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The 2007–08 A-League was the 31st season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the third season of the A-League competition since its establishment in 2004. Football Federation Australia hoped to build on the success of the previous two seasons and on the interest generated by Sydney FC and Adelaide United playing in the 2007 AFC Champions League, and the Socceroos competing in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.

A-League
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Season2007–08
Dates24 August 2007 – 24 February 2008
ChampionsNewcastle Jets (1st title)
PremiersCentral Coast Mariners
(1st title)
AFC Champions LeagueNewcastle Jets,
Central Coast Mariners
Matches played111
Goals scored223 (2.01 per match)
Top goalscorerJoel Griffiths
(12 goals)
Best goalkeeperMichael Theoklitos
Biggest home winCentral Coast Mariners 3–0 Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix 4–1 Perth Glory
Adelaide United 4–1 Melbourne Victory
Adelaide United 4–1 Wellington Phoenix
Queensland Roar 3–0 Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix 3–0 Perth Glory
Melbourne Victory 3–0 Wellington Phoenix
Central Coast Mariners 3–0 Newcastle Jets
Biggest away winNewcastle Jets 1–4 Perth Glory
Perth Glory 1–4 Queensland Roar
Central Coast Mariners 2–5 Melbourne Victory
Highest scoringCentral Coast Mariners 4–5 Sydney FC
Longest winning run4 games
Newcastle Jets
Longest unbeaten run6 games
Melbourne Victory
Longest winless run11 games
Perth Glory
Longest losing run4 games
Adelaide United
Wellington Phoenix
Highest attendance33,458
Lowest attendance6,252
Average attendance14,610

Based on their A-League 2006-07 season performances Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory competed in the 2008 AFC Champions League, making it two consecutive seasons in the competition for Adelaide United. Based on the 2007–08 season of the A-League, the Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets qualified for the 2009 AFC Champions League, as the competition's Premiers and Champions respectively.

Changes included:

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ClubsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Adelaide United Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium 17,000
Central Coast Mariners Gosford Bluetongue Stadium 20,119
Melbourne Victory Melbourne Telstra Dome 56,347
Newcastle Jets Newcastle Energy Australia Stadium 26,164
Perth Glory Perth Members Equity Stadium 18,156
Queensland Roar Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 52,500
Sydney FC Sydney Aussie Stadium 42,500
Wellington Phoenix Wellington Westpac Stadium 34,500

Foreign playersEdit

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Visa 3 Visa 4 Non-Visa Foreigner
Adelaide United   Cássio   Diego Walsh   Bobby Petta   Jonas Salley1
Central Coast Mariners   André Gumprecht   John Hutchinson2
Melbourne Victory   Leandro Love   Carlos Hernández   Joe Keenan   Grant Brebner
Newcastle Jets   Jorge Drovandi   Denni   Mário Jardel   Song Jin-hyung
Perth Glory   James Robinson   Eugène Dadi   Jerry Karpeh1
Queensland Roar   Marcinho   Reinaldo   Simon Lynch   Seo Hyuk-su1
Sydney FC   Juninho   Patrick da Silva   Terry McFlynn   Michael Enfield   Michael Bridges3
  Michael Herbet3
Wellington Phoenix   Cleberson   Daniel   Felipe   George

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

The pre-season cup competition was held in July and August in the lead up to the start of the A-League season. The opening round began on 14 July 2007. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds, followed by a two-week finals playoff.

The pre-season cup was won by Adelaide United at the final on 12 August 2007.

Regular seasonEdit

The league season took a triple round-robin format over 21 rounds between 24 August 2007 and 20 January 2008 with each team playing the other seven teams three times.[4]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Central Coast Mariners 21 10 4 7 30 25 +5 34 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage[a]
2 Newcastle Jets (C) 21 9 7 5 25 21 +4 34
3 Sydney FC 21 8 8 5 28 24 +4 32 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship
4 Queensland Roar 21 8 7 6 25 21 +4 31 2008 A-League Finals Series[b]
5 Melbourne Victory 21 6 9 6 29 29 0 27
6 Adelaide United 21 6 8 7 31 29 +2 26
7 Perth Glory 21 4 8 9 27 34 −7 20
8 Wellington Phoenix[c] 21 5 5 11 25 37 −12 20
Updated to match(es) played on 20 January 2008. Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ First place qualifies for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage.
    Winning the 2008 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
  2. ^ First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2008 A-League Finals Series.
  3. ^ Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 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

  Semi Finals Preliminary Final Grand Final
    L1 L2    
    27 January & 10 February                        
1 Central Coast Mariners 0 3     24 February
2 Newcastle Jets 2 0     17 February       1 Central Coast Mariners 0
    2 Newcastle Jets (aet) 3   2 Newcastle Jets 1
  25 January & 8 February   4 Queensland Roar 2  
3 Sydney FC 0 0
4 Queensland Roar 0 2  

Semi-finalsEdit

Preliminary-finalEdit

Grand FinalEdit

Season statisticsEdit

Leading scorersEdit

Total Player Team Goals per Round
 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
12   Joel Griffiths Newcastle Jets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1
9   Shane Smeltz Wellington Phoenix 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
8   Alex Brosque Sydney FC 1 1 2 2 1 1
8   Jamie Harnwell Perth Glory 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
7   Daniel Allsopp Melbourne Victory 1 1 1 2 1 1
7   John Aloisi Central Coast Mariners 2 1 1 1 1 1
6   Sasho Petrovski Central Coast Mariners 1 1 1 1 1 1
6   Reinaldo Queensland Roar 1 1 2 1 1
6   Archie Thompson Melbourne Victory 1 1 1 1 1 1
6   Lucas Pantelis Adelaide United 1 1 1 1 1 1

  Goal scored from penalty kick

AttendanceEdit

The attendance records of each of the teams at the end of the home and away season, does not include finals series attendances.

Team Hosted Average High Low Total
Melbourne Victory 10 26,064 31,884 20,938 260,642
Queensland Roar 11 16,951 31,933 8,815 186,456
Sydney FC 11 16,373 33,458 10,732 180,107
Newcastle Jets 11 13,209 16,433 8,112 145,303
Central Coast Mariners 10 12,741 19,238 8,113 127,409
Adelaide United 10 12,697 25,039 10,256 126,966
Wellington Phoenix 10 11,683 18,345 8,039 116,833
Perth Glory 11 7,596 9,614 6,252 83,557
{{{T9}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{{T10}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{{T11}}} 0 0 0 0 0
{{{T12}}} 0 0 0 0 0
League total 84 14,610 33,458 6,252 1,227,273

* Adelaide United played a one off match at the Adelaide Oval against Sydney FC in their Round 18 match. This is why Adelaide United's Highest single attendance exceeds the capacity of Hindmarsh Stadium.

All attendances over 20,000Edit

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
36,354 Grand Final 24 February 2008 Central Coast Mariners 0–1 Newcastle Jets Sydney Football Stadium Sunday Day
36,221 Finals – Week 2 8 February 2008 Queensland Roar 2–0 Sydney FC Suncorp Stadium Friday Night
33,458 Round 21 20 January 2008 Sydney FC 2–2 Melbourne Victory Sydney Football Stadium Sunday Day
31,933 Round 20 13 January 2008 Queensland Roar 0–0 Sydney FC Suncorp Stadium Sunday Twilight
31,884 Round 12 10 November 2007 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Sydney FC Telstra Dome Saturday Night
31,545 Round 2 1 September 2007 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Perth Glory Telstra Dome Saturday Night
27,351 Round 4 16 September 2007 Melbourne Victory 0–0 Central Coast Mariners Telstra Dome Sunday Afternoon
27,123 Round 10 26 October 2007 Melbourne Victory 0–2 Newcastle Jets Telstra Dome Friday Night
25,622 Round 6 28 September 2007 Melbourne Victory 2–0 Queensland Roar Telstra Dome Friday Night
25,598 Round 9 21 October 2007 Melbourne Victory 2–1 Perth Glory Telstra Dome Sunday Afternoon
25,489 Round 20 11 January 2008 Melbourne Victory 3–0 Wellington Phoenix Telstra Dome Friday Night
25,039 Round 18 28 December 2007 Adelaide United 1–3 Sydney FC Adelaide Oval Friday Night
23,450 Finals – Week 1 25 January 2008 Sydney FC 0–0 Queensland Roar Sydney Football Stadium Friday Night
22,960 Finals – Week 1 27 January 2008 Newcastle Jets 2–0 Central Coast Mariners EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday Afternoon
22,626 Round 17 16 December 2007 Melbourne Victory 1–3 Newcastle Jets Telstra Dome Sunday Afternoon
22,466 Round 16 8 December 2007 Melbourne Victory 2–2 Adelaide United Telstra Dome Saturday Night
21,475 Round 19 5 January 2008 Queensland Roar 1–2 Melbourne Victory Suncorp Stadium Saturday Night
20,938 Round 14 24 November 2007 Melbourne Victory 1–1 Wellington Phoenix Telstra Dome Saturday Night

DisciplinaryEdit

The Fair Play Award was awarded to Newcastle Jets, the team with the lowest points on the fair play ladder at the conclusion of the home and away season.

1 point   Yellow Card
2 points     Second Caution Red Card
3 points   Direct Red Card
Team         Points
Newcastle Jets 44 0 0 44
Perth Glory 34 1 3 45
Sydney FC 42 1 2 50
Queensland Roar 45 3 0 51
Wellington Phoenix 46 1 2 54
Adelaide United 45 3 1 54
Melbourne Victory 43 1 3 54
Central Coast Mariners 44 3 4 62
Sydney FC 0 0 0 0
Wellington Phoenix 0 0 0 0
Melbourne Heart 0 0 0 0
Sydney Rovers 0 0 0 0
Totals 343 13 15

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kiwis alive as Townsville pulls pin". Fox Sports. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2007.
  2. ^ "The time is right to go into the ref's book". The Age. 31 December 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2007.
  3. ^ "A-League lifts its salary cap to $1.8m". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2007.
  4. ^ Hyundai A-League 2007–08 Season Draw[permanent dead link], A-League, 23 April 2007.
  5. ^ Match postponed due to heavy rain affecting pitch conditions.