Maltese First Division
|Country||Malta (14 teams)|
|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Maltese Premier League|
|Relegation to||Maltese Second Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||Maltese FA Trophy|
Maltese First Division knock-out
|Current champions||Qormi |
|2018–19 Maltese First Division|
The Maltese First Division (often referred to as the BOV First Division for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division in Maltese football, behind the Maltese Premier League. The First Division was the precursor of the present Premier League until the latter was revamped for the 1980–81 season.
Since the 2014–15 season, the league is made up of fourteen teams. Over the course of the season, each team plays twice against the others in the league, resulting in each team completing 26 games in total. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the table by:
- Total points gained
- Points in head-to-head matches
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches
- Total goal difference
In the need of a tie-breaker, a play-off game is played. At the end of the season, the top two teams are directly promoted to the Premier League; an additional place is reserved for the winner of the relegation play-off between the twelfth-placed Premier League team and the third-placed First Division side. The three lowest-finishing teams are relegated to the Second Division, with the twelfth-placed team playing a relegation/promotion play-off game against the third-placed Second Division side.
The following 14 clubs will compete in the First Division during the 2018–19 season.
|Team||Finishing position last season||Location||Stadium||Capacity|
|Gudja United||1st in Second Division (promoted)||Gudja||Gudja Ground||1,000|
|Lija Athletic||14th in Premier League (relegated)||Lija||Lija Stadium||500|
|Marsa||11th||Marsa||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Mqabba||5th||Mqabba||Victor Tedesco Stadium||6,000|
|Naxxar Lions||13th in Premier League (relegated)||Naxxar||Centenary Stadium||2,000|
|Pembroke Athleta||8th||Pembroke||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Qrendi||9th||Qrendi||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|San Ġwann||6th||San Ġwann||Centenary Stadium||2,000|
|St. Lucia||2nd in Second Division (promoted)||Santa Luċija||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Sirens||10th||St. Paul's Bay||Sirens Stadium||1,500|
|Swieqi United||3rd in Second Division (promoted)||Swieqi||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Vittoriosa Stars||7th||Birgu||Tony Cassar Sports Ground||1,000|
|Żebbuġ Rangers||4th||Żebbuġ||Żebbuġ Ground||1,000|
- Azzopardi, Kevin (12 July 2015). "Malta FA, BOV agree new three-year sponsorship deal". Times of Malta.
- "First Division Seasonal Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- First Division on Malta Football Association
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