Maltese First Division (women)

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Maltese First Division (women)
Country  Malta
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1995
Divisions 1
Number of teams 7
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Maltese Women's Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
Current champions Birkirkara (6th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Hibernians (12)

The Maltese First Division is the top level women's football league of Malta.

After several failed attempts in the 1970s and 1980s to create a lasting women's football competition, successful tournaments of San Gwann and Luxol St. Andrews gained enough interest, that the Malta Football Association decided to organize the first ever league in 1995-96.

The most titles were won by Hibernians.

Although the winning team of the league qualifies for a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League, the spot is not always taken. Malta currently sits at the last spot in the UEFA coefficients women's ranking[1] and the last club to take part was Birkirkara in 2007–08; Birkirkana lost all three games with 1–37 goals. In 09–10 they competed again and ended up with three losses and 1-26 goals.

2012–13 teams[edit]

Maltese First Division (women) is located in Malta
Mgarr
Mgarr
Athleta & Spartans
Athleta & Spartans
Tarxien
Tarxien
Location of teams in 2012–13 Maltese Premier Division

The 2012–13 season was played by the following teams.

Team City Home ground
Birkirkara Birkirkara Infetti Ground
Mosta F.C. Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium
Hibernians F.C. Paola Corridiano Stadium
Gozo F.C.Gozo Kerċem, Gozo Kerċem Stadium
Mgarr United Mgarr Mgarr Ground
Pembroke Athleta Pembroke Pembroke Athleta Ground
Hamrun Spartans Hamrun VTS Stadium
Tarxien Rainbows Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground

Format[edit]

Until the 2011–12 season there were eight teams in the league. The teams played each other twice for a total of 14 matches each. After that the champion qualifies to the UEFA Champion's League and the last two places are relegated to the Maltese Seceond Division. Since then the format has changed a lot.

In the 2012–13, after the regular season the top four played a championship group and the bottom placed four teams played the relegation round. Points of the regular season and the second stage were added. In 2013–14 there was just one stage, where seven teams played each other three times. Also there was a title decider match after the top two teams were tied on points. Hibernians won the title over Birkirkara in a penalty shootout.

In 2014–15 there were eleven teams, and again a championship group to which the top six after the regular season qualified.

For 2015–16 the league was reduced to six teams.They play each other four times for a total of 20 matches per team.

List of champions[edit]

The season winners are:[2][3]

  • 1995/96: Rabat Ajax
  • 1996/97: Lija Athletic
  • 1997/98: Rabat Ajax
  • 1998/99: Hibernians
  • 1999/2000: Hibernians
  • 2000/01: Hibernians
  • 2001/02: Hibernians
  • 2002/03: Hibernians
  • 2003/04: Hibernians
  • 2004/05: Hibernians
  • 2005/06: Hibernians
  • 2006/07: Birkirkara
  • 2007/08: Hibernians
  • 2008/09: Birkirkara
  • 2009/10: Birkirkara
  • 2010/11: Mosta
  • 2011/12: Birkirkara[4]
  • 2012/13: Birkirkara
  • 2013/14: Hibernians
  • 2014/15: Hibernians
  • 2015/16: Hibernians
  • 2016/17: Birkirkara

Record Champions[edit]

Titles Team
12 Hibernians
6 Birkirkara
2 Rabat Ajax
1 Lija Athletic
Mosta

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/competitions/WomenCup/89/50/90/895090_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ "Malta - List of Women Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's football archive". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Birkirkara crowned BOV Women's First Division champions/". maltafootball.com. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.