Maltese National Amateur League

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Maltese National Amateur League
CountryFlag of Malta.svg  Malta (22 teams)
Number of teams22
Level on pyramid3
Promotion to Maltese Challenge League
Domestic cup(s) Maltese FA Trophy
Current champions Luqa St. Andrew's (1st title) [1]
(2020-21)

The Maltese National Amateur League (referred to as the BOV Amateur League for sponsorship reasons [2] ) is the third-highest division in Maltese football, replacing the Maltese Second Division and Maltese Third Division during the 2020–21 season following the premature end of the previous football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [3]

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Format

Following the merger of the Maltese Second and Third Divisions the league is made up of twenty-two teams divided into three groups, two containing seven teams and one containing eight. Over the course of the season, each team plays twice against the others in their group. [4] Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the table by:

  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 team from each group is directly promoted to the Challenge League; an additional place is reserved for the winner of the promotion play-offs. The play-offs take place between the clubs that finished second to fourth in each group with the winning team gaining promotion to the Challenge League. [5]

In March 2021, Luqa St. Andrew's became the first champions of the league [6] and were promoted from group stage along with Melita and Mġarr United. [7] They will be joined in the 2021-22 Challenge League by the winners of the promotion play-offs Rabat Ajax who beat Kirkop United in the final. [8] With five teams being relegated from the Challenge League in 2021, and four being promoted from the Amateur League, the following season will see an overall increase of clubs to 23.[ citation needed ]

Clubs

2020–21 season

The following 22 clubs will compete in the National Amateur League during the 2020–21 season.

TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
Attard Attard Sirens Stadium1,500
Birżebbuġa Birżebbuġa Centenary Stadium2,000
Dingli Swallows Ħad-Dingli Tartarni Ground500
Għargħur Għargħur Għargħur Stadium800
Għaxaq Għaxaq Għaxaq Stadium300
Kalkara Kalkara Luxol Sports Ground800
Kirkop United Ħal Kirkop Centenary Stadium2,000
Luqa St. Andrew's Luqa Luxol Sports Ground800
Marsaskala Marsaskala Luxol Sports Ground800
Mdina Knights Mdina Knights Centenary Stadium 2,000
Melita San Ġiljan Gianni Bencini Ground500
Mellieħa Mellieħa Mellieħa Sports Complex400
Mġarr United Mġarr Mġarr Stadium500
Msida St. Joseph Msida Victor Tedesco Stadium6,000
Mtarfa Mtarfa Mtarfa Ground150
Rabat Ajax Rabat Rabat Ajax Football Ground700
Siġġiewi Siġġiewi Siġġiewi Ground240
St. Venera Santa Venera Santa Venera Lightnings Training Centre800
Ta'Xbiex Ta' Xbiex
Xgħajra Tornados Xgħajra Xgħajra Tornados Ground200
Żabbar St. Patrick Ħaż-Żabbar Il-Foss1000
Żurrieq Żurrieq Żurrieq Football Ground100


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