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Maltese Cup
Founded 1933
Region  Malta
Number of teams 20
Current champions Sliema
Most successful club Sliema (20 titles)
Website MaltaFootball.com
Soccerball current event.svg Maltese Cup 2008–09

The U Bet FA Trophy, formerly known as the Rothman's Trophy, is a football competition that takes place in Malta.

Widely known as the F.A. Trophy, it was a gift from the British by The Football Association in 1933. This followed a match between England and Italy, played in Rome in May 1933, to where a number of pro-British Maltese supporters travelled to support the English side. In recognition, the Football Association donated a silver trophy to be played on the model of the F.A. Cup.

The cup's holders are Sliema Wanderers F.C., who won the cup after defeating Valletta through a penalty shoout-out. The team who wins the cup, wins a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. This competition is now played on a knock-out basis between the clubs in the Premier and First Division.

The cup winners' play a match for the Maltese Super Cup against the champions of the season.

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Format

The 10 teams from the First Division and the teams which placed from 4th to the 10th position in the previous season's league, participate in the 1st round. The cup holders and the top 3 teams are seeded. The 8 winning teams play again in the 2nd round, after which, 4 teams remain. The top three teams in the previous' year league and the cup holders enter straight in the quarter-final phase, together with the other four winning teams.

Winners by year

Year Winner Score Runner-up
1935 Sliema 4–0 Floriana
1936 Sliema 2–1 Floriana
1937 Sliema 2–0 St.George's
1938 Floriana 2–1 Sliema
1939 Melita 4–0 Sliema
1940 Sliema 3–2 Melita
No competitions between 1941 and 1944 due to World War II
1945 Floriana 2–1 Sliema
1946 Sliema 2–1 Ħamrun
1947 Floriana 3–0 Valletta
1948 Sliema 3–2 (aet) Hibernians
1949 Floriana 5–1 Sliema
1950 Floriana 3–1 St.George's
1951 Sliema 5–0 Hibernians
1952 Sliema 4–4 (aet)
4–3 pens.
Hibernians
1953 Floriana 1–0 Sliema
1954 Floriana 5–1 Rabat
1955 Floriana 1–0 Sliema
1956 Sliema 1–0 Floriana
1957 Floriana 2–0 Valletta
1958 Floriana 2–0 Sliema
1959 Sliema 2–1 (aet) Valletta
1960 Valletta 3–0 Floriana
1961 Floriana 2–0 Hibernians
1962 Hibernians 1–0 Valletta
1963 Sliema 2–0 Hibernians
1964 Valletta 1–0 Sliema
1965 Sliema 4–2 Floriana
1966 Floriana 2–1 Hibernians
1967 Floriana 1–0 Hibernians
1968 Sliema 3–2 Hibernians
1969 Sliema 3–1 Ħamrun
1970 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta
1971 Hibernians 3–1 (aet) Sliema
1972 Floriana 3–1 Sliema
1973 Gżira 0–0 (aet)
2–0 pens.
Birkirkara
1974 Sliema 1–0 Floriana
1975 Valletta 1–0 Hibernians
1976 Floriana 2–0 Valletta
1977 Valletta 1–0 Floriana
1978 Valletta 3–2 Floriana
1979 Sliema 2–1 Floriana
1980 Hibernians 2–1 Sliema
1981 Floriana 2–1 Senglea
1982 Hibernians 2–0 Sliema
1983 Ħamrun 2–0 Valletta
1984 Ħamrun 1–0 (aet) Żurrieq
1985 Żurrieq 2–1 (aet) Valletta
1986 Rabat 2–0 Żurrieq
1987 Ħamrun 2–1 Sliema
1988 Ħamrun 4–2 Floriana
1989 Ħamrun 1–0 Floriana
1990 Sliema 1–0 Birkirkara
1991 Valletta 2–1 (aet) Sliema
1992 Ħamrun 5–4 (aet) Valletta
1993 Floriana 5–0 Sliema
1994 Floriana 2–1 Valletta
1995 Valletta 1–0 Hibernians
1996 Valletta 1–0 (aet) Sliema
1997 Valletta 2–0 Hibernians
1998 Hibernians 2–1 Valletta
1999 Valletta 1–0 (aet) Birkirkara
2000 Sliema 4–1 Birkirkara
2001 Valletta 3–0 Birkirkara
2002 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema
2003 Birkirkara 1–0 Sliema
2004 Sliema 2–0 Marsaxlokk
2005 Birkirkara 2–1 Msida
2006 Hibernians 1–0 Floriana
2007 Hibernians 1–1 (aet)
3–0 pens.
Sliema
2008 Birkirkara 2–1 Ħamrun
2009 Sliema 3–3 (aet)
7–6 pens.
Valletta

Results by team

Club Wins Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Sliema Wanderers 20 2009 2007
Floriana 18 1994 2006
Valletta 11 1960 2001
Hibernians 9 1962 2007
Ħamrun Spartans 6 1983 1992
Birkirkara 4 2002 2008
Melita 1 1939
Gzira 1 1973
Zurrieq 1 1985
Rabat 1 1986

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