s take amother look at how team’s are fairing in the race for an award that is often overlooked, the ‘Fair play Award’. It is handed out at the A-League’s annual awards night – won last season by Wellington Phoenix – and is calculated by how many yellow and reds have been handed out to a team.

Brisbane Roar have been the most successful “disciplined” side of the first decade, winning the award on five 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

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.


Starting with the team table, and since the last update, the two Sydney clubs have the worst disciplinary record in the league, with the Sky Blues and the Red and Black both accruing 12 yellows and a red each for a grand total of 15 points. At the other end of the table, the leagues two in form sides – Adelaide and Perth- picked up just seven yellow cards each in the last four games.

On the overall table, Brisbane Roar still have a commanding lead at the top, sitting 14 points clear of Adelaide in second with just five rounds remaining At the other end of the table, last months bottom two of Melbourne City and Central Coast remain in their respective places.

On to the individual players, and two players have now reached the secondary threshold for a one match ban, with Central Coast’s Jacob Poscoliero and Newcastle’s Jason Hoffman both reaching that mark. There are seven other players who sit on seven yellows for the season and are one card away from a one week suspension.

At this point of the season, 53 players have been suspended for at least one match this season for a total of 59 matches missed. The club most affected by this is Central Coast, whose players have missed 12 games this season due to suspension -20 if you count the 8 weeks for Roy O’Donovan’s head butt-. Wellington are the second most affected with 9 games missed, followed by Newcastle (8), City, Victory, Sydney and West Sydney (6), Adelaide and Perth (5). Brisbane Roar are unsurprisingly the least affected by players missing for suspension, with just the one game missed so far this season.

All up 166 players have been cautioned this season for a total of 503 yellow cards handed out this season at an average of 4.6 per game, lower than last months average of 4.8 per game. Perth Glory meanwhile have seen the most players pick up a yellow card this season, with 21 separate Glory players going into the referee’s notebook, while Brisbane Roar lead the way with 13 players.

82 players were cautioned in the last month, at an average of 4.1 per game, which is a decrease on the last month’s average. Across the season there have been 412 yellow cards handed out at an average of 4.5 per game, with last month’s average of cards per game sitting at 4.8.


In terms of red cards, Newcastle’s Nigel Boogaard has been joined by City’s Anthony Caceres as the only players to be sent off multiple times this season.

All up now 24 players have been sent off this season for a total of 26, at an average of 0.22 per game –up from 0.18 last month-.  The 26 send offs break down as 16 players sent off for second bookable offences, while 10 have been shown straight red cards.

Central Coast Mariners have had the most players dismissed this season, with 7 players receiving their marching orders. At the other end of the spectrum, Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar are yet to have a player sent off this season.

With just five rounds remaining, this will be the final in-season update for the year, with a wrap up coming either at the conclusion of round 27 or after the annual A-League awards night.

Scott Owen

Scott Owen is a writer for website "The Roar Review" an unofficial blog site that mainly focuses on Brisbane Roar.

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