Belarusian Second League

Belarusian Second League is the third division of professional football in Belarus. It was established in 1992.

Belarusian Second League
Founded1992
Country Belarus
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toBelarusian First League
Current championsArsenal Dzerzhinsk
(2019)
2020 Belarusian Second League

History and formatEdit

A strict number of teams and competition format are not defined for the league. Before the start of each season the format of the league is adjusted depending on how many teams are willing to participate and able to fulfill licensing criteria. A number of best teams (typically two, but not always) are getting promoted to Belarusian First League.

  • During 1992–1994, 2001–2002, 2004–2013 and since 2016 the League format was a simple double round-robin tournament (except for shortened 1992 season, which was a single round-robin tournament). The number of participating clubs varied between 13 and 20.
  • 2003 season marked the lowest number of participants in League's history (12). After a double round-robin tournament, four best clubs advanced to a second phase, where they played against each other two more times.
  • During 1994–1999 the participants were split into two groups on a geographical basis. Both groups played double round-robin tournaments independently from each other (except for shortened 1995 season, which had single round-robin tournaments). Some of these seasons additionally featured a double-legged play-off between the group runner-up for an additional promotion spot. The number of participating clubs varied between 24 and 40.
  • In 2000 and during 2014–2015 the participants were split into two groups on a geographical basis. Both groups played double round-robin tournaments independently from each other, after which four best clubs from each group advanced to a second phase. The results between four advanced clubs from the same group were carried over to the second phase, and all clubs had to play only against four clubs from the opposing group. All non-advanced teams were scheduled to play additional play-offs versus equally-placed teams from the opposing group. The number of participating clubs varied between 20 and 24.

Second League in 2019Edit

FormatEdit

16 clubs will play twice (home and away) with each opponent for the total of 30 games. Two best teams will be promoted to Belarusian First League for 2019.

Team Location Position in 2018
UAS Zhitkovichi First League, 10
Underdog Chist Chist First League, 15
Oshmyany Oshmyany 4
Uzda Uzda 5
Osipovichi Osipovichi 6
Ivatsevichi Ivatsevichi 7
Viktoriya Maryina Gorka 8
Molodechno Molodechno 9
SMIautotrans Smolevichi 10
Neman-Agro Stolbtsy 11
Kletsk Kletsk 12
Energetik-BGATU Minsk 13
Gorki Gorki 14
Belshina-2 Bobruisk n/a
Arsenal Dzerzhinsk n/a
DYuSSh-3-Stanles Pinsk n/a

Winners and promoted teamsEdit

Season Champions Also promoted
1992 Smena Minsk Albertin Slonim, ZLiN Gomel
1992–93 Brestbytkhim Brest
1993–94 Kardan-Flyers Grodno Ataka-Aura Minsk
1994–95 Fomalgaut Borisov (Group A), Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk (Group B) Dinamo-Juni Minsk
1995 MPKC-2 Minsk 1 (Group A), Maxim-Orsha (Group B) Stroitel Bereza
1996 BATE Borisov (Group A), Veino Mogilev Raion (Group B) Beloozyorsk, Dnepr Rogachev
1997 Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk (Group A), Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi (Group B) Polesye Kozenki, ZLiN Gomel
1998 Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk (Group A), Granit Mikashevichi (Group B) Neman Mosty
1999 Traktor Minsk (Group A), Luninets (Group B)
2000 Darida Minsk Raion
2001 Lokomotiv Minsk Smorgon
2002 MTZ-RIPO Minsk Pinsk-900, Vertikal Kalinkovichi
2003 Baranovichi Veras Nesvizh
2004 Smena Minsk Orsha
2005 Torpedo-SKA Minsk 2 Pinsk-900, Polotsk
2006 Dinamo-Belcard Grodno Savit Mogilev
2007 PMC Postavy Lida, Spartak Shklov
2008 DSK Gomel
2009 Rudensk
2010 Gorodeya Slutsksakhar Slutsk, Klechesk Kletsk
2011 Lida Bereza-2010
2012 Smolevichi-STI Beltransgaz Slonim, Isloch Minsk Raion, Minsk-2
2013 Gomelzheldortrans Zvezda-BGU Minsk
2014 Baranovichi Krumkachy Minsk, Orsha, Kobrin
2015 Luch Minsk Torpedo Minsk, Oshmyany
2016 Volna Pinsk Osipovichi, Neman-Agro Stolbtsy
2017 UAS Zhitkovichi Chist
2018 Rukh Brest Krumkachy Minsk, Sputnik Rechitsa
2019 Arsenal Dzerzhinsk Oshmyany, Molodechno
  • 1 Not promoted; ineligible as a farm club.
  • 2 Initially promoted, but dissolved before the start of the next season.

External linksEdit

Official website