2020 Belarusian First League
2020 Belarusian First League is the 30th season of 2nd level football in Belarus. It started in April and finished in November 2020.
|Goals scored||482 (3.19 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Andrey Solovey (Lokomotiv Gomel)|
|Biggest home win||Gomel 7–2 Lida|
|Biggest away win||Oshmyany 0–6 Lokomotiv Gomel|
|Highest scoring||Oshmyany 5–5 Volna Pinsk|
Team changes from 2019 seasonEdit
Two best teams of 2019 Belarusian First League (Belshina Bobruisk and Smolevichi), as well as third-placed Rukh Brest (who won the promotion/relegation play-off) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. They were replaced by 15th-placed teams of 2019 Belarusian Premier League (Gomel) and 14th-placed Dnyapro Mogilev (who lost the play-off to Rukh Brest). 16th-placed Premier League team Torpedo Minsk disbanded, leaving a vacancy in the First League.
Dnyapro Mogilev ceased to exist in the spring. To fill in two vacant spots left by Dnyapro and Torpedo and to return to 16 participants, two teams were additionally promoted (Molodechno and Underdog Chist as the 3rd- and 4th-placed Second League teams). However, as both clubs represent neighboring cities, Molodechno were unable to secure the necessary financial support from the Maladzyechna Raion administration (who decided to fully support Underdog instead) and were forced to give up the promotion. Underdog Chist, however, were also excluded a few weeks later due to financial problems of their own, and the league was left with only 14 participants for the season.
|Team||Location||Position in 2019|
|Gomel||Gomel||Premier League, 15|
|Arsenal Dzerzhinsk||Dzerzhinsk||Second League, 1|
|Oshmyany||Oshmyany||Second League, 2|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Sputnik Rechitsa (C, P)||26||19||4||3||50||18||+32||61||Promotion to the Belarusian Premier League|
|3||Krumkachy||26||16||4||6||46||28||+18||52||Advance to the promotion play-offs|
|6||Smorgon (P)||26||10||6||10||29||26||+3||36||Promotion to the Belarusian Premier League|
|13||Granit Mikashevichi (W)||26||4||5||17||21||52||−31||17||Withdrew|
|14||Khimik Svetlogorsk[e] (Q, W)||26||2||4||20||12||52||−40||1||Advance to the relegation play-offs; Withdrew|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Matches won; 7) Goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (W) Withdrew after the season.
- Gomel were deducted 5 points before the start of the season as a result of match-fixing investigation in the previous season.
- Lida were deducted 3 points before the start of the season as a result of match-fixing investigation in the previous season.
- Orsha were deducted 3 points before the start of the season as a result of match-fixing investigation in the previous season.
- Naftan Novopolotsk were deducted 15 points before the start of the season as a result of match-fixing investigation in the previous season.
- Khimik Svetlogorsk were deducted 9 points before the start of the season as a result of match-fixing investigation in the previous season.
Sirima 79' (pen.)
Sirima 34' (pen.)
Slutsk won 4–1 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.
Imeryakov 23' (o.g.)
Khimik Svetlogorsk won 4–0 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.
|1||Andrey Solovey||Lokomotiv Gomel||20|
|Pavel Klenyo||Lokomotiv Gomel||10|
|Iskandar Zarobekov||Volna Pinsk||10|
|Valery Potorocha||Sputnik Rechitsa||10|
Updated to games played on 21 November 2020
- "«Нафтан» начнет сезон с -15 очками, «Химик» лишен 9 очков, «Лида», «Неман-Агро» и «Орша» – 3 очков" [Naftan will start with minus 15 points; Khimik deducted 9 points; Lida, Neman-Agro and Orsha deducted 3 points each.]. Tribuna.com (in Russian). 13 February 2020.
- "«Гомель» лишили 5 очков за участие в договорных матчах" [Gomel deducted 5 points due to match-fixing.]. Tribuna.com (in Russian). 16 April 2020.
- Official site (in Russian)