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Statistical analysis of A-League youth in 2020-21


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By sportaddict - 8 Apr 2021 4:27 PM

A lot has been made of the effect of COVID on the A-League in 2020-21, much in particular about the beneficial effect it has had on young Australian players who have received greater opportunity to play with a reduced salary cap, travel restrictions and the departure of many foreigners. How much of a difference has it actually made? I wanted to compare this season to last season numerically and see the real effect. 


2019-20 A-League season (for this season Australian youth should be considered players born in 1996 or later

Matches played: 148 

Minutes played by Australian youth: 55454 (18.9% of all available minutes) 

Matches started by Australian youth: 592 (16.9% of all available starts)

Goals and assists from Australian youth: 113

Players who played more than 1000 minutes: (minutes - name, club - birth year) 2116 - Matthew Millar (NEW - 1996), 1158 - Aaron Calver (WUN - 1996), 1707 - Louis D’Arrigo (ADL - 2001), 1894 - Ryan Strain (ADL - 1997), 1996 - Riley McGree (ADL - 1998), 1264 - George Blackwood (ADL - 1997), 1318 - Aiden O’Neill (BRI - 1998), 1698 - Kye Rowles (CCM - 1998), 1485 - Danny de Silva (CCM - 1997), 1086 - Sam Silvera (CCM - 2000), 1340 - Lewis Miller (CCM - 2000), 1149 - Lachie Wales (MCI - 1997), 1170 - Tom Glover (MCI - 1998), 1220 - Nathaniel Atkinson (MCI - 1999), 1907 - John Koutroumbis (NEW - 1998), 1386 - Angus Thurgate (NEW - 2000), 1039 - Jake Brimmer (PER - 1998), 1650 - Joel King (SFC - 2000), 1330 - Reno Piscopo (WEL - 1998), 1507 - Cam Devlin (WEL - 1998), 1048 - Jerry Skotadis (WUN - 2000), 1735 - Keanu Baccus (WSW - 1998)

Therefore, there were 22 Australian youth players who played more than 1000 minutes last season. There was only 1 player who played more than 2000 minutes (Matthew Millar), and 8 players who played more than 1500 minutes. 

Out of these players, there were 2 U23s (1996), 4 U22s (1997), 9 U21s (1998), 1 U20 (1999), 5 U19s (2000), 1 U18 (2001) 

Players who got more than 5 goals or assists combined: (goals/assists - name, club - birth year) 15 - Riley McGree (ADL - 1998), 5 - George Blackwood (ADL - 1997), 5 - Nick D'Agostino (PER - 1998), 5 - Trent Buhagiar (SFC - 1998), 5 - Reno Piscopo (WEL - 1998) 

Therefore, there were 5 Australian youth players to register more than 5 goals or assists combined. 


2020-21 A-League season (for this season Australian youth should be considered players born in 1997 or later

Matches played: 87

Minutes played by Australian youth: 54002 (31.3% of all available minutes) 

Matches started by Australian youth: 570 (29.8% of all available starts) 

Goals and assists from Australian youth: 131 

Players who have played more than 1000 minutes: (minutes - name, club - birth year) 1198 - Louis D’Arrigo (ADL - 2001), 1440 - Kye Rowles (CCM - 1998), 1330 - Danny de Silva (CCM - 1997), 1046 - Dylan Wenzel-Halls (BRI - 1997), 1120 - Denis Genreau (MFC - 1999), 1260 - Tom Glover (MCI - 1998), 1259 - Connor Metcalfe (MCI - 1999), 1248 - Jake Brimmer (MVC - 1998), 1327 - Joel King (SFC - 2000), 1440 - Daniel Margush (WSW - 1998), 1075 - Tate Russell (WSW - 1999), 1283 - Keanu Baccus (WSW - 1998), 1016 - Mark Natta (WSW - 2002), 1334 - Connor O’Toole (NEW - 1997), 1191 - Angus Thurgate (NEW - 2000) 

Therefore, there were 15 Australian youth players who have played more than 1000 minutes this season. NB: every team has played between 13 and 16 games, meaning there have been between 1170 and 1440 available minutes. 

Out of these players there are 3 U23s (1997), 5 U22s (1998), 3 U21s (1999), 2 U20s (2000), 1 U19 (2001) and 1 U18 (2002). 

Players who have got more than 5 goals or assists combined: (goals/assists - name, club - birth year) 6 - Danny de Silva (CCM - 1997), 9 - Alou Kuol (CCM - 2001), 8 - Dylan Wenzel-Halls (BRI - 1997), 5 - Connor Metcalfe (MCI - 1999), 7 - Jake Brimmer (MVC - 1998), 6 - Dylan Pierias (WUN - 2000), 5 - Lachie Wales (WUN - 1997), 5 - Carlo Armiento (PER - 1999), 6 - Nick D’Agostino (PER - 1998) 

Therefore, there have been 9 Australian youth players to register more than 5 goals or assists combined. 


The difference between these two seasons numerically is stark, especially given the season is barely halfway through. As Alen Stajcic said, COVID could prove to be an absolute blessing for Australian football, in terms of youth development.

By Decentric 2 - 11 Apr 2021 10:19 AM

Thanks for posting this, Sportaddict.

It makes for interesting reading.