Ukrainian Youth Football League

The Ukrainian National Youth Competition (Ukrainian: Дитячо-юнацька футбольна ліга України, (ДЮФЛУ)) is Ukrainian organization of the Ukrainian Association of Football that conducts association football competitions among youth teams in four (4) age categories (under-14, U-15, U-16, and U-17) and originally consisted of two tiers the Supreme and the First Leagues. The Supreme Leagues consists out of four regional groups and the First have eight. In 2020 there was introduced the Elite League (top tier).[1] The competition's oldest age group has the teenagers who are no older than 17 years old and the youngest - the teenagers no older than 14.

Ukrainian Youth Football League (DUFLU)
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Founded2 March 2001
CountryUkraine
ConfederationUEFA
Level on pyramid1 (3 tiers)
Relegation toRegional championships
International cup(s)UEFA Youth League (thru UPL youth U-19 competitions)
Websiteduflu.org.ua
Current: 2021

Along with the Professional Football League of Ukraine starting in 2016 the Youth League is also co-organizer of separate Under-19 competitions.

CompositionEdit

The league is composed of teams with players between ages under 14 through under 17. The league features teams of various association football and sports school and in addition to them each club of the Ukrainian Premier League is obligated to field four of its junior teams in the league.

  • Football academies of Premier league clubs
  • sports schools (Soviet children-youth sports school network, DUSSh)
  • sports schools of Olympic reserve (Soviet children-youth sports schools of Olympic reserve network, SDUShOR)
  • youth football clubs (Children-youth football clubs, DUFC)
  • colleges of physical culture (UFK)
  • colleges of Olympic reserve (UOR)

CompetitionsEdit

The youth competitions started in 1998, yet the youth league was established not until 2001. In 2000 there was established a separate football competition among students of universities.

In 2002 the Professional Football League of Ukraine (PFL Ukraine) established experimental under-19 competitions among junior teams of the PFL clubs which however was discontinued four seasons later. With the PFL u-19 competitions ongoing in 2004, PFL Ukraine established separate competition among reserves (doubles) for club of the Top League (Vyshcha Liha), the precursor of the Ukrainian Premier League. The Top league teams that competed in the PFL u-19 competitions were moved to the new competitions. Introduction of the new Top League reserve competitions led to withdrawal of some reserve teams or the second teams (so called dvushki) that competed at Ukrainian Second League and in the way clearing the football "pyramid" of farm teams.

Earlier youth competitionEdit

List of best finishers for youth competitions before establishment of the actual Ukrainian Youth Football League.

Season Age restr Winner 2nd best 3rd best
1998-99 Senior Dynamo Kyiv Kremin Kremenchuk UOR Donetsk
Junior UOR Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv
1999-00 Senior Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
Junior Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro-75 Dnipropetrovsk UFK Dnipropetrovsk
2000-01 Senior Dynamo Kyiv Zmina-Obolon Kyiv UFK Dnipropetrovsk
Junior Femida-Inter Lutsk Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa

Ukrainian Youth Football League (Top League)Edit

Season Age restr Winner 2nd best 3rd best
2001-02 U-17 RVUFK Kyiv Dnipromain Dnipropetrovsk Shakhtar Donetsk
U-16 Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipromain Dnipropetrovsk Dynamo Kyiv
U-15 Zmina-Obolon Kyiv RVUFK Kyiv Lokomotyv Kyiv
U-14 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Atlant-Kremez Kremenchuk
2002-03 U-17 Shakhtar Donetsk Femida-Inter Lutsk Karpaty Lviv
U-16 Lokomotyv Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Metalurh Zaporizhia
U-15 Lokomotyv Kyiv Femida-Inter Lutsk Atlant Kremenchuk
U-14 Shakhtar Donetsk Lokomotyv Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv
2003-04 U-17 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Zaporizhia
U-16 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Vidradnyi Kyiv
U-15 Dynamo Kyiv Vidradnyi Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk
U-14 Shakhtar Donetsk Vidradnyi Kyiv Volyn Lutsk
2004-05 U-14 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Arsenal Kyiv
U-15 Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv RVUFK Kyiv
U-16 Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Donetsk Vidradnyi Kyiv
U-17 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Vidradnyi Kyiv
2005-06 U-14 Vidradnyi Kyiv RVUFK Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk
U-15 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Zaporizhia
U-16 RVUFK Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk
U-17 Dynamo Kyiv RVUFK Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk
2006-07 U-14 Shakhtar Donetsk Olimpik Donetsk Vidradnyi Kyiv
U-15 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk RVUFK Kyiv
U-16 Shakhtar Donetsk Arsenal Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv
U-17 RVUFK Kyiv Inter-Liliya Dnipropetrovsk Molod-DYuSSh Poltava
2007-08 U-14 (1994) Shakhtar Donetsk Metalurh Zaporizhia Dynamo Kyiv
U-15 (1993) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi
U-16 (1992) BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi Olimpik Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
U-17 (1991) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Arsenal Kyiv
2008-09 U-14 (1995) Dynamo Kyiv BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi Metalist Kharkiv
U-15 (1994) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk UFK Lviv
U-16 (1993) Shakhtar Donetsk DYuSSh-11 Chornomorets Odesa RVUFK Kyiv
U-17 (1992) Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
2009-10 U-14 (1996) Shakhtar Donetsk RVUFK Kyiv Metalurh Zaporizhia
U-15 (1995) Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa Shakhtar Donetsk
U-16 (1994) Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi
U-17 (1993) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk RVUFK Kyiv
2010-11 U-14 (1997) Karpaty Lviv Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv
U-15 (1996) Shakhtar Donetsk RVUFK Kyiv Dynamo Kyiv
U-16 (1995) Dynamo Kyiv UFK Lviv Karpaty Lviv
U-17 (1994) Shakhtar Donetsk Illichivets Mariupol BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi
2011-12 U-14 (1998) Metalist Kharkiv Dynamo Kyiv BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi
U-15 (1997) Shakhtar Donetsk Karpaty Lviv Dynamo Kyiv
U-16 (1996) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv UFK Lviv
U-17 (1995) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa
2012-13 U-14 (1999) Shakhtar Donetsk UFK Lviv Dynamo Kyiv
U-15 (1998) UFK Dnipropetrovsk Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv
U-16 (1997) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Illichivets Mariupol
U-17 (1996) Shakhtar Donetsk UFK Lviv Dynamo Kyiv
2013-14 U-14 (2000) Shakhtar Donetsk UFK Lviv Dynamo Kyiv
U-15 (1999) Shakhtar Donetsk RVUFK Kyiv Metalurh Zaporizhia
U-16 (1998) Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv Metalist Kharkiv
U-17 (1997) Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv Shakhtar Donetsk
2014-15 U-14 (2001) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv
U-15 (2000) Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
U-16 (1999) Dynamo Kyiv UFK-Karpaty Lviv Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
U-17 (1998) Metalurh Zaporizhia Dynamo Kyiv Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
2015-16 U-14 (2002) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Zmina-Obolon Kyiv
U-15 (2001) Dynamo Kyiv UFK-Karpaty Lviv Zmina-Obolon Kyiv
U-16 (2000) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv
U-17 (1999) Dynamo Kyiv Karpaty Lviv Shakhtar Donetsk
2016-17 U-14 (2003) Dynamo Kyiv UFK-Karpaty Lviv Shakhtar Donetsk
U-15 (2002) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk UFK-Karpaty Lviv
U-16 (2001) Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Zaporizhia Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
U-17 (2000) Dynamo Kyiv UFK-Karpaty Lviv Shakhtar Donetsk
2017-18 U-14 (2004) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa
U-15 (2003) Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Bukovyna Chernivtsi
U-16 (2002) Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk FC Dnipro
U-17 (2001) Shakhtar Donetsk UFK-Karpaty Lviv Dynamo Kyiv

Top League winnersEdit

Teams under-17Edit

Club Winner Runners-up Third place Seasons won
Dynamo Kyiv 7 4 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 7 2 6
RVUFK Kyiv 1 1 1
Metalurh Zaporizhia 1 0 0

Notes:

Teams under-16Edit

Club Winner Runners-up Third place Seasons won
Dynamo Kyiv 8 3 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 3
RVUFK Kyiv 1 0 1
BRW-VIK Volodymyr-Volynskyi 1 0 1
Lokomotyv Kyiv 1 0 0

Notes:

Teams under-15Edit

Club Winner Runners-up Third place Seasons won
Dynamo Kyiv 9 2 2
Shakhtar Donetsk 5 5 2
Lokomotyv Kyiv 1 0 1
Zmina-Obolon Kyiv 1 0 1
UFK Dnipropetrovsk 1 0 0

Notes:

Teams under-14Edit

Club Winner Runners-up Third place Seasons won
Shakhtar Donetsk 11 2 2
Dynamo Kyiv 3 5 5
Vidradnyi Kyiv 1 1 1
Karpaty Lviv 1 0 1
Metalist Kharkiv 1 0 1

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