Maltese First Division
|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Maltese Premier League|
|Relegation to||Maltese Second Division|
U*Bet FA Trophy|
Maltese First Division knock-out
Gzira United F.C. |
The Maltese First Division (also known as the Bank of Valletta First Division due to sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division in Maltese football, behind the Maltese Premier League and above the Maltese Second Division. The league has been running for many years.
14 teams take part in the league. The top two teams are promoted to the Maltese Premier League, whilst the three lowest-finishing teams are relegated to the Maltese Second Division. The third place team plays the tenth place team in the Maltese Premier League in a play-off game for promotion. Due to the expansion of the Maltese Premier League starting from the season 2017/18, 3 teams will be promoted while the 4th placed team will face the play-off game. On the other hand, only 2 teams will get relegated to the Maltese Second Division.
On January 13, 2011, the Malta Football Association decided to expand the league to 12 teams as from season 2011–12, and has since expanded to 14 teams. The top two placed teams will get promoted to the Maltese Premier League while the 3rd best team will face the play-off. As from the 2017/18 Maltese First Division, only 2 teams will be relegated automatically, while the team finishing 12th will face a play-out against the 3rd placed team from the Second Division.
Participating teams in 2016–17
|Club||2016–17 Maltese First Division|
|Sirens F.C.||Promoted from Maltese Second Division, 2nd|
|Fgura United F.C.||-|
|Marsa F.C.||Promoted from Maltese Second Division, 1st|
|Gharghur F.C.||Promoted from Maltese Second Division, 3rd|
|Vittoriosa Stars FC||-|
|Lija Athletic F.C.||-|
|Rabat Ajax FC||-|
|Naxxar Lions||Relegated from Maltese Premier League, 11th|
|Qormi F.C.||Relegated from Maltese Premier League, 12th|
|Senglea Athletic F.C.||Played play off for Maltese Premier League lost against St. Andrews F.C.|
|Pietà Hotspurs F.C.||-|
|Żebbuġ Rangers F.C.||-|
2016–17 Maltese First Division League teams
- Busuttil, Antoine. BOV First, Second and Third Division 2015/16 Draws, maltafootball.com, 11 July 2015. Retrieved on 10 August 2015.
- Changes to National League, FA Trophy format approved
- League at Maltafootball.com
- League at soccerway.com
- League321.com - Maltese football league tables, records & statistics database.