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.
|Number of teams||22 (last season)|
|Level on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||Ukrainian Second League|
|Relegation to||KFK competitions|
|Domestic cup(s)||Ukrainian Cup|
|Most championships||1 – Naftokhimik Kremenchuk, Sirius Zhovti Vody, CSKA Kyiv|
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
|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|
Top-20. 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|
|5||Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia||2||76||42||15||19||116||67||141||third place||1||1993–94||1994–95|
|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|
|18||Viktor Zaporizhia||1||34||20||8||6||65||25||68||third place||1||1993–94||1993–94|
- 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.
- The 4th team in the competition, FC Lviv, was also promoted to the 1994–95 Ukrainian Second League.
- All teams from league were promoted to the 1995–96 Ukrainian Second League after merging of two leagues.
Note: Teams in bold earned promotion.
- http://wildstat.ru/p/2106/cht/215/stat/summary Чемпионат Украины, третья лига (Суммарная таблица за все годы)