Malta Football Association
The Malta Football Association acts as the governing football body in Malta. The association is in charge of organizing the Maltese Football League along with other major competitions. The national team competes in international competitions across the world including the World Cup and the European Championships.
The Malta Football Association was founded in 1900, which makes it one of the oldest football associations in the world. The National League was first organized for the 1909/1910 season. It wasn't until 1959, however, that the Malta Football Association joined up with FIFA. The next year the Association joined UEFA.
This football association has 53 member clubs with four divisions for competitions. There are also 10 member associations that organize the competitions for their affiliated clubs. All of the clubs that play association football follow the Laws of the Game as stipulated by the International Football Association Board.
The Malta Football Association stays in touch with the public by offering its own TV program that airs weekly called "MFA Live". It also has its own website and publications to keep followers up to date on various topics including game and player statistics and upcoming football matches.
The Media Department of the Malta Football Association is responsible for 3 major publications: the Year Book, the Souvenir Programme and the Quarterly Review. The Year Book is released yearly, the Souvenir Programme is published when competitive matches are played by the home team and the Quarterly Review is released once every three months.
The association also boasts local facilities including the Centenary Stadium, The National Stadium and the National Team Quarters. The team quarters is the indoor training ground for the national players.
The National Stadium is located at Ta' Qali and offers press facilities, natural turf, and a state-of-the-art floodlighting system. The Centenary Stadium also has artificial turf that has been FIFA approved and grounds made of natural turf that are perfect for training and warm-ups.
The Referee Board for the Malta Football Association is made up of former referees that get together on a regular basis to discuss matters of policy relating to refereeing. They deal with any disciplinary measures regarding referees and also implement policies on recruitment, media affairs, seminars, training and instruction programs, physical fitness and preparation for referees. The MFA currently has one female and four male referees on the International List for FIFA. Clearly, Malta has made its mark as a viable source for referees.
The MFA Technical Centre is in charge of issuing the qualifications for coaching. Diplomas are offered for various degrees ranging from coaching for youth all the way up to professional coaching. There is also a degree designated for people aspiring to become a head coach or a physical trainer.
Any matters of discipline are handled by the disciplinary department of the Malta Football Association. This includes action taken on individuals or member clubs. Summaries of disciplinary actions taken are provided from time to time on the official MFA website.
The Malta Football Association oversees all matters relating to football for the National team and its member clubs and associations. It keeps the sport alive and kicking in Malta and sustains the value and the integrity of the sport.