Maltese Third Division

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Maltese Third Division
Founded2000
Country Malta
Number of teams13
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toMaltese Second Division
Relegation tonone
Domestic cup(s)Maltese FA Trophy
Current championsAttard F.C.
(2019–2020)
Current: 2019–2020

The Maltese Third Division (also known as the BOV Third Division due to sponsorship reasons) is the lowest league level in Maltese football. There are currently 13 teams participating in the league.

History[edit]

The league was founded in 2000.

Until 2011 the division comprised two sections - Section A with eleven teams and Section B with eleven teams. Both sections play two rounds with the winner in each group getting promoted to the Maltese Second Division. Relegation play-offs between the 2nd and 3rd placed teams of both groups and the 10th place finisher of Second Division determined the third team to be in the Second Division.

Because it is the lowest level in the Maltese Football League, there is no formal relegation from the league. However, the two lowest placed teams have to reapply to take part the following season.

For the 2007-08 season, Mtarfa F.C. replaced Ta' Xbiex after their league application was turned down, mainly due to their poor performances over a number of years. New teams can also apply to join the competition. Season 2009-10 saw Swieqi United F.C. joining, and they were followed by Marsascala F.C. in 2010-11.

On January 13, 2011, the Malta Football Association decided to reform the league to 14 teams as from season 2011-12, with the top 3 teams being promoted to the Second Division.[1]

For season 2015-16, the matches shall be played at the Charles Abela Memorial Stadium in Mosta, Luxol St. Andrews ground in Pembroke and Sirens F.C. ground in San Pawl il-Baħar.

Clubs[edit]

Club 2017-18 position
Attard F.C. 12th in the Maltese Second Division (R)
Dingli Swallows F.C. 8th
Għargħur F.C. 13th in the Maltese Second Division (R)
Għaxaq F.C. 7th
Kirkop United F.C. 4th
Marsaskala F.C. 12th
Mdina Knights F.C. 6th
Msida Saint-Joseph F.C. 5th
Mtarfa F.C. 10th
Ta' Xbiex F.C. 11th
Xgħajra Tornadoes F.C. 3rd
Żurrieq F.C. 9th

Season-by-Season[edit]

Season Champions Promoted
2000–01 Msida Saint-Joseph Senglea Athletic
2001–02 San Ġwann Vittoriosa Stars
2002–03 Żejtun Corinthians St. George's
2003–04 Melita St. Venera Lightnings, Qormi
2004–05 Gudja United Għargħur
2005–06 Birżebbuġa St. Peter's St. Venera Lightnings, Rabat Ajax
2006–07 Mgarr United Sirens, Żurrieq
2007–08 Gozo Żebbuġ Rangers
2008–09 Gżira United Għargħur, Żurrieq
2009–10 Żejtun Corinthians Mġarr United, Naxxar Lions
2010–11 Għargħur St. Venera Lightnings, Kirkop United
2011–12 Pembroke Athleta Fgura United
2012–13 Senglea Athletic Mdina Knights, Marsaskala, Marsa
2013–14 Sirens Swieqi United
2014–15 Mgarr United Kirkop United, Qrendi
2015–16 Marsaxlokk Attard, Għaxaq
2016–17 Kalkara Luqa St. Andrews, St. Lucia
2017–18 St. Venera Lightnings Mellieħa
2018–19 Żurrieq Xgħajra Tornadoes
2019–20 Attard F.C. Għargħur F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Changes to National League, FA Trophy format approved

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