1986 Soviet Top League
|Champions||FC Dynamo Kyiv|
|Relegated||Chornomorets, Torpedo Kt.|
|European Cup||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Dinamo Mn. (finalist)|
|UEFA Cup||Dynamo Moscow|
|Top goalscorer||(21) Aleksandr Borodyuk (Dynamo Moscow)|
|Biggest home win||Spartak 7–0 Dynamo Mn. (26th)|
|Biggest away win||Dynamo Mn. 0–4 Torpedo (11th)|
Torpedo Kt. 0–4 Dynamo (27th)
|Highest scoring||Dinamo Mn. 7–2 Žalgiris (30th)|
A total of sixteen teams participated in the league, which was two teams fewer than in the 1985 season and no teams were promoted from the First League due to the league reorganization. The overdraw concept was preserved with no more than 10 draws being allowed (same as the previous season). Dynamo Kyiv, however, was excused from the rule because the Soviet national football team, consisting almost exclusively out of the first team of Dynamo Kyiv, participated at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The reduction of the league was compensated by the introduction of a new competition, the Cup of Football Federation of USSR. For that purpose the league took a short break in September when the new competition kicked off and involved only the participants of the Soviet Top League. The new competition was brief, lasting for just over a month.
The season began on March 1 and lasted until November 22, 1986, however some additional postponed games were played until December 7. The season was won by Dynamo Kyiv once again for the 12th time on the last day of the season on December 7 when they faced off against their main opponent Dynamo Moscow in Kiev, pulling off a dramatic 2–1 win and thus passing their Moscow rivals in the final league standings.
The top five clubs of the league later entered European competitions, joined additionally by the losing cup finalist Dinamo Minsk, beaten by Dynamo Kyiv in the 1987 Final. The winner of the 1986 League Cup Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk did not qualify for any European tournaments.
|Locations of teams in the 1989 Top League|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Dynamo Kyiv (C)||30||14||11||5||53||33||+20||39||Qualification for European Cup first round|
|2||Dinamo Moscow||30||14||11||5||46||26||+20||38[a]||Qualification for UEFA Cup first round|
|10||Dinamo Minsk||30||10||8||12||37||40||−3||28||Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|15||Chornomorets Odessa (R)||30||8||7||15||29||37||−8||23||Relegation to First League|
|16||Torpedo Kutaisi (R)||30||5||7||18||24||60||−36||17|
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- 1 point deducted (10 draw limit)
- 2 points deducted (10 draw limit)
Next year promotion
- 21 goals
- Aleksandr Borodyuk (Dynamo Moscow)
- 17 goals
- 13 goals
- 12 goals
- 10 goals
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)