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Maltese FA Trophy
Founded 1933
Region  Malta
Number of teams 67
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
2018–19 Maltese FA Trophy

The FA Trophy is an annual football cup competition that takes place in Malta. The cup was founded in 1933; following 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, The Football Association as recognition donated a silver trophy to be played on the model of the FA 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 league 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.

Finals

Season Winners[2] Score[2] Runners–up[2] Venue
1934–35 Sliema Wanderers 4–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1935–36 Sliema Wanderers 2–1 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1936–37 Sliema Wanderers 2–0 St.George's Empire Stadium, Gżira
1937–38 Floriana 2–1 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1938–39 Melita 4–0 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1939–40 Sliema Wanderers 3–2 Melita Empire Stadium, Gżira
No competitions between 1941 and 1944 due to World War II
1944–45 Floriana 2–1 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1945–46 Sliema Wanderers 2–1 Ħamrun Spartans Empire Stadium, Gżira
1946–47 Floriana 3–0 Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1947–48 Sliema Wanderers 3–2 (a.e.t.) Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1948–49 Floriana 5–1 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1949–50 Floriana 3–1 St.George's Empire Stadium, Gżira
1950–51 Sliema Wanderers 5–0 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1951–52 Sliema Wanderers 4–4 (a.e.t.)
4–3 (pen.)
Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1952–53 Floriana 1–0 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1953–54 Floriana 5–1 Rabat Ajax Empire Stadium, Gżira
1954–55 Floriana 1–0 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1955–56 Sliema Wanderers 1–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1956–57 Floriana 2–0 Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1957–58 Floriana 2–0 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1958–59 Sliema Wanderers 2–1 (a.e.t.) Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1959–60 Valletta 3–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1960–61 Floriana 2–0 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1961–62 Hibernians 1–0 Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1962–63 Sliema Wanderers 2–0 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1963–64 Valletta 1–0 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1964–65 Sliema Wanderers 4–2 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1965–66 Floriana 2–1 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1966–67 Floriana 1–0 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1967–68 Sliema Wanderers 3–2 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1968–69 Sliema Wanderers 3–1 Ħamrun Spartans Empire Stadium, Gżira
1969–70 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1970–71 Hibernians 3–1 (a.e.t.) Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1971–72 Floriana 3–1 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1972–73 Gżira United 0–0 (a.e.t.)
2–0 (pen.)
Birkirkara Empire Stadium, Gżira
1973–74 Sliema Wanderers 1–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1974–75 Valletta 1–0 Hibernians Empire Stadium, Gżira
1975–76 Floriana 2–0 Valletta Empire Stadium, Gżira
1976–77 Valletta 1–0 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1977–78 Valletta 3–2 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1978–79 Sliema Wanderers 2–1 Floriana Empire Stadium, Gżira
1979–80 Hibernians 2–1 Sliema Wanderers Empire Stadium, Gżira
1980–81 Floriana 2–1 Senglea Empire Stadium, Gżira
1981–82 Hibernians 2–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1982–83 Ħamrun Spartans 2–0 Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1983–84 Ħamrun Spartans 1–0 (a.e.t.) Żurrieq National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1984–85 Żurrieq 2–1 (a.e.t.) Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1985–86 Rabat Ajax 2–0 Żurrieq National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1986–87 Ħamrun Spartans 2–1 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1987–88 Ħamrun Spartans 4–2 Floriana National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1988–89 Ħamrun Spartans 1–0 Floriana National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1989–90 Sliema Wanderers 1–0 Birkirkara National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1990–91 Valletta 2–1 (a.e.t.) Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1991–92 Ħamrun Spartans 5–4 (a.e.t.) Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1992–93 Floriana 5–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1993–94 Floriana 2–1 Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1994–95 Valletta 1–0 Ħamrun Spartans National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1995–96 Valletta 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1996–97 Valletta 2–0 Hibernians National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1997–98 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1998–99 Valletta 1–0 (a.e.t.) Birkirkara National Stadium, Ta' Qali
1999–2000 Sliema Wanderers 4–1 Birkirkara National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2000–01 Valletta 3–0 Birkirkara National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2001–02 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2002–03 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2003–04 Sliema Wanderers 2–0 Marsaxlokk National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2004–05 Birkirkara 2–1 Msida St. Joseph National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2005–06 Hibernians 1–0 Floriana National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2006–07 Hibernians 1–1 (a.e.t.)
3–0 (pen.)
Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2007–08 Birkirkara 2–1 Ħamrun Spartans National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2008–09 Sliema Wanderers 3–3 (a.e.t.)
7–6 (pen.)
Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2009–10 Valletta 2–1 Qormi National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2010–11 Floriana 1–0 Valletta National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2011–12 Hibernians 3–1 Qormi National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2012–13 Hibernians 3–1 Qormi National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2013–14 Valletta 1–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2014–15 Birkirkara 2–0 Hibernians National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2015–16 Sliema Wanderers 0–0 (a.e.t.)
5–4 (pen.)
Balzan National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2016–17 Floriana 2–0 Sliema Wanderers National Stadium, Ta' Qali
2017–18 Valletta 2–1 Birkirkara National Stadium, Ta' Qali

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
Ħamrun 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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