Ukrainian Second League

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The Ukrainian Second League (Ukrainian: Друга ліга, Druha Liha) is a professional football league in Ukraine which is part of the Professional Football League of Ukraine, a collective member of the Ukrainian Association of Football. As the third tier it was established in 1992 as the Transitional League and changed its name the next season.

Ukrainian Second League
Founded1992; 32 years ago (1992) (as Transitional League)
Country Ukraine
Number of teams15
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toUkrainian First League
Relegation toNone (2007–2016)[note 1]
Amateurs (1995–present)
Ukrainian Third League (1992–1994)
Domestic cup(s)Ukrainian Cup
PFL Cup
Second League Cup (defunct)
League Cup (defunct)
Current championsNyva Buzova
(2022–23)
Most championships3 titles
Desna Chernihiv
Top goalscorerOleksandr Kozhemyachenko (3 times) 2010–11, 2004–05, 2005–06
Websitepfl.ua
Current: 2023–24 Ukrainian Second League

The league is lower than the Ukrainian First League (Persha Liha) and the lowest level of professional football competitions in the country. Since 1996 the league, after being merged with its lower tier (in 1992–1995 there was the Third League), consists of two main regions roughly north-west and south-east. The league's relegated teams lose their professional status and return to their regional associations.

Quick overview edit

First seasons edit

The third division of the Ukrainian championship originally was organized as the Transitional League due to numerous amateur clubs competing in it 15 out of 18. Out of the 1992 Transitional League the top clubs qualified for the 1992-93 Second League, while the bottom - the 1992-93 Transitional League, thus, creating an extra tier. Basically in the first seasons there was no promotion.

For the second season (1992-93) the league was officially organized as the Second League, while the name of transitional league was passed to the newly formed fourth division. Between seasons 1993 and 1995, there existed an auxiliary level (the Third League in 1994-95) of the football championship in Ukraine, lower than the Second League. From 1993 season to 1995 the Second League had a single group competition of over 20 clubs. During the 1996 reorganization, the auxiliary league was merged back to the Second League.

Creation of PFL edit

In 1996 Ukrainian football witnessed major changes in its organization as the Professional Football League of Ukraine was established. The new organization took control of the competition of former non-amateur clubs that were given attestation of professional clubs and included all the leagues of the Ukrainian championship. Concurrently with this the Third League was disbanded and all clubs that were not in the "relegation zone" were invited to join the Second League. The Second League in its turn was split into two groups. Only in the very first season the teams in this league were divided somewhat randomly, while later becoming more of regional sub-leagues. From 1997 the league was divided into three groups (Druha Liha A (west), B (south), and C (east)).

Further developments edit

In 1998 unlike other seasons the winners of the groups were not promoted automatically; instead a promotion-relegation tournament was organized involving four teams, three group winners and one of the weaker clubs of the First League. In 2006, the Ukrainian Professional Football League consolidated the Druha Liha due to a shortage of teams, and now the third level of professional football is divided into two groups once again (A - West and B - East).

Throughout its history the Second League has had some supplementary tournaments which include the Second League Cup as well as the Ukrainian Cup qualification tournament called the 2009–10 Ukrainian League Cup.

In summer of 2017 it was announced that the Second League is planned to be discontinued after the 2017-18 season.[1][2]

Team withdrawals / critical situation edit

The league has suffered from chronic club withdrawals since its reorganization when the Ukrainian Third League was liquidated in 1995. The first club that withdrew in the middle of a season from Ukrainian championship was FC Elektron Romny which on 5 May 1994 withdrew from the Transitional League (Third League).

The reorganization of the competition in 1995 (merging Third and Second leagues) saw a number of clubs that discontinued their participation. At the start of season withdrew Temp Shepetivka which prior to that merged with Advis as well as Kosmos Pavlohrad, and five more clubs withdrew at winter break. Withdrawal of Temp led to a major disruption in competitions when Football Federation of Ukraine allowed to enter a quickly assembled team of amateur players for the First League to replace withdrawn Shepetivka club.

For a couple of years after that, there was relative stabilization, but not perfect with at least one club being withdrawn in a middle of ongoing season. In the 1998-99 season 10 teams quit the league before the season started. During the 2002-03 season Ukrainian football saw the withdrawal of a Top League club for the first time (Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya). Due to those withdrawals the Second League suspended relegation of clubs since 2006-07, while there were some talks for the league to be discontinued.[3] An idea surfaced during the 2009-10 season to merge the league with the First League breaking the last into several groups, but it was abandoned. During the same season a new tournament was organized to add some games to the calendar of the Second League clubs which had thinned away substantially, this was called the 2009–10 Ukrainian League Cup.

Current composition edit

The following teams are competing in the 2023–24 season. Two teams were spared from relegation from previous season due to other teams' withdrawal. Note, in parentheses are shown the actual home cities and stadiums.

Team Home city Stadium Capacity Position in
2022–23
First season
in 2L
Seasons
in 2L
Chaika Petropavlivska Borshchahivka Tsentralnyi Stadion imeni Brukvenka 3,100 3rd 2018-19 5
Druzhba Myrivka Stadion Druzhba 2,133 AAFU 2023–24 debut
Karpaty-2 Lviv Ukraina Stadium 28,051 N/A 2023-24 debut
Kremin-2 Kremenchuk Kremin Stadium 1,500 9th 2022-23 1
Kudrivka Kudrivka Kudrivka Arena 500 AAFU 2023-24 debut
Lokomotyv Kyiv Bannikov Stadium 1,678 AAFU 2023-24 debut
Metalurh-2 Zaporizhzhia Stadion Bazys 400 8th 2016–17 4
Nyva Vinnytsia Tsentralnyi Miskyi Stadion 24,000 4th 2007–08 10
Real Pharma Odesa Stadion Ivan 1,200 6th 2011–12 12
Rukh-2 Lviv Stadion imeni Bohdana Markevycha 900 N/A 2023-24 debut
Skala 1911 Stryi Sokil Stadium 1,789 AAFU 2023-24 debut
Trostianets Trostianets Stadion imeni Kutsa 1,129 missed 2021–22 1
UCSA Tarasivka Bannikov Stadium 1,678 AAFU 2023–24 debut
Vast Mykolaiv Stadion Ivan 1,200 7th 2022-23 1
Zviahel Zviahel Stadion Avanhard 3,000 5th 2022-23 1

Location map and stadiums edit

Home venues of teams in the 2023–24 Ukrainian Second League

Organization edit

The calendar of competitions is adopted by the Central Council of PFL and the Executive Committee of FFU. The Bureau (Administration) of PFL regulates the league's operations and forms the Second League. All clubs of the PFL are obligated to own or sponsor a Children-Youth Sports School. All clubs of PFL are obligated to participate in the National Cup competition. A club of the Second League is also obligated to finance at least two junior teams from under the age of 10 to under the age of 19. The junior teams must participate either in regional competitions of the Children-Youth Football League of Ukraine.

All stadiums must have a certificate of the State Commission in control of sports structures conditions. A club cannot play matches at its training sites nor stadiums not registered with PFL. Promotions of tobacco products at stadiums are prohibited. All stadiums must fly the flags of Ukraine, FFU, and PFL. Only accredited photo-correspondents and junior footballers who collect balls are allowed behind goalposts.

The games are allowed to start not earlier than 12:00 and not later than 20:30. There must be at least a 48-hour break between two official games. Games can only be rescheduled if the following three criteria exist: a) unforeseen circumstances occur, b) delegation of four or more footballers to any national teams, or c) organization of direct tele-broadcasting.

Throughout history certain regions were represented only in certain groups, some competed in all groups. Among regions that were represented only in Group A are Lviv Oblast, Ternopil Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Rivne Oblast, Zhytomyr Oblast, Chernivtsi Oblast, Zakarpattia Oblast, Volyn Oblast, only in Group B is just Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Group C existed for short time and had no exclusive region representation.

Such regions like Kyiv Oblast and City, Cherkasy Oblast, Kirovohrad Oblast, Chernihiv Oblast, Sumy Oblast, and Kharkiv Oblast at some point were represented in all three groups.

Such regions like Donetsk Oblast, Luhansk Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, and Poltava Oblast were represented only in groups B and C.

Results by season edit

Promoted teams are indicated in bold.

Season Group Winner Runner-up Third place
1992 A Dnister Zalishchyky Hazovyk Komarno Yavir Krasnopillia
B Bazhanovets Makiyivka Tytan Armyansk Meliorator Kakhovka
1992–93 Dnipro Cherkasy Khimik Zhytomyr Yavir Krasnopillia
1993–94[note 2] FC Boryspil Bazhanovets Makiyivka Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad
1994–95 Yavir Krasnopillia FC Lviv Dynamo Luhansk
1995–96 A CSKA Kyiv Krystal Kherson Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia
B Metalurh Mariupol Metalurh Donetsk Metalurh Novomoskovsk
1996–97 A Desna Chernihiv Fakel Varva FK Tysmenytsia
B Avanhard-Industriya Rovenky Tytan Armyansk Oskil Kupiansk
1997–98 A Podillia Khmelnytskyj Dynamo-3 Kyiv Karpaty-2 Lviv
B Krystal Kherson[note 3] SCA-Lotto Odesa SC Odesa
C Shakhtar-2 Donetsk Fakel Varva Elektron Romny
1998–99 A Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Borysfen Boryspil Tsymentnyk-Khorda Mykolaiv
B SC Odesa[note 4] Krystal Kherson Kryvbas-2 Kryvyj Rih
C Obolon-PPO Kyiv Zorya Luhansk Oskil Kupiansk
1999–00 A Bukovyna Chernivtsi Podillia Khmelnytskyj Enerhetyk Burshtyn
B Borysfen Boryspil Obolon-PPO-2 Kyiv Kryvbas-2 Kryvyj Rih
C Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk ADOMS Kremenchuk Zorya Luhansk
2000–01 A Polissia Zhytomyr Sokil Zolochiv FC Krasyliv
B Obolon Kyiv Systema-Boreks Borodianka Dnipro-3 Dnipropetrovsk
C FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka Desna Chernihiv Oskil Kupiansk
2001–02 A FC Krasyliv Sokil Zolochiv Podillia Khmelnytskyj
B Systema-Boreks Borodianka Nafkom-Akademiya Irpin Dynamo Simferopol
C FC Sumy Arsenal Kharkiv Metalurh-2 Donetsk
2002–03 A FC LUKOR Kalush[note 5] Enerhetyk Burshtyn Podillia Khmelnytskyj
B Nafkom Irpin Dynamo Simferopol Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol
C Zorya Luhansk Shakhtar Luhansk Desna Chernihiv
2003–04 A FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryj Podillia Khmelnytskyj Rava Rava-Ruska
B Dynamo-IhroServis Simferopol Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol Krymteplytsia Molodizhne
C Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk Desna Chernihiv Metalurh-2 Zaporizhzhia
2004–05 A Rava Rava-Ruska[note 6] Enerhetyk Burshtyn Karpaty-2 Lviv
B Krymteplytsia Molodizhne Krystal Kherson FC Oleksandriya
C Helios Kharkiv Desna Chernihiv Dnipro Cherkasy
2005–06 A Desna Chernihiv Fakel Ivano-Frankivsk Rava Rava-Ruska
B MFK Mykolaiv PFC Oleksandria[note 7] PFC Sevastopol
C Dnipro Cherkasy Illichivets-2 Mariupol Metalurh-2 Zaporizhzhia
2006–07 A Dnister Ovidiopol Fakel Ivano-Frankivsk Yednist Plysky
B PFC Sevastopol Feniks-Illichivets Kalinine Tytan Armyansk
2007–08 A Knyazha Schaslyve Nyva Ternopil Podillia-Khmelnytskyj
B Komunalnyk Luhansk Tytan Armyansk Arsenal Kharkiv
2008–09 A Nyva Ternopil Arsenal Bila Tserkva[note 8] Nyva Vinnytsia
B Zirka Kirovohrad FC Poltava Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk
2009–10 A Bukovyna Chernivtsi Nyva Vinnytsia Bastion Illichivsk
B Tytan Armyansk Kremin Kremenchuk FC Poltava
2010–11 A MFC Mykolaiv FC Sumy Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka
B Olimpik Donetsk FC Poltava Kremin Kremenchuk
2011–12 A FC Sumy   Desna Chernihiv Slavutych Cherkasy
B FC Poltava Avanhard Kramatorsk Shakhtar Sverdlovsk
2012–13 A Desna Chernihiv   Nyva Ternopil Slavutych Cherkasy
B UkrAhroKom Holovkivka Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Shakhtar-3 Donetsk
2013–14[note 9] Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk FC Ternopil
2014–15 Cherkaskyj Dnipro Obolon-Brovar Kyiv Kremin Kremenchuk
2015–16[note 10] Kolos Kovalivka Veres Rivne Inhulets Petrove
2016–17[note 11] Zhemchuzhyna Odesa Rukh Vynnyky Kremin Kremenchuk
2017–18 A Ahrobiznes Volochysk   Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk Nyva-V Vinnytsia
B SC Dnipro-1 Metalist 1925 Kharkiv Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka
2018–19 A FC Mynai Cherkashchyna-Akademiya Polissia Zhytomyr
B Kremin Kremenchuk   Metalurh Zaporizhzhia Hirnyk Kryvyj Rih
2019–20 A Nyva Ternopil Polissya Zhytomyr Veres Rivne
B VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka Krystal Kherson Alians Lypova Dolyna
2020–21 A Podillia Khmelnytskyi FC Uzhhorod Dinaz Vyshhorod
B Metal Kharkiv   Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Metalurh Zaporizhzhia
2021–22 A Karpaty Lviv Livyi Bereh Kyiv LNZ Cherkasy
B Metalurh Zaporizhzhia Skoruk Tomakivka Peremoha Dnipro
2022–23 Nyva Buzova FC Khust Chaika Petropavlivska Borshchahivka

Notes:

  •   indicates a championship title won in play-off game(s) between winners of groups.

Post-season play-offs edit

Post-season play-offs are not common feature of the Second League competition. Over the years there were several instances when clubs contested promotion or relegation berths. The first post-season feature consisted of a promotion mini-tournament that took place in July 1998 in Kyiv and Boryspil. It involved three group winners of the Second League and Bukovyna that placed 18th place in the First League. The tournament identified clubs which would qualify for the 1998–99 Ukrainian First League.

Championship game edit

Season Group A team Score Group B team Place
2011–12 FC Sumy 2–0 FC Poltava in Poltava
2012–13 FC Desna Chernihiv 2–0, 1–3 (a) FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka home/away
2013–17 Single group competitions
2017–18 FC Ahrobiznes Volochysk 1–0 SC Dnipro-1 in Kyiv
2018–19 FC Mynai 0–1 FC Kremin Kremenchuk in Kropyvnytskyi
2019–20 PFC Nyva Ternopil Cancelled FC VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka
2020–21 FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi 0–1 FC Metal Kharkiv in Cherkasy
2021–22 FC Karpaty Lviv Cancelled FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhia
2022–24 Single group competitions

Third-place play-offs edit

Season Group A team Score Group B team Place
1995–96 FC Krystal Kherson 1–3 FC Metalurh Donetsk in Kyiv
2008–09 FC Arsenal Bila Tserkva 1–0 FC Poltava in Cherkasy
2009–10 FC Nyva Vinnytsia 2–0 FC Kremin Kremenchuk in Makariv
2010–11 FC Sumy 2–0 FC Poltava in Uman
2011–12 FC Desna Chernihiv 0–1 FC Avanhard Kramatorsk in Khmelnytskyi

Relegation play-offs edit

Season Second League team Score Amateur League team Place
1997–98 FC Tysmenytsia 3–1, 1–1 Promin Sambir home/away
Hirnyk Pavlohrad 1–2, –/+ Shakhtar Horlivka
Zirka-2 Kirovohrad w/o Kharchovyk Popivka

Promotion play-offs edit

Inter-league rotations edit

Season 92/93 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10
League P/R
First League P   2 4 2 3 2                        
R 10 2 2 2   4                        
Amateur League P   5 4 15/9 2/6 10/10                        
R 10 1 2 5x 12x 3*                        
Season 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21 21/22 22/23 23/24 24/25 25/26 26/27 27/28 28/29 29/30
League P/R
First League P                                        
R                                        
Amateur League P                                        
R                                        

Statistics edit

Top 10 winners edit

Club Winner Runners-up Third place Seasons won Notes
Desna Chernihiv 3 4 1 1996–97, 2005–06, 2012–13
Podillia Khmelnytskyi 2 2 2 1997–98, 2020–21 Podillia-NordAm Khmelnytskyi
Nyva Ternopil 2 2 0 2008–09, 2019–20
Obolon Kyiv 2 1 0 1998–99, 2000–01 Obolon-PPO Kyiv --> reorganized
Sumy (1982—2006) 2 0 2 1994–95, 2001–02 Yavir Krasnopillia
Dnipro Cherkasy 2 0 0 1992–93, 2005–06
Bukovyna Chernivtsi 2 0 0 1999–00, 2009–10
Mykolaiv 2 0 0 2005–06, 2010–11 temporarily suspended operations
Krystal Kherson 1 4 0 1997–98 Dissolved due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine
Tytan Armyansk 1 3 1 2009–10
Kremin Kremenchuk 1 2 3 2018–19

Notes:

  indicates that the club either defunct or lost its professional status.
  indicates that the club currently plays in the league.

All group winners in the League by region edit

In bold are shown still active professional clubs

Region CoA Wins Winners
Kyiv Oblast   7 FC Boryspil (CKSA-Borysfen), FC Borysfen Boryspil, FC Systema-Boreks Borodyanka (Inter Boyarka), FC Nafkom Irpin, FC Knyazha Schaslyve, FC Kolos Kovalivka, FC Nyva Buzova
Donetsk Oblast   4 FC Bazhanovets Makiivka, FC Metalurh Mariupol, FC Shakhtar-2 Donetsk, FC Olimpik Donetsk
Sumy Oblast   4 FC Sumy (Spartak) (twice), FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka, FC Sumy
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast   4 FC Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk, FC Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk, SC Dnipro-1, FC VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka
Khmelnytskyi Oblast   4 FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi (twice), FC Krasyliv, FC Ahrobiznes Volochysk
Chernihiv Oblast   3 FC Desna Chernihiv (thrice)
Cherkasy Oblast   3 FC Dnipro Cherkasy (twice), FC Cherkaskyi Dnipro
Luhansk Oblast   3 FC Zorya Luhansk, FC Avanhard-Industria Rovenky, FC Komunalnyk Luhansk
Crimea   3 FC Tytan Armyansk, FC Dynamo-Ihroservice Simferopol, FC Krymteplitsia Molodizhne
Kyiv   3 FC Obolon Kyiv (twice), FC CSKA Kyiv
Odesa Oblast   3 SC Odesa, FC Zhemchuzhyna Odesa, FC Dnister Ovidiopol (FC Odesa)
Poltava Oblast   3 FC Poltava, FC Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk, FC Kremin Kremenchuk
Ternopil Oblast   3 FC Nyva Ternopil (twice), FC Dnister Zalishchyky
Chernivtsi Oblast   2 FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi (twice)
Mykolaiv Oblast   2 MFC Mykolaiv (twice)
Lviv Oblast   2 FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi, FC Rava Rava-Ruska, (FC Karpaty Lviv)
Kirovohrad Oblast   2 FC Zirka Kirovohrad, FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka
Zakarpattia Oblast   2 FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod, FC Mynai
Kharkiv Oblast   2 FC Helios Kharkiv, FC Metal Kharkiv
Kherson Oblast   1 FC Krystal Kherson
Zhytomyr Oblast   1 FC Polissya Zhytomyr
Sevastopol   1 PFC Sevastopol
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast   1 FC LUKOR Kalush
Zaporizhzhia Oblast   0 (FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhia)

Conflict of succession

  1. In 1993–94 FC Boryspil won the title and was promoted, next season in the 1994–95 Ukrainian First League FC Boryspil changed its name to Borysfen Boryspil and in mid-season again to CSKA-Borysfen. As CSKA-Borysfen it won title again of the First League and was promoted again to the Premier League (Top League) for the 1995–96. At the same time in 1994–95 the original FC CSKA Kyiv won title of the Third League and after being promoted in 1995–96 title of the Second League. Upon conclusion of the 1995–96 in the Top League CSKA-Borysfen was swapped with the third tier CSKA Kyiv, while Borysfen Boryspil restarted from the Second League.
  2. Similar situation took place in 2018 when People's Club Veres from Premier League was swapped with FC Lviv that previously played at amateur level. FC Lviv never in its club history gained promotion to the Ukrainian First League, yet spent two stints in the Ukrainian Premier League (first time as a successor of Hazovyk-Skala, second – after the swap with Veres).

All-time table edit

Top-20. All figures are correct through the 2022–23 season.[4] Club status is current of the 2023–24 season:

2023–24 Ukrainian Premier League
2023–24 Ukrainian First League
2023–24 Ukrainian Second League
2023–24 Ukrainian Football Amateur League
2023 Regional competitions
Club is defunct
PL Team Seasons GP W D L GS GA Pts Achievement Prom First Last
1 Krystal Kherson 22 691 288 125 278 909 800 989 Winner 1 1992–93 2021–22
2 Tytan Armyansk 19 586 262 138 186 818 637 924 Winner 1 1992 2009–10
3 Desna Chernihiv 13 397 243 68 86 670 347 797 Winner 3 1994–95 2012–13
4 Kremin Kremenchuk 14 404 193 91 120 592 438 670 Winner 2 1999–00 2018–19
5 Shakhtar-3 Donetsk 15 440 194 71 175 683 622 653 Winner 2000–01 2014–15
6 Bukovyna Chernivtsi 14 431 179 97 155 508 488 634 Winner 4 1999–00 2021–22
7 Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk 19 566 182 105 279 613 826 651 Winner 1 1995–96 2013–14
8 Ros Bila Tserkva 18 546 174 102 270 504 784 624 5th 1993–94 2010–11
9 Olkom Melitopol 16 474 169 116 189 536 571 623 4th 1995–96 2010–11
10 Veres Rivne 16 477 159 96 222 474 653 573 Runner-up 1 1997–98 2019–20
11 Nyva Ternopil 12 355 156 86 113 420 377 554 Winner 3 2002–03 2019–20
12 Podillya Khmelnytskyi 10 316 166 50 100 482 327 548 Winner 2 1997–98 2020–21
13 Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk 9 268 149 52 67 427 246 499 Winner 2 2001–02 2013–14
14 Halychyna Drohobych 11 374 137 80 157 403 435 491 5th 1992–93 2002–03
15 FC Kalush 12 361 136 64 161 414 428 472 Winner 1995–96 2019–20
16 Illichivets-2 Mariupol 13 375 135 59 181 451 561 464 Runner-up 2000–01 2016–17
17 Hazovyk Komarno 10 326 130 74 122 380 354 464 Runner-up 1992 2000–01
18 Dynamo-3 Kyiv 11 328 125 89 114 364 311 464 Runner-up 1997–98 2007–08
19 Enerhiya Yuzhnoukrainsk 13 390 117 90 183 351 516 441 5th 1995–96 2007–08
20 Metalurh-2 Zaporizhzhia 14 396 121 76 199 449 625 439 3rd 1998–99 2011–12

Players edit

Among notable players of the league are its top scorers.

All-time First League appearance leaders
Player Games Years
  Oleksandr Kapusta 336 1996–2009
  Andriy Nikiforov 309 1992–2003
  Oleksandr Petrov 306 1992–2002
  Roman Sanzhar 299 1995–2011
  Yuriy Ponomarenko 296 1997–2009
  Oleksiy Bondar 296 1997–2009
  Yuriy Komyahin 296 2002–2016
  Oleksandr Krasnyanskyi 296 1994–2010
  Oleksandr Osmachko 295 1995–2016
  Mykola Dudych 294 1993–2003
Players in bold are still playing in Second League
Data as of 9 February 2021[5]
All-time First League scorers
Player Goals Games Years
  Oleksandr Kozhemyachenko 105 219 1999–2011
  Oleksandr Kapusta 104 336 1996–2009
  Ihor Bezdolnyi 102 272 1994–2011
  Yevhen Arbuzov 98 255 1999–2009
  Vasyl Karpyn 88 244 1992–2003
  Stanislav Kulish 80 132 2008–2014
  Vasyl Shved 78 205 1993–2005
  Vladyslav Korobkin 73 215 2000–2013
  Ihor Kiriyenko 71 189 2002–2014
  Kostiantyn Pinchuk 68 142 1993–2007
  Volodymyr Kryzhanivskyi 66 192 1995–2006
Players in bold are still playing in Second League
Data accurate as of 19 January 2021[5]

Managers edit

Stadiums edit

Most attended games edit

Most of the most attended games in the league since 1992 recorded at Zirka Stadium (Kropyvnytskyi), and since 1993–94 season FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi all time attendance record on a single game until 2017–18 season, when Metalist Kharkiv phoenix club Metalist 1925 participated in the Druha Liha together with their original club rivals FC Dnipro and SC Dnipro-1. The record was set on in a Metalist 1925–Dnipro-1 match, which was attended by 14,521 people.[6]

# Season Attendance Home team Score Visiting team Stadium Ref
1 2017–18 14,521 Metalist 1925 Kharkiv 1:1 Dnipro-1 OSC Metalist [6]
2 1993–94 14,000 Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad 2:0 FC Boryspil Zirka Stadium [6]
3 2008–09 12,100 Zirka Kirovohrad 2:1 Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk Zirka Stadium [6]
4 1993–94 12,000 Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad 5:0 Shakhtar Pavlohrad Zirka Stadium [6]
1993–94 12,000 Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad 1:0 Dnister Zalishchyky Zirka Stadium [6]

The most attended seasons were in the beginning of 1990s and the beginning of 2000s.[6]

External links edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Currently the Professional Football League of Ukraine does not relegate teams, as a lot of them withdraw from the league on their own due to financial difficulties. Normally the clubs placing last are subject to loss of professional status and relegation to their regional competitions.
  2. ^ In 1993–94 four teams were promoted to the Ukrainian First League. The fourth place team in the competition was Naftokhimik Kremenchuk.
  3. ^ Krystal Kherson failed to win the play-offs for promotion to the Ukrainian First League.
  4. ^ In 1999 SC Odesa was merged with FC Chornomorets Odesa and its place in Ukrainian First League was fielded revived FC Chornomorets-2 Odesa.
  5. ^ LUKOR Kalush officially was not farm team of Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk. After the season it was announced that both clubs "merged" with LUKOR Kalush being officially promoted as Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk and Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk being officially relegated as Prykarpattia Kalush. In reality no real changes took place except for change of names. Rosters, coaching staff, clubs' structure were preserved with the Kalush team continued to be played in the Second League.
  6. ^ After reviewing Rava Ruska's solvency and facilities the PFL decided not to promote them. 2nd placed Enerhetyk Burshtyn were promoted instead.
  7. ^ PFC Oleksandria were promoted to the Ukrainian First League since they were best 2nd placed team in all Druha Liha competitions
  8. ^ FC Arsenal Bila Tserkva were promoted to the Ukrainian First League since FC Ihroservice Simferopol as the member of the First League withdrew from competitions. Arsenal and Poltava were allowed to compete for the extra promotion due to that in the play-off game in Cherkasy. Arsenal won the game 1–0, gaining promotion.
  9. ^ In the 2013–14 season, four teams were promoted to the Ukrainian First League. The fourth place team in the competition was Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih.
  10. ^ In the 2015–16 season, a record of six teams were promoted to the Ukrainian First League including Bukovyna Chernivtsi, Skala Stryi, and Arsenal-Kyiv.
  11. ^ In the 2016–17 season, four teams were promoted to the Ukrainian First League, the fourth team being Balkany Zorya.

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