Maltese Premier League
The Maltese Premier League, known as BOV Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is the top level league for football in Malta. The league was first competed in 1909, in the Maltese football system, there are three divisions under the Premier League, they are, the First, Second and Third divisions. At the end of the 2012–13 season, UEFA ranked the Maltese Premier League 44th out of 53 members in their coefficient calculation for UEFA club competitions, each team plays each other three times. During every season, which is held between August and May, the 12 teams play against each other twice, once each club had played 22 matches, each team has their points total halved. Each team then plays each other once more after the halving of the points, the Premier League Standing Committee is a body composed of the Premier League club presidents who represent their club on a board. These do not have powers but are a formal body that has official influence with regards to rules, regulations. From time to time the committee makes proposals to the respective, Malta rose four places in the UEFA League Coefficient in 2010–11 and a further 3 in 2011–12, as a result they gained a slot in UEFA club competitions, effective from the 2012–13 season. Prior to the 2012–13, the Maltese champions entered the first qualifying round of the Champions league, Malta Football Association League321. com – Maltese football league tables, records & statistics database. Malta – List of Champions and Runners-Up, RSSSF. com
Hibernians Football Club is a Maltese association football club based in the town of Paola. The club played one season in 1922 as Constitutionals FC, representing the pro-British Constitutional Party and they started up again in the 1927–28 season and became a top amateur side, winning the Amateur League in 1930–31. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Party had upset the Catholic Church so much that in May 1930 it was made a sin for Catholics to vote for the party. The football club changed its name a year later to Hibernians Football Club as a nod to Hibernian and they won their first match as Hibernians 2–1, against HMS Antelope in October 1931. They had to wait for a place to become available in the professional league and they have stayed in the top division ever since. Hibernians faced a period of decline followed the success of the 1980s to the end of the decade. Hibernians also have a team, which plays in Maltas top futsal league. The clubs home ground is Hibernians Stadium, a stadium in Paola. The squad list includes only the nationality of each player. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Robert Gatt Edmond Lufi Mark Miller Michael Woods Branko Nišević mark miller A womens team plays in the Womens Maltese First Division, the team is the national record champion with twelve titles. The most recent one was won in 2016
Pembroke Athleta F.C.
Pembroke Athleta Football Club are a Maltese football club from the town of Pembroke, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. Originally they were founded in 1962 but they were in an amateur level and they competed in the Maltese Third Division in 1994 for the first time. Pembroke Athleta reached the Premier League for the first time in 2015,1962, Founded as Athleta Juvenis 1994, Debuted in Maltese Third Division and renamed Pembroke Athleta F. During the same season, Pembroke managed to clinch first place in the Maltese Third Division and promotion to the Maltese Second Division and they finished in 1st place after managing to take 63 points from 26 games. Still led by Jacques Scerri, Pembroke prepared for their first season in the Maltese Second Division, john Roland Emeka was the clubs marquee signing, with the Nigerian striker arriving from recently relegated Senglea Athletic. Other signings included Matthew Mulholland, Jonathan Vella, Michael Ellul, Kane Micallef, Pembroke started the season in incredible form, remaining unbeaten for the first 7 games, even topping the table at one point. Things went a bit sour as the season reached December though and 3 consecutive losses without scoring cost the club, in the end the team finished in 7th place, a solid mid-table position having won 12, drew 7 and lost 9 of their 26 games. Throughout the season, the Greys scored a total of 42 goals and conceded 30, john Roland Emeka proved his worth by ending the season as the clubs top scorer with 14 goals. In the Maltese FA Trophy, Pembroke once again managed to make their way into the Third Round, in the Third Round, they were drawn against Premier League club Qormi FC. Qormi in the end triumped with a score of 5–2 which was obtained in extra time, like the previous year Pembroke had made a Premier League team struggle. In the U-19 section of the club, the Youth team made history as they obtained the clubs first ever promotion to Section B after finishing 1st with 34 points from 18 games. New signings for the team included Nicholas Zammit, Mauro Grioli, Mark Borg, Adrian Caruana, David Mamo, Aleksandar Ribic, Lee Grima, Roberto Vella, Dylan Mintoff and Michael Borg. Carmelo Farrugia also returned from Qormi F. C. to spend another season on loan at the club. The season began in impressive fashion as we remained unbeaten up until December, the Youths Team was even more successful through the season as it managed an incredible promotion to the top of the Youth pyramid. This mean that within four seasons, the U-19 Team had won its way from Section D all the way to Section A. The 1–0 victory against Sliema in the made the team the first ever in the clubs history to win the Trophy. The new season saw the return of an old face, as Jacques Scerri returned to the club with Greg Degabriele, Kenneth Portelli and later on in the season, Mario Muscat as part of the technical staff. As of 18,53, Friday, April 7,2017 Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Balzan Football Club is a Maltese football club from the village of Balzan, which currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. The Club was founded in 1937, and has played football once before in 2003–04. As of 24 June 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The Clubs Administration Building ‘Solerville’ is located at Main Street, Balzan, a bar and garden restaurant on the ground floor are open to the public. The Club’s modern training facilities, located at Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija, include a clubhouse, the clubhouse includes a conference room, a bar and a gymnasium and was officially opened on 13 March 2011. From September 2015, Balzan F. C. teams also commenced training at St Aloysius College Ground, notes 1Q, First qualifying round Official website Official Facebook page Official Academy Facebook page
Valletta Football Club is a Maltese football club based in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. Valletta Football Club was founded in 1943, as a merger of Valletta Prestons, Valletta St. Pauls, Valletta also have a futsal team which participates in Maltas top futsal league. There is no evidence on when Valletta F. C. started. The foundation of Valletta F. C. was laid with the creation of the Valletta United team, Valletta United was known as the team of the square since the club was located in St. Georges Square. Valletta United represented the city from 1904 to 1932, the city of Valletta in Malta has a long footballing history, between 1886 and 1919 at some point or another, around fourteen teams had competed representing the city. Amongst these early teams included the popular Boys Empire League, Valletta College, St. Georges Square, Dockyard Albion, a very important early step in the history of the current club, was the founding of Valletta United Football Club in 1903 by local youngsters. Despite their enthusiasm for the game which had brought to the island by the British. They cut their white trousers into long shorts and dyed their shirts into that of the colours for their uniforms. The Ditch at Porte des Bombes, which itself had been the scene of the first ever recorded Maltese football match in 1886, was chosen to host Valletta Uniteds first match on 9 January 1904. United faced off against a team from the Collegiate School and won 1–0 with a strike from a forward named L. Agius. During their last ever season, Valletta United upset the two clubs in Malta of the time, by winning the Maltese League in 1931–32. Although Sliema and Floriana dominated the scene in those times, by winning these trophies it was Valletta United that started to break into this monopoly. Valletta United were very active in the Championship of the first division, during the period that Valletta United played within the Malta Football Association, Valletta United won the championship in 1931–32. However, for reason in the following season, Valletta United disappeared from the football scene and thus the monopoly of Sliema. Valletta United was the not the team from the city that played in the highest Division of the M. F. A. In the 1925–26 and the 1926–27 seasons there were Valletta Rovers who played in the highest Division of the M. F. A, then in the season 1937–38 and 1938–39 there was Valletta City. In 1996–97 Valletta F. C. won all five competitions that the Maltese football offers and this was done by succeeding to win the Premier League, Rothmans Trophy, Super Five Cup, Lowenbrau Cup and Super Cup. In the season 2000–01, Valletta F. C. succeeded in breaking their own record from 1996–97 and this time they won the six competitions offered by the M. F. A
Floriana Football Club is a semi-professional Maltese football club in the town of Floriana that currently plays in the Maltese Premier League. It has one of the largest fan followings on the islands and remains the most successful club in Maltese history, in all, Floriana F. C. has won 25 national leagues and 19 FA Trophies. It is also the team from Malta to have qualified from the qualifying rounds to the first round proper of the UEFA Champions League. Floriana Football Club was founded in 1894 with the inauguration of the football ground officiated by Queen Alexandra, the site was a cricket ground from 1890 till its conversion project. Together with St. Georges FC, is one of the two oldest clubs in Malta, during that period, football in Malta was introduced by the British Servicemen who were stationed on the island, which was then a colony of the British Empire. The club is affiliated to the Malta Football Association which in turn is a member of both UEFA and FIFA, Floriana Football Club has won the major Maltese League championship 25 times and the U*BET FA TROPHY19 times. Floriana also have a team which participates in Maltas top futsal league. Football was introduced in Malta at the end of the 19th Century by the British troops stationed on the island, at that time Malta formed part of the British Empire and, the Island was the base of British forces in the heart of the Mediterranean. The forces barracks, which were located around the island of Malta, enjoyed large areas that were used as parade grounds, training areas. The sports practised by the soldiers were mainly cricket, hockey, the British forces in Malta were mainly stationed in Floriana, Cospicua, Mtarfa, Marsa and Sliema. The locals who were influenced by the soldiers stationed in the area were introduced to these sporting activities, the most popular sport amongst the residents of Floriana was football, however some also practised cricket and hockey. Floriana still has its club, carrying the name Floriana Young Stars Hockey Club. Between 1894 and 1905 the clubs colours were green/red quartered shirts, black shorts with green, the official colours of the club as we know them today, green and white vertical striped shirts, white shorts and green/white horizontal striped socks, were introduced in 1905. At that time the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were stationed in Floriana, during that year, three friendly matches were held between this regiment and FFC. At the end of the match both teams exchanged their shirts and later the FFC changed their official colours to their green. The regiment left the Island for India in that same year, the ties between Floriana and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were so strong that the people hailing from Floriana were nicknamed after the Irish, Tal-Irish. The clubs mascot is the lion, which features prominently on the clubs badge since 1936 together with the Latin motto Ex Ludis Virtus, in this regard the clubs badge represents the fierceness of the lion together with the virtues of sportsmanship. The lion was chosen as the mascot for two general reasons attributed to history of Floriana
Tarxien Rainbows F.C.
Tarxien Rainbows Football Club are a football team from Tarxien, a town in southern Malta. They currently play in the Maltese Premier League, the club were founded as Little Rainbows in 1944, and participated in the Maltese Premier League for the 2009–10 season. The club was promoted to the best division after finishing as champions in the Maltese First Division in 2007–08, in 2008–09 the club finished level on points with fellow strugglers Hamrun Spartans and Msida St. Joseph. Hamrun had the worst head to record and were relegated. In 2009–10 the season was different for the Rainbows as they managed to place 5th in the table. In season 2009–10, Tarxien Rainbows placed fifth in the pool above eternal rivals Hibernians. As well, in season 2009–10 Tarxien Rainbows won the three times in a row making it a historical season. As well, in the same season Tarxien reached the semi-final of the F. A, Trophy and the 100th Anniversary Cup. In the 2010–11 season Tarxien Rainbows finished in the 5th place in the championship pool and it was a good season, finishing the First Round in the 2nd place. They had two derbies to play because their rivals Hibernians finished in the pool, one winning it and made it four derby wins in one year. In the same season they reached the Semi-Final of the U*BET FA Trophy, in the 2011–12 season Tarxien Rainbows avoided relegation with a few games remaining before the end of the season. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Noel Coleiro Patrick Curmi Danilo Dončić Clive Mizzi Jacques Scerri Brian Testaferrata Official website MaltaFootball Club Profile SoccerWay Club Profile
Mosta Football Club are a Maltese football club from the town of Mosta. The team played four seasons in Maltas highest league 1974–75, 1987–88, 2002–03 and they achieved promotion to the Maltese Premier League again in 2010–11. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, oliver Spiteri Steve DAmato Danilo Dončić Enrico Piccioni Peter Smith The womens team of Mosta plays in the countrys top division, the Maltese First Division. In 2010–11 it won its first championship and ths qualified to the 2011–12 UEFA Womens Champions League, the team was runners-up in the 1998 and 1999 Maltese Womens Cup and recently won the 2012 cup