The 2014–15 A-League was the 38th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the 10th season of the A-League since its establishment in 2004. Brisbane Roar were both the defending A-League Premiers and Champions. The regular season commenced on 10 October 2014 and concluded on 26 April 2015. The 2015 Grand Final took place on 17 May 2015. The season was suspended from 9–24 January in order to avoid a clash with the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which was hosted by Australia.
|Dates||10 October 2014 – 17 May 2015|
|Champions||Melbourne Victory (3rd title)|
|Premiers||Melbourne Victory (3rd title)|
|Champions League||Melbourne Victory|
|Goals scored||401 (2.97 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marc Janko|
|Best goalkeeper||Eugene Galekovic|
|Biggest home win||Adelaide United 7–0 Newcastle Jets|
(24 January 2015)
|Biggest away win||Newcastle Jets 0–4 Brisbane Roar|
(14 November 2014)
Central Coast Mariners 1–5 Sydney FC
(24 January 2015)
|Highest scoring||Sydney FC 5–4 Brisbane Roar|
(15 March 2015)
|Longest winning run||Perth Glory |
Wellington Phoenix (4)
|Longest unbeaten run||Melbourne Victory|
Perth Glory (10)
|Longest winless run||Western Sydney Wanderers (13)|
|Longest losing run||Brisbane Roar|
Western Sydney Wanderers (4)
The season marked the first year that the team formerly known as Melbourne Heart competed as Melbourne City after the club's renaming in June 2014.
- 1 Clubs
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Finals series
- 4 Statistics
- 5 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award
- 6 End of season awards
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
|Adelaide United||Adelaide||Coopers Stadium
|Brisbane Roar||Brisbane||Suncorp Stadium||52,500|
|Central Coast Mariners||Gosford||Central Coast Stadium||20,119|
|Melbourne City||Melbourne||AAMI Park||30,050|
|Melbourne Victory||Melbourne||Etihad Stadium
|Newcastle Jets||Newcastle||Hunter Stadium||33,000|
|Perth Glory||Perth||nib Stadium||20,500|
|Sydney FC||Sydney||Allianz Stadium||45,500|
|Wellington Phoenix||Wellington||Westpac Stadium||36,000|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Sydney||Pirtek Stadium||21,487|
Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Kit partner|
|Adelaide United||Josep Gombau||Eugene Galekovic||Kappa||Veolia|
|Brisbane Roar||Frans Thijssen||Matt McKay||Umbro||The Coffee Club|
|Central Coast Mariners|| Tony Walmsley
| John Hutchinson
|Melbourne City||John van 't Schip||Patrick Kisnorbo||Nike||Etihad|
|Melbourne Victory||Kevin Muscat||Mark Milligan||Adidas||Community Training Initiatives (h)|
Oliana Foods (a)
|Newcastle Jets||Phil Stubbins||Taylor Regan||BLK||Castle Quarry Products|
|Perth Glory||Kenny Lowe||Michael Thwaite||Macron||QBE Insurance|
|Sydney FC||Graham Arnold||Alex Brosque||Adidas||Webjet|
|Wellington Phoenix||Ernie Merrick||Andrew Durante||Adidas||Huawei|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Tony Popovic||Nikolai Topor-Stanley||Nike||NRMA Insurance|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Sydney FC||Frank Farina||Sacked||23 April 2014||Pre-season||Graham Arnold||8 May 2014|
|Newcastle Jets||Clayton Zane (interim)||End of contract||5 May 2014||Pre-season||Phil Stubbins||5 May 2014|
|Brisbane Roar||Mike Mulvey||Mutual Consent||23 November 2014||8th||Frans Thijssen (Caretaker)||24 November 2014|
|Central Coast Mariners||Phil Moss||Sacked||6 March 2015||8th|| Tony Walmsley (Caretaker Head Coach)
John Hutchinson (Caretaker Player/Coach)
|6 March 2015|
The following do not fill a Visa position:
1Those players who were born and started their professional career abroad but have since gained Australian citizenship (and New Zealand citizenship, in the case of Wellington Phoenix);
2Australian citizens (and New Zealand citizens, 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)
Salary cap exemptions and captainsEdit
|Club||Domestic Marquee||International Marquee||Junior Marquee player||Captain||Vice-Captain|
|Adelaide United||Eugene Galekovic||Marcelo Carrusca||None||Eugene Galekovic||Nigel Boogaard|
|Brisbane Roar||Matt McKay||Thomas Broich||None||Matt McKay||Shane Stefanutto|
|Central Coast Mariners||None||None||None||John Hutchinson||Nick Montgomery|
|Melbourne City||Josh Kennedy||Robert Koren||None||Patrick Kisnorbo||None|
|Melbourne Victory||Mark Milligan||Besart Berisha||None||Mark Milligan||Leigh Broxham|
|Newcastle Jets||None||None||None|| Kew Jaliens
Taylor Regan[note 1]
|Joel Griffiths[note 2]|
|Perth Glory||Michael Thwaite||Nebojša Marinković||None||Michael Thwaite||None|
|Sydney FC||Alex Brosque||Marc Janko||None||Alex Brosque|| Saša Ognenovski|
|Wellington Phoenix||None||None||None||Andrew Durante||Ben Sigmund|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Matthew Spiranovic||None||None||Nikolai Topor-Stanley||None|
|1||Melbourne Victory (C)||27||15||8||4||56||31||+25||53||Qualification to Champions League group stage and Finals series|
|3||Adelaide United||27||14||4||9||47||32||+15||46||Qualification to Champions League qualifying play-off and Finals series|
|4||Wellington Phoenix[a]||27||14||4||9||45||35||+10||46||Qualification to Finals series|
|8||Central Coast Mariners||27||5||8||14||26||50||−24||23|
|9||Western Sydney Wanderers||27||4||6||17||29||44||−15||18|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
|Home \ Away||ADE||BRI||CCM||MBC||MVC||NEW||PER||SYD||WEL||WSW||ADE||BRI||CCM||MBC||MVC||NEW||PER||SYD||WEL||WSW|
|Central Coast Mariners||0–2||3–3||2–0||0–3||1–0||0–1||1–5||1–2||1–0||2–1||0–2||1–0||1–1|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2–1||0–1||0–0||3–2||1–2||1–1||1–2||1–1||2–0||0–0||1–1||0–3||1–2||3–4|
Updated to games played on 26 April 2015.
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Positions by roundEdit
|Leader and qualification to AFC Champions League Group stage|
|Qualification to Finals series|
- Adelaide United were tied with Perth Glory at the end of Round 1, as were Melbourne City and Sydney FC along with Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix.
- Brisbane Roar were tied with Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of Round 3.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners had a game in hand between Rounds 3 and 6, with their Round 3 game played before the start of Round 7 on Wednesday 19 November.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar had a game in hand between Rounds 4 and 8, with their Round 4 game played before the start of Round 9 on Wednesday 3 December.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City have a game in hand between Rounds 10 and 20, with their Round 10 game to be played before the start of Round 21 on Wednesday 11 March.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar have a game in hand between Rounds 11 and 22, with their Round 11 game to be played before the start of Round 23 on Wednesday 25 March.
- Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory have a game in hand between Round 18 and 25, with their Round 18 game to be played before the start of Round 26 on Wednesday 15 April.
- Perth Glory were disqualified from the finals series on Friday 10 April, with their spot on the ladder to be adjusted to 7th after the final game.
|Wellington Phoenix||0||Melbourne City||0|
|Melbourne City||2||Melbourne Victory||3|
|Adelaide United||2||Adelaide United||1|
|1 May 2015||Adelaide United||2–1||Brisbane Roar||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|19:00 ACST||Goodwin 7'
|Report||Broich 27'||Attendance: 20,155|
Referee: Peter Green
|3 May 2015||Wellington Phoenix||0–2||Melbourne City||Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|19:00 NZST||Report||Kennedy 61'
Moss 72' (o.g.)
Referee: Ben Williams
|8 May 2015||Melbourne Victory||3–0||Melbourne City||Etihad Stadium, Melbourne|
|19:30 AEST||Berisha 18'
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
|9 May 2015||Sydney FC||4–1||Adelaide United||Allianz Stadium, Sydney|
|19:30 AEST||Ibini 19'
Brosque 45+1', 47'
|Report||Goodwin 74'||Attendance: 26,783|
Referee: Ben Williams
|1||Marc Janko||Sydney FC||16|
|2||Nathan Burns||Wellington Phoenix||14|
|3||Besart Berisha||Melbourne Victory||13|
|4||Andy Keogh||Perth Glory||12|
|5||Archie Thompson||Melbourne Victory||10|
|6||Roy Krishna||Wellington Phoenix||9|
|Jamie Maclaren||Perth Glory|
|Pablo Sánchez||Adelaide United|
|Shane Smeltz||Sydney FC|
Last updated: 26 April 2015.
|Andy Keogh||Perth Glory||Brisbane Roar||3–2||19 October 2014|
|Besart Berisha||Melbourne Victory||Melbourne City||5–2||25 October 2014|
|Henrique||Brisbane Roar||Newcastle Jets||4–0||14 November 2014|
|Nathan Burns||Wellington Phoenix||Melbourne City||5–1||30 November 2014|
|Archie Thompson||Melbourne Victory||Sydney FC||3–3||13 December 2014|
|Robert Koren||Melbourne City||Newcastle Jets||5–2||30 December 2014|
|Marc Janko||Sydney FC||Brisbane Roar||5–4||15 March 2015|
|Steven Lustica||Brisbane Roar||Central Coast Mariners||6–1||2 April 2015|
|Jamie Maclaren||Perth Glory||Melbourne City||3–1||19 April 2015|
Player came on as substitute.
|1||Vedran Janjetović||Sydney FC||9|
|2||Tando Velaphi||Melbourne City||8|
|3||Nathan Coe||Melbourne Victory||7|
|Eugene Galekovic||Adelaide United|
|Glen Moss||Wellington Phoenix|
|Liam Reddy||Central Coast Mariners|
|7||Jamie Young||Brisbane Roar||5|
|8||Danny Vuković||Perth Glory||4|
|9||Ante Covic||Western Sydney Wanderers||3|
|Ben Kennedy||Newcastle Jets|
Last updated: 26 April 2015.
These are the attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season. The table does not include finals series attendances.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||14||12,520||19,484||7,239||175,284|
|Central Coast Mariners||13||7,585||12,102||4,508||98,605|
|Round||Total||Games||Avg. Per Game|
Top 10 season attendancesEdit
|Attendance||Round||Date||Home||Score||Away||Venue||Weekday||Time of Day|
|50,873||SF||8 May 2015||Melbourne Victory||3–0||Melbourne City||Etihad Stadium||Friday||Night|
|43,729||3||25 October 2014||Melbourne Victory||5–2||Melbourne City||Etihad Stadium||Saturday||Night|
|41,213||2||18 October 2014||Sydney FC||3–2||Western Sydney Wanderers||Allianz Stadium||Saturday||Night|
|40,042||16||7 February 2015||Melbourne Victory||3–0||Melbourne City||Etihad Stadium||Saturday||Night|
|33,126||2||17 October 2014||Adelaide United||1–1||Melbourne Victory||Adelaide Oval||Friday||Night|
|30,083||1||10 October 2014||Melbourne Victory||4–1||Western Sydney Wanderers||Etihad Stadium||Friday||Night|
|29,843||GF||17 May 2015||Melbourne Victory||3–0||Sydney FC||AAMI Park||Sunday||Night|
|26,783||SF||9 May 2015||Sydney FC||4–1||Adelaide United||Allianz Stadium||Saturday||Night|
|26,372||11||20 December 2014||Melbourne City||1–0||Melbourne Victory||AAMI Park||Saturday||Night|
|25,525||1||11 October 2014||Sydney FC||1–1||Melbourne City||Allianz Stadium||Saturday||Night|
Last updated: 9 May 2015.
|Central Coast Mariners||6,242|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||18,706|
Last updated: 26 April 2015.
NAB Young Footballer of the Year AwardEdit
The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award will be awarded to the finest U/23 player talent throughout the Hyundai A-League 2014–15 competition. One nominee is announced per month and all nominees will qualify to be named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
|October 2014||Terry Antonis||Sydney FC|
|November 2014||Tomi Juric||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|December 2014||James Jeggo||Adelaide United|
|January 2015||Not awarded due to 2015 Asian Cup|
|February 2015||Connor Chapman||Melbourne City|
|March 2015||Brandon Borrello||Brisbane Roar|
|April 2015||Jamie Maclaren||Perth Glory|
End of season awardsEdit
- Johnny Warren Medal – Nathan Burns, Wellington Phoenix
- NAB Young Footballer of the Year – James Jeggo, Adelaide United
- Nike Golden Boot Award – Marc Janko, Sydney FC (16 goals)
- Goalkeeper of the Year – Eugene Galekovic, Adelaide United
- Manager of the Year – Kevin Muscat, Melbourne Victory
- Fair Play Award – Wellington Phoenix
- Referee of the Year – Jarred Gillett
- Goal of the Year – Tarek Elrich, Adelaide United (Adelaide United v Melbourne City, 25 April 2015)
- Joe Marston Medal – Mark Milligan
- 2014–15 Adelaide United FC season
- 2014–15 Brisbane Roar FC season
- 2014–15 Central Coast Mariners FC season
- 2014–15 Melbourne City FC season
- 2014–15 Melbourne Victory FC season
- 2014–15 Newcastle Jets FC season
- 2014–15 Perth Glory FC season
- 2014–15 Sydney FC season
- 2014–15 Wellington Phoenix FC season
- 2014–15 Western Sydney Wanderers FC season
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