Birkirkara FC has so far participated twenty consecutive times in UEFA Competitions. This is the Club’s best achievement in its history and it is a feat that no other Maltese Club has managed to achieved.
The Club established itself as one of the main teams on the island in the late nineties and it participated for the first time in UEFA Competitions in the 1997-1998 season by playing in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, which has been renamed to the UEFA Cup and recently to the UEFA Europa League. The Stripes had participated in European football every season since then.
During these twenty consecutive participations, the Stripes managed to qualify for the second qualifying round four times. The first-time was in the 2001-2002 in the UEFA Cup and went on qualifying a round for the first time in the UEFA Champions League in the 2010-2011 season. The Stripes also qualified twice in the UEFA Europa League during the 2015-2016 season and the 2016-2017 season to be the first Maltese Club to register back-to-back qualifications.
Birkirkara FC was the first Maltese Club who managed to win a second-round match in the UEFA Champions League when in the 2010-2011 season, they defeated MSK Zilina of Slovakia in the home leg played at the Centenary Stadium. The latter, however advanced with a 3-1 aggregate score thanks to a 3-0 victory at home.
During the 2015-2016 season, the Stripes registered a memorable victory in the second leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Following a narrow 1-0 defeat in the away leg, Birkirkara FC defeated West Ham United FC with a 1-0 score thanks to a goal by Fabrizio Miccoli, in-front of over 14,000 spectators at the National Stadium. Despite the memorable result, West Ham United qualified to next round by the penalty shoot-out.
In Season 2016-2017, Birkirkara FC reached new heights, by becoming the first ever Maltese club to qualify to the third round of a UEFA competition. In the first round they were pitted against NK Siroki Brejig, of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following a 1-1 draw in the away leg, Birkirkara won 2-0 at home to pass on to the next round. In the second round, they had to face the Scottish giants of Heart of Midlothian FC. In the home leg the match ended 0-0, keeping Birkirkara’s chances of qualifying alive and kicking. In the away leg, in front of a crowd of over 14,000, Birkirkara won with a score of 2-1. History was written once again.
|1997-1998||UEFA Cup Winner's Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Spartak Trnava FC||0-1||1-3||1-4|
|1998-1999||UEFA Cup Winner's Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Shakhtar Donetsk FC||0-4||1-2||1-6|
|1999-2000||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Lyngby BK||0-0||0-7||0-7|
|2000-2001||UEFA Champions League||1st Qualifying Round||KR Reykjavík||1-2||1-4||2-6|
|2001-2002||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Lokomotivi Tbilisi FC||0-0||1-1||1-1|
|2001-2002||UEFA Cup||2nd Qualifying Round||Dinamo Moscow FC||0-0||0-1||0-1|
|2002-2003||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||FK Metalurg Zaporizhya||0-0||0-3||0-3|
|2003-2004||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Ferencvaros FC||0-5||0-1||0-6|
|2004-2005||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||FK Partizani||2-1||2-4||4-5|
|2005-2006||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Apoel FC||0-2||0-4||0-6|
|2006-2007||UEFA Champions League||1st Qualifying Round||B36 Torshavn FC||0-3||2-2||2-5|
|2007-2008||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1st Qualifying Round||NK Maribor||0-3||1-2||1-5|
|2008-2009||UEFA Cup||1st Qualifying Round||Hajduk Split FC||0-3||0-4||0-7|
|2009-2010||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||Slaven Belupo FC||0-0||0-1||0-1|
|2010-2011||UEFA Champions League||1st Qualifying Round||Santa Coloma FC||4-3||3-0||7-3|
|2010-2011||UEFA Champions League||2nd Qualifying Round||MSK Zilina FC||1-0||0-3||1-3|
|2011-2012||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||FK Vllaznia||0-1||1-1||1-2|
|2012-2013||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||FK Metalurg Skopje||2-2||0-0||2-2|
|2013-2014||UEFA Champions League||2nd Qualifying Round||NK Maribor||0-0||0-2||0-2|
|2014-2015||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||Diosgyőri VTK||1-4||1-2||2-6|
|2015-2016||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||Ulisses FC||0-0||3-1||3-1|
|2015-2016||UEFA Europa League||2nd Qualifying Round||West Ham United FC||1-0||0-1||3-5 P|
|2016-2017||UEFA Europa League||1st Qualifying Round||NK Siroki Brijeg||2-0||1-1||3-1|
|2016-2017||UEFA Europa League||2nd Qualifying Round||Heart of Midlothian FC||0-0||2-1||2-1|
|2016-2017||UEFA Europa League||3rd Qualifying Round||FC Krasnodar||0-3||1-3||1-6|