With more matches, more goals and more trophies, we break down the key numbers behind our Sydney FC Women’s season which saw them win the Double by lifting the Premiers Plate and the Championship trophy.
Starting with the Liberty A-League Grand Final, after racing out to a quick start, a 4-0 victory became the biggest ever winning margin in the decider. It also matched the four goals scored by Sydney FC in the 2019 Grand Final in a 4-2 victory over Perth Glory.
The Grand Final also broke the attendance record for a Liberty A-League match with 9,519 people coming through the gates to watch the spectacle.
On Grand Final day, Nat Tobin, Sydney FC captain made her 100th appearance for the club and matched the mark that Princess Ibini made earlier in the season against the same opposition, Western United. They both now sit 2nd and 3rd in the overall appearance list for Sydney FC Women with Teresa Polias sitting in 1st place with 145 matches.
On the flip side of the coin, Indiana Dos Santos became the youngest ever Sydney FC player, male or female when she came on as a substitute in the 3-0 victory over Western United during the regular season. She was 15 years old and 146 days old at the time, a record which is unlikely to be broken any time soon.
Dos Santos didn’t stop there, becoming the youngest ever goalscorer two weeks later when she found the net against Perth Glory, age 15 and 170 days old. The teenager then broke the record by becoming the youngest ever player to feature in a Liberty A-League Grand Final.
Not a bad season for Indiana, that’s for sure.
American import Madison Haley also had a brilliant debut season Down Under and found the net with ease at times. She also netted twice in the Grand Final, taking her final season tally to 11 goals. Haley also sits at the top of the table for minutes per goal and averages roughly 94 minutes per goal.
Comparing minutes per goal across their entire Liberty A-League careers, Madison Haley sits in 1st place (94 minutes per goal) behind Sam Kerr (121), Kate Gill (125), Hannah Wilkinson (130) & Hannah Keane (132). An impressive effort in her first season of professional football to put her at the top of a list that contains some of the best the league has ever seen. *
With more matches than ever before, across the 21 that were played by the girls in Sky Blue, they scored 48 goals from 10 different scorers. This is an improvement on the 41 goals from last season and the 29 from the season prior.
It could have so easily been more than the 48 goals that were scored having struck the crossbar and post 10 times throughout the season. This season however, saw a large increase in goals scored with the left foot. In the two previous seasons, there was only 7 (2021/22) and 6 (2020/21) goals scored with the left foot compared to this season’s 15.
There was also more shots on average per game this season than any other on record (20.7).
Defensively, 10 clean sheets were kept which matches last year’s record and despite an unprecedented number of injuries, defensive solidarity was key in reaching the same tally.
Ante Juric’s side also lost possession a lot less (194 times per game) than previous campaigns (220 in 2021/22 & 214 in 2020/21).
Overall, with two trophies in the cabinet, Ante Juric can be very proud of what his side were able to achieve this season.
*Minimum of ten matches played in the Liberty A-League.