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The 2006–07 A-League was the 30th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the second season of the A-League since its establishment the previous season. Football Federation Australia hoped to build on the success of the first season and on the interest generated by the Socceroos competing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fox Sports had signed a A$120 million deal over 7 years for the exclusive broadcast rights of the A-League, AFC Champions League, and national team matches (excluding matches played in the World Cup finals).[1]

A-League
A-League text logo.svg
Season 2006–07
Champions Melbourne Victory (1st title)
Premiers Melbourne Victory (1st title)
AFC Champions League Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United
Matches played 84
Goals scored 218 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Archie Thompson
(15 goals)
Best goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos
Biggest away win New Zealand Knights 0–4 Melbourne Victory
(27 October 2006)
Highest attendance 50,333
Lowest attendance 1,632
Average attendance 12,927

The television advertisement campaign used for the 2006–07 season was the same as the previous season, with different music. Scribe's song "Not Many" was replaced with Manuel Neztic's "Kickin Down".[2] The second season was marketed as "A-League: Version 2".[3]

Contents

ClubsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
  Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
  Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
  Melbourne Victory Melbourne Olympic Park Stadium
Telstra Dome
18,500
56,347
  Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium 26,164
  New Zealand Knights Auckland North Harbour Stadium 25,000
  Perth Glory Perth Members Equity Stadium 18,156
  Queensland Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
  Sydney FC Sydney Aussie Stadium 42,500

Foreign playersEdit

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Non-Visa Foreign
Adelaide United   Fernando   Shengqing Qu   Bobby Petta   Romário4
Central Coast Mariners   André Gumprecht   Jamie McMaster   Wayne O'Sullivan   John Hutchinson2
Melbourne Victory   Alessandro   Fred   James Robinson   Grant Brebner   Claudinho4
New Zealand Knights   Darren Bazeley   Neil Emblen   Malik Buari   Dani Rodrigues   Fernando3
  Alen Marcina3
  Gao Leilei3
  Li Yan3
  Dean Gordon3
  Hamza Mohammed3
  Sean Devine1
  Scot Gemmill3
Newcastle Jets   Milton Rodríguez   Tim Brown   Steven Old   Vaughan Coveny1
Perth Glory   Leo Bertos   Jeremy Christie   Danny Hay
Queensland Roar   Reinaldo   Marcus Wedau   Simon Lynch   Remo Buess   Zhang Yuning3
  Stuart McLaren1
  Seo Hyuk-su1
Sydney FC   Jeremy Brockie   Terry McFlynn   Dwight Yorke   Jonas Salley1
  Benito Carbone4

The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian Residency (and New Zealand Residency, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);
2Australian residents (and New Zealand residents, in the case of Wellington Phoenix) who have chosen to represent another national team;
3Injury Replacement Players, or National Team Replacement Players;
4Guest Players (eligible to play a maximum of ten games)

Pre-Season Challenge CupEdit

 
Newcastle playing Sydney in a pre-season match in Canberra

This competition was held in July and August in the lead up to the start of the A-League season. The opening round was 15 July 2006. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds and a bonus round, followed by a two-week finals playoff. The bonus group round matched up teams against opponents from the other group, and also offered the incentive of "bonus points" based on goals scored (1 point for 2 goals, 2 points for 3 goals, 3 points for 4 or more goals).

The Pre-Season Cup was used to enhance the A-League's profiles by playing pre-season games in regional centres including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Orange and Tamworth.[4]

The pre-season cup was won by Adelaide United at the final on 19 August 2006.

Regular seasonEdit

Home and away seasonEdit

The league season took a triple round-robin format, and took place over 21 rounds between 25 August 2006 and 21 January 2007.

League tableEdit

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Melbourne Victory (C) 21 14 3 4 41 20 +21 45 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Adelaide United 21 10 3 8 32 27 +5 33
3 Newcastle Jets 21 8 6 7 32 30 +2 30 2007 A-League Finals Series
4 Sydney FC 21 8 8 5 29 19 +10 0291
5 Queensland Roar 21 8 5 8 25 27 −2 29
6 Central Coast Mariners 21 6 6 9 22 26 −4 24
7 Perth Glory 21 5 5 11 24 30 −6 20
8 New Zealand Knights 21 5 4 12 13 39 −26 19 Disbanded at end of season and were replaced

Updated to games played on 21 January 2007
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Sydney FC were penalised three competition points following round 18 due to salary cap breaches which occurred during the 2005–06 season.
2First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2007 A-League Finals Series.
3First place qualifies for the 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage.
4Winning the 2007 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2008 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
5New Zealand Knights cannot qualify for the 2008 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

Round 1Edit

Round 2Edit

Round 3Edit

Round 4Edit

Round 5Edit

Round 6Edit

Round 7Edit

Round 8Edit

Round 9Edit

Round 10Edit

Round 11Edit

Round 12Edit

Round 13Edit

Round 14Edit

Round 15Edit

Round 16Edit

Round 17Edit

Round 18Edit

Round 19Edit

Round 20Edit

Round 21Edit

Finals seriesEdit

 
Melbourne Victory celebrating their 2007 A-League Grand Final victory.
  Semi Finals Preliminary Final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
    28 January & 4 February                        
1 Melbourne Victory 0 2     18 February
2 Adelaide United 0 1     11 February       1 Melbourne Victory 6
    2 Adelaide United (pso) 1 (4)   2 Adelaide United 0
  26 January & 2 February   3 Newcastle Jets 1 (3)  
3 Newcastle Jets 1 2
4 Sydney FC 2 0  

The Asian Football Confederation announced on 21 November 2006 that Adelaide United and Sydney FC would represent Australia in the 2007 AFC Champions League. Despite an appeal by the Football Federation Australia, it was determined that the 2005–06 A-League premiers and champions would qualify and not those from the current season.[5]

The AFC also indicated that the qualification arrangements would not be reviewed prior to 2009. The FFA have indicated that the premiers and champions of A-League 2006–07 will qualify for the 2008 AFC Champions League – establishing a precedent of maintaining a one-year lag between qualification and participation.

Season statisticsEdit

Leading goalscorersEdit

Player Team Goals
Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 15
Daniel Allsopp Melbourne Victory 12
Damian Mori Central Coast Mariners (6), Queensland Roar (2) 8
Mark Bridge Newcastle Jets 8
Adam Kwasnik Central Coast Mariners 7
Jamie Harnwell Perth Glory 7

Most yellow cardsEdit

Player Team Yellow Cards
Adrian Leijer Melbourne Victory 7
Nick Carle Newcastle Jets 6
Andrew Durante Newcastle Jets 6
Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory 5
Terry McFlynn Sydney FC 5
Simon Colosimo Perth Glory 5

AttendancesEdit

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 11 27,728 50,333 15,563 305,011
Queensland Roar 10 16,465 32,371 10,040 164,653
Sydney FC 10 14,999 20,881 9,871 149,986
Adelaide United 11 12,162 16,378 8,785 133,782
Newcastle Jets 10 11,442 20,980 4,635 114,420
Central Coast Mariners 11 9,828 15,404 4,644 108,112
Perth Glory 10 7,671 9,978 6,251 76,709
New Zealand Knights 11 3,014 7,304 1,632 33,156
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{{ALeague {{{T10}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T11}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{ALeague {{{T12}}}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 84 12,927 50,333 1,632 1,085,829

Highest attendancesEdit

AwardsEdit

The 2007 A-League Awards ceremony was held on 27 February 2007 at the Sydney Opera House.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Historic deal for football". 26 April 2006. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Football's new kick-start". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 August 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Version 2.0 launched". 25 August 2006. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "A-League Pre-Season Schedule Confirmed". 1 June 2006. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. 
  5. ^ "AFC confirm Sydney and Adelaide". 21 November 2006. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Nick Carle takes out Johnny Warren Medal Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Hyundai A-League, 27 February 2007.

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