2002–03 National Soccer League

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NSL 2002-03
League National Soccer League
Sport Association football
Duration 2002-2003
Number of teams 13
NSL season
Champions Perth Glory
Top scorer Damian Mori (24)
National Soccer League seasons

The 2002–03 National Soccer League season, was the 27th season of the National Soccer League in Australia. The finals format was revised for this season, with the top six teams at the end of the regular season qualifying for a home-and-away championship series. The top two teams from the championship series progressed to the grand final. Olympic Sharks were crowned premiers and Perth Glory were champions.

Teams

Team Home city Home ground
Adelaide Force Adelaide Hindmarsh Stadium
Brisbane Strikers Brisbane Ballymore Stadium
Football Kingz Auckland Mt Smart Stadium
Marconi-Stallions Sydney Marconi Stadium
Melbourne Knights Melbourne Knights Stadium
Newcastle United Newcastle Newcastle Stadium
Northern Spirit Sydney North Sydney Oval
Olympic Sharks Sydney Endeavour Field
Parramatta Power Sydney Parramatta Stadium
Perth Glory Perth Perth Oval
South Melbourne Melbourne Lakeside Stadium
Sydney United Sydney Edensor Park
Wollongong City Wollongong Brandon Park

League standings

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sydney Olympic 24 16 3 5 51 28 +23 51 2003 National Soccer League Championship Playoff
2 Perth Glory 24 16 2 6 48 22 +26 50
3 Parramatta Power 24 12 4 8 51 27 +24 40
4 Newcastle Jets 24 10 7 7 37 25 +12 37
5 Adelaide City 24 11 4 9 40 34 +6 37
6 Northern Spirit 24 11 3 10 37 44 −7 36
7 South Melbourne 24 10 5 9 36 37 −1 35
8 Sydney United 24 7 6 11 23 31 −8 27
9 Melbourne Knights 24 7 6 11 38 52 −14 27
10 Brisbane Strikers 24 7 5 12 38 45 −7 26
11 Football Kingz 24 6 6 12 26 45 −19 24
12 Marconi Fairfield 24 6 5 13 25 42 −17 23
13 Wollongong Wolves 24 5 8 11 25 43 −18 23

Updated to games played on 16 March 2003
Source: Soccer Australia
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


Championship Playoff

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Perth Glory (C) 10 8 0 2 27 7 +20 0271 2002–03 National Soccer League Champions
2 Sydney Olympic 10 4 1 5 17 14 +3 0192 2003 National Soccer League Grand Final
3 Adelaide City (R) 10 5 2 3 19 14 +5 17 Joined the 2003 SASF Premier League3
4 Parramatta Power 10 3 4 3 16 21 −5 13
5 Northern Spirit 9 2 2 5 7 22 −15 8
6 Newcastle Jets 9 2 1 6 9 17 −8 7

Updated to games played on 25 May 2003
Source: Soccer Australia
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

NBThe final round match between Northern Spirit and Newcastle Jets was not played, as neither team could progress.
1 Awarded 3 bonus points, due to regular season position.
2 Awarded 6 bonus points, due to regular season position.
3 Adelaide City was not forcibly relegated, but voluntarily left the League due to financial difficulties.[1]

Grand Final

1 June 2003
13:00 AWST
Perth Glory 2 – 0 Olympic Sharks
Harnwell Goal 29'
Mori Goal 87'
(Report)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 38,111
Referee: Mark Shield
PERTH GLORY:
GK 1 Australia Jason Petkovic
MF 2 Australia Matt Horsley
DF 3 Australia Jamie Harnwell
MF 4 Australia Bradley Hassell Substituted off 60'
MF 6 Germany Andre Gumprecht
MF 7 Australia Scott Miller
FW 10 Australia Bobby Despotovski (c) Substituted off 87'
FW 16 Australia Damian Mori Substituted off 89'
DF 18 Australia Shane Pryce
DF 22 Australia Simon Colosimo
DF 23 Australia David Tarka Booked 40'
Substitutes:
GK 20 Australia Vince Matassa
FW 9 Australia Nik Mrdja Substituted in 89'
DF 12 Australia Mark Byrnes Substituted in 60'
MF 15 Brazil Edgar Aldrighi Substituted in 87'
FW 21 Australia Adrian Caceres
Manager:
South Africa Mich d'Avray
Joe Marston Medal:
Australia Simon Colosimo
OLYMPIC SHARKS:
GK 1 Australia Clint Bolton
DF 4 Australia Paul Kohler Substituted off 80'
DF 6 Australia Ante Jurić (c)
MF 8 Australia Tom Pondeljak
FW 9 Australia Ante Milicic
MF 10 Australia Troy Halpin
MF 11 Australia Jade North
FW 17 Australia Jeromy Harris Substituted off 76'
FW 18 Australia Joel Porter Booked 58' Substituted off 80'
DF 23 Australia Andrew Packer
MF 27 Japan Hiroyuki Ishida
Substitutes:
GK 20 Australia Brett Hughes
MF 7 Australia Wayne Srhoj Substituted in 80'
FW 12 Australia Franco Parisi Substituted in 80'
MF 14 Australia Greg Owens Substituted in 76'
DF 24 Australia Andrew Durante
Manager:
Australia Lee Sterrey

References

  1. "A-League: Adelaide marks a decade United". abc.net.au. Retrieved 18 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>