1998 Belarusian First League
|Relegated||Veino Mogilev Raion
|Goals scored||670 (2.79 per match)|
Team changes from 1997 season
Two best teams of 1997 Belarusian First League (Gomel and BATE Borisov) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Two teams that finished at the bottom (FC Lokomotiv Vitebsk and Stroitel Starye Dorogi) relegated to the Second League.
Due to a number of withdrawals and mergers occurred in Premier League in between seasons, no team has been relegated from Premier League to First League.
Two best teams of the season (Lida and Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi) were promoted to the Premier League. Two lowest placed teams (Veino Mogilev Raion and Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk) were initially relegated to the Second League. Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk disbanded at the end of the season and never played in First of Second league again. Belcard Grodno, who finished 8th, also disbanded, and as a result, Veino Mogilev Raion were saved from relegatin.
Teams and locations
|Team||Location||Position in 1997|
|Dinamo-Energogaz||Vitebsk||15Second League, Group A, 1|
|Svisloch-Krovlya||Osipovichi||16Second League, Group B, 1|
|Polesye||Mozyr Raion||17Second League, Group B, 2|
|ZLiN||Gomel||18Second League, Group B, 3|
||Promotion or relegation
|1||Lida (P)||30||23||5||2||65||19||+46||74||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi (P)||30||18||6||6||63||27||+36||60|
|8||Belcard Grodno (R)||30||11||7||12||36||37||−1||40||Disbanded|
|11||Polesye Mozyr Raion||30||10||4||16||39||54||−15||34|
|15||Veino Mogilev Raion||30||5||5||20||31||83||−52||20|
|16||Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk (R)||30||2||8||20||20||56||−36||14||Disbanded|
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.