The Malta Football Association published the fixtures for the BOV National Leagues, Youth Leagues and BOV Women’s Leagues.
The BOV Premier League will kick-off on Saturday 17th August at 18:30 with Rabat Ajax vs Birkirkara at the National Stadium. The game wil be followed by Vittoriosa Stars vs Balzan at 20:30. On Sunday 18th August, Naxxar Lions take on Floriana and Sliema Wanderers face Qormi at the Centenary Stadium kick-off at 18:30 and 20:45 while Valletta face Mosta and Tarxien Rainbows take on Hibernians at the National Stadium, kick-off at 18:30 and 20:30.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, MFA Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Vassallo said that this was an important season for the association considering that it will come to an end with the UEFA Under-17 Championships which will be held in Malta between the 9th and 21st May.
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Domestic competitions will come to an end on May 4 with the U*BET FA Trophy final.
Bjorn Vassallo said works at the Victor Tedesco Stadium will soon be completed. Works include the replacement of the pitch and infrastructural works in the stands. Works at the Hibernians Stadium, which will start soon, include the upgrading of the various facilities in the stand which will host more spectators and new dressing rooms. Other works are being carried out at the Gozo Stadium and a new stadium in Kercem. Vassallo said spectators are the ones who will benefit most from this investment in facilities
The MFA CEO spoke about the financial incentives for clubs which include the provision of match balls and the payment of match officials and venues on behalf of clubs.
Bjorn Vassallo said the decision to have BOV Premier League matches on Saturdays and Sundays was a decision taken together with clubs since Friday fixtures were not attractive neither for clubs nor for spectators.
Vassallo revealed this could be the last season with the current Premier League format as a proposal for a more competitive format will be discussed early next year.
The season will kick-off with the BOV Super Cup which will be played on August 7, kick-off at 20:00.
Deputy General Secretary Rodney Pisani explained that there will be only a short break for the festive season with all leagues coming to an end by April 26/27.
BOV Premier League matches will be played at the National Stadium, Centenary Stadium and Victor Tedesco Stadium in the early part of the season with the Hibernians Stadium being used as from the last week of November.