Maio Premier Division

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Maio Island League
Region Cape Verde Maio Island, Cape Verde
Founded 1990
Number of teams 7
Promotion to Cape Verdean Football Championship
Relegation to Maio Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Maio Island Cup (Djarmai)
Maio Island Super Cup (Djarmai)
Current champions Académico 83 (8th time)
Most championships Onze Unidos (11 times)
Website Official website

The Maio Island League is a regional championship played in Maio Island, Cape Verde. The competition is organized by the Maio Regional Football Association (Associação Regional do Maio de Futebol, ARMF).[1] The winner of the championship plays in Cape Verdean football Championships of each season. Since 2015, the last place club relegates and Beira-Mar was the first club to be relegated.

About the Island/Regional League[edit]

Académico 83 was the first club to win an island title, followed by Onze Unidos, Beira-Mar won their first in 1997, Académico 83 won another in 1998, Onze Unidos won six straight titles between 1999 and 2005 with the 2000 season not held. Two recent clubs won their first title, Barreirense in 2006 and Académica do Maio or Calheta in 2007, Académica do Maio from Calheta won two straight titles in 2008. Onze Unidos won in 2008 followed by Barreirense's second and recent title win, Onze Unidos again won a title for 2011, Académico won two straight in 2013, Académica da Calheta won their recent title in 2014. Académico 83 won another two straight titles, including their recent win of the 2015/16 season.

For several seasons, the league features seven clubs and plays for a total of 12 rounds. Between the early 2010s up to 2015, the club was short of two clubs and featured only five clubs and played for a total of 10 rounds with a bye week.

Maio Premier Division Clubs 2016/17[edit]


Maio Island League[edit]

Maio Premier Division[edit]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Years
Onze Unidos 11 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011
Académico 83 8 1991, 1994, 1998, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Académica do Maio 3 2007, 2008, 2014
Barreirense 2 2006, 2010
Beira Mar 1 1997

Performance by area[edit]

Settlement or town Area Winning years
Cidade do Maio 20 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Calheta do Maio 3 2007, 2008, 2014
Barreiro 2 2006. 2010

Youth Championships (under 17)[edit]

Champion's Cup[edit]

A new competition called the Maio Champion's Cup, equivalent to the newly created Champions' Trophy was introduced in 2016. The first edition took place in November, 2016 and featured a champion from the Premier and the Second Divisions. Académico 83 and Real Marítimo were the first club to participate.

  • 2016: Real Marítimo


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