Sport in Malta
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Sports in Malta include association football, basketball, athletics, rugby, tennis, cycling, and others.
Association football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Malta. The national stadium is called Ta' Qali Stadium. The national football team has won several matches over big opponents that reached the final phases in World Cups, such as Belgium and Hungary. Recently a large number of football grounds have been built throughout the island. The top football league in Malta is called the Maltese Premier League, and consists of 14 teams. Futsal is also very popular.
Water polo is also very popular in Malta. The Malta men's national water polo team has achieved some great results against strong teams, and has competed in the Olympics twice. Maltese clubs participate in the European Club competitions organised by LEN, are seen as being in the top 10 water polo leagues in Europe.
Boċċi is the Maltese version of the Italian game of bocce, French pétanque and British bowls. Other than certain differences in rules and the ground on which the game is played, one of the most obvious differences between Maltese boċċi and foreign equivalents is the shape of the bowls themselves which tend to be cylindrical rather than spherical in shape. Many small clubs (usually called Klabbs tal-Boċċi in Maltese) can be found in Maltese and Gozitan localities, and are usually well-frequented and are quite active on a local and European level. Even the emigrants to Canada, Australia, and The United States have taken the game with them and now forms an important part of their social scene.
Rugby union is played in Malta, In October 2018 the national men's team was ranked 39th in the world. They have recently been achieving success, defeating teams including Sweden, Croatia and Latvia. In 2018, Malta achieved its largest win against Andorra, that of 89-3. As of 2016 Malta Rugby Union had 2,480 registered players.
Rugby league is also played, primarily due to return migration of Maltese Australians bringing it back with them. In July 2018, the national men's team was ranked 18th in the world. The national team are known as the Malta Knights, and boast players currently playing in the English Superleague such as Jarrod Sammut, Jake Mamo, the most famous player to come from Malta would be former South Sydney Rabbitohs, Mario Fenech. In 2016 Malta Rugby League had 285 players, with the large majority based in Australia.
Motorsport includes drag racing represented by the Malta Drag Racing Association, with recent high ranking Maltese dragsters in official FIA European championships. There is also autocross (ASMK), hill climb (Island Car Club), motocross, karting and banger racing championships.
Malta has a first division for women's volleyball teams. The president of the national federation MVA has been Jesmond Saliba.
Malta also hosts a snooker round, the Malta Cup, which as of 2008[update] became a non-ranking event. In 2008 Malta's Tony Drago was a member of a victorious European Mosconi Cup team, which was played in Portomaso, Malta. Claudio Cassar was World Blackball Champion in 2014.
Maltese National Hockey League is the official field hockey league in Malta, with 5 teams participating.
Malta is a good place for surfing and offers a lot of different surf spots. During winter time most of the beaches transform into surfer hangouts.
Along with other sports, tennis is a popular activity in Malta and Gozo. The islands offer a wide range of options for both beginners and elite players. Clubs are spread out across Malta and games are being played on a regular basis all year around.
There are over 1,200 rock climbing routes in Malta. The island offers a mixture of both trad climbing and sport climbing and also offers a good variety of bouldering and deep water soloing. The geography and small size of the island makes the climbing easily accessible. The sport is growing in popularity with local communities, as well as tourists and visitors.
List of sports teams in Malta
Valletta St. Paul's
|Valletta Futsal Club||Valletta United W.P.C.||St. Paul's
||Valletta Lions (defunct)||Marsamxett Valletta||Valletta V.C.|
|2||Mdina||Mdina Knights F.C.||Mdina Knights Futsal|
|3||Attard||Attard F.C.||Attard Futsal (defunct)|
|4||Balzan||Balzan F.C.||Balzan Futsal (defunct)||Balzan V.C.|
|5||Vittoriosa||Vittoriosa Stars F.C.||Birgu|
Birkirkara St. Joseph
|Mrieħel ESS||Birkirkara Boċċi Club||Aloysians H.C.||Birkirkara Alligators (defunct)||Birkirkara St. Joseph||Aloysians V.C.
|7||Birzebbugia||Birżebbuġa St. Peter's F.C.
|Birzebbuga A.S.C.||Birżebbuġa||Birżebbuġa||Birżebbuġa St. Peter BC
|8||Cospicua||St. George's F.C.
|St. George's Futsal||Cospicua Boċċi Club||De La Salle H.C.||Bormla|
|9||Swieqi||Swieqi United F.C.||Swieqi United Futsal
Swieqi United U-21 Futsal
|Swieqi Phoenix H.C.||Overseas RUFC||Swieqi Phoenix V.C.|
|10||Lija||Lija Athletic F.C.||Lija Boċċi Club|
|Klabb Boċċi Floriana||Floriana Basketball Club||Floriana Ajax
Floriana Bocci Club
|Young Stars Hockey Club|
|12||Sliema||Sliema Wanderers F.C.||Sliema ASC||Stompers RFC||Sliema Inter DC||Sliema Hotsticks Hockey Club|
|13||Gżira||Gżira United F.C.||Gżira Athleta|
|Hibernians Futsal (defunct)
Paola Downtown Futsal Club (defunct)
|15||St. Julian's||Melita F.C.||Melita Futsal (defunct)||San Giljan ASC|
|16||Senglea||Senglea Athletic F.C.||Senglea||Senglea Conquest|
Mosta Vikings AFC
|Mosta Futsal Club
ZC Excess Futsal Club (defunct) (Bidnija)
|Mosta Boċċi Club||Mosta Horseshoe|
|18||Naxxar||Naxxar Lions F.C.||Naxxar Motors Futsal (defunct)
Naxxar Lions FC Futsal
|19||Ħamrun||Ħamrun Spartans F.C.||Ħamrun Spartans Futsal (defunct)||Ħamrun Education
|20||St. Paul's Bay||Sirens F.C.||Sirens ASC||Bugibba New Sun City
Bugibba Whyte Harte
|Qormi Futsal Club||Qormi Boċċi Club
St. Sebastian Boċċi Club
|Kavallieri Rugby Football Club
|Qormi Hockey||Qormi Hockey Club|
|22||Rabat||Rabat Ajax F.C.||Rabat Hockey Club|
|23||Żebbuġ||Żebbuġ Rangers F.C.||Żebbuġ Boċċi Klabb|
Marsa St. Michael's
|Marsa||Marsa Top Gun RS
Marsa St. Michael
|25||Msida||Msida St. Joseph F.C.||University of Malta Students Futsal
Junior College Futsal (defunct)
|Msida Boċċi Club|
|26||Żejtun||Żejtun Corinthians F.C.||Żejtun Domus
|27||Pembroke||Pembroke Athleta F.C.||Luxol St. Andrews Futsal Club
Luxol Futsal Team B (defunct)
|Luxol||White Hart Hockey Club|
|28||Marsaskala||Marsaskala F.C.||Marsaskala Futsal Club||Marsaskala SC||Marsascala Heat Hockey Club (Juniors)|
|29||Gudja||Gudja United F.C.||Gudja PO's Bar|
|30||Tarxien||Tarxien Rainbows F.C.||Tarxien JMI (defunct)|
|31||Fgura||Fgura United F.C.||Fgura PL Club|
|Żurrieq Futsal Club||Żurrieq F.C.|
|33||Kalkara||Kalkara United F.C.||Kalkara||Kalkara St. Joseph|
|34||Siġġiewi||Siġġiewi F.C.||Siġġiewi Ta' Klaricc|
|35||Marsaxlokk||Marsaxlokk F.C.||Marsaxlokk ASC|
Qrendi Sparrows AFC
|37||Mqabba||Mqabba F.C.||Mqabba St. Mary BC
|38||Kirkop||Kirkop United F.C.|
|39||Santa Luċija||Santa Lucia F.C.
Santa Lucia Falcons AFC
|Santa Lucija Bocci|
|42||Mġarr||Mġarr United F.C.|
|43||Dingli||Dingli Swallows F.C.|
|45||San Ġwann||San Ġwann F.C.||San Ġwann Futsal (defunct)|
|46||Pietà||Pietà Hotspurs F.C.||Pietà Hotspurs Futsal (defunct)|
|47||Ta' Xbiex||Ta' Xbiex F.C.||Ta' Xbiex WPC|
|48||Santa Venera||Santa Venera Lightnings F.C.|
|49||Luqa||Luqa St. Andrews F.C.||Luqa St. Andrews Futsal (defunct)|
|51||Żabbar||Żabbar St. Patrick F.C.||Żabbar St. Patrick Futsal (defunct)|
|52||Xgħajra||Xgħajra Tornados F.C.|
- Malta Olympic Committee
- Maltese National Regatta
- Maltese National Badminton Championships
- Malta Sailing Federation
- Handball Malta and Malta Handball Association
- Aquatic Sports Association of Malta
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