Maltese Challenge League

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Maltese Challenge League
Founded1910;111 years ago (1910)
CountryFlag of Malta.svg  Malta (15 teams)
Number of teams15
Level on pyramid2
Promotion to Maltese Premier League
Relegation to National Amateur League
Domestic cup(s) Maltese FA Trophy
Current champions Żejtun Corinthians
(2019–20)
Current: 2020–21 Maltese Challenge League

The Maltese Challenge League (referred to as the BOV Challenge League for sponsorship reasons [1] ) 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. [2]

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Format

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: [3]

  1. 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. [4]

Clubs

2020–21 season

The following 15 clubs will compete in the Challenge League during the 2020–21 season.

TeamFinishing position last seasonLocationStadiumCapacity
Fgura United Fgura Gudja Ground1,000
Marsa Marsa Luxol Sports Ground800
Marsaxlokk Marsaxlokk Marsaxlokk Ground1,000
Mqabba Mqabba Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Naxxar Lions Naxxar Centenary Stadium 2,000
Pembroke Athleta Pembroke Luxol Sports Ground800
Pieta Hotspurs Pembroke
Qormi Qormi Thomaso Ground500
Qrendi Qrendi Luxol Sports Ground800
San Ġwann San Ġwann Centenary Stadium 2,000
St. Andrews St. Andrew's, Malta Luxol Sports Ground800
St. Georges Cospicua Centenary Stadium 2,000
Swieqi United Swieqi Luxol Sports Ground800
Vittoriosa Stars Birgu Tony Cassar Sports Ground1,000
Żebbuġ Rangers Żebbuġ Żebbuġ Ground1,000

Results

YearChampionsRunner-upThird Place (Promotion)Relegated
1998–99 [5] Gozo F.C. Żurrieq Mellieha SC, Siggiewi
1999–2000 [6] 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
2020–21 No Promotion Qormi

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