Football Cup of the Ukrainian SSR
Football Cup of the Ukrainian SSR (Ukrainian: Кубок УРСР з футболу) was a playoff republican competitions in association football that were taken place in Ukrainian SSR in 1936–1991 and were predecessors of the Ukrainian Cup. The competition was originally called as a Football championship of UkrSSR among the best teams of sports societies in 1936 and 1937. The first cup was awarded in 1937 and starting since 1938, the competition was renamed as Football cup competitions of the Ukrainian SSR as it was commemorated on the Soviet envelope.
Unlike its replacement the Ukrainian Cup, the Cup of Ukrainian SSR involved participation of up to 40,000 clubs of different levels that strife for the republican accolades. The participation was allowed to everybody whether it was a team of the Soviet Top League or a team of some education institution as long as none of the players competed in the Soviet Cup simultaneously.
In 1939, 1940 and since 1949 no teams from the Soviet Top League participated in the competition. In 1959 the competition among teams of masters was replaced with competition for amateur clubs (see Ukrainian Amateur Cup).
In 1972 it was revived again for the next five seasons and one more time in 1990, while competition for physical fitness clubs at that time discontinued. The last winner FC Temp Shepetivka of the Soviet Ukrainian Cup was allowed to join the Ukrainian Premier League in 1991.
During the World War II, the crystal trophy, cup of the Ukrainian SSR, was not evacuated and was stolen by one of employees of the All-Ukrainian Council of Physical Culture. During the Nazi occupation of Kiev, the trophy appeared in a store of random things at Velyka Vasylkivska street and was spotted by Kiev footballers who stayed behind and played for a local team Rukh Kyiv. The athletes informed the municipal department of education and culture which in turn on 19 May 1942 wrote a letter to the administration of the antique store with a request to return them the Cup and inform the name of individual who pawned it in the store. It is unknown if the person who stole the trophy was ever found, but the Cup was returned. In such way the athletes who later labeled as "traitors" by the Soviet regime saved the trophy for Ukrainian football of post war period.
|Team||Winners||Winning years||Runners-up||Runner-up years||Finals|
|Dynamo Kyiv||7||1936, 1937, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948||1||1945||8|
|Zirka Kirovohrad||3||1953, 1973, 1975||0||–||3|
|Metalurh Zaporizhia||2||1951, 1952||1||1950||3|
|Polissya Zhytomyr||2||1972, 1990||1||1974||3|
|Mashynobudivnyk Kyiv||2||1954, 1955||0||–||2|
|Lokomotyv Kharkiv||1||1945||2||1944, 1946||3|
|Dynamo Odessa||0||–||2||1936, 1937||2|
|Kharchovyk Odesa||0||–||2||1939, 1947||2|
|DO Lviv||0||–||2||1951, 1952||2|
|Veres Rivne||0||–||2||1957, 1991||2|
- Cup of the Ukrainian SSR at footballfacts.ru
- The Bowl Contests of 80 years of age (Битви за Чашу восьмидесятилітньої давнини). Ukrainian Premier League. 11 May 2017.
- Kolomiyets, A. Did you know that Ukrainian cup competitions will soon turn 80 years of age? (А чи знаєте ви, що розіграшу Кубка України скоро виповниться 80 років?). Kiev Oblast Football Federation.