2016–17 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season 2016–17
Dates 19 August 2016 – 6 May 2017
Champions Hibernians
(12th title)
Relegated Pembroke Athleta
Champions League Hibernians
Europa League Balzan
Valletta
Floriana
Matches played 198
Goals scored 570 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Bojan Kaljević
(23 goals)
Biggest home win Tarxien Rainbows 7–1 Pembroke Athleta
(22 January 2017)[1]
Balzan 7–1 Mosta
(24 February 2017)[2]
St. Andrews 6–0 Pembroke Athleta
(9 April 2017)[3]
Biggest away win Gżira United 1–7 Birkirkara
(22 October 2016)[4]
Highest scoring Gżira United 1–7 Birkirkara
(22 October 2016)[4]
Tarxien Rainbows 7–1 Pembroke Athleta
(22 January 2017)[1]
Balzan 7–1 Mosta
(24 February 2017)[2]

The 2016–17 Maltese Premier League was the 102nd season of the Maltese Premier League. The season began on 19 August 2016 and concluded on 6 May 2017; the relegation play-off took place on 12 May 2017. Valletta were the defending champions, having won their 23rd title the previous season.

On 30 April 2017, Hibernians defeated St. Andrews 3–1 to clinch their 12th Maltese league title.[5]

Format[edit]

For this season, in a change from recent previous seasons, points earned in the first 22 matches were no longer halved. Each team therefore played 33 matches, home-and-away against each other team (22 matches), and then one more match (either home or away) against each other team.

Teams and stadiums[edit]

Naxxar Lions and Qormi were relegated to the 2016–17 Maltese First Division after they finished eleventh and twelfth, respectively, the previous season. They were replaced by Gżira United and Hamrun Spartans, champions and runners-up respectively of the 2015–16 Maltese First Division.

Team City Stadium Capacity
Balzan Balzan Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Birkirkara Birkirkara Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Floriana Floriana Independence Arena 3,000
Gżira United Gżira Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Hamrun Spartans Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Hibernians Paola Hibernians Ground 2,968
Mosta Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium 600
Pembroke Athleta Pembroke Sirens Stadium 1,500
Sliema Wanderers Sliema Tigne Sports Complex 1,000
St. Andrews St. Andrew's Luxol Sports Ground 800
Tarxien Rainbows Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground 1,000
Valletta Valletta Centenary Stadium 2,000

Source: Scoresway

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hibernians (C) 33 22 5 6 64 31 +33 71 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Balzan 33 19 7 7 66 40 +26 64 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Birkirkara[a] 33 18 8 7 64 30 +34 62
4 Valletta 33 16 11 6 51 29 +22 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
5 Floriana 33 15 9 9 51 37 +14 54 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
6 Sliema Wanderers 33 15 7 11 47 37 +10 52
7 Gżira United 33 10 7 16 43 51 −8 37
8 St. Andrews 33 9 10 14 45 51 −6 37
9 Tarxien Rainbows 33 8 11 14 38 48 −10 35
10 Hamrun Spartans 33 9 6 18 44 61 −17 33
11 Mosta[c] (O) 33 7 5 21 29 71 −42 21 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
12 Pembroke Athleta (R) 33 4 6 23 28 84 −56 18 Relegation to the Maltese First Division
Source: Malta Football Association, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion and UEFA competition places); 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored.[8]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Birkirkara would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence.[6]
  2. ^ Floriana qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2016–17 Maltese FA Trophy.
  3. ^ Mosta were deducted five points for making illegal payments to a player registered as an amateur.[7]

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away BAL BIR FLO GŻI HAM HIB MOS PEM SLI STA TAR VAL
Balzan 1–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 4–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 2–2
Birkirkara 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–0 3–1 0–1
Floriana 0–1 1–1 1–0 5–1 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–3 4–1 1–1 2–0
Gżira United 1–2 1–7 4–3 0–2 0–3 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–3
Hamrun Spartans 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–4 3–0 2–1 0–3 3–1 2–3 0–3
Hibernians 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Mosta 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 2–5 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1
Pembroke Athleta 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–3[a] 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–3
Sliema Wanderers 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2
St. Andrews 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 4–1 3–0 1–0 0–0
Tarxien Rainbows 2–2 0–4 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 7–1 1–0 1–1 1–1
Valletta 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 1–0
Source: Malta Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
  1. ^ Match awarded 3–0 to Mosta after a successful protest; original result was Pembroke Athleta 5–0 Mosta.[9]

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away BAL BIR FLO GŻI HAM HIB MOS PEM SLI STA TAR VAL
Balzan 3–1 1–1 7–1 2–1 0–1
Birkirkara 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–2
Floriana 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1
Gżira United 1–1 5–1 0–1 1–0 1–1
Hamrun Spartans 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–1
Hibernians 3–1 2–0 3–3 4–0 3–1
Mosta 0–2 1–4 2–1 4–2 1–2 0–4
Pembroke Athleta 2–5 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1
Sliema Wanderers 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–1
St. Andrews 0–0 2–3 6–0 1–4 1–0 3–1
Tarxien Rainbows 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–6 1–3
Valletta 3–3 1–0 4–0 3–1 0–2
Source: Malta Football Association
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

A play-off match took place between the eleventh-placed team from the Premier League, Mosta, and the fourth-placed team from the First Division, Qormi, for a place in the 2017–18 Maltese Premier League.

Mosta 3–1 Qormi
Triganza Goal 56'
Pedrinho Goal 58'
Priso Goal 82'
Report Medic Goal 6'

Mosta retained their spot in the Maltese Premier League for the 2017–18 season; Qormi remained in the Maltese First Division.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of pre-season
Rank Player Team Goals
1
2
3
4
5

Source: MFA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tarxien Rainbows vs. Pembroke Athleta". Soccerway. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Balzan vs. Mosta". Soccerway. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "St. Andrews vs. Pembroke Athleta". Soccerway. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Gzira United vs. Birkirkara". Soccerway. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Hibs beat Saints to kick off title celebrations". Malta Football Association. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Birkirkara FC UEFA licence appeal turned down". Malta Football Association. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mosta FC appeal not upheld". Malta Football Association. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Premier League 2016/2017 - Rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Mosta FC protest upheld by MFA Protests Board". Malta Football Association. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 

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