The Sydney derby’s electric atmosphere recognised by the players, whilst the pitches at Pirtek and Hunter Stadium cause concern as the PFA releases its Stadium ratings for round 19 of the A-League.

Melbourne City v Adelaide United

Venue: AAMI Park
Overall Pitch Rating: 5
Pace: 4
Hardness: 3
Smoothness: 5
Atmosphere: 2

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

Venue: Hunter Stadium
Overall Pitch Rating: 2
Pace: 2
Hardness: 2
Smoothness: 2
Atmosphere: 2

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar

Venue: NIB Stadium
Overall Pitch Rating: 5
Pace: 5
Hardness: 3
Smoothness: 5
Atmosphere: 4

Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC

Venue: Pirtek Stadium
Overall Pitch Rating:1
Pace: 1
Hardness: 1
Smoothness: 1
Atmosphere: 5

Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix

Venue: AAMI Park
Overall Pitch Rating: 4.5
Pace: 4.5
Hardness: 4.5
Smoothness: 4.5
Atmosphere: 4.5

Round 19 Averages

Overall Pitch Rating: 3.5
Atmosphere: 3.5

2014/15 A-League Averages

Overall Pitch Rating: 3.78
Atmosphere: 3.42

The PFA Stadium Ratings are voted on by the visiting captain at the end of each match, who rate each criteria out of five, with five being the highest. The aim of the ratings is to increase the awareness of safety and the importance of first-class surfaces. Additionally they also recognise the fans as a key pillar for the growth of the A-League.