Maltese Challenge League
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|Country||Malta (15 teams)|
|Number of teams||15|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Maltese Premier League|
|Relegation to||National Amateur League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Maltese FA Trophy|
|Current champions||Żejtun Corinthians |
|Current: 2020–21 Maltese Challenge League|
The Maltese Challenge League (referred to as the BOV Challenge League 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 with the Maltese Challenge League instituted for the 2020–21 season following the premature end of the previous season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the 2020–21 season, the league is made up of fifteen teams. Over the course of the season, each team plays twice against the others in the league, resulting in each team completing twenty-games 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
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 five lowest-finishing teams are relegated to the National Amateur League.
The following 15 clubs will compete in the Challenge League during the 2020–21 season.
|Team||Finishing position last season||Location||Stadium||Capacity|
|Fgura United||9th||Fgura||Gudja Ground||1,000|
|Marsa||1st in Second Division (promoted)||Marsa||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Marsaxlokk||3rd in Second Division (promoted)||Marsaxlokk||Marsaxlokk Ground||1,000|
|Mqabba||14th||Mqabba||Victor Tedesco Stadium||6,000|
|Naxxar Lions||4th||Naxxar||Centenary Stadium||2,000|
|Pembroke Athleta||5th||Pembroke||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Qrendi||3rd||Qrendi||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|San Ġwann||2nd Second Division (promoted)||San Ġwann||Centenary Stadium||2,000|
|St. Andrews||6th||St. Andrew's, Malta||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|St. Georges||13th||Cospicua||Centenary Stadium||2,000|
|Swieqi United||10th||Swieqi||Luxol Sports Ground||800|
|Vittoriosa Stars||12th||Birgu||Tony Cassar Sports Ground||1,000|
|Żebbuġ Rangers||7th||Żebbuġ||Żebbuġ Ground||1,000|
- Azzopardi, Kevin (12 July 2015). "Malta FA, BOV agree new three-year sponsorship deal". Times of Malta.
- "BOV Challenge League". Malta Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
- "First Division Seasonal Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "2020–21 BOV Premier League set for exciting start". Malta Football Association. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
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