2018–19 Maltese Premier League

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Maltese Premier League
Season 2018–19
Dates 17 August 2017 – 28 April 2018
All statistics correct as of 21 April 2018.

The 2018–19 Maltese Premier League will be the 104th season of top-flight league football in Malta, the season will begin in August 2018 and will end in April 2019. Valletta are the defending champions, having won their 24th title the previous season.

Teams[edit]

Lija Athletic and Naxxar Lions were relegated after they finished thirteenth and fourteenth the previous season.[1] They are replaced by Qormi and Pietà Hotspurs, the 2017–18 Maltese First Division champions and runners-up respectively. Tarxien Rainbows retained Premiership status by defeating Zejtun Corinthians in a play-off decider.[2]

Team In league since City Training Stadium Capacity
Balzan 2011 Balzan Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Birkirkara 1990 Birkirkara Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Floriana 1986 Floriana Independence Arena 3,000
Gżira United 2016 Gżira Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Ħamrun Spartans 2016 Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Hibernians 1945 Paola Hibernians Ground 2,968
Mosta 2011 Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium 600
Pietà Hotspurs 2018 Pietà
Qormi 2018 Qormi Thomaso Ground 500
Senglea Athletic 2017 Senglea Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,000
Tarxien Rainbows 2008 Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground 1,000
Sliema Wanderers 1984 Sliema Tigne Sports Complex 1,000
St. Andrews 2015 St. Andrew's Luxol Stadium 800
Valletta 1944 Valletta Centenary Stadium 2,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Balzan Serbia Marko Micovic Joma Investors Mutual Limited
Birkirkara Malta Paul Zammit Adidas McDonald's
Floriana Argentina Nicolas Hernan Chiesa Joma Scotts Supermarket
Gżira United Malta Darren Abdilla Joma Tipbet
Hamrun Spartans Italy Giovanni Tedesco Sportika SA Talocan
Hibernians Italy Stefano Sanderra Joma Bezzina
Mosta Malta Johann Scicluna Macron Computer Domain
Pietà Hotspurs Malta Ramon Zammit Nike Famalco.net
Qormi Malta Brian Spiteri Joma Tumas Group
Senglea Athletic Italy Paolo Favaretto Acerbis
Sliema Wanderers Malta John Buttigieg Adidas DIZZ
St. Andrews Malta Michael Woods Macron Tipico
Tarxien Rainbows Malta Jose Borg Erreà Cassar Ship Repairs, Moog Parts
Valletta Serbia Danilo Dončić Joma Iniala
  • Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas, sponsored by TeamSports and FXDD, and Nike has a new match ball.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Hamrun Spartans Malta Jacques Scerri Mutual consent 31 May 2018[3] Pre-season Italy Giovanni Tedesco 31 May 2018[3]
Hibernians Malta Mario Muscat
Malta Neil Zarb Cousin
End of caretaker 4 July 2018[4] Italy Stefano Sanderra 4 July 2018[4]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Balzan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Birkirkara 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Floriana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the Europa League preliminary round
4 Gżira United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Hamrun Spartans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Hibernians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Mosta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Pietà Hotspurs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Qormi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Senglea Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Tarxien Rainbows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Sliema Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
13 St. Andrews 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to the Maltese First Division
14 Valletta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: Malta Football Association
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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live commentary: BOV Premier League relegation battle". Times of Malta. 20 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Tarxien Rainbows iżommu posthom fil-kampjonat BOV Premier" (in Maltese). TVM. 27 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Ħamrun appoint Tedesco as coach". Times of Malta. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Stefano Sanderra named new Hibernians coach". Times of Malta. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Premier League 2017/2018 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 5 July 2017.