Maltese FA Trophy

Maltese FA Trophy

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Maltese FA Trophy
Founded 1933
Region  Malta
Number of teams 65
Qualifier for UEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s) Maltese Super Cup
Current champions Valletta (14 titles)
Most successful club(s) Sliema (21 titles)
Website MaltaFootball.com
2017–18 Maltese FA Trophy

The FA Trophy, is a football competition that takes place in Malta.

Widely known as the F.A. Trophy, it was a gift from the British by The Football Association in 1933. This followed a match between England and Italy, played in Rome in May 1933, to where a number of pro-British Maltese supporters travelled to support the English side. In recognition, the Football Association donated a silver trophy to be played on the model of the F.A. Cup.

The team who wins the cup, wins a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. This competition is now played on a knock-out basis between all the senior clubs in the Maltese and Gozitan football pyramids.

The cup winners' play a match for the Maltese Super Cup against the champions of the season.

Format

The 10 teams from the First Division and the teams which placed from 4th to the 10th position in the previous season's league, participate in the 1st round. The cup holders and the top 3 teams are seeded. The 8 winning teams play again in the 2nd round, after which, 4 teams remain. The top three teams in the previous' year league and the cup holders enter straight in the quarter-final phase, together with the other four winning teams.

Starting with the 2009–10 competition, the reigning champions of the Gozo First Division will also be entered into the competition. This will be the case unless Gozo FC, a club based on Gozo but which plays in the Maltese leagues, are playing in either the Maltese Premier League or Maltese First Division and would take the place of the Gozo champion.

On 13 January 2011, the Malta Football Association decided to restructure the format of the trophy as from season 2011-12. Following the success of the MFA League Anniversary Cup, where the then 21 teams of the Maltese 4-tiered system participated in the competition, the MFA decided to include all the clubs of Maltese leagues, together with the clubs from the Gozo First Division and the Gozo Second Division. The Gozitan clubs and those from the Maltese Third Division would take part in the First Round, joined by the Maltese Second Division and Maltese First Division clubs in the Second Round, and joined by the Maltese Premier League clubs in a Third Round, where the first 6 teams of the previous season and the Trophy holder would be seeded. The competition remains on a knock-out basis.[1]

On 21 May 2016. The new Trophy will be 65cm in height, and 7 kilogrammes in weight, six of which are solid silver. The trophy will be produced with the traditional methods of silversmithing, by hand. The new Trophy will carry forward the main features of the current FA Trophy, with the player holding the ball aloft being the top part on a silver pedestal, also featured on the current trophy, containing the exact wording which symoblises the bond between the English FA and the Malta FA, the globe and the base will remain identical, with the effigy of the football match found on the current trophy also retaining its place. The new trophy has been designed in the shape of the old Cassar Cup, which was another historical competition of the MFA in which the best two British service teams used to play against the two best Maltese teams for the cup. Veterans recall the passion of these matches with the Maltese football aficionados all rooting for the Maltese teams against the British ones.

Since this new restructuring of the competition in the 2011/12 season, already a major resemblance to the English F.A. Cup is evident as a lot of giant-killings have already taken place. The best story so far has been that of S.K. Victoria Wanderers F.C. reaching the semi-finals of the 2016-17 edition, the farthest any team from the third tier or lower of Maltese football has reached in this competition. Hopes are that further upsets may occur in the future, with one day possibly having a champion from Gozo who could end up representing Malta in the Europa League.

Winners by year

Previous winners are:[2] ~

Year Winner Score Runner-up Stadium
1935 Sliema 4–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1936 Sliema 2–1 Floriana
1937 Sliema 2–0 St.George's
1938 Floriana 2–1 Sliema
1939 Melita 4–0 Sliema
1940 Sliema 3–2 Melita
No competitions between 1941 and 1944 due to World War II
1945 Floriana 2–1 Sliema Empire Stadium, Gżira
1946 Sliema 2–1 Hamrun
1947 Floriana 3–0 Valletta
1948 Sliema 3–2 (aet) Hibernians
1949 Floriana 5–1 Sliema
1950 Floriana 3–1 St.George's
1951 Sliema 5–0 Hibernians
1952 Sliema 4–4 (aet) 4–3 pens. Hibernians
1953 Floriana 1–0 Sliema
1954 Floriana 5–1 Rabat
1955 Floriana 1–0 Sliema
1956 Sliema 1–0 Floriana
1957 Floriana 2–0 Valletta
1958 Floriana 2–0 Sliema
1959 Sliema 2–1 (aet) Valletta
1960 Valletta 3–0 Floriana
1961 Floriana 2–0 Hibernians
1962 Hibernians 1–0 Valletta
1963 Sliema 2–0 Hibernians
1964 Valletta 1–0 Sliema
1965 Sliema 4–2 Floriana
1966 Floriana 2–1 Hibernians
1967 Floriana 1–0 Hibernians
1968 Sliema 3–2 Hibernians
1969 Sliema 3–1 Hamrun
1970 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta
1971 Hibernians 3–1 (aet) Sliema
1972 Floriana 3–1 Sliema
1973 Gżira 0–0 (aet) 2–0 pens. Birkirkara
1974 Sliema 1–0 Floriana
1975 Valletta 1–0 Hibernians
1976 Floriana 2–0 Valletta
1977 Valletta 1–0 Floriana
1978 Valletta 3–2 Floriana
1979 Sliema 2–1 Floriana
1980 Hibernians 2–1 Sliema
1981 Floriana 2–1 Senglea
1982 Hibernians 2–0 Sliema National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1983 Hamrun 2–0 Valletta
1984 Hamrun 1–0 (aet) Żurrieq
1985 Żurrieq 2–1 (aet) Valletta
1986 Rabat 2–0 Żurrieq
1987 Hamrun 2–1 Sliema
1988 Hamrun 4–2 Floriana
1989 Hamrun 1–0 Floriana
1990 Sliema 1–0 Birkirkara
1991 Valletta 2–1 (aet) Sliema
1992 Hamrun 5–4 (aet) Valletta
1993 Floriana 5–0 Sliema
1994 Floriana 2–1 Valletta
1995 Valletta 1–0 Hamrun
1996 Valletta 1–0 (aet) Sliema
1997 Valletta 2–0 Hibernians
1998 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta
1999 Valletta 1–0 (aet) Birkirkara
2000 Sliema 4–1 Birkirkara
2001 Valletta 3–0 Birkirkara
2002 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema
2003 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema
2004 Sliema 2–0 Marsaxlokk
2005 Birkirkara 2–1 Msida
2006 Hibernians 1–0 Floriana
2007 Hibernians 1–1 (aet) 3–0 pens. Sliema
2008 Birkirkara 2–1 Hamrun
2009 Sliema 3–3 (aet) 7–6 pens. Valletta
2010 Valletta 2–1 Qormi
2011 Floriana 1–0 Valletta
2012 Hibernians 3–1 Qormi
2013 Hibernians 3–1 Qormi
2014 Valletta 1–0 Sliema
2015 Birkirkara 2–0 Hibernians
2016 Sliema 0–0 (aet) 5–4 pens. Balzan
2017 Floriana 2-0 Sliema
2018 Valletta 2-1 Birkirkara

Results by team

Club Wins Lost Last final won Last final lost
Sliema Wanderers 21 19 2016 2017
Floriana 20 12 2017 2006
Valletta 14 10 2018 2011
Hibernians 10 11 2013 2015
Hamrun Spartans 6 4 1992 2008
Birkirkara 5 6 2015 2018
Melita 1 1 1939 1940
Zurrieq 1 2 1985 1986
Gzira 1 0 1973
Rabat 1 0 1986
Balzan 0 1 2016
Msida 0 1 2005
Marsaxlokk 0 1 2004
Senglea 0 1 1981
St. George's 0 2 1950
Qormi 0 3 2013

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