Ukrainian Third League

The Ukrainian Third League (Ukrainian: Третя ліга, Tretia Liha), until 1994 known as the Transitional League (Ukrainian: Перехідна ліга), was part of the Ukrainian semi-professional football clubs competitions. In 1994, it was renamed as Third League and granted the status of professionals, but during a winter break of 1995 it was decided to discontinue it and merge back with the Ukrainian Second League.

Ukrainian Third League
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Founded1992
Folded1995
Country Ukraine
Number of teams22 (last season)
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toUkrainian Second League
Relegation toKFK competitions
Domestic cup(s)Ukrainian Cup
Most championships1 – Naftokhimik Kremenchuk, Sirius Zhovti Vody, CSKA Kyiv
WebsiteOfficial site

HistoryEdit

The League as the fourth tier (or third smaller tier) was created after the reorganization once the first championship was completed in 1993. In 1992, original Transitional League was created, which later was transformed into the Ukrainian Second League. The league was created from the pool of clubs of the third tier that did not perform well in the previous season as well as the best new amateur clubs that had won their respective regional competitions.

Throughout its history the League yielded at least four promotions each year. That in turn fueled the rise of the Ukrainian new football clubs, FC Arsenal Kyiv and FC Metalurh Donetsk. At the end of the 1995 season, the League was incorporated back into the Second League and the teams of both Leagues were then split into two groups.

Each season the league was admitting about 10 new clubs from the KFK competitions (8 in 1993, 10 in 1994, and 12 in 1995).

In 1992–93 Ukrainian Transitional League took place several strange nuances. The third placed team withdrew after being granted promotion, the fourth place which in mid-season was forcefully merged with another entity gave away its promotion in favor of the newly acquired entity, another club which was excluded from competitions due to sportsmanship conduct sanctions was reinstated for the next season, out of the last six team, the third from the bottom of the season's standing table was allowed to stay for the next season.

Third League winnersEdit

Season Champion Runner-up Third place
1992–93[nb 1] Naftokhimik Kremenchuk Dynamo Luhansk Antratsyt Kirovske
1993–94[nb 2] Sirius Zhovti Vody Frunzenets Saky Viktor Zaporizhia
1994–95[nb 3] CSKA Kyiv Nyva Myronivka Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia

All-time tableEdit

Top-20.[1] All names are shown as at the time of the last participation.

2020–21 Ukrainian Premier League
2020–21 Ukrainian First League
2020–21 Ukrainian Second League
2020–21 Ukrainian Football Amateur League
2020 Regional competitions
Club is defunct
PL Team Seasons GP W D L GS GA Pts Achievement Prom First Last
1 Torpedo Melitopol 3 110 48 29 33 125 106 173 4th 1 1992–93 1994–95
2 CSKA Kyiv 2 76 46 9 21 126 70 147 champion 1 1993–94 1994–95
3 Nyva-Kosmos Myronivka 3 76 43 18 15 99 43 147 vice-champion 2 1992–93 1994–95
4 Avanhard Zhydachiv 3 110 39 28 43 121 141 145 8th 1 1992–93 1994–95
5 Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia 2 76 42 15 19 116 67 141 third place 1 1993–94 1994–95
6 Systema-Boreks Borodianka 2 76 41 17 18 113 47 140 5th 1 1993–94 1994–95
7 Oskil Kupiansk 2 76 40 11 25 102 84 131 5th 1 1993–94 1994–95
8 Frunzenets Saky 2 68 34 17 17 99 57 119 vice-champion 1 1992–93 1993–94
9 Fetrovyk Khust 3 107 32 10 65 80 119 106 12th 1992–93 1994–95
10 Promin Sambir 2 68 26 8 34 78 91 86 10th 1992–93 1993–94
11 Avanhard Rovenky 1 42 23 4 15 59 50 73 7th 1 1994–95 1994–95
12 Naftokhimik Kremenchuk 1 34 21 10 3 56 26 73 champion 1 1992–93 1992–93
13 Antratsyt Kirovske 1 34 22 5 7 46 32 71 third place 1 1992–93 1992–93
14 Sirius Zhovti Vody 1 34 20 11 3 56 25 71 champion 1 1993–94 1993–94
15 Shakhtar Horlivka 2 76 20 11 45 62 117 71 13th 1992–93 1994–95
16 Silur Khartsyzk 2 68 18 16 34 57 105 70 13th 1992–93 1993–94
17 Dynamo Luhansk 1 34 19 12 3 66 32 69 vice-champion 1 1992–93 1992–93
18 Viktor Zaporizhia 1 34 20 8 6 65 25 68 third place 1 1993–94 1993–94
19 FC Lviv 1 34 20 8 6 57 33 68 4th 1 1993–94 1993–94
20 Metalurh Novomoskovsk 1 42 21 2 19 59 60 65 8th 1 1994–95 1994–95

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The fourth and fifth teams in the competition, Nyva-Borysfen Myronivka and Voikovets Kerch, were promoted as well to the 1993–94 Ukrainian Second League.
  2. ^ The 4th team in the competition, FC Lviv, was also promoted to the 1994–95 Ukrainian Second League.
  3. ^ All teams from league were promoted to the 1995–96 Ukrainian Second League after merging of two leagues.

Note: Teams in bold earned promotion.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://wildstat.ru/p/2106/cht/215/stat/summary Чемпионат Украины, третья лига (Суммарная таблица за все годы)