A-League Golden Boot

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A-League Golden Boot
Shane Smeltz, wearing a tracksuit top, looking at the camera
Shane Smeltz has won the equal-most Golden Boots (2)
Awarded forThe leading goalscorer in a given A-League season.
Sponsored byNike
CountryAustralia
Presented byFootball Federation Australia
First awarded2006
Last awarded2019
Currently held byRoy Krishna
Most awardsShane Smeltz, Besart Berisha (2 each)

The A-League Golden Boot is an annual soccer award presented to the leading goalscorer in the A-League. It is currently referred to as the Nike Golden Boot for sponsorship purposes.[1]

The A-League was founded in 2005 to replace the semi-professional National Soccer League;[2] the number of teams in the league has ranged from eight to eleven and there are currently ten clubs in the league.[3] The award is given to the top-scorer over the regular season (not including the finals series);[1] the inaugural award was shared by four players: Alex Brosque, Bobby Despotovski, Stewart Petrie and Archie Thompson.

Shane Smeltz and Besart Berisha have both won the golden boot on two occasions, more than any other player. Petrie was the first non-Australian winner in the league's inaugural season.

Bobô – with 27 goals in 2017–18 – scored the most goals to win the Golden Boot, while Danny Allsopp scored the fewest to win the award outright, with 11 goals in 2006–07; the all-time record for lowest number of goals scored to be bestowed the award, however, is 8 goals; this was achieved during the 2005–06 season, when the award was shared between four players. This marks one of two seasons in which the award has been shared. Bobô recorded the highest goals-to-games ratio to win the award, scoring 27 goals in 27 games in 2017–18 for a rate of 1.00.

Winners[edit]

Archie Thompson was one of four winners of the inaugural A-League Golden Boot in 2006.
Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
Games The number of A-League regular season games played by the winner that season[A]
Rate The winner's goals-to-games ratio that regular season
dagger Indicates multiple award winners in the same season
§ Denotes the club were A-League premiers in the same season
A-League Golden Boot winners
Season Player Nationality Club Goals Games Rate Ref(s)
2005–06dagger Archie Thompson  Australia Melbourne Victory 8 15 0.53 [4]
2005–06dagger Bobby Despotovski  Australia Perth Glory 8 19 0.42 [4]
2005–06dagger Stewart Petrie  Scotland Central Coast Mariners 8 19 0.42 [4]
2005–06dagger Alex Brosque  Australia Queensland Roar 8 21 0.38 [4]
2006–07 Danny Allsopp  Australia Melbourne Victory§ 11 20 0.55 [5]
2007–08 Joel Griffiths  Australia Newcastle Jets 12 19 0.63 [6]
2008–09 Shane Smeltz  New Zealand Wellington Phoenix 12 20 0.60 [7]
2009–10 Shane Smeltz (2)  New Zealand Gold Coast United 19 25 0.76 [8]
2010–11 Sergio van Dijk  Netherlands Adelaide United 16 28 0.57 [9]
2011–12 Besart Berisha  Albania Brisbane Roar 19 26 0.73 [10]
2012–13 Daniel McBreen  Australia Central Coast Mariners 17 25 0.68 [11]
2013–14 Adam Taggart  Australia Newcastle Jets 16 25 0.64 [12]
2014–15 Marc Janko  Austria Sydney FC 16 22 0.73 [13]
2015–16 Bruno Fornaroli  Uruguay Melbourne City 23 27 0.85 [14]
2016–17dagger Besart Berisha (2)  Kosovo Melbourne Victory 19 26 0.73 [15]
2016–17dagger Jamie Maclaren  Australia Brisbane Roar 19 26 0.73 [15]
2017–18 Bobô  Brazil Sydney FC§ 27 27 1.00 [16]
2018–19 Roy Krishna  Fiji Wellington Phoenix 18 26 0.69 [17]

Awards won by nationality[edit]

Country Total
 Australia 8
 New Zealand 2
 Albania 1
 Austria 1
 Brazil 1
 Fiji 1
 Kosovo 1
 Netherlands 1
 Scotland 1
 Uruguay 1

Awards won by club[edit]

Club Total
Brisbane Roar 3
Melbourne Victory 3
Central Coast Mariners 2
Newcastle Jets 2
Sydney FC 2
Wellington Phoenix 2
Adelaide United 1
Gold Coast United 1
Melbourne City 1
Perth Glory 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This does not necessarily match the total number of games in a season.

References[edit]

General
  • Our history A-League.com.au (A-League). Retrieved 27 October 2014.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Hyundai A-League Awards". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ Hill, Simon (8 April 2014). "Simon Says: 10 years on from last NSL game, the past and present are starting to share the future". Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Our History". A-League. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Timms, Aaron. "NSL stalwarts take out A-League's top gongs". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  5. ^ Lynch, Michael. "Triumphant skipper, striker share spoils of Victory medal". The Age. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Griffiths wins Johnny Warren Medal". ABC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Smeltz scoops A-League's top awards". Wellington Phoenix. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ Gardiner, James & Leeson, Josh (17 February 2010). "Top gun Smeltz aiming to keep up strike rate against Jets". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Van Dijk credits team mates for accolade". Football Federation Australia. 7 March 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  10. ^ Davutovic, David (11 April 2012). "Thomas Broich roars to Warren Medal win". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  11. ^ "McGlinchey & McBreen acknowledged". Football Federation Australia. 31 March 2013. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  12. ^ Gardiner, James (28 April 2014). "Adam Taggart wins 2014 Young Player of the Year, Golden Boot award: photos". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Sydney FC confident of tying down Marc Janko to a new A-League deal". The Guardian. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Mooy, Fornaroli share City A-League gong". The West Australian. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Maclaren, Berisha share Golden Boot honours". FourFourTwo. 16 April 2017.
  16. ^ Smithies, Tom (30 April 2018). "Dolan Warren Awards: Mierzejewski wins Johnny Warren; Kerr, Polkinghorn split the Dolan". The Daily Telegraph.
  17. ^ "Diego Castro wins Alex Tobin Medal". FTBL. 28 April 2019.

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