The First Competitions
The Gozo Football Association was founded in 1936, the first league competition took place only in season 1936/37 and till now 59 Championship titles have been won. Subsequent years saw the inception of other competitions alongside the
Understandably, World War II brought competitive football to a halt. Many Gozitan players of the time had joined the British Forces in the defense of the island and the British Empire. But when the war was over, the previous clubs started to rebuild their teams. They started staging a lot of friendly matches against British Services Teams in order to assess the worth of their players hoping that football competitions would soon be re-established. On its part, the Gozo F.A. was keen to start organizing competitive football again with the least possible delay. This actually happened as in season 1944-45 the ball was set rolling again. Furthermore, new clubs were established. Besides the domestic competitions.
One of the main objectives of the Association is the organization and running of domestic football competitions. Presently, the Association organizes several competitions for its Member Clubs, the most important of which is the National League. Fourteen Clubs participate in the National League, which is divided into two divisions.
Seven clubs in the First Division participate in the Division one League. The last placed club is relegated to the Second Division and the sixth place of Division one League plays the Play-Off against Runners up of the Division two.
The other seven clubs in the Second Division participate in the Division two League. The winner is promoted to the First Division. Parallel to the National League, the Association organizes also the Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13 League.
After the National League competition, the most important competition of the Association is the G.F.A. Cup. All the Clubs, both the First Division and Second Division are entitled to take part at one stage. Another important honor is the Independence Cup and the only teams who can participate are from the First Division. On the other hand, the Second Division teams have the second division knock-out Cup to look forward to. The Gozo Football Association organize another two Cup Finals which are the Freedom Day Cup and the Super Cup. Only the first two teams in the table of the second round from the First Division compete for the Freedom Day Cup. The football season ends with the Super Cup Final. This Cup is entitled for the Gozitan Champions and the winners of the G.F.A. Cup. The fixtures of all these competitions are published in a booklet towards the end of September.