Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
MaltesePremierLeague.jpg
Founded 1909
Country Malta
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 14 (from 2017–18)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Maltese First Division
Domestic cup(s) Maltese FA Trophy
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Hibernians (12th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Sliema Wanderers (26)
TV partners TVM2 & Melita Sports 1 (live matches)
Website MFA.com.mt
2017–18 Maltese Premier League

The Maltese Premier League, known as BOV Premier League for sponsorship reasons with Bank of Valletta (colloquially known as Il-Kampjonat Premjer), is the top level league for football in Malta. The league was first competed in 1909. In the Maltese football system, there are three divisions under the Premier League, they are; the First, Second and Third divisions.

Prior to 1980, the top level of the Maltese Football League was known as the First Division; however, it was renamed the Premier League and has stayed so since, with the First Division (formerly known as the Second Division) one level lower.

At the end of the 2012–13 season, UEFA ranked the Maltese Premier League 44th out of 53 members in their coefficient calculation for UEFA club competitions. As of 2017 the Maltese Premier League is ranked 51st out of 54 members.

Format[edit]

Each team plays each other three times. During every season, which is held between August and May, the 12 teams play against each other twice. Once each club had played 22 matches, each team has their points total halved (rounded up if the points don't equal a whole number, e.g. 31 points = 16 points when halved). Each team then plays each other once more after the halving of the points.

Premier League Standing Committee[edit]

The Premier League Standing Committee is a body composed of the Premier League club presidents who represent their club on a board. These do not have executive powers but are a formal body that has official influence with regards to rules, regulations and issues that relate to the league. From time to time the committee makes proposals to the respective and MFA bodies for approval.

UEFA rankings[edit]

Malta rose four places in the UEFA League Coefficient in 2010–11 and a further 3 in 2011–12, as a result they gained a slot in UEFA club competitions, effective from the 2012–13 season. The champions enter the second qualifying round of the Champions League, while the Maltese Cup winners and two further teams, based on league performance, enter the First Qualifying Round of the Europa League. Prior to the 2012–13, the Maltese champions entered the first qualifying round of the Champions league.

2017–18 Maltese Premier League teams[edit]

Locations of the Maltese Premier League 2012–13 teams
Team In league since City Stadium Capacity
Balzan 2011 Balzan Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Birkirkara 1990 Birkirkara Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Floriana 1986 Floriana Independence Arena 3,000
Gżira United 2016 Gżira Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Ħamrun Spartans 2016 Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Hibernians 1945 Paola Hibernians Ground 2,968
Lija Athletic 2017 Lija Lija Stadium 500
Mosta 2011 Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium 600
Naxxar 2017 Naxxar Centenary Stadium 2,000
Senglea Athletic 2017 Senglea Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,000
Sliema Wanderers 1984 Sliema Tigne Sports Complex 1,000
Saint Andrews 2015 St. Andrew's Luxol Sports Ground 800
Tarxien Rainbows 2008 Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground 1,000
Valletta 1944 Valletta Ta Qali National stadium.

35,000

Champions[edit]

Here is a complete list of the past champions of the top level in Maltese football.[1]

Clubs by number of championships[edit]

Titles Team
26 Sliema Wanderers Star full.svg Star full.svg
25 Floriana Star full.svg Star full.svg
23 Valletta Star full.svg Star full.svg
12 Hibernians Star full.svg
7 Hamrun Spartans
4 Birkirkara
2 Rabat Ajax
1 Marsaxlokk
1 St. George's
1 The King's Own Malta Regiment

Top scorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1994–95 England Carl Saunders Sliema Wanderers 18
1995–96 Malta Aldrin Muscat Sliema Wanderers 18
1996–97 Serbia Danilo Dončić Valletta 32
1997–98 Malta Joe Brincat Birkirkara/Floriana 19
1998–99 Malta Gilbert Agius Valletta 20
1999–00 Malta Michael Mifsud Sliema Wanderers 21
2000–01 Malta Michael Mifsud Sliema Wanderers 30
2001–02 Serbia Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers 32
2002–03 Serbia Danilo Dončić
Malta Michael Galea
Malta Adrian Mifsud
Sliema Wanderers
Birkirkara
Hibernians
18
2003–04 Serbia Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers 19
2004–05 Malta Andrew Cohen Hibernians 21
2005–06 Malta Michael Galea Birkirkara 19
2006–07 Malta Daniel Bogdanović Marsaxlokk 31
2007–08 Argentina Sebastián Monesterolo Valletta 19
2008–09 Malta Terence Scerri Hibernians 26
2009–10 Brazil Camilo Qormi 24
2010–11 Nigeria Alfred Effiong Marsaxlokk 17
2011–12 Nigeria Obinna Obiefule Marsaxlokk
Mosta
34
2012–13 Spain Jose Luis Negrin Rabat Ajax
Melita
22
2013–14 Brazil Johnhatan
Brazil Edison
Birkirkara
Hibernians
21
2014–15 Brazil Edison
Brazil Jorginho
Hibernians
Hibernians
25
2015–16 Malta Lydon Micallef Balzan 17
2016–17 Montenegro Bojan Kaljević Balzan 23

League appearances[edit]

Player Matches
Mario Muscat 501
Brian Said 425
Stefan Sultana 424

Bold denotes still active players.

References[edit]

External links[edit]