The draws for the National Amateur League 2022/23 were held by Malta FA Director Football Operations Stephen Azzopardi on Monday on the Malta FA Facebook page.
For season 2022/23, there will be twenty one clubs in the National Amateur League. The new teams are those relegated from the Challenge League, namely Rabat Ajax, St. George’s, Senglea Athletic, Mgarr United and Luqa St. Andrew’s along with Pembroke Athleta, who had won promotion from the Challenge League to the Premier League but opted to apply for an Amateur licence.
The National Amateur League will be made up of two groups, each playing a league on a double round-robin basis.
The league will start on August 26 and the regular season ends on April 2. The play-offs come to an end on April 23.
Matches will be played mainly at the Sirens Stadium and Luxol Stadium but the Centenary Stadium and the Victor Tedesco Stadium could be used as well.
Senglea Athletic vs Mgarr United
Pembroke Athleta vs Zabbar St. Patrick
Kalkara United vs Birzebbuga St. Peter’s
Xghajra Tornados vs Mellieha
Qormi vs Ta’ Xbiex
Sta. Venera Lightnings bye
Luqa St. Andrew’s vs St. George’s
Rabat Ajax vs Mdina Knights
Msida St. Joseph vs Gharghur
Kirkop United vs Siggiewi
Ghaxaq vs Dingli Swallows
At the end of the league the following shall apply:
(a) The clubs placed first in each group shall be promoted to the Challenge League and shall also play a deciding match with the winner being declared the Champion of the National Amateur League.
(b) The clubs placed second in each group shall play a deciding match and the winner shall be promoted to the Challenge League. The loser shall play in the final of the National Amateur League Play-Offs.
(c) The National Amateur League Play-Offs shall be played as follows:
i. The National Amateur League Play-Offs First Round shall be played between the clubs placed fourth and fifth in each Group in a way that the fourth-placed club in Group A plays against the fifth-placed in Group B (Match 1) and the fourth-placed club in Group B plays against the fifth-placed in Group A (Match 2).
ii. The National Amateur League Play-Offs Second Round shall be played between the winners of the First Round and the clubs placed third in each Group. The third-placed club in Group A shall play against the winner of Match 2 while the third-placed club in Group B shall play against the winner of Match 1.
iii. The National Amateur League Play-Offs Third Round shall be played between the winners of the Play-Offs Second Round.
iv. The National Amateur League Play-Offs Final shall be played between the winners of the Play-Offs Third Round and the losing team of the promotion play-off. The winner of the National Amateur League Play-Offs Final shall participate in the following season’s Challenge League.