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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:
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|
|Year||Champions||Runner-up||Third Place (Promotion)||Relegated|
|1998–99||Gozo F.C.||Żurrieq||Mellieha SC, Siggiewi|
|1999–2000||Ħamrun Spartans||Xghajra Tornadoes||Gzira United, Zebbug Rangers|
|2000–01||Marsa||Lija Athletic||Tarxien Rainbows, Żurrieq|
|2001–02||Marsaxlokk||Mosta||Qormi, St. Andrews|
|2002–03||Msida St. Joseph||Balzan Youths||Gozo, Xgħajra Tornadoes|
|2003–04||St. Patrick||Lija Athletic||Tarxien Rainbows, Rabat Ajax|
|2004–05||Ħamrun Spartans||Mosta||Balzan Youths, Gozo|
|2005–06||St. George's||Marsa||Lija Athletic, St. Andrews|
|2006–07||Ħamrun Spartans||Mqabba||San Ġwann, Naxxar|
|2007–08||Tarxien Rainbows||Qormi||Mellieħa, Marsa|
|2008–09||Dingli Swallows||Vittoriosa Stars||Rabat Ajax, Senglea Athletics|
|2009–10||Marsaxlokk||Vittoriosa Stars||St. Patrick, San Ġwann|
|2010–11||Balzan Youths||Mqabba||Mosta||Pietà Hotspurs, Msida St. Joseph|
|2011–12||Melita||Rabat Ajax||St. Patrick, St. George's|
|2012–13||Naxxar Lions||Vittoriosa Stars||Dingli Swallows, Mqabba|
|2013–14||Pietà Hotspurs||Żebbuġ Rangers||Ħamrun Spartans, Żejtun Corinthians|
|2014–15||Pembroke Athleta||St. Andrews||Żurrieq, Msida St. Joseph, Birżebbuġa St. Peter's|
|2015–16||Gżira United||Ħamrun Spartans||Gudja United, St. George's, San Ġwann|
|2016–17||Lija Athetlic||Senglea Athletic||Naxxar Lions||Fgura United, Għargħur|
|2017–18||Qormi||Pietà Hotspurs||Żabbar St. Patrick, Melita, Rabat Ajax|
|2018–19||Sirens||Gudja United||Santa Luċija F.C.||Marsa, San Ġwann|
|2019–20||Zejtun Corinthians||Lija Athetlic||No Relegation|
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