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 Wellington Phoenix.
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.
This series initially started out as part of my writing on Brisbane Roar, with a focus on them, however it is now transitioning into a league wide focus bringing the other nine A-League clubs into focus.
Over the course of the season, we’ll keep track of how the points table is standing, in addition to which individual players have accrued cards and could be close to a ban. 1 match bans are issued to players who pick up 5 yellow cards between round 1 and 20, before moving to 8 from round 21 onwards.
We’ll start with the Fair play points table, which is accurate and up to date up to and including the end of round 8. There is one game to be caught up, with the round 5 clash between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory postponed due to the FFA Cup Final.
Brisbane Roar remain top of this table through the opening two months, and now have a sizeable lead at the top with a average of just over 1 card a game. Western Sydney have moved up from third to second, while the big mover is Melbourne Victory who have gone from 7th to 3rd over the last month. Perth Glory have also improved dramatically in the last month, going from 8th to 4th, although both Perth and the Victory do have a game to play.
At the other end of the table, last months bottom placed club Newcastle has moved off the foot of the table and up to 8th, while Melbourne City are now the least disciplined side in the competition accruing 27 yellow cards in 8 games this season, two cards worse off than Wellington Phoenix.
Onto the yellow card tables and Adelaide’s Craig Goodwin is the player to pick up the most cautions this season with 5, one ahead of Nick Montgomery (CCM), Paulo Retre (City), Ben Kantarovski (Newcastle), Tom Doyle (Wellington) and Scott Neville (WSW).
Melbourne City have the most players to receive cautions with 16 while Brisbane Roar have the least with just 7, neither of which is overly surprising given they sit at opposite ends of the previous table.
All up there has been 110 players cautioned this season, with 194 cautions handed out in the first 8 rounds at an average of 4.9 per game and 24 per round. We’ll keep an eye on that over the course of the season.
Finally we have the tables for second yellow cards and red cards, both of which are relatively short with just six players sent from the field this season, of which five were for second bookable offences.
Only one player, Jake McGing of Central Coast has been issued a direct red card this season, which refers to an incident in the round 6 clash against Newcastle Jets.
The next update will be at the conclusion of round 12, which will include date up to and including December 27. The New Years eve clash between Central Coast and Wellington will be included in the January update.