Revealed: Which stadium produces the most goals in the ALM?

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Whilst plenty of attention is given to players and teams that constantly entertain us with high-scoring affairs, it’s time to give some love to the stadiums which bear witness to these thrilling contests.

Somewhat surprisingly, GMHBA Stadium currently holds the mantel for best goals per game ratio in the A-League Men competition. At an average of 3.29 goals per game, it seems Geelong is the place to be if you’re looking for an ALM goal fest.

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Comparatively, Moreton Daily Stadium in Queensland has seen a distinct lack of goalscoring in its short ALM lifespan. Brisbane Roar’s current home finds itself with the lowest goals-per-game ratio, being the only current stadium in the ALM averaging under 2.5 goals per game.

Below is an analysis of every current stadium in the ALM to determine which grounds are providing sure-fire entertainment, and which are regularly dishing out bore draws.

AAMI Park: 2.95 goals per game.

The stadium which has played host to more ALM games than any other, there have been a staggering 756 goals scored at AAMI Park in ALM history. At just under three goals per game, the home ground of Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City has witnessed plenty of goalscoring action.

Bruno Fornaroli and Jamie Maclaren both have 32 goals at the venue and although City have scored 267 goals to Victory’s 207, it is the navy-blue team with the superior goals-per-game ratio at the venue with 3.09 compared to City’s 2.92.

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Campbelltown Stadium: 2.79 goals per game.

The home of Macarthur FC has only seen 19 ALM games so far, providing a respectable return of 53 goals. The Bulls unsurprisingly lead the way in goals scored with 21, although are one of only a handful of teams to have conceded more than they’ve scored at home, having let in 24. Still, Campbelltown Stadium holds the honour of being the only current stadium to have never hosted a 0-0 draw.

Central Coast Stadium: 2.87 goals per game.

Gosford has seen 207 ALM games played in its picturesque stadium, with 594 goals being scored in that time. From the time that Graham Arnold’s Mariners belted Sydney FC 7-2 and Melbourne Victory 6-2, to the more conservative period under Alen Stajcic, there’s been no shortage of variety at Central Coast Stadium over the years.

If anything has been consistent though it’s Matt Simon banging in the goals at Central Coast Stadium. He’s registered 38 goals at the venue, placing him miles ahead of his nearest competitor.

CommBank Stadium: 2.8 goals per game.

The relatively new home of the Wanderers has already hosted 40 ALM games, although plenty of those haven’t involved Western Sydney due to it being used during the pandemic. Still, Wanderers have scored 46 of the 112 goals in Parramatta, whilst Adelaide United have contributed an impressive 11 in just four games, leading to a respectable goals-per-game ratio of 2.8.

Coopers Stadium: 2.87 goals per game.

One of the best football grounds in Australia, Adelaide United have scored 344 goals at their home ground in the ALM, accounting for well over half of the 609 goals scored there in total.

Travis Dodd’s 22 goals make him the most valuable individual contributor to the goal tally at Coopers, although Wellington Phoenix have conceded an average of over 2.3 goals per game when visiting Adelaide, which has certainly helped boost the relevant figures.

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GMHBA Stadium: 3.29 goals per game.

Despite only being a temporary home for Western United, GMHBA can at least boast the most prolific goalscoring ratio when hosting games. One of only two stadiums which average more than three goals per game, the 56 goals scored in 17 games is a result of some absolute classics such as Western United beating Perth Glory 5-4 in 2021 and Melbourne Victory’s 3-3 draw with Central Coast Mariners in 2016. The Mariners have conceded 13 goals in just four games in Geelong, no doubt playing their part in the regularity of goals that seem to be scored at GMHBA.

HBF Park: 3.08 goals per game

Perhaps the true winner when it comes to goals-per-game considering its longevity, Perth have made a habit of ensuring the back of the net ripples multiple times in their home games. With a total of 624 goals from 203 games, Andy Keogh is largely responsible for the tally with his 34 goals. It seems Perth is the place to be if you’re after some goals in the ALM.

McDonald Jones Stadium: 2.66 goals per game.

With the lowest percentage of any long-term ALM ground, Newcastle hasn’t always been the most productive place for goalscoring. Their 562 goals in 211 games is perhaps testament to the Jets’ struggles over many years, which is made clearer by Newcastle having conceded more goals (279) than they’ve scored (275) at home.

Moreton Daily Stadium: 2.33 goals per game.

Another relatively new ALM stadium, Redcliffe has failed to light up the league with too many goal bonanzas. That’s despite averaging 4.2 goals after the first five games including the 4-3 thriller Brisbane played against Melbourne City in the stadium’s inaugural ALM match. Four 0-0 score lines from just 18 games sums up the less than spectacular first few years at Moreton Daily Stadium.

Note – ‘home team’ refers to the team playing on their primary home ground e.g. both Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City were included in AAMI Park figures, Adelaide United goals at Coopers Stadium; includes games where home team did not play.

Netstrata Jubilee Stadium: 2.8 goals per game.

Another temporary ALM home, 115 goals have been scored in 41 games in Kogarah. Sydney FC have only scored 57 of those goals due to the ground being used as a neutral venue throughout the pandemic, but interestingly the beginning of the 2018/19 season was not the first time Jubilee Stadium was used for an ALM contest. Back in 2011/12, Sydney FC beat Brisbane Roar 2-0 thanks to goals from Dimi Petratos and Brett Emerton at Jubilee.

Sky Stadium: 2.97 goals per game.

Formerly Westpac Stadium, you could be forgiven for forgetting that this counts as a current ALM stadium. Hopefully when it returns it will continue to showcase its goalscoring pedigree, with 439 being scored in just 148 games. Newcastle Jets deserve some appreciation for letting in an average of 2.5 goals per game in New Zealand. What’s more, Sky Stadium has only witnessed five 0-0 results, meaning goals are just about inevitable when ALM football returns to Wellington.

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Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

Statistics: Ultimate A-League

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