Gozo Football League First Division

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BOV GFA First Division
Founded 1937
Country  Malta
Confederation N.F.-Board
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Second Division
Domestic cup(s) G.F.A. Cup
Independence Cup
Freedom Day Cup
Current champions Victoria Hotspurs (12th title)
(2017–18)
Website Official site
2017–18 Gozo First Division

The Gozitan First Division, known for sponsorship reasons as the BOV GFA First Division, is the top division of the Gozo Football League, the league competition for men's football clubs in Gozo.

The GFA First Division is played on three rounds where each team plays each other once, with a total of 21 games played in total by each team, usually held between the months of September and April. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned league champion, while the bottom club is relegated to the Second Division. A relegation play-off match takes place between the seventh-placed team in the First Division and the second-placed team in the Second Division, with the winner securing a place in the following season's First Division.

The majority of matches are played at the Gozo Stadium or at Sannat Ground.

Clubs[edit]

2017–18 season[edit]

Club Position in 2016–17 Top division titles Last top division title
Għajnsielem 3rd 7 2015–16
Għarb Rangers 1st in the Second Division 0 n/a
Kerċem Ajax 4th 1 1985–86
Nadur Youngsters 2nd 10 2007–08
Oratory Youths 6th 6 1959–60
S.K. Victoria Wanderers 7th 1 1978–79
Victoria Hotspurs 5th 11 2009–10
Xewkija Tigers 1st 8 2016–17

Champions[edit]

Year Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Third place
1937–38 Victoria Stars
1938–39 Victoria City Victoria Stars Għajnsielem
1939–40 Xagħra Blue Stars[a]
1940–41 to 1943–44 Cancelled due to World War II
1944–45 Victoria Athletics Xagħra Blue Stars[a] Xewkija Tigers
1945–46 Victoria Athletics (2) Xewkija Tigers Xagħra Blue Stars[a]
1946–47 Victoria Athletics (3)
1947–48 Competition not held
1948–49 Salesian Youths[b] Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1949–50 to 1951–52 Competition not held
1952–53 Salesian Youths[b] (2)
1953–54 Competition not held
1954–55 Victoria Athletics (4)
1955–56 Competition not held
1956–57[c] Salesian Youths[b] (3) S.K. Calypsians Xewkija Tigers
1957–58 Salesian Youths[b] (4) Għajnsielem S.K. Calypsians
1959–60 Salesian Youths[b] (5)
1960–61 Competition abandoned due to problems within the GFA
1961–62 Victoria Hotspurs Nadur Youngsters St. George's
1962–63 Victoria Hotspurs (2) Xagħra Young Stars[a] Nadur Youngsters
1963–64 Xagħra Young Stars[a] (2) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1964–65 Victoria Hotspurs (3) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Victoria Wanderers
1965–66 Victoria Hotspurs (4) S.K. Calypsians Nadur Youngsters
1966–67 Victoria Hotspurs (5) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Calypsians
1967–68 Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
1968–69 S.K. Calypsians Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
1969–70 Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs Nadur Youngsters
1970–71 Għajnsielem (2) S.K. Calypsians Xewkija Tigers
1971–72 Għajnsielem (3) Oratory Youths Victoria Hotspurs
1972–73 Għajnsielem (3) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1973–74 Għajnsielem (4) Victoria Hotspurs S.K. Calypsians
1974–75 Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions Għajnsielem
1975–76 Sannat Lions Xewkija Tigers Għajnsielem
1976–77 Sannat Lions (2) Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
1977–78 Sannat Lions (3) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
1978–79 Victoria United[d] Sannat Lions Victoria Hotspurs
1979–80 Victoria Hotspurs (6) Sannat Lions Victoria United[d]
1980–81 Sannat Lions (4) Victoria United[d] Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1981–82 Sannat Lions (5)
1982–83 Xewkija Tigers (2) Victoria Hotspurs Sannat Lions
1983–84 Xewkija Tigers (3) Sannat Lions Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1984–85 Victoria Hotspurs (7) Xewkija Tigers Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1985–86 Kerċem Ajax Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions
1986–87 Sannat Lions (6) Victoria Hotspurs Xagħra United
1987–88 Sannat Lions (7) Victoria Hotspurs Xagħra United
1988–89 Xagħra United (3) Sannat Lions Xewkija Tigers
1989–90 Sannat Lions (8) Xagħra United Xewkija Tigers
1990–91 Victoria Hotspurs (8) Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions
1991–92 Xagħra United (4) Xewkija Tigers Victoria Hotspurs
1992–93 Xagħra United (5)
1993–94 Victoria Hotspurs (9) Nadur Youngsters Xagħra United
1994–95 Nadur Youngsters (2) Xagħra United Munxar Falcons
1995–96 Nadur Youngsters (3) Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1996–97 Nadur Youngsters (4) Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1997–98 Xagħra United (6) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1998–99 Nadur Youngsters (5) Sannat Lions Xagħra United
1999–2000 Victoria Hotspurs (10) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2000–01 Xewkija Tigers (4) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2001–02 Nadur Youngsters (6) Xewkija Tigers Għajnsielem
2002–03 Nadur Youngsters (7) Xewkija Tigers Żebbuġ Rovers
2002–03 Nadur Youngsters (8) Xewkija Tigers Żebbuġ Rovers
2003–04 Żebbuġ Rovers Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2004–05 Għajnsielem (5) Xewkija Tigers Kerċem Ajax
2005–06 Nadur Youngsters (9) Kerċem Ajax Sannat Lions
2006–07 Nadur Youngsters (10) Sannat Lions Xagħra United
2007–08 Nadur Youngsters (11) Victoria Hotspurs Sannat Lions
2008–09 Sannat Lions (9) Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
2009–10 Victoria Hotspurs (11) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2010–11 Sannat Lions (10) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2011–12 Xewkija Tigers (5) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Victoria Wanderers
2012–13 Nadur Youngsters (11) Kerċem Ajax S.K. Victoria Wanderers
2013–14 Xewkija Tigers (6) S.K. Victoria Wanderers Nadur Youngsters
2014–15 Xewkija Tigers (7) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
2015–16 Għajnsielem (7) Xewkija Tigers Kerċem Ajax
2016–17 Xewkija Tigers (9) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2017–18 Victoria Hotspurs (12) Nadur Youngsters Xewkija Tigers
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Xagħra United were known as Xagħra Blue Stars and Xagħra Young Stars.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Oratory Youths were known as Salesian Youths and Calypsian Bosco Youths.
  3. ^ The result of the 1956–57 championship deciding match between Salesian Youths and S.K. Calypsians is unknown.
  4. ^ a b c S.K. Victoria Wanderers were known as Victoria United.

Performance by club[edit]

Teams in bold competed in the First Division as of the 2017–18 season.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Victoria Hotspurs 12 9 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2009–10, 2017–18
Nadur Youngsters 11 14 1967–68, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2012–13
Sannat Lions 10 7 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2008–09, 2010–11
Xewkija Tigers 8 11 1974–75, 1982–83, 1983–84, 2000–01, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Għajnsielem 7 8 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 2004–05, 2015–16
Xagħra United 6 4 1939–40, 1963–64, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1997–98
Oratory Youths 6 1 1948–49, 1952–53, 1956–57, 1957–57, 1958–59, 1959–60
Victoria Athletics 4 0 1944–45, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1954–55
Kerċem Ajax 1 2 1985–86
Żebbuġ Rovers 1 0 2003–04
Victoria City† 1 0 1938–39
Victoria Stars† 1 0 1937–38
S.K. Calypsians 1 3 1968–69
S.K. Victoria Wanderers 1 2 1978–79

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