Russian basketball league system

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The Russian basketball league system or Russian basketball league pyramid, is a series of interconnected competitions for professional basketball clubs in Russia. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and demotion system between competitions at different levels. There are currently five different competitions on the pyramid – the 1st-tier VTB United League, the 2nd-tier Russian Super League, the 3rd-tier Higher League, the 4th-tier Under-23 Youth League, and the 5th-tier 1 League.

The tier pyramid[edit]

Level League
1. VTB United League
(20 teams - 9 from Russia, 11 from other countries)
(Current)


(Russian Professional Basketball League - defunct)
(2010-2013)
(Soviet Union Premier League - defunct)
(1923-1992)

2. Russian Super League
(First Tier from 1992-2010)
(9 teams)
3. Higher League
(17 teams)
4. Under-23 Youth League
(10 teams)
5. 1 League
(75 teams)

Other competitions[edit]

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