Gibraltar Premier Division

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Gibraltar Premier Division
Founded 1905
Country Gibraltar
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Gibraltar Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Rock Cup
League cup(s) Gibraltar Premier Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Europa FC (7th title)
(2016-17)
Most championships Lincoln Red Imps
(22 titles)
Website Gibraltar FA
2017–18 Gibraltar Premier Division

The Gibraltar Premier Division is a football league established by the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) in 1905, and the top tier of football in Gibraltar. It originally contained eight member clubs, but it has grown over the years. In 1909 the league was split into two divisions between which clubs can be promoted and relegated at the end of each season. In the 2013–14 season, the Premier Division contained eight clubs with the Second Division containing 12 clubs. For sponsorship reasons it is known as the Argus Insurance Premier Division.

From the 2014–15 season, as a result of the territory's membership of UEFA, the champions will enter the first UEFA Champions League qualifying round, and the winners of Gibraltar's cup competition, the Rock Cup, will earn entry to the following season's UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. From the 2016–17 season, the league will get one more place in the Europa League qualifying round, for the runner up of the league.

History[edit]

Football in Gibraltar dates from 1892, when military personnel in the territory started playing as Prince of Wales. By 1895 the number of clubs had grown to the point that the Gibraltar Football Association was formed and a tournament (the predecessor to the Premier Division), the Merchants Cup, began, with Gibraltar winning the inaugural competition. By 1907 the Premier Division had officially taken shape with Prince of Wales winning the first full season of league football in Gibraltar. The side went on to win a record 19 league titles before folding some time in the 1950s.

Since the league's formation, football has been played almost every season, along with the Gibraltar Second Division (founded 1909) and a national cup competition, the Rock Cup. After the FA's admission to UEFA, the Gibraltar Premier Cup was established in 2013 to provide more competitive games for the sides in the top tier.

Due to the restricted and amateur nature of the league in the past, the competition has been prone to spells of dominance at certain times: for example, the early 20th century dominance by Prince of Wales and the 10 league titles in 11 seasons attained by Glacis United in the 1960s and 1970s. At present Lincoln Red Imps are the dominant side in the division, having won every season since 2000–01 with the exception of the 2001–02 season, until 2017. However, the UEFA acceptance and potential for increased professionalism in the league has opened the possibility of other sides closing the gap, with sides such as Manchester 62 and Lynx making inroads in the 2013–14 season. This came to pass in the 2016–17 season, when Europa FC won their first title in over 60 years.

Premier Division 2017-18 season[edit]

Club Last season
Europa FC 1st (champions)
Gibraltar Phoenix Gibraltar Second Division, 1st (promoted)
Gibraltar United 7th
Glacis United 4th
Lincoln Red Imps 2nd
Lions Gibraltar 8th
Lynx 6th
Mons Calpe 5th
Manchester 62 9th
St Joseph's 3rd

Source:[1]

League Champions[edit]

  • Glacis United and Lincoln shared the 1985 title

Performance by club[edit]

Bold indicates club still playing in top division.
Italics indicates club no longer active.

Team Titles Last Title
Lincoln Red Imps 22 2015–16
Prince of Wales 19 1952–53
Glacis United 17 1999–00
Britannia XI 14 1962–63
Gibraltar United 11 2001–02
Europa 7 2016–17
Manchester 62 7 1998–99
St Theresa's 3 1997–98
South United 2 1910–11
Exiles 2 1901–02
Jubilee 2 1897–98
Gibraltar 2 1923–24
St Joseph's 1 1995–96
Chief Constructor 1 1935–36
Chief Construction 1 1934–35
Commander of the Yard 1 1933–34
Royal Sovereign 1 1914–15
Athletic 1 1904–05
Albion 1 1898–99

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GFA Senior League 2012-13". Gibraltar Football Association. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 

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