Ukrainian Premier League
The Ukrainian Premier League (Ukrainian: "Українська Прем'єр-ліга") or UPL is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Vyshcha Liha (Ukrainian: Вища ліга, Top League) it was formed in 1991 as part of the 1992 Ukrainian football championship upon discontinuation of the 1991 Soviet football championship and included the Ukraine-based clubs that competed previously in the Soviet competitions. In 1996 along with the other professional football leagues of Ukraine, the Top League became a member of the Professional Football League of Ukraine.
|Founded||from 1991 to 2008 (Vyshcha Liha)|
since 2008 (Premier League)
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Ukrainian First League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Ukrainian Cup|
Ukrainian Super Cup
|International cup(s)||UEFA Champions League|
UEFA Europa League
|Current champions||Shakhtar Donetsk (12th title) |
|Most championships||Dynamo Kyiv (15 titles)|
|2019–20 Ukrainian Premier League|
In 2008 it was withdrawn from Professional Football League of Ukraine and reformed into a self governed entity of the Football Federation of Ukraine, officially changing its name to the current one. Its rank was 8th highest in Europe as rated by UEFA as of 2017.
General overview and formatEdit
The 2017–18 season is the league's tenth after the restructuring of professional club football in 2008 and the 27th season since establishing of professional club's competition independent from the Soviet Union. As of 2017, Shakhtar Donetsk is the reigning Ukrainian Premier League champion. To summarise, Tavriya Simferopol won the first championship, while all the subsequent titles have gone to either Dynamo Kyiv or Shakhtar Donetsk. Only 3 teams, Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have participated in all previous 26 Ukrainian Top League competitions. The central feature of the league is a game between Dynamo and Shakhtar which is developed into the Klasychne (Classic).
On 15 April 2008 the new Premier-Liha (Premier League) was formed. The new sports organization consists of 12 football club organizations that take control of the league's operations under the statues of Football Federation of Ukraine, UEFA, and FIFA. With the new reorganization the format of the League was preserved, while the changes that were made were exclusively administrative. Competitions continued to be conducted in a double round robin format among 16 clubs. There were couple seasons when the 14-clubs league's composition was experimented. Since the 2014 Russian aggression, the league was reduced to 12 members, while its format also has changed. The season is still being played in a double round robin in the first half of a season, after which the league splits in half into two groups of six (6) teams. Both the top six and the bottom six play another a double round robin tournament with the clubs of own group.
The teams that reach the top ranks of the competition table at the end of each season as always gain the chance to represent Ukraine internationally in several prestigious tournaments (continental club tournaments). Also at the end of the season, the bottom clubs (usually two) are relegated to the First League (part of the lower Professional Football League) and replaced by the top clubs from that league. All the participants of the Premier League enter the National Cup competition and enter it at the round of 32 (1/16th of the final) or Round of 16 stage. Also the winner of the League at the beginning of every next season plays against the winner of the National Cup for the Ukrainian Super Cup (under administration of the Premier League).
The old emblem depicts a football that is wrapped around by the blue-yellow stripe (the national colors of Ukraine) on the blue background. Across the top and around the ball there are 16 stars that represent the league's participants (although in 2014 the league was shortened up to 14 teams the emblem was not changed). On the bottom the script says "Premier-League - Union of Professional Football Clubs of Ukraine".
As the old emblem, the new emblem also contains 16 stars. For the 2016-17 season there was added the sponsor's name.
Season's format and regulationsEdit
Season regulations is one of the two most important documents (other being the competition calendar) that are adopted by the Premier League prior to each season.
Premier League directly organizes and conducts competitions among member clubs. Competitions are conducted on principle of "Fair play" and according to competitions calendar which is approved by the Premier League General Assembly and the FFU Executive Committee 30 days before start of competitions. Until 2019 all advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of games of championship and cup belong to the club that hosts them (the Super Cup of Ukraine and the "Gold game"). All advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of the game of Super Cup and the "Gold game". Before 2014 Premier League was also administering some rounds of the Ukrainian Cup (Round of 8, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals). The earlier rounds were administered by the Professional League and the final by the Federation. Since 2014 the organization of Ukrainian Cup competitions in full belongs exclusively to the Federation.
There are currently 12 club members of the league. All participants get approved by the Premier League General Assembly. Each club fields each team for senior competitions, and competitions for under 21 and under 19 teams (three teams). A club is required to have a stadium (registered with FFU) and an education and training facility (or center). A club is also obligated to finance its own youth sports institution and a complex scientific-methodical group as well as to own and finance a number of youth teams. A Premier League club needs to ensure participation of at least four youth teams (ages groups between 14 and 17) in the Youth Football League of Ukraine. A club cannot field more than one team for a certain competition.
All club's staff members (coaches, physicians, massage specialists) have to be contracted and be UEFA licensed. All coaches should have A-diploma, while head coaches - PRO-diploma. Football players are listed in "A" and "B" rosters. "A" roster contains no more than 25 players, while "B" roster has unlimited number of players no older than 21 who have professional contracts or agreements for sports training. The 25-players "A" roster includes the number of slots allotted for players developed by the club.
During breaks in competitions in summer and winter there are two periods for registering players.
Beside the main championship among senior teams, the Premier League also organizes youth championship which was adopted from the previous Vyshcha Liha championship of doubles (reserves). Since 2012 there was added another competition for junior teams, so the original youth championship was renamed into the Championship of U-21 teams and the new competition was named as the Championship of U-19 teams. Unlike the Championship of U-21 teams, in the Championship of U-19 teams beside all of the Premier League clubs' junior teams, there also compete teams of some lower leagues' clubs.
The league's championship among senior teams is conducted by manner of the round robin system in two cycles "fall-spring" with one game at home and another at opponent's field with each participant. A competition calendar is formed after a draw that is conducted based on the Premier League club rankings. The calendar of the second cycle repeats the first, while hosting teams are switched. There should be no less than two calendar days between official games of a club. All games take place between 12:00 and 22:00 local time. Any game postponement is allowed only in emergencies and on decision of the Premier League Administration (Dyrektsiya). Game forfeitures are controlled by technical win/loss nominations and fines, followed by additional sanctions of the FFU Control-Disciplinary Committee, and possible elimination from the league.
Clubs play each other twice (once at home and once away) in the 26-match season. The league begins in mid-July and ends in mid-June. After 13 rounds of fixtures, there is a winter break that lasts for three months (from early December to early March). Thus, the winter break is significantly longer than the interval between seasons. This schedule accounts for climatic conditions and matches that of most European leagues in terms of the beginning and the end of the season.
The first season of the League in 1992 was an exception, as it lasted only half a year. This was because the last Soviet league season ended in the autumn of 1991, and the Football Federation of Ukraine decided to shift the calendar from “spring-fall” to “fall-spring” football seasons. In the inaugural season, 20 clubs were divided into two 10-team groups. In both groups, each club played each other twice, and the championship was decided by a play-off match between the group winners, in which Tavriya Simferopol surprised the pre-season favorite Dynamo Kyiv.
After the first season, in each of the following seasons each team played each other team in the League twice. The number of participating teams fluctuated between 14 and 18, stabilizing since 2002–03 season at 16.
As of the 2005–06 season, the golden match rule was introduced. According to the rule, if the first two teams obtain the same number of points, the championship is to be decided by an additional "golden" match between the two teams. In fact, in that season Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk had earned the same number of points and Shakhtar won the championship by winning the golden match (2–1 after extra time).
Vyshcha Liha and Professional Football League (1992–1999)Edit
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the inaugural independent championship took place hastily at the start of spring 1992 after the creation of the Ukrainian Higher League (Ukrainian: Вища Ліга, Vyshcha Liha). The League was created out of the six teams that took part in the Soviet Top League, two teams from the Soviet First League, and nine out of the eleven Ukrainian teams from the Soviet Second League. The other two of that eleven were placed in the Ukrainian First League as they were to be relegated anyway. The two best teams of the Soviet Second League B of the Ukrainian Zone were also placed in the Higher League along with the winner of the 1991 Ukrainian Cup which finished ninth in the same group (Soviet Second League B).
The 20 participants were split into two groups with the winners playing for the championship title and the runners-up playing for third place. Three teams from each group were to be relegated. As expected, the five favorites, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chornomorets Odesa, and Metalist Kharkiv finished at the top of each group. In the championship play-off game in Lviv, a sensation took place as Tavriya Simferopol beat Dynamo Kyiv 1–0. The Crimeans earned the first Ukrainian title (thus far their only one), losing only once to Temp Shepetivka.
After being stunned in the first championship by the tragedy in Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv were anxious to earn their first title at the second opportunity. In the second Ukrainian championship, which had a regular League format of 16 teams, the main rivals of the Kyivians were Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, who were top after the first half of the season. By the end of the season both teams were neck and neck and at the end they finished with the same number of points. The championship title was awarded to Dynamo Kyiv as they had a better goal difference. Neither the Golden match, nor the fact that Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk had a better head-to-head record was considered.
The next seven years were known as the total domination of Dynamo Kyiv. During this period 'the main Soviet protagonists' had changed as some of the best teams were facing a crisis. After the 1993–94 season Metalist Kharkiv were surprisingly relegated to the First League. In the 1995–96 season Shakhtar Donetsk had the worst year in the club's history, coming tenth. Chornomorets Odesa were relegated twice during that first decade after which manager Leonid Buryak was sacked. A few newly created teams have since emerged such as Arsenal Kyiv and Metalurh Donetsk, as well as Vorskla Poltava, who surprisingly came third in the club's first season at the Top Level in the 1997.
Dynamo–Shakhtar rivalry and Premier League (2000–2010)Edit
The next decade was marked by fierce competition between Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk. Since 2000, Shakhtar Donetsk has proved to be the real challengers to Kiev's dominance. In 2000 Shakhtar earned their first qualification to the Champions League earning a place in the Group stage. Nonetheless, Dynamo Kyiv is still considered to be the benchmark of excellence in the country and the primary feeder to the Ukrainian national football team. 2002 became the real cornerstone in the miners history when they earned their first national title under the management of the newly appointed Italian specialist, Nevio Scala, who managed to secure the Ukrainian Cup title as well. Since that time the issue of foreign players has become particularly acute and brought a series of court cases. The FFU and PFL worked together to solve that issue, coming up with a plan to force the transitional limitation of foreign players over time.
The clubs such as Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Chornomorets Odesa, who were recent contenders for the title, had to put up a fierce fight against the newly established contenders Metalurh Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv to qualify for the European competitions. Metalist Kharkiv shone brightly in the late 2000s (decade) by consistently finishing right behind Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk in third place. Their most remarkable feat was their participation in the 2009 European season when they had to face Dynamo Kyiv to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, but lost on the away goals rule. That same 2008–09 UEFA Cup competition was won for the first time by Shakhtar Donetsk, the first club of independent Ukraine to win the title. It was also the last UEFA cup title before it changed its name to the Europa league. In the 2008–09 season the league earned the highest UEFA league coefficient in Europe for that season.
On 15 November 2007 clubs' presidents of the Vyshcha Liha adopted a decision to create the Premier League (Premier Liha). At the same meeting session there was created a supervisory board that consisted of Ravil Safiullin (Professional Football League), Vitaliy Danilov (FC Kharkiv), Petro Dyminskyi (FC Karpaty), and Vadym Rabinovych (FC Arsenal). During the next three months that body curated a process on creation of the Premier League's regulation and statute as well as a procedure of launching the championship starting from the 2008-09 season. On 15 April 2008 at one of the meetings among the presidents of clubs there was signed a protocol about establishing the Association of Professional Football Clubs of Ukraine "Premier-Liha" as an autonomous entity, parting away from the PFL. The Premier League has been split since the moment it was created in regards to its president. The dispute went as far as even canceling the 13th round of 2009–10 season and moving it to the spring half, while having the 14th round still playing in the fall. The representatives of five clubs: Arsenal Kyiv, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, and Metalist Kharkiv have been boycotting most of the League meetings, not complying with its financial obligations and giving the broadcasting rights to TV-channels other than the League official supplier. They justified their actions due to what they deem to be the illegal election of the Premier League president. The representatives of the above-mentioned clubs did not recognize the election in 2008 of Vitaliy Danilov as the president and believed that the elections should have been won by Vadim Rabinovich.
To resolve this conflict Vitaliy Danilov instigated the re-election of the Premier League president in September 2009, and on 1 December 2009 won the election again with 11 clubs voting for his candidature, 3 were against, 1 abstained, and 1 was absent. This time most club presidents of the Premier League of Ukraine acknowledged Vitaliy Danilov legality. In the subsequent elections on 9 December 2011 Vitaliy Danilov was challenged by Andriy Kurhanskyi (through the proposal of Karpaty Lviv). The other available candidates, Miletiy Balchos (president of the Professional Football League of Ukraine) and Yuriy Kindzerskyi, were not picked by any members of the Premier League. Vitaliy Danilov managed to retain his seat with nine votes for him.
New challenges of the Premier League (2011–present)Edit
Starting from 2010 and until 2015, FC Shakhtar led by Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu obtained five national league titles in a row and making Lucescu the most successful coach in the league. In the 2013-14 season FC Dynamo for the first time since Ukrainian independence placed fourth in league's season ranking and led to dismissal of former national team coach and the legend of Soviet football Oleh Blokhin as the club's manager.
Because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and cleaning of the league from the financially unreliable clubs (Metalist, Hoverla, Dnipro), the number of teams participating in the league was cut from 16 in the 2013–14 season to 14 in the following seasons. With the continuation of the military conflict in the eastern oblasts (regions) of Ukraine since 2014, the league was forced to change its format again and will now be contested by 12 teams after being cut from 14 in the 2015–16 season.
- Vitaliy Danilov (president of FC Kharkiv), 27 May 2008 – 1 July 2009 (temporary acting president)
- Vitaliy Danilov (president of FC Kharkiv), 1 July 2009 – 9 December 2011
- Vitaliy Danilov, 9 December 2011 – 29 February 2016
- Volodymyr Heninson, 29 February 2016 – 6 April 2018
- Thomas Grimm, 6 April 2018 – present
- General director: Olexandr Efremov
- Executive director: Maksym Bondarev
- Sport director: Petro Ivanov
- Development director: Vadym Halahan
The following teams are competing in the 2019–20 season. Note, in parenthesis shown the actual home cities and stadiums.
|Team||Home city||Stadium||Capacity||Position in
|Desna Chernihiv||Chernihiv||Chernihiv Stadium||12,060||8th||2018-19||2|
|Dynamo Kyiv||Kyiv||Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex||70,050||2nd||1992||29|
|Karpaty Lviv||Lviv||Ukraina Stadium||28,051||10th||1992||27|
|Mariupol||Mariupol||Volodymyr Boiko Stadium||12,680||5th||1997-98||20|
|Oleksandriya||Oleksandria||CSC Nika Stadium||7,000||3rd||2001-02||8|
|Olimpik Donetsk||Donetsk (Kyiv)||Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium||16,873||9th||2014-15||6|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||Donetsk (Kharkiv)||Metalist Stadium||40,003||1st||1992||29|
|Vorskla Poltava||Poltava||Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium||24,795||7th||1996-97||24|
|Zorya Luhansk||Luhansk (Zaporizhia)||Slavutych-Arena||12,000||5th||1992||19|
Free-to-air live matches from the Ukrainian Premier League will be broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays on satellite channel 2+2 (Sirius 5E). This is a list of television broadcasters which provide coverage of the Ukrainian Premier League, which is Ukrainian football's top level of competition.
The main international broadcaster of the league in west Europe and some countries of Africa is the French Ma Chaîne Sport providing coverage for such countries like France, and satellite communities in Andorra, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia. Another broadcaster Sport Klub provides coverage in all countries of former Yugoslavia including Bosnia/Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. National broadcasters of some other counties include 12 TV (Armenia), CBC Sport (Azerbaijan), Polsat Futbol (Poland), Futbol (Russia), and Dolce Sport (Romania).
UEFA ranking and European competitionsEdit
Ukrainian clubs being part of the Soviet Union competed in European competitions since 1960s when the Soviet clubs started to participate in continental competitions. In fact the very first Soviet club that took part in European competitions was Ukrainian club, FC Dynamo Kyiv, that took in the 1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the following Ukrainian clubs participated in European competitions: FC Dynamo Kyiv (1965), FC Karpaty Lviv (1970), FC Zorya Luhansk (1973), FC Chornomorets Odessa (1975), FC Shakhtar Donetsk (1977), FC Dnipro (1984), and FC Metalist Kharkiv (1988).
At least four clubs participated in top continental competitions the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League among which are FC Dynamo Kyiv, FC Dnipro, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and FC Metalist Kharkiv.
Two teams (Dynamo and Shakhtar) were able to obtain trophies of European competitions including two Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Supercup, and one UEFA Cup. One more team (Dnipro) came just short to join their company losing in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final.
Note: Since 1999 the country index (coefficient) indicates the lowest possible value any team of that country will get in the ranking. Currently it's 6.866 for Ukraine. Teams ranked below their country's ranking are positioned by the ranking of their country rather its own. Teams in bold will be participating in the 2017–18 European football season. Last Updated: 21 May 2018
|6||(6)||Russian Premier League||53.382|
|8||(8)||Ukrainian Premier League||41.133|
|9||(9)||Belgian Pro League||38.500|
Last Updated: 21 May 2018.
In 2009 The Ukrainian Premier League joined the European Professional Football Leagues. Also in 2009 the league signed a partnership with IMG of which during the first month of cooperation sold broadcasting rights for the Ukrainian Cup to Poland and Armenia. On its own initiative the Ukrainian Premier League sold broadcasting rights to Romania and Russia as well.
Results by seasonEdit
Top League (Vyshcha Liha)Edit
- Professional Football League of Ukraine was the governing body of the Top League (Vyshcha Liha) since 1996 till 2008.
- Rank column shows the ranking of the league amongst members of UEFA.
- In bold are the league winners that also won the Ukrainian Cup (season double).
- ‡ – indicates a team that also won the Ukrainian Cup in the same season.
- Metalist Kharkiv had been stripped of their bronze award for 2007–08 season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne ruled against the game Karpaty – Metalist (April 19, 2008).
- A citizen of Serbia, Marko Devich was granted the Ukrainian citizenship after the 2007–08 season.
Performance by clubEdit
|Dynamo Kyiv||15||11||1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||12||12||2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19|
- Italics identifies either defunct or teams that lost professional status.
- Dissolved due to the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, in 2015 SC Tavriya Simferopol was reestablished in Beryslav, Kherson Oblast (neighboring region).
A representative star is placed above the team's badge to indicate 10 league titles. Dynamo Kyiv became the first Ukrainian team to achieve the prestigious honor of winning the Soviet Top League for the 10th time in 1981. Dynamo Kyiv after having entered the Ukrainian championship has become the same dominant leader as during the Soviet times by earning its 20th national title at the top level in 1999. The two stars, however, were only added to the club's logo in 2007. Earning its 10th national title in 2017, Shakhtar Donetsk has not yet adopted a star on its crest.
Currently (as of 2018) the following clubs earned the star element to be added to their crest.
Premier League playersEdit
|Players in bold are still playing in Premier League|
Data as of 29 January 2019
|Players in bold are still playing in Premier League|
Data as of 14 October 2018
Ex-Dynamo Kyiv strikers Maksim Shatskikh and Serhiy Rebrov hold the record for most Ukrainian Premier League goals with 123, with Shatskikh winning the top single season scorer title twice in 1999–2000 and 2002–03, Rebrov once in 1997-98. Since the first Ukrainian Premier League season in 1992, 22 different players have won or shared the top scorer's title. Only four players have won the title more than once, Tymerlan Huseynov, Maksim Shatskikh, Yevhen Seleznyov and Alex Teixeira. Henrikh Mkhitaryan holds the record for most goals in a season (25), Serhiy Rebrov and Maksim Shatskikh are the only two players to score at least 20 goals twice. The most prolific all-time scorers are Ivan Hetsko and Viktor Leonenko, respectively attaining 0.59 and 0.56 goals per game.
Premier League managersEdit
|Coaches in bold are still active in the League|
Data as of 31 May 2017
|Data as of 19 May 2019|
The league's record holder for winnings is Mircea Lucescu.
The league's record holder for games that the coach led a team in the league is Myron Markevych. Among other coaches who stayed in the league the longest, there are Volodymyr Bezsonov (197), Anatoliy Zayaev† (191), Yuriy Vernydub (187), Ihor Nadein† (184), and Leonid Buryak (180).
† – Managers that have retired out of sport. In bold are managers that are still active in the current season.
|Nat.||Name||Club||Appointed||Time as manager|
|Oleksandr Ryabokon||Desna Chernihiv||16 March 2012||7 years, 119 days|
|Volodymyr Sharan||Oleksandriya||8 June 2013||6 years, 35 days|
|Paulo Fonseca||Shakhtar Donetsk||1 June 2016||3 years, 42 days|
|Alyaksandr Khatskevich||Dynamo Kyiv||2 June 2017||2 years, 41 days|
|Oleksandr Babych||Mariupol||22 September 2017||1 year, 294 days|
|Angel Chervenkov||Chornomorets Odesa||13 June 2018||1 year, 30 days|
|Ihor Leonov||Arsenal Kyiv||16 January 2019||178 days|
|Vitaliy Kosovskyi||Vorskla Poltava||28 March 2019||107 days|
|Bohdan Blavatskyi||FC Lviv||16 April 2019||88 days|
|Ihor Klymovskyi||Olimpik Donetsk||17 April 2019||87 days|
|Oleksandr Chyzhevskyi||Karpaty Lviv||27 May 2019||47 days|
|Viktor Skrypnyk||Zorya Luhansk||3 June 2019||40 days|
Premier League refereesEdit
|4||Ihor Ishchenko||Khmelnytskyi / Kiev||186|
|Referees in bold are still active in the League|
Data as of 19 May 2014
The table lists the place each team took in each of the seasons.
Vyshcha Liha era (1992–2008)Edit
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||8||6||6||14||12||8||3||3||11||9||12||10||13||14||10||13|
Premier League era (2008–present)Edit
|Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||12||14||13||10||7|
|Competing in UPL (1st tier)|
|Competing in PFL (2nd tier)|
|Competing in PFL (3nd tier)|
|Competing in AAFU (4nd tier)|
|Competing in regional championships (below 4rd tier)|
|Rank||Team||Seasons||P||W||D||L||GF||GA||Pts||Achievement||Other names used|
|1||Dynamo Kyiv||28||830||610||140||80||1779||537||1970||champions (15)|
|2||Shakhtar Donetsk||28||830||577||143||110||1747||609||1874||champions (12)|
|3||FC Dnipro||26||765||379||199||187||1127||718||1336||runners-up (2)|
|4||Karpaty Lviv||26||768||253||218||297||853||955||977||3rd (1)|
|5||Chornomorets Odesa||24||715||266||178||271||795||835||976||runners-up (2)|
|6||Metalist Kharkiv[d]||20||573||254||144||175||755||664||906||runners-up (1)|
|7||Tavriya Simferopol[e]||23||681||237||170||274||795||873||881||champions (1)|
|8||Vorskla Poltava||23||678||231||183||264||731||793||876||3rd (2)||Vorskla-Naftogaz|
|9||Metalurh Zaporizhya[f]||24||702||206||173||323||699||949||791||5th (2)[g]|
|10||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih[h]||21||634||201||173||260||633||786||776||3rd (2)|
|11||Metalurh Donetsk[i]||18||526||203||142||181||655||623||751||3rd (3)|
|12||Arsenal Kyiv[j]||19||568||191||156||221||654||675||729||4th (1)[k]||CSKA, CSKA-Borysfen|
|13||FC Mariupol||19||560||176||134||250||625||799||662||4th (3)||Illichivets, Metalurh|
|14||Zorya Luhansk||17||504||161||110||233||535||746||593||3rd (1)||Zorya-MALS|
|15||Volyn Lutsk||16||472||140||102||230||473||710||519||6th (1)|
|16||Nyva Ternopil||10||296||93||62||141||319||388||341||7th (3)|
|17||FC Oleksandriya[l]||7||208||60||65||83||213||273||245||3rd (1)||Polihraftekhnika, PFC Oleksandriya|
|18||Zirka Kropyvnytskyi[m]||8||248||62||58||128||209||368||244||6th (1)||Zirka-NIBAS|
|19||Torpedo Zaporizhya[n]||7||210||64||42||104||214||315||234||7th (2)|
|20||Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk[o]||7||206||55||52||99||215||315||217||10th (1)|
|21||Kremin Kremenchuk[p]||6||180||54||40||86||182||269||202||9th (2)|
|22||Hoverla Uzhhorod[q]||9||256||41||64||151||186||421||187||12th (3)||Zakarpattia|
|23||Obolon Kyiv[r]||6||180||44||44||92||153||253||176||6th (1)|
|24||Olimpik Donetsk||5||148||40||45||63||150||229||165||4th (1)|
|25||Nyva Vinnytsia[s]||5||150||42||32||76||140||213||158||10th (1)|
|26||Veres Rivne[t]||4||130||34||39||57||117||171||141||6th (1)|
|27||FC Kharkiv[u]||4||120||25||33||62||94||156||108||12th (1)|
|28||SC Mykolaiv||4||116||26||23||67||100||208||101||13th (1)||Evis|
|29||Stal Kamianske[v]||3||90||24||24||42||72||106||96||8th (2)|
|30||Temp Shepetivka[w]||3||86||24||16||46||79||113||88||9th (1)|
|31||Bukovyna Chernivtsi||3||82||23||18||41||69||99||87||11th (1)|
|32||Stal Alchevsk[x]||3||86||17||21||48||67||126||72||11th (1)|
|33||FC Sevastopol[y]||2||58||17||11||30||58||91||62||9th (1)||PFC Sevastopol|
|34||Borysfen Boryspil||2||60||14||19||27||40||60||61||7th (1)|
|35||FC Lviv||2||62||14||18||30||49||79||60||6th (1)|
|36||Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka[z]||2||48||11||11||26||30||66||44||15th (1)||Naftovyk|
|37||Desna Chernihiv||1||32||12||5||15||35||41||41||8th (1)|
|38||SC Odesa[aa]||1||18||3||1||14||15||32||10||10th||SKA Odesa|
|39||SC Dnipro-1[ab]||recently promoted|
List of major penalized clubsEdit
- FC Dnipro (formerly Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk); soon after playing at the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final, the club was relegated to amateur competitions mainly due to debts to former manager Juande Ramos as well as other players and staff
- FC Metalist Kharkiv; denied license due to heavy debts
- FC Hoverla Uzhhorod; denied license due to heavy debts
- FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih; denied license for failure to provide evidence of stable financial support
- FC Kharkiv; denied license for giving false documentation about financial condition in the club
Third place matchesEdit
Rivalries and city derbiesEdit
The central feature of the league is a rivalry between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv which has adopted its name as Klasychne derby. The rivalry started ever since the end of 1990s when both teams started consistently to place the top two places from season to season. The rivalry became really established when Shakhtar obtained its first national title in 2002.
Other championship contendersEdit
The surprising win of the first season by SC Tavriya Simferopol has never turned the club into a real contender for another title and the club was not always successful to secure a place among the top five. In the beginning of 1990s, FC Chornomorets Odessa and the two-time Soviet champions FC Dnipro were also among the main contenders. The 1972 Soviet champions FC Zorya Luhansk until 2013 really struggled to stay in the top league. Among other contenders there were FC Metalist Kharkiv that were the league's runners-up in 2012–13 and FC Metalurh Donetsk that showed some consistent form in the early 2000s.
There are few smaller regional rivalries such between Karpaty and Volyn, Metalist and Dnipro, Zorya and Shakhtar.
Among city derbies, there were no running city derbies in the league for the 2017–18 season. Among the most notable previously there were Zaporizhia derby between Metalurh and Torpedo, Kyiv derby between Dynamo and Arsenal (CSKA), Donetsk derby between Shakhtar and Metalurh. Other derbies existed in Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, West Ukrainian football derby and others.
Stadiums and attendanceEdit
Ukraine has several big stadiums with capacity of 30,000+ spectators and at least two stadiums with capacity of over 50,000 which also are considered to be by UEFA the elite stadiums. Since the 2014 Russian invasion and partial occupation of Ukraine, the access to some stadiums was restricted. Many stadiums in Ukraine and their surrounding infrastructure were renovated in preparation to the Euro 2012.
UEFA Elite StadiumsEdit
|1||Olimpiysky National Sports Complex||70,050||Kiev||Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv||1923, 2011|
|2||Donbass Arena||52,518||Donetsk||Shakhtar Donetsk||2009|
Other major stadiumsEdit
- On 22 July 2017 Ukrainian Premier League announced that Maksim Shatskikh might have scored 123 goals instead of 124 due to one of the autogoals (own goals) being counted towards his tally.
- Haidash who is recorded with 95 goals in reality did score 96, but the game in which he scored was cancelled along with his record.
- Arsenal Kyiv was renamed from CSKA Kyiv in 2001, the original CSKA Kyiv was recreated in the First League in place of CSCA-2 Kyiv.
- Club denied license in 2016 for failing to pay debts and ceased operations afterwards
- The original club was forced to be dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, it was later re-established and plays home games in Beryslav, Kherson oblast
- The original club dissolved due to bankruptcy. Later it was unsuccessfully revived based on amateur FC Rosso Nero, but soon replaced again with municipal club
- In 2001-02 Metalurh Zaporizhia placed fifth in the competition according to the season's regulations, however the FFU Executive Committee after reviewing granted the club the fourth place to allow Metalurh to participate in continental competitions.
- The original club dissolved due to bankruptcy and later was revived as amateur, competing in regional competitions of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
- Due to financial situation and hardship being forced to play away from home because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, in 2015 the club merged with FC Stal Kamianske (Dniprodzerzhynsk).
- Being reorganized based on the first team of CSKA Kyiv in 2001–02, the club dissolved due to bankruptcy and was later revived based on its academy as FC Arsenal–Kyiv
- Arsenal Kyiv's record includes the record of its predecessor CSKA Kyiv (when the club was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence). It does not include the 14 games that it played in 2013-14 and later annulled.
- The club was reformed in 2004 as a city team, in 2014 merged with FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka
- The original club dissolved in 2006 due to bankruptcy, was later was revived based on the local football school Olimpik. In 2019 team withdrew from professional competitions again
- The club dissolved due to bankruptcy
- The original club FC Prykarpattia dissolved due to bankruptcy, later a new team with the same name was formed
- The club was dissolved and revived again two times
- The club was denied license in 2016 for failing to pay salary to players and later was dissolved
- The club was administratively reorganised in 2013 and had to changecits name and start from the lower leagues
- The club dissolved two times in 2005 and 2012 and both times was later revived
- The original club was liquidated in 2011 and in 2015 was revived as NK Veres Rivne. In 2018 it merged with FC Lviv, at the same time re-entering Second League
- The club folded in 2010
- The club dissolved in 2018
- The club dissolved in 1995
- The club dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine
- The club dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and in its place was created Russian club SKChF which later changed its name to FC Sevastopol
- The club dissolved in 2018
- The club merged with FC Chornomorets in 1999
- The off-shot club that was created after the FIFA sanctions were applied to FC Dnipro forcing the latter to be relegated to amateurs
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- Metalist with a debt of 112 million hryvnia is heading the ranking of Ukrainian most indebted enterprises (Металлист с долгом 112 млн гривен возглавил рейтинг украинских предприятий-должников). UA-Football 31 October 2018
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