2015–16 A-League(Redirected from 2015-16 A-League)
The 2015–16 A-League was the 39th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the 11th since the establishment of the A-League in 2004. Melbourne Victory were both the defending A-League Premiers and Champions. The regular season schedule was released on 29 June 2015. The season commenced on 8 October 2015 and concluded on 10 April 2016. The finals series commenced on 15 April 2016 and concluded with the 2016 Grand Final, held on 1 May 2016.
|Dates||8 October 2015 – 1 May 2016|
|Champions||Adelaide United (1st Title)|
|Premiers||Adelaide United (2nd Title)|
Western Sydney Wanderers
|Goals scored||421 (3.12 per match)|
|Best goalkeeper||Thomas Sørensen|
|Biggest home win||
Brisbane Roar 5–0 Melbourne Victory|
(12 March 2016)
|Biggest away win||
Newcastle Jets 1–6 Perth Glory|
(24 January 2016)
Perth Glory 6–3 Brisbane Roar|
(20 February 2016)
|Longest winning run||Western Sydney Wanderers (7 games)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Adelaide United (14 games)|
|Longest winless run||
Central Coast Mariners |
Sydney FC (11 games)
|Longest losing run||Central Coast Mariners (6 games)|
Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
(24 October 2015)
Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne City
(3 December 2015)
2016–17 →All statistics correct as of 10 April 2016.
|Adelaide United||Adelaide||Coopers Stadium||17,000|
|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||34,500|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Sydney||Pirtek Stadium||21,487|
Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Kit partner|
|Adelaide United||Guillermo Amor||Eugene Galekovic||Kappa||Veolia|
|Brisbane Roar||John Aloisi||Matt McKay||Umbro||Steadfast|
|Central Coast Mariners||Tony Walmsley||Nick Montgomery||Kappa||Masterfoods|
|Melbourne City||John van 't Schip||Patrick Kisnorbo||Nike||Etihad|
|Melbourne Victory||Kevin Muscat||Carl Valeri||Adidas||Community Training Initiatives (h)|
Oliana Foods (a)
|Newcastle Jets||Scott Miller||Nigel Boogaard||BLK||Beechwood Homes (h)|
Inspirations Paints (a)
|Perth Glory||Kenny Lowe||Richard Garcia||Macron||QBE Insurance|
|Sydney FC||Graham Arnold||Alex Brosque||Puma||The Star|
|Wellington Phoenix||Ernie Merrick||Andrew Durante||Adidas||Huawei|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Tony Popovic||Nikolai Topor-Stanley||Nike||NRMA Insurance|
- Additionally, referee kits are made by Umbro.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Brisbane Roar||Frans Thijssen||Resigned||26 May 2015||Pre-season||John Aloisi||26 May 2015|
|Newcastle Jets||Phil Stubbins||Sacked||26 May 2015||Pre-season||Scott Miller||18 June 2015|
|Adelaide United||Josep Gombau||Resigned||24 July 2015||Pre-season||Guillermo Amor||24 July 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 fourteen games)
Salary Cap Exemptions and CaptainsEdit
The following concessions to the salary cap were introduced for this season:
- A Loyalty allowance on a sliding scale for players who have played 5 years at the same club. Maximum $200,000 for 10 years.
- A Mature Aged Rookie over the age of 21 who has not played in a fully professional league for the last 18 months and last played football in Australia.
- Each Club can pay three players who started their careers with the club outside the Salary Cap. This season the total has been lifted from $150,000 to $200,000.
- The two Marquee Players (which sit outside the Salary Cap) can be two foreigners.
- Salary Cap Banking will allow clubs to carry over money not spent inside the Salary Cap in the previous two seasons to the following season, up to 105% of the Salary Cap in the relevant contract year.
|1||Adelaide United (C)||27||14||7||6||45||28||+17||49||Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series|
|2||Western Sydney Wanderers||27||14||6||7||44||33||+11||48|
|3||Brisbane Roar||27||14||6||7||49||40||+9||48||Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series|
|4||Melbourne City||27||13||5||9||63||44||+19||44||Qualification to Finals series|
|10||Central Coast Mariners||27||3||4||20||33||70||−37||13|
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||2–3||0–1||1–5||3–3||0–1||3–2||1–3||1–1||0–2||0–2||2–4||2–2||3–1||1–2|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||0–0||1–3||4–1||4–3||2–0||2–0||1–0||1–2||2–1||0–0||2–1||2–1||2–5|
Updated to games played on 10 April 2016.
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|
- Melbourne City were tied with Sydney FC at the end of Round 1, as were Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory.
- Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory had a game in hand between Rounds 5 and 10, with their Round 5 game played before the start of Round 11 on 16 December.
The Grand Final winner (Champion) qualified for the 2017 AFC Champions League group stage
|Melbourne City||2||Melbourne City||1|
|Perth Glory||0||Adelaide United||3|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||1|
|Western Sydney Wanderers (a.e.t.)||5|
|Brisbane Roar||2||Brisbane Roar||4|
|15 April 2016||Brisbane Roar||2–1||Melbourne Victory||Brisbane|
|19:30 AEST||Report||Berisha 86'||Stadium: Suncorp Stadium|
Referee: Jarred Gillett
|17 April 2016||Melbourne City||2–0||Perth Glory||Melbourne|
|17:00 AEST||Fornaroli 40', 76'||Report||Stadium: AAMI Park|
Referee: Chris Beath
|22 April 2016||Adelaide United||4–1||Melbourne City||Adelaide|
|19:00 ACST||Djite 48', 60' (pen.)
|Report||Fitzgerald 72'||Stadium: Coopers Stadium|
Referee: Strebre Delovski
|24 April 2016||Western Sydney Wanderers||5–4 (a.e.t.)||Brisbane Roar||Parramatta|
|16:30 AEST||Castelen 26', 53', 59'
|Report||D. Petratos 16' (pen.)
Andreu 20' (o.g.)
Maclaren 23', 81'
|Stadium: Pirtek Stadium|
Referee: Peter Green
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.
- As of matches played on 10 April 2016.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||13||14,297||19,627||9,860||185,866|
|Central Coast Mariners||14||8,111||14,268||4,514||113,560|
|Round||Total||Games||Avg. Per Game|
|Central Coast Mariners||6,059|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||18,361|
Last updated: 10 April 2016.
- As of matches played on 10 April 2016
|1||Bruno Fornaroli||Melbourne City||23|
|2||Jamie Maclaren||Brisbane Roar||18|
|3||Besart Berisha||Melbourne Victory||17|
|4||Diego Castro||Perth Glory||13|
|5||Aaron Mooy||Melbourne City||11|
|6||Filip Hološko||Sydney FC||10|
|Andy Keogh||Perth Glory|
|Mitch Nichols||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Harry Novillo||Melbourne City|
|Brendon Šantalab||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Blake Powell4||Wellington Phoenix||Western Sydney Wanderers||5–2||14 February 2016|||
|Bruno Fornaroli||Melbourne City||Sydney FC||3–0||5 March 2016|||
|Jamie Maclaren||Brisbane Roar||Melbourne Victory||5–0||12 March 2016|||
|Romeo Castelen||Western Sydney Wanderers||Brisbane Roar||5–4||24 April 2016|||
4 Player scored 4 goals
- As of matches played on 10 April 2016
- As of matches played on 10 April 2016
During the season each club is given fair play points based on the amount of cards they received in games. A yellow card is worth 1 point, a second yellow card is worth 2 points, and a red card is worth 3 points. At the annual awards night, the club with the least amount of points wins the Fair Play Award.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||69||0||2||75|
|Central Coast Mariners||58||6||3||80|
Last updated: 9 April 2016.
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 2015–16 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 2015||Brandon Borrello||Brisbane Roar|
|November 2015||Alex Gersbach||Sydney FC|
|December 2015||Jamie Maclaren||Brisbane Roar|
|January 2016||Dimitri Petratos||Brisbane Roar|
|February 2016||Stefan Mauk||Adelaide United|
|March 2016||Jason Geria||Melbourne Victory|
End of season awardsEdit
- Johnny Warren Medal – Diego Castro, Perth Glory
- NAB Young Footballer of the Year – Jamie Maclaren, Brisbane Roar
- Nike Golden Boot Award – Bruno Fornaroli, Melbourne City (23 goals)
- Goalkeeper of the Year – Thomas Sørensen, Melbourne City
- Coach of the Year – Guillermo Amor, Adelaide United
- Fair Play Award – Brisbane Roar
- Referee of the Year – Jarred Gillett
- Goal of the Year – Roy O'Donovan, Central Coast Mariners (Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners, 27 March 2016)
- 2015–16 Adelaide United FC season
- 2015–16 Brisbane Roar FC season
- 2015–16 Central Coast Mariners FC season
- 2015–16 Melbourne City FC season
- 2015–16 Melbourne Victory FC season
- 2015–16 Newcastle Jets FC season
- 2015–16 Perth Glory FC season
- 2015–16 Sydney FC season
- 2015–16 Wellington Phoenix FC season
- 2015–16 Western Sydney Wanderers FC season
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