Maio Premier Division

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Maio Island League
Founded 1990
Region Cape Verde Maio Island, Cape Verde
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 Onze Unidos (12 time)
(2016-17)
Most championships Onze Unidos (12 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]

The competition was founded around 1990 and was the last inhabited island without its own regional championships. They started out with 6 clubs, later it was increased to 7 clubs with had the 10th most in the nation. From 2011 to 2015, it was shared with Brava having the second least number of clubs in Cape Verde which was also the 9th most.

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.

In 2015, the Maio Premier Division replaced the Maio Island (or Regional) Championships and the island's Second Division was established.

In the following season, the division may contain eight clubs as the last place club heads to play a division decisional match with the second placed club.

Title history[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.

Maio Premier Division Clubs 2017/18[edit]

Winners[edit]

Maio Island League[edit]

Maio Premier Division[edit]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club Winners Winning Years
Onze Unidos 12 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2017
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 21 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Calheta do Maio 3 2007, 2008, 2014
Barreiro 2 2006. 2010

Youth Championships (under 17)[edit]

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