1999 Belarusian First League
|Goals scored||688 (2.87 per match)|
Team changes from 1998 season
The two best teams of the 1998 Belarusian First League (Lida and Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Normally, the two lowest placed teams in the 1998 league would be relegated, however as Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk and Belcard Grodno disbanded at the end of previous season, no teams were relegated to the Second League. The promoted and disbanded teams were replaced by three newcomers from the Second League (Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk, Granit Mikashevichi and Neman Mosty and one team relegated from Premier League (Kommunalnik Slonim.
Before the start of the season Dinamo-Energogaz Vitebsk were renamed to Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk. FC Bereza merged with Keramik Bereza from the Second league and adopted Keramik name.
The two highest placing teams of the season (Kommunalnik Slonim and Vedrich-97 Rechytsa) were promoted to the Premier League, and the two lowest placed teams (Pinsk-900 and Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk) were initially relegated to the Second League. Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk disbanded at the end of the season due to financial troubles.
Teams and locations
|Team||Location||Position in 1998|
|Kommunalnik||Slonim||1Premier League, 15|
|Zvezda-VA-BGU||Minsk||16Second League, Group A, 1|
|Granit||Mikashevichi||17Second League, Group B, 1|
|Neman||Mosty||18Second League, Group B, 3|
||Promotion or relegation
|1||Kommunalnik Slonim (P)||30||18||5||7||57||29||+28||59||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||Vedrich-97 Rechytsa (P)||30||16||10||4||56||30||+26||58|
|14||Veino-Dnepr Mogilev Raion||30||6||8||16||31||57||−26||26|
|15||Pinsk-900 (R)||30||6||8||16||33||50||−17||26||Relegation to Second League|
|16||Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk (R)||30||0||5||25||26||90||−64||5|
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.