Johnny Warren Medal

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The Johnny Warren Medal is awarded to the best player of the Australian national soccer club competition. It was first awarded in the National Soccer League in 1990, and upon the NSL's demise in November 2004, was carried forward into the new national club competition, the A-League, it is named after former Australia national soccer team captain and tireless promoter of soccer in Australia, Johnny Warren.

The medal was previously determined by the votes of current players after rounds 9, 18 and 27;[1] the format was changed for the 2015-16 A-League season following consultation with all A-League clubs, the PFA and the Warren family.[1]

For the 2015–16 A-League season to determine the medal a new four body panel was introduced that independently vote on a 3–2–1 basis after each regular season match, which is consolidated into a single 3–2–1 vote; the four body panel consists of:[2]

  1. A technical football expert;
  2. A football media representative;
  3. A former professional player representative; and
  4. A combined vote from the match officials.

The eligible player(s) who receive the most votes for the regular season will determine the winner of the medal.

Since 2016 the award has been presented jointly with the Julie Dolan Medal at an event known as the Warren - Dolan Awards , where both A-League and W-League awards are presented[3].


A player is ineligible to win the medal if they are:[2]

  • suspended as a result of receiving a direct red card in a match;
  • suspended as a result of a determination of a body under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations;
  • convicted of an anti-doping offence;
  • found guilty of serious misconduct;
  • a Guest Player; and/or
  • found guilty of breaching an FFA Statute.

List of winners[edit]


Year Player Club
1989–90 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Adžić Melbourne Croatia
1990–91 Australia Milan Ivanovic Adelaide City
1991–92 Australia Josip Biskic Melbourne CSC
1992–93 Australia Paul Trimboli South Melbourne
1993–94 Australia Mark Viduka Melbourne Knights
1994–95 Australia Mark Viduka Melbourne Knights
1995–96 Australia Damian Mori Adelaide City
1996–97 Australia Kresimir Marusic Sydney United
1997–98 Australia Paul Trimboli South Melbourne
1998–99 Australia Brad Maloney Marconi-Fairfield
1999–2000 Australia Scott Chipperfield Wollongong Wolves
2000–01 Australia Scott Chipperfield Wollongong Wolves
2001–02 Brazil Fernando Rech Brisbane Strikers
2002–03 Australia Damian Mori Perth Glory
2003–04 Australia Ante Milicic Parramatta Power


Year Player Club
2005–06 Australia Bobby Despotovski Perth Glory
2006–07 Australia Nick Carle Newcastle Jets
2007–08 Australia Joel Griffiths Newcastle Jets
2008–09 New Zealand Shane Smeltz Wellington Phoenix
2009–10 Costa Rica Carlos Hernandez Melbourne Victory
2010–11 Argentina Marcos Flores Adelaide United
2011–12 Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
2012–13 New Zealand Marco Rojas Melbourne Victory
2013–14 Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar
2014–15 Australia Nathan Burns Wellington Phoenix
2015–16 Spain Diego Castro Perth Glory
2016–17 Serbia Miloš Ninković Sydney FC
2017–18 Poland Adrian Mierzejewski Sydney FC
2018–19 Fiji Roy Krishna Wellington Phoenix

Multiple winners[edit]

The following players have won the Johnny Warren Medal multiple times.

Medals Player Team Seasons
2 Germany Thomas Broich Brisbane Roar 2011–12, 2013–14
Australia Scott Chipperfield Wollongong Wolves 1999–00, 2000–01
Australia Damian Mori Perth Glory, Adelaide City 1995–96, 2002–03
Australia Paul Trimboli South Melbourne 1992-93, 1997-98
Australia Mark Viduka Melbourne Knights 1993–94, 1994–95

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "FFA expands Johnny Warren Medal voting panel". Hyundai A-League. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About FFA Football Federation Australia Awards Voting". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "FFA announces Dolan Warren Awards 2016". Football Federation Australia. 19 March 2016.

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