The 2017–18 A-League was the 41st season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the 13th since the establishment of the A-League in 2004. The season began on 6 October 2017 and ended with the Grand Final on 5 May 2018.
|Dates||6 October 2017 – 5 May 2018|
|Champions||Melbourne Victory (4th title)|
|Premiers||Sydney FC (3rd title)|
|Champions League||Sydney FC|
|Goals scored||398 (2.95 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Bobô (27 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Sydney FC 6–0 Perth Glory|
(30 December 2017)
|Biggest away win||Central Coast Mariners 2–8 Newcastle Jets|
(14 April 2018)
|Highest scoring||Central Coast Mariners 2–8 Newcastle Jets|
(14 April 2018)
|Longest winning run||Sydney FC (7 games)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Sydney FC (15 games)|
|Longest winless run||Central Coast Mariners (11 games)|
|Longest losing run||Central Coast Mariners (6 games)|
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC
(9 December 2017)
Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne City
(14 April 2018)
|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||McDonald Jones 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||ANZ Stadium
Personnel and kitsEdit
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Kit sponsor|
|Adelaide United||Marco Kurz||Isaías||Macron||IGA|
|Brisbane Roar||John Aloisi||Matt McKay||Umbro||Central Home Loans|
|Central Coast Mariners||Wayne O'Sullivan||Alan Baró||Umbro||Masterfoods|
|Melbourne City||Warren Joyce||Michael Jakobsen||Nike||Etihad Airways|
|Melbourne Victory||Kevin Muscat||Carl Valeri||Adidas||Optislim & Optivite|
|Newcastle Jets||Ernie Merrick||Nigel Boogaard||Viva Sports||Ledman Group|
|Perth Glory||Kenny Lowe||Andy Keogh||Macron||QBE Insurance|
|Sydney FC||Graham Arnold||Alex Brosque||Puma||The Star|
|Wellington Phoenix||Chris Greenacre||Andrew Durante||Adidas||Huawei|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Josep Gombau||Mark Bridge||Nike||NRMA Insurance|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position on table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Newcastle Jets||Mark Jones||Sacked||16 April 2017||Pre-season||Ernie Merrick||9 May 2017|
|Adelaide United||Guillermo Amor||Resigned||10 May 2017||Marco Kurz||16 June 2017|
|Melbourne City||Michael Valkanis||End of contract||10 May 2017||Warren Joyce||19 June 2017|
|Wellington Phoenix||Des Buckingham||End of contract||19 May 2017||Darije Kalezić||7 June 2017|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Tony Popovic||Resigned||1 October 2017||Hayden Foxe (Caretaker)||3 October 2017|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Hayden Foxe (Caretaker)||End of caretaker spell||1 November 2017||4th||Josep Gombau||1 November 2017|
|Wellington Phoenix||Darije Kalezić||Sacked||7 March 2018||10th||Chris Greenacre (Caretaker)||7 March 2018|
|Central Coast Mariners||Paul Okon||Resigned||20 March 2018||9th||Wayne O'Sullivan (Caretaker)||20 March 2018|
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
|Club||First Marquee||Second Marquee||Mature Age Rookie||Captain||Vice-Captain|
|Adelaide United||Baba Diawara||None||None||Isaías||Jordan Elsey|
|Brisbane Roar||Brett Holman||Massimo Maccarone||Brendan White||Matt McKay||Jade North|
|Central Coast Mariners||Daniel De Silva||None||None||Alan Baró||None|
|Melbourne City||Bruno Fornaroli||Marcin Budziński||None||Michael Jakobsen||None|
|Melbourne Victory||Besart Berisha||None||None||Carl Valeri||Leigh Broxham|
|Newcastle Jets||Ronald Vargas||None||None||Nigel Boogaard||None|
|Perth Glory||Diego Castro||None||None||Andy Keogh||None|
|Sydney FC||Bobô||Miloš Ninković||None||Alex Brosque||Alex Wilkinson|
|Wellington Phoenix||None||None||None||Andrew Durante||None|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Oriol Riera||Álvaro Cejudo||None||Mark Bridge||None|
|1||Sydney FC||27||20||4||3||64||22||+42||64||Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series|
|2||Newcastle Jets||27||15||5||7||57||37||+20||50||Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series|
|3||Melbourne City||27||13||4||10||41||33||+8||43||Qualification to Finals series|
|4||Melbourne Victory (C)||27||12||5||10||43||37||+6||41||Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series|
|5||Adelaide United||27||11||6||10||36||38||−2||39||Qualification to Finals series|
|7||Western Sydney Wanderers||27||8||9||10||38||47||−9||33|
|10||Central Coast Mariners||27||4||8||15||28||49||−21||20|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
|Home \ Away||ADE||BRI||CCM||MCY||MVC||NEW||PER||SYD||WEL||WSW||ADE||BRI||CCM||MCY||MVC||NEW||PER||SYD||WEL||WSW|
|Central Coast Mariners||1–2||1–2||2–2||1–1||1–5||1–0||2–0||0–0||0–2||2–8||1–2||1–0||1–2|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||1–1||0–2||2–2||2–1||0–3||2–2||2–1||0–5||4–0||2–3||3–0||1–1||4–1|
Updated to games played on 15 April 2018.
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 Wellington Phoenix at the end of Round 1.
- Perth Glory were tied with Wellington Phoenix at the end of Round 2.
- Melbourne Victory were tied with Wellington Phoenix at the end of Round 3.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix had a game in hand from Rounds 7 and 20, with their Round 7 game played during Round 20 on 11 February 2018.
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory played their Round 23 game in the middle of Round 22 on 4 March 2018.
|Melbourne Victory||2||Melbourne Victory (a.e.t.)||3|
|Adelaide United||1||Newcastle Jets||0|
|Melbourne City||2||Melbourne City||1|
|20 April 2018||Melbourne City||2−0||Brisbane Roar||Melbourne|
|19:50 AEST||Report||Stadium: AAMI Park|
Referee: Jarred Gillett
|22 April 2018||Melbourne Victory||2−1||Adelaide United||Melbourne|
||Stadium: AAMI Park|
Referee: Chris Beath
|27 April 2018||Newcastle Jets||2−1||Melbourne City||Newcastle|
|19:50 AEST||Report||Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium|
Referee: Shaun Evans
|28 April 2018||Sydney FC||2–3 (a.e.t.)||Melbourne Victory||Sydney|
|19:50 AEST||Report||Stadium: Allianz Stadium|
Referee: Kurt Ams
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 15 April 2018.
|Western Sydney Wanderers||13||11,924||36,433||6,612||155,017|
|Central Coast Mariners||13||7,194||12,044||4,973||93,525|
|Round||Total||Games||Avg. Per Game|
|Central Coast Mariners||7,124|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||19,007|
Last updated: 15 April 2018.
- As of matches played on 15 April 2018
|Roy O'Donovan||Newcastle Jets||Central Coast Mariners||5–1||7 October 2017|||
|Bobô||Sydney FC||Wellington Phoenix||1–4||23 December 2017|||
|Bobô||Sydney FC||Perth Glory||6–0||30 December 2017|||
|Besart Berisha||Melbourne Victory||Central Coast Mariners||5–2||18 March 2018|||
|Riley McGree||Newcastle Jets||Central Coast Mariners||2–8||14 April 2018|||
- As of matches played on 15 April 2018
- As of matches played on 15 April 2018
During the season each club is given fair play points based on the number 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 number of points wins the Fair Play Award.
|Central Coast Mariners||50||3||3||65|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||61||3||2||73|
Last updated: 15 April 2018.
NAB Young Footballer of the Year AwardEdit
The NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award will be awarded to the finest performance of an under-23 player from Australia or New Zealand throughout the season. Each month one player is rewarded with a monthly nomination. At the end of the season a panel of experts vote for an overall winner using a 3-2-1 points basis. The winner receives a $10,000 personal investment portfolio and a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with meeting their financial goals.
|October 2017||Bruce Kamau||Melbourne City|
|November 2017||Daniel De Silva||Central Coast Mariners|
|December 2017||Joe Champness||Newcastle Jets|
|January 2018||Daniel Arzani||Melbourne City|
|February 2018||Chris Ikonomidis||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|March 2018||Thomas Deng||Melbourne Victory|
End of season awardsEdit
The following end of the season awards were announced at the 2017–18 Dolan Warren Awards night on 30 April 2018.
- Johnny Warren Medal – Adrian Mierzejewski, Sydney FC
- NAB Young Footballer of the Year – Daniel Arzani, Melbourne City
- Nike Golden Boot Award – Bobô, Sydney FC (27 goals)
- Goalkeeper of the Year – Jamie Young, Brisbane Roar
- Coach of the Year – Graham Arnold, Sydney FC
- Fair Play Award – Sydney FC
- Referee of the Year – Jarred Gillett
- Goal of the Year – Andrew Nabbout, Newcastle Jets (Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets, 16 February 2018)
- 2017–18 Adelaide United FC season
- 2017–18 Brisbane Roar FC season
- 2017–18 Central Coast Mariners FC season
- 2017–18 Melbourne City FC season
- 2017–18 Melbourne Victory FC season
- 2017–18 Newcastle Jets FC season
- 2017–18 Perth Glory FC season
- 2017–18 Sydney FC season
- 2017–18 Wellington Phoenix FC season
- 2017–18 Western Sydney Wanderers FC season
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- "Mark Jones dismissed by Newcastle Jets after poor end to the season". ESPN FC. 16 April 2017.
- "Merrick sees off Kean for Jets job". The World Game. SBS. 8 May 2017.
- "Gui Amor departs Adelaide United". FourFourTwo. 10 May 2017.
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- Davutovic, David (10 May 2017). "Melbourne City plans to appoint overseas coach by end of May". Herald Sun.
- Windley, Matt; Davutovic, David (19 June 2017). "Melbourne City signs former Manchester United Warren Joyce as head coach". Herald Sun.
- "Greenacre and Buckingham miss out on Phoenix job". Radio New Zealand. 19 May 2017.
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- "Tony Popovic quits Western Sydney Wanderers to take up role coaching Karabukspor". Daily Telegraph. 1 October 2017.
- Bossi, Dominic (3 October 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers: Hayden Foxe appointed as caretaker coach". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Josep Gombau becomes Wanderers coach". FourFourTwo. 1 November 2017.
- Hyslop, Liam (7 March 2018). "Darije Kalezic out, Chris Greenacre in as Wellington Phoenix continue search for new head coach". Stuff.co.nz.
- Kemp, Emma (20 March 2018). "Paul Okon quits as Mariners boss after disappointing A-League campaign". The Sydney Morning Herald.
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- Monteverde, Marco (1 September 2016). "Former Socceroos star Brett Holman signs with Brisbane Roar on long-term deal". The Courier-Mail.
Holman will be paid under the cap in the first year of his Roar deal, before earning more in year two when he’s expected to be paid outside the cap as a marquee player.
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- "Bruno Fornaroli A-League deal done, says Melbourne City coach John Van 't Schip". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 August 2016.
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- Windley, Matt (4 October 2017). "Scott Jamieson speaks about life at his fifth A-League club". Herald Sun.
- "Besart Berisha says money not a reason to leave Roar as Melbourne Victory double his pay". Herald Sun. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
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- "Nigel Boogaard confirmed as Jets captain". Newcastle Jets. 5 October 2015.
- "Castro Perth Glory's new marquee player". SBS. 6 August 2015.
- Miller, Dale (11 August 2017). "Andy Keogh in line for Perth Glory captaincy". The West Australian.
- Bossi, Dominic (17 August 2016). "Sydney FC sign Brazilian striker Bobo as new A-League marquee". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Kemp, Emma (9 May 2017). "Milos Ninkovic signs Sydney FC marquee deal". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Brosque to skipper Sydney". fourfourtwo.com. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- "Wilkinson to captain Sydney FC". The World Game. SBS. 18 July 2019.
The 34-year-old joined Sydney FC in 2016 and has been vice-captain for the last three seasons.
- "Durante named Wellington Phoenix skipper". Wwos.ninemsn.com.au. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- Bossi, Dominic (5 July 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers sign La Liga regular Oriol Riera as first marquee player". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Smithies, Tom (24 July 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers sign Alvaro Cejudo from Real Betis as a marquee for new A-League season". The Daily Telegraph.
- Adno, Carly (24 February 2018). "Graham Arnold says Wanderers captain Mark Bridge tried to join Sydney FC". The Daily Telegraph.
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- Gardiner, James (7 October 2017). "Roy O'Donovan bags hat-trick as Newcastle Jets thrash Central Coast Mariners 5-1 in A-League derby". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Bobo hits hat-trick as clinical Sydney FC dispatch Wellington Phoenix 4-1". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 December 2017.
- Bossi, Dominic (30 December 2017). "Sydney FC thrash Perth Glory 6-0 to extend lead at the top of the A-League". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- McKay, Ben (18 March 2018). "Berisha hat-trick lifts Victory to five-star thrashing of Mariners". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Kerry, Craig (14 April 2018). "Jets belt Mariners with 8 A-League goals". The Newcastle Herald.
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- Owen, Scott (11 March 2016). "A Fair Play Update". Football Central.
- "NAB Young Footballer of the Year back for 2017/18 Season". Football Federation Australia. 25 October 2017.
- "Kamau named Hyundai A-League NAB YFOTY nominee for October". Football Federation Australia. 31 October 2017.
- "De Silva named Hyundai A-League NAB YFOTY nominee for November". Football Federation Australia. 28 November 2017.
- "Jet Champness named Hyundai A-League NAB YFOTY nominee for December". Football Federation Australia. 3 January 2018.
- "City ace Arzani January nominee for NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award". Football Federation Australia. 30 January 2018.
- "Wanderers attacker Ikonomidis February nominee for NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award". Football Federation Australia. 1 March 2018.
- "NAB Young Footballer of the Year Nominee - Thomas Deng". Football Federation Australia. 16 April 2018.
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