1996 Belarusian First League
|Goals scored||412 (2.64 per match)|
Team changes from 1995 season
Winners of 1995 Belarusian First League Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Khimvolokno Grodno, who finished 15th, relegated to the Second League, but were disbanded before the start of 1996 season.
The lowest-placed team of 1995 Premier League Bobruisk originally relegated to the First League, but was disbanded before the start of 1996 season due to financial troubles. Fomalgaut Borisov and Kimovets Vitebsk, who finished 3rd and 14th last year, also disbaded for various reasons, thus reducing the league to only 13 teams for this season.
Transmash Mogilev won the league and were promoted to Premier League, as were league runners-up Kommunalnik Slonim. No team relegated to the Second League as the league was expanded to 16 teams in 1997.
Teams and locations
|Team||Location||Position in 1995|
|Stroitel Starye Dorogi||Starye Dorogi||13|
|Maxim-Legmash||Orsha||14Second League, Group B, 1|
|Stroitel Bereza||Bereza||15Second League, Group A, 2|
||Promotion or relegation
|1||Transmash Mogilev (P)||24||14||7||3||47||13||+34||49||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||Kommunalnik Slonim (P)||24||13||6||5||45||17||+28||45|
|12||Kobrin (R)||24||7||3||14||22||36||−14||24||Relegation to amateur level|
|13||Stroitel Starye Dorogi||24||0||0||24||6||97||−91||0|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.