1998–99 Ukrainian First League
|Relegated||Podillya Khmelnytskyi, Kremin Kremenchuk, Bukovyna Chernivtsi, Desna Chernihiv, Shakhtar Makiivka|
|Top goalscorer||(19) Oleh Hrytsay (FC Cherkasy)|
Promotion and relegation
- Group A
- FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi – champion (returning after a season)
- Group C
- FC Shakhtar-2 Donetsk – champion (returning after six seasons)
Two clubs were relegated from the 1997-98 Ukrainian Top League:
- FC Nyva Vinnytsia changed its name to FC Vinnytsia at winter break.
- FC Yavir Krasnopillia moved to Sumy from Krasnopillia and changed its name to FC Yavir-Sumy at winter break.
In 1998-99 season, the Ukrainian First League consists of the following teams:
|1||FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv (C)||38||27||7||4||78||27||+51||88||[a]|
|2||FC Chornomorets Odessa (P)||38||25||4||9||77||38||+39||79||(-) new – Vyshcha Liha – Promoted|
|3||FC Torpedo Zaporizhia||38||24||5||9||55||29||+26||77||(-) new – bankruptcy[b]|
|4||FC Cherkasy||38||24||4||10||68||42||+26||76||qualified for play-off[c]|
|5||FC Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria||38||15||13||10||47||51||−4||58|
|8||FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka||38||16||9||13||45||40||+5||57|
|9||FC Stal Alchevsk||38||16||7||15||55||52||+3||55|
|10||FC Shakhtar-2 Donetsk||38||15||7||16||51||44||+7||52||(+) new|
|11||FC CSKA-2 Kyiv||38||14||10||14||45||48||−3||52|
|12||FC Polissya Zhytomyr||38||15||7||16||40||55||−15||52|
|13||FC Yavir Sumy||38||15||7||16||36||42||−6||52|
|14||FC Volyn Lutsk||38||16||3||19||36||43||−7||51|
|15||FC Metalurh Nikopol||38||16||3||19||46||63||−17||51|
|16||FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi (R)||38||13||12||13||39||42||−3||51||(+) new – Druha Liha – Relegated|
|17||FC Kremin Kremenchuk (R)||38||11||7||20||34||63||−29||40||Druha Liha – Relegated|
|18||FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi (R)||38||6||9||23||26||68||−42||27||Druha Liha – Relegated|
|19||FC Desna Chernihiv (R)||38||7||6||25||28||60||−32||27||Druha Liha – Relegated|
|20||FC Shakhtar Makiivka (R)||38||3||1||34||20||40||−20||4||-6 pts – withdrew[d]|
4 July 1999
|FC Cherkasy||1 : 3||Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk|
|Viktor Khursa 89'||Report||Volodymyr Larin 43', 46'
Hennadiy Skidan 70' (pen.)
FC Cherkasy failed to obtain berth in the Top League.
Statistics are taken from here.
|1||Oleh Hrytsay||19 (1)||FC Cherkasy|
|2||Oleksandr Kosyrin||18||Dynamo-2 / Cherkasy|
|Vadym Plotnikov||18 (2)||Stal Alchevsk|
|4||Pavlo Irichuk||17||Torpedo Zaporizhia|
|5||Oleh Venhlinskyi||16 (4)||Nyva Vinnytsia|
|6||Oleksandr Holokolosov||15||Chornomorets Odesa|
|Vadym Kharchenko||15 (6)||Naftovyk Okhtyrka|
|8||Andriy Mazur||14||FC Lviv|
|Rais Tierkulov||14 (1)||Shakhtar / Yavir|
|Viktor Matsyuk||14 (2)||Podillya Khmelnytskyi|
- The second team of FC Dynamo Kyiv cannot be promoted as the club already has a representation in the Vyscha Liha.
- FC Torpedo Zaporizhia filed for bankruptcy at the end of the season and therefore could not be promoted.
- FC Cherkasy was offered to play a play-off game with the second worst team of Vyscha Liha, FC Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk, because of Torpedo's bankruptcy and placing only the fourth place.
- After the first half of the competition the team was taken off due to the PFL membership debts. The team was fined of six (6) competition points and in the second half was awarded technical losses.
- Statistics (in Russian)
- The main source (in Ukrainian)