Gozo Football League First Division

The Gozitan First Division, known for sponsorship reasons as the BOV GFL First Division, is the top division of the Gozo Football League, the league competition for men's football clubs in Gozo.

GFL First Division
Founded1937
Country Gozo
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toSecond Division
Domestic cup(s)G.F.A. Cup
GFA Super Cup
Independence Cup
Freedom Day Cup
First Division Knock-Out
Current championsNadur Youngsters (13th title)
(2021–22)
WebsiteOfficial site
Current: 2021–22 Gozo First Division

The GFL First Division is played on three rounds where each team plays each other once, with a total of 21 games played in total by each team, usually held between the months of September and April. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned league champion, while the bottom club is relegated to the Second Division. A relegation play-off match takes place between the seventh-placed team in the First Division and the second-placed team in the Second Division, with the winner securing a place in the following season's First Division.

The majority of matches are played at the Gozo Stadium.

ClubsEdit

2022–23 seasonEdit

Club Position in 2021–22 Top division titles Last top division title
Għajnsielem 2nd 7 2015–16
Kerċem Ajax 3rd 1 1985–86
Nadur Youngsters 1st 13 2021–22
Oratory Youths 6th 5 1959–60
Qala Saints 1st in Second Division 0
Sannat Lions 7th 10 2010–11
Victoria Hotspurs 4th 13 2018–19
Xewkija Tigers 5th 8 2016–17

List of winners by seasonEdit

Key
Club (X) Club name and number of times they had won the title at that point (if more than one)
Season Winner[1] Runners-up[2] Third place[2]
1937–38 Victoria Stars
1938–39 Victoria City Victoria Stars Għajnsielem
1939–40 Xagħra Blue Stars[a]
1940–41 to 1943–44 Cancelled due to World War II
1944–45 Victoria Athletics Xagħra Blue Stars[a] Xewkija Tigers
1945–46 Victoria Athletics (2) Xewkija Tigers Xagħra Blue Stars[a]
1946–47 Victoria Athletics (3)
1947–48 Competition not held
1948–49 Salesian Youths[b] Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1949–50 to 1951–52 Competition not held
1952–53 Salesian Youths[b] (2) Fontana St.Andrews
1953–54 Competition not held
1954–55 Victoria Athletics (4)
1955–56 Competition not held
1956–57[c] Salesian Youths[b] (3) S.K. Calypsians Xewkija Tigers
1957–58 Salesian Youths[b] (4) Għajnsielem S.K. Calypsians
1959–60 Salesian Youths[b] (5)
1960–61 Competition abandoned due to problems within the GFA
1961–62 Victoria Hotspurs Nadur Youngsters St. George's
1962–63 Victoria Hotspurs (2) Xagħra Young Stars[a] Nadur Youngsters
1963–64 Xagħra Young Stars[a] (2) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1964–65 Victoria Hotspurs (3) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Victoria Wanderers
1965–66 Victoria Hotspurs (4) S.K. Calypsians Nadur Youngsters
1966–67 Victoria Hotspurs (5) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Calypsians
1967–68 Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
1968–69 S.K. Calypsians Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
1969–70 Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs Nadur Youngsters
1970–71 Għajnsielem (2) S.K. Calypsians Xewkija Tigers
1971–72 Għajnsielem (3) Oratory Youths Victoria Hotspurs
1972–73 Għajnsielem (4) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1973–74 Għajnsielem (5) Victoria Hotspurs S.K. Calypsians
1974–75 Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions Għajnsielem
1975–76 Sannat Lions Xewkija Tigers Għajnsielem
1976–77 Sannat Lions (2) Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
1977–78 Sannat Lions (3) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
1978–79 Victoria United[d] Sannat Lions Victoria Hotspurs
1979–80 Victoria Hotspurs (6) Sannat Lions Victoria United[d]
1980–81 Sannat Lions (4) Victoria United[d] Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1981–82 Sannat Lions (5)
1982–83 Xewkija Tigers (2) Victoria Hotspurs Sannat Lions
1983–84 Xewkija Tigers (3) Sannat Lions Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1984–85 Victoria Hotspurs (7) Xewkija Tigers Calypsian Bosco Youths[b]
1985–86 Kerċem Ajax Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions
1986–87 Sannat Lions (6) Victoria Hotspurs Xagħra United
1987–88 Sannat Lions (7) Victoria Hotspurs Xagħra United
1988–89 Xagħra United (3) Sannat Lions Xewkija Tigers
1989–90 Sannat Lions (8) Xagħra United Xewkija Tigers
1990–91 Victoria Hotspurs (8) Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions
1991–92 Xagħra United (4) Xewkija Tigers Victoria Hotspurs
1992–93 Xagħra United (5)
1993–94 Victoria Hotspurs (9) Nadur Youngsters Xagħra United
1994–95 Nadur Youngsters (2) Xagħra United Munxar Falcons
1995–96 Nadur Youngsters (3) Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1996–97 Nadur Youngsters (4) Victoria Hotspurs Għajnsielem
1997–98 Xagħra United (6) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
1998–99 Nadur Youngsters (5) Sannat Lions Xagħra United
1999–2000 Victoria Hotspurs (10) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2000–01 Xewkija Tigers (4) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2001–02 Nadur Youngsters (6) Xewkija Tigers Għajnsielem
2002–03 Nadur Youngsters (7) Xewkija Tigers Żebbuġ Rovers
2003–04 Żebbuġ Rovers Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2004–05 Għajnsielem (6) Xewkija Tigers Kerċem Ajax
2005–06 Nadur Youngsters (8) Kerċem Ajax Sannat Lions
2006–07 Nadur Youngsters (9) Sannat Lions Xagħra United
2007–08 Nadur Youngsters (10) Victoria Hotspurs Sannat Lions
2008–09 Sannat Lions (9) Għajnsielem Victoria Hotspurs
2009–10 Victoria Hotspurs (11) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2010–11 Sannat Lions (10) Għajnsielem Nadur Youngsters
2011–12 Xewkija Tigers (5) Nadur Youngsters S.K. Victoria Wanderers
2012–13 Nadur Youngsters (11) Kerċem Ajax S.K. Victoria Wanderers
2013–14 Xewkija Tigers (6) S.K. Victoria Wanderers Nadur Youngsters
2014–15 Xewkija Tigers (7) Nadur Youngsters Victoria Hotspurs
2015–16 Għajnsielem (7) Xewkija Tigers Kerċem Ajax
2016–17 Xewkija Tigers (8) Nadur Youngsters Għajnsielem
2017–18 Victoria Hotspurs (12) Nadur Youngsters Xewkija Tigers
2018–19 Victoria Hotspurs (13) Nadur Youngsters Xewkija Tigers
2019–20[e] Nadur Youngsters (12) Xewkija Tigers Victoria Hotspurs
2020–21 Competition abandoned due COVID-19 pandemic in Malta
2021–22 Nadur Youngsters (13) Għajnsielem Kerċem Ajax

Performance by clubEdit

Titles won by club (%)

  Victoria Hotspurs – 13 (18%)
  Nadur Youngsters – 13 (18%)
  Sannat Lions – 10 (14%)
  Xewkija Tigers – 8 (11%)
  Għajnsielem – 7 (10%)
  Xagħra United – 6 (8%)
  Oratory Youths – 6 (8%)
  Other clubs – 10 (13%)
As of 25 May 2020
Club Winners Runners-up
Victoria Hotspurs   13 9
Nadur Youngsters   13 13
Sannat Lions   10 7
Xewkija Tigers 8 11
Għajnsielem 7 8
Xagħra United 6 4
Oratory Youths 6 1
Victoria Athletics 4 0
S.K. Calypsians 1 3
S.K. Victoria Wanderers 1 2
Kerċem Ajax 1 2
Żebbuġ Rovers 1 0
Victoria City 1 0
Victoria Stars 1 0

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Xagħra United were known as Xagħra Blue Stars and Xagħra Young Stars.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Oratory Youths were known as Salesian Youths and Calypsian Bosco Youths.
  3. ^ The result of the 1956–57 championship deciding match between Salesian Youths and S.K. Calypsians is unknown.
  4. ^ a b c S.K. Victoria Wanderers were known as Victoria United.
  5. ^ The 2019–20 season was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. Nadur Youngsters were crowned as title winners based on sporting merits.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gozo - List of Champions". RSSSF. 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Gozo - Final Tables". RSSSF. 5 June 2005.

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