The Malta Football Association is putting forward a proposal for play-offs and play-outs in the BOV Premier League as from season 2017/18 when the number of teams will increase to fourteen.
According to this proposal, while the team placing first will be declared champion and the runner-up will gain a place in the UEFA Europa League, the teams placing third, fourth, fifth and sixth will take part in the play-offs for one or two places in the UEFA Europa League.
On the other hand, teams placing ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth will take part in the play-outs against relegation. The teams placing thirteenth and fourteenth will be relegated automatically.
This is the second attempt by the MFA administration to introduce a format which featured play-offs and play-outs. In 2014, when discussions about the Premier League reform were underway, the MFA had suggested the introduction of play-offs for the UEFA Europa League between the teams lying in third, fourth, fifth and sixth place and play-outs against relegation between the teams placing eighth to eleventh. However although clubs agreed to eliminate the idea of Championship Pool and Relegation Pool, still wanted a format where points were halved.