FC Arsenal Kyiv
|Full name||Football Club Arsenal Kyiv|
|Head coach||Serhiy Litovchenko|
|League||Ukrainian First League|
|2015-16||6th in Second League|
|Website||Club home page|
|Departments of CSK ZSUkraine|
|Football (I)||Football (II)||Basketball||Handball|
- 1 History
- 1.1 Soviet club (SC Arsenal Kiev)
- 1.2 Nyva-Borysfen→FC Boryspil→CSKA-Borysfen
- 1.3 New epoch
- 1.4 Reorganization in 2014
- 2 Supporters and Rivalries
- 3 Stadiums and home fields
- 4 Football kits and sponsors
- 5 Presidents
- 6 Players
- 7 Honours
- 8 League and cup history
- 9 European competitions
- 10 Managers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Soviet club (SC Arsenal Kiev)
Created on July 14, 1925, as a multi-sports club of the Arsenal Factory in Kiev, before World War II the club played mostly in regional competitions or amateur competitions for factory workers. In 1936 Arsenal Kiev took part in the Soviet Cup in football where it was eliminated after the first round of competition after a replay.
After World War II the club played in the Ukrainian Soviet competitions under the name of FC Mashynobudivnyk Kiev (the SC Arsenal Kyiv also used to have a hockey team, HC Zenit Kiev). In 1958 Mashynobudivnyk won the competitions and was accepted to the Soviet Class B under the name of FC Arsenal Kiev. In 1959–1964 the club played in the Soviet Class B. During its last season in 1964 the club was renamed into FC Temp Kiev. After the season Arsenal was dissolved, while its players became part of Dynamo Kyiv.
In 1958 they won the Ukrainian SSR Championship under that name and were accepted to the Soviet Class B under the name of FC Arsenal Kiev. In 1959–1964 the club played continuously in the Soviet Class B. During its last season in 1964 the club was renamed into FC Temp Kiev. After the season, in 1964, Arsenal was dissolved, while its players became part of Dynamo Kyiv, the club was replaced by Dynamo-2 Kyiv in the Soviet Second League and ceased to exist.
Foundation and Nyva Myronivka
Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that the club takes its roots from the appearance of FC Boryspil and that fact is well documented. FC Boryspil was established on 9 March 1993 by Ukrainian geologist and entrepreneur Dmytro Zlobenko along with his partner Ihor Kovalevych and his science production firm "Geoton". Zlobenko managed to find ways in cooperation with local administrations of Myronivka and Boryspil raions (southeastern part of Kiev Oblast). With the ongoing season, the club merged with the already existing FC Nyva Myronivka that competed at the Ukrainian Transition League (at that time was considered to have semi-professional status) and took over their brand temporary renaming into Nyva-Borysfen, while the original Nyva restarted as FC Nyva Karapyshi in the Kiev Oblast Championship. The idea of club's organization in the beginning came from another former football player and coach from Kiev, Ivan Terletskyi who also offered to seek help from Mikhail Oshenkov, a son of Oleg Oshenkov and who closely worked with Valeriy Lobanovskyi. Among other people who were involved in creation of the new club were children coach out of Kuchakiv Viktor Haiduk, director of the local "Kolos" sports society Mykola Kostianets, head of the Boryspil Raion state administration Mykhailo Muzyka, and Boryspil mayor Oleksandr Prydatko.
The original coach Volodymyr Kolomiets was left managing the club. Some new players were brought to the squad like Igoris Pankratjevas from FC Dynamo Kyiv and Oleksandr Ivanov from FC Metalist Kharkiv. With the help of Anatoliy Kroshchenko (at that time coached FC Dynamo-3 Kyiv), Nyva-Borysfen's squad was increased with Dynamo Kyiv's young footballers. The same year (1993) Nyva-Borysfen won the Kiev Oblast Cup, in order to participate in the Ukrainian Cup competitions. The new Nyva-Borysfen started out with a home loss to FC Naftokhimik Kremenchuk, while its next game it surprisingly won away in Kerch against the local FC Voikovets. At the same time in Boryspil started out reconstruction of Kolos Stadium. Nonetheless, the team failed its goals placing just outside the promotion zone in a tournament table. Luckily, the FFU Executive Committee decided to expand leagues and the "Myronivka Boryspilians" obtained the opportunity to jump on a last train car of the amateur "train" that was moving towards the official professional competitions, while heading back there was a more sad "train" that carried to the Transition League relegated from the last place FC CSK ZSU Kyiv. During the inter-seasonal break there were almost no changes made to the club's squad and coaching staff, except for few players who went on to play for Borysfen Boryspil.
Sponsorship of the Football Federation of Ukraine
Since 1993 Dmytro Zlobenko provided funding for still developing and young Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU). He sponsored various FFU projects, tours and travels of its teams. The amount of financial support was over $500,000. The club administration managed to find a common ground with Yevhen Kotelnykov who at that time was the first vice-president of the Football Federation of Ukraine and played a key role in Ukrainian football. At the club presentation that took place in Kiev was present Anatoliy Konkov who then administered the Ukrainian amateur football.
Among main sponsored events were an international tournament in Spain for Volodymyr Muntyan U-21 team and a tour of the Ukraine national football team (coached by Oleh Bazylevych) to the United States. Later the club's administration helped the Volodymyr Kyianenko U-16 team (predecessor of Ukraine U-17 team) with a travel to the 1994 UEFA European Under-16 Championship where it placed third. Cooperation with the Muntyan's youth team gave certain preferences in signing several better players among which were Hennadiy Moroz and Vitaliy Pushkutsa. The latter was targeted by Dynamo Kyiv and was signed just before Dynamo came with its offer. Alas, a signing of Vitaliy Kosovskyi did not materialized as Dynamo was faster in signing him, also fell through a transfer of Oleh Luzhny.
In 1993 the club among the first in Ukraine built its football stadium in Boryspil (Kolos Stadium) on the funds of private investors. It was completely demolished and built anew in three months. It was completed just before the game for Ukrainian Cup against Dynamo during the 1993-94 season. During the stadium's reconstruction, Borysfen played at a high school stadium in Shchaslyve.
Second League and Borysfen Boryspil
Before the 1993-94 season in the Second League, the place of Nyva-Borysfen was de facto handed over to the newly established FC Borysfen Boryspil. The club also managed to secure head coach services of Viktor Kolotov who along with Anatoliy Demyanenko joined the club coming from CSK ZSU Kyiv. Many players that joined the new club previously played for FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv or were affiliated with Dynamo Kyiv football school system, few previously also played for FC Nyva-Borysfen. Among those players it is worth to mention such as Oleksandr Shovkovskyi, Vladyslav Vashchuk, Serhiy Fedorov, Oleh Venhlinskyi. In the preseason FC Borysfen signed several other important players such as Stepan Matviyiv (top scorer of 1992-93 season) and the Soviet international player Hennadiy Litovchenko.
FC Borysfen Boryspil became the first Ukrainian club out of Druha Liha that spent its inter-seasonal break abroad in the German neighborhood Ruit (part of Ostfildern, near Stuttgart) which was favorite spot of FC Dynamo Kyiv and Valeriy Lobanovskyi, in particular and Graz in Austria.
Fielded squad: Oleksandr Filipchenko – Ihor Fedorov, Dmytro Koryenyev, Mykola Volosyanko, Dmytro Semchuk – Vladimir Matsigura, Oleksandr Venhlinskyi (Oleh Sukhomlynov), Pavlo Nesterchuk, Viktor Byelkin (Mykhailo Bezruchko) – Oleg Solovyov, Serhiy Kovalyov (Oleksandr Ivanov). Coach – Viktor Kolotov.
In the Ukrainian Cup, the club passed two rounds beating such clubs like FC Khimik Zhytomyr and FC Nyva Karapyshi, but was eliminated in the round of 32 losing both games of two legs play-off against FC Dynamo Kyiv.
During the first half the Kolotov's team nine times tied losing points with not very strong opponents. Although in main games were obtained decisive home victories, and succeeded in tying with strong Naftokhimik in Kremenchuk, in a spring Borysfen changed a head coach, its squad and the club's name. After the first half Borysfen was leading with closest pursuer FC Yavir Krasnopillia trailing by a point. At the end of 1993 FC Borysfen was negotiating with Valeriy Lobanovskyi who had his contract expired with United Arab Emirates (UAE national football team). After three days of negotiations, Lobanovskyi signed a contract with the Kuwait national football team. The new head coach was appointed Volodymyr Bezsonov who also was coaching CSK ZSU previously as Kolotov. His assistant became Volodymyr Muntyan. During midseason the club lost Litovchenko who left for Admira Wacker
First League and CSKA-Borysfen
In 1994 CSKA merged with FC Boryspil under the name CSKA-Borysfen Boryspil (soon thereafter – CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv). After a series of successful seasons FC Boryspil made its way from the Ukrainian Third League to the Ukrainian First League before the merge, while CSKA prior to that was relegated in two seasons from the Ukrainian First League to the Ukrainian Third League. The original CSKA team became a farm team (CSKA-2) of the merged CSKA-Borysfen. The newly merged team advanced to the top flight (from the First League to the Higher League) in one season. Since the 1995–96 season, the club has continuously competed in the top flight.
In 1996 CSKA-Borysfen went through another transformation when it split into two different clubs: CSKA Kyiv and Borysfen Boryspil. The management of CSKA-Borysfen decided to recreate a club in Boryspil, while CSKA was reorganized by the Ministry of Defense as the first team of CSKA. Simultaneously, the actual CSKA that was competing at the lower division won a promotion and was later reorganized as the second team, CSKA-2. Borysfen after competing at the amateur level of the Kyiv Oblast applied to enter the professional competitions and gained entry to the lower divisions of the championship.
The army-men also managed to appear in the domestic cup's finals twice (1998 and 2001), where they lost both times: first against city-rivals Dynamo Kyiv and then against Shakhtar Donetsk. The club's greatest achievements include a successful UEFA Cup run in the season of 2001–02, defeating the now defunct Finnish side Jokerit and Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.
In 2001-2007 FC Arsenal that originally was created as the Kiev's city team was funded by the Kiev City Administration until the dismissal of Oleksandr Omelchenko, after that the club was passed around through several private owners until it became bankrupt completely. Under the Omelchenko's guardianship Arsenal played at the main national football venue (today Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex) without any concerns, yet later it was "kicked out" of the capital and for sometime was forced to play in Boryspil or rent the Dynamo's home venues. Omelchenko who was a political opponent of Surkis brothers (Hryhoriy Surkis and Ihor Surkis) insisted that Dynamo should be playing at its home venue Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium.
Its European competition season in 2001-02, the club played under the brand of CSKA while de facto for the whole year was known as Arsenal.
In 2013 after selling of the club by Rabinovich to Onyshchenko, there started a promotional campaign for revival of historical heritage of another Sports Club Arsenal Kyiv that used to exist at the Kiev Arsenal Factory trying to connect the old sports club of 1925 with the newly created club of 2001.
Establishment of Arsenal Kyiv
After the 2000 financial crisis at CSKA, the club, as a state company of the Sports Committee of Ministry of Defense, had its budget cut and was on the brink of being dissolved. The Kyiv city government on the initiative of Oleksandr Omelchenko bought the club in 2001 reorganizing it under the name of 'Arsenal', grandfathering everything from CSKA Kyiv. The First League second team CSKA-2 Kyiv continued to be affiliated with the Ministry of Defense and once again became the primary team of the Army football club, FC CSKA Kyiv.
While under the city government's ownership, Arsenal struggled financially, resorting to loaning many of its first team's squad players. The city had decreased funding to the club significantly as it sought to reduce its numerous sports holdings. In May 2007, it was announced that the club would be demoted due to financial issues, however soon afterwards it was revealed that Arsenal would be purchased by Ukrainian oligarch, Vadim Rabinovich. The new owner started actively financing the club and its transfers. In January 2009 the Mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetskyi bought Arsenal Kyiv for 1 hryvnia from Rabynovich; Chernovetskiy's 30-year-old son Stepan became the club's president. The following year Rabynovich bought the club back due to the poor management.
In January 2013 the owner Rabynovych stated that the club could be liquidated. During the next month it was announced that Ukrainian oligarch Oleksandr Onyshchenko was ready to finance the club and claimed that he had paid all the debts. He also accused the previous leadership of the club of not passing the documents for signing the agreements on the transfer of corporate rights to the club. On 29 August, Rabynovych stated that he had resigned from the post of club president. The next day Onyschenko stated that due to the (then) present situation he could decide not to help the club. On 24 October Onyschenko stated that he had stopped financing Arsenal. The next day Arsenal failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League match against SC Tavriya Simferopol. On 28 October 2013 it again failed to appear for a 2013–14 Ukrainian Cup match against FC Nyva Ternopil. The next day general director Viktor Holovko announced that the club was filing for bankruptcy and withdrawing from competitions as it was unable to find any sponsors.
On 15 November 2013 FC Shakhtar Donetsk Chairman Rinat Akhmetov announced that after financial help from the other teams in the league; the Arsenal squad would be able to complete its 2013–14 (Ukrainian Premier League) season. But the next day Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk refused to (re)play the (16th round) match Arsenal had earlier failed to appear for (due to its bankruptcy). As a result, 29 October 2013 was the date the club lost its professional status.
Reorganization in 2014
After its last game of the 2014 Kiev city championship on November 9, 2014, which was won by FC Arsenal-Kyiv, the club's president Kikireshko announced that the club submitted a preliminary application on participation in the Ukrainian Second League for the 2015–16 Ukrainian Second League season. and it was accepted. the Ukrainian Second League.
Supporters and Rivalries
Arsenal supporters are very strongly tied to the anti-fascist movement and in the majority hold strong left-wing views. They maintain friendly relations with Partizan Minsk and SV Babelsberg who have similar political beliefs. Their archrivals are the majority nationalist and right-wing Dynamo Kiev, with whom they contest the Kiev derby. They also have a rivalry with the other Kiev team, CSCA Kiev, not only along political lines but also due to the controversial intertwining of the two club's histories. Other fierce rivals are Karpaty Lviv and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Stadiums and home fields
The original and very first home stadium became Kolos Stadium. The club's main training facility are located in one of Kiev's suburbs Shchaslyve that is located just outside of the Kiev's city limits on the way towards Boryspil.
In 1995 the club became affiliated with the Armed Forces of Ukraine as CSKA-Borysfen and played at CSK ZSU Stadium which belongs to the Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In 2001 after becoming the Kiev municipal team the club "pushed" out of Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, the leader of Ukrainian football, FC Dynamo Kyiv and reserved the arena until its renovations in 2008 for its preparation to the Euro 2012.
Football kits and sponsors
|Years||Football kit||Shirt sponsor||Note|
|pre-2001||Refer to CSKA Kyiv|
|2001–2002||Nike||ukrgasbank||as Arsenal Kyiv|
- 1993 – 1995 NPF Geoton Boryspil (Dmytro Zlobenko) as FC Boryspil
- 1995 – 2001 Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as (team merged with CSKA Kyiv)
- 2001 – 2007 Kiev city administration (Oleksandr Omelchenko and Leonid Chernovetskyi, team transformed into Arsenal Kyiv)
- 2007 – 2013 Vadym Rabinovych
- 2013 – 2013 Oleksandr Onyshchenko (club dissolved)
- 2014 Oleksiy Kikireshko (club was reestablished as Arsenal-Kyiv Kyiv)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- As "Mashynobudivnyk Kiev"
- Championship of the Ukrainian SSR
- Winners (2): 1954, 1958
- As "FC Boryspil"
- As "CSKA-Borysfen"
- As "CSKA Kyiv"
- Ukrainian Cup
- Runner up (2): 1998, 2001
League and cup history
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes Nyva-Borysfen 1992–93 4th 4 34 19 7 8 45 28 45 Promoted Borysfen 1993–94 3rd 1 42 26 13 3 84 28 65 Relocated to Boryspil; in the second half FC Boryspil; Promoted 1994–95 2nd 2 42 26 9 7 73 31 87 Merged with CSCA Kyiv; Promoted CSKA-Borysfen 1995–96 1st 4 34 15 11 8 47 27 56 1/16 finals CSKA 1996–97 1st 11 30 9 8 13 33 35 35 1/2 finals 1997–98 13 30 9 6 15 30 35 33 Runner-up 1998–99 7 30 11 10 9 37 35 43 1/8 finals CWC 1st round 1999-00 10 30 9 8 13 31 36 35 1/4 finals 2000–01 6 26 10 10 6 30 23 40 Runner-up Arsenal (mid-season name change) 2001–02 1st 12 26 6 5 15 18 28 23 1/4 finals UC 2nd round 2002–03 5 30 16 8 6 24 25 56 1/4 finals 2003–04 9 30 10 7 13 38 44 37 1/8 finals 2004–05 9 30 9 10 11 30 33 37 1/16 finals 2005–06 12 30 9 8 13 31 39 35 1/4 finals 2006–07 14 30 7 9 14 28 44 30 1/32 finals 2007–08 6 30 11 9 10 42 36 42 1/8 finals 2008–09 11 30 8 8 14 26 33 32 1/8 finals 2009–10 7 30 11 9 10 44 41 42 1/16 finals 2010–11 9 30 10 7 13 36 38 37 1/2 finals 2011–12 5 30 14 9 7 44 27 51 1/4 finals 2012–13 8 30 10 9 11 34 41 39 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual round 2013–14 — 14 3 1 10 10 31 10 1/8 finals Expelled  Club reformed in 2014 as Arsenal-Kyiv 2014 5th 10 13 8 1 4 25 22 25 Amateur Cup also participated in the Kiev city championship 2015–16 3rd 6 26 13 4 9 37 30 43 1/16 finals Promoted 2016–17 2nd 1/16 finals
Arsenal Kyiv appeared in the European competitions for the first time as CSKA Kyiv in 1998 (1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup) in away game against the Irish Cork City F.C. which CSKA lost 1-2. The first two qualifications to European competitions were achieved by reaching the final of Ukrainian Cup in 1998 and 2001. During that time Arsenal Kyiv was known as CSKA Kyiv.
The first appearance in the European competitions under Arsenal brand the club made in 2012.
|1998–99||Qualifying round||Cork City||2–0||1–2||3–2|
|First Round||Lokomotiv Moscow||0–2||1–3||1–5|
|2001–02||Qualifying round||FC Jokerit||2–0||2–0||4–0|
|First round||Red Star Belgrade||3–2||0–0||3–2|
|Second round||Club Brugge K.V.||0–2||0–5||0–7|
|2012–13||Third qualifying round||ND Mura 05||0–31||2–0||2–3|
- Note 1: UEFA awarded Mura 05 a 3–0 win due to Arsenal Kyiv fielding a suspended player in the first leg. The original match had ended in a 3–0 win for Arsenal Kyiv.
- Viktor Kolotov (1993-1993)
- Volodymyr Bezsonov (1994-1994)
- Oleh Kuznetsov (July 1, 2001 – June 30, 2002)
- Vyacheslav Hroznyi (July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2004)
- Oleksandr Baranov (July 1, 2004 – Nov 1, 2005)
- Oleksandr Zavarov (Nov 10, 2005 – Jan 28, 2010)
- Vyacheslav Hroznyi (Jan 28, 2010 – April 16, 2010)
- Yuriy Bakalov (interim) (April 22, 2010 – May 18, 2010)
- Yuriy Bakalov (May 18, 2010 – May 29, 2011)
- Leonid Kuchuk (June 2, 2011 – Dec 31, 2012)
- Yuriy Bakalov (Jan 5, 2013 – Nov 21, 2013)
- Serhiy Zakarlyuka (Nov 22, 2013 – Jan 31, 2014) (caretaker)
- Andriy Annenkov (Feb 1, 2014 – Aug 8, 2015)
- Soviet Union Cup 1936
- Ukrainian Hockey. tribuna.com. 27 July 2013
- Dmytro Zlobenko past away (Не стало Дмитра Злобенка). Football Federation of Kiev Oblast. 15 April 2013
- Bebekh, R. Ihor Kovalevych: Surkis did not like that Fomenko says everything to a face (Игорь Ковалевич: Суркису не понравилось, что Фоменко все говорит в глаза). Matchday. 14 February 2014
- Meteor flew from Boryspil towards Kiev
- Oshemkov, son of Oshenkov. Lobanovskyi's co-worker (Ошемков, сын Ошенкова. Соратник Лобановского). Sport-Ekspress in Ukraine. 12 April 2013
- Ihor Kovalevych: "Borysfen" was a people's team (Ігор Ковалевич: "Борисфен" був народною командою" ). Footboom. 31 May 2014
- Semenenko, O. History of the patriotic football: how "Borysfen" was helping FFU and luring Lobanovskyi (История отечественного футбола: как «Борисфен» помогал ФФУ и заманивал Лобановского). Vzgliad. 17 April 2013
- 1993-94 Ukrainian Second League season. Ukrainian Football by Alexei Kobyzev.
- 1993-94 Ukrainian Cup. Ukrainian Football.
- Arsenal Kyiv director general says club out of all competitions, bankruptcy procedures launched, Interfax-Ukraine (1 November 2013)
FC Arsenal (Kyiv) starts bankruptcy procedure, drops out of competition, says director, Interfax-Ukraine (31 October 2013)
- ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ ГЕНЕРАЛЬНОГО ДИРЕКТОРА ФК "АРСЕНАЛ" (КИЕВ) ВИКТОРА ГОЛОВКО [Announcement of the general director of FC Arsenal Kyiv Viktor Holovko] (in Ukrainian). FC Arsenal Kyiv. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- Киевский Арсенал снимается с чемпионата [Kiev Arsenal is withdrawing from competitions] (in Ukrainian). ua-football.com. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- PRESS: Owners of Ukrainian Premier League clubs willing to help FC Arsenal Kyiv financially, Interfax-Ukraine (16 November 2013)
(Russian) "Днепр" не поддержал предложение реанимации "Арсенала" "Dnipro" does not supported the resurrection of "Arsenal", Gazeta.ua (17 November 2013)
- Киевский "Арсенал" возвращается на футбольное поле [Arsenal Kyiv returns to the football pitch] (in Russian). terrikon. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- Киевский "Арсенал" снова в строю! [Arsenal Kyiv again in uniforms]. Official Arsenal Kyiv website (in Russian). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Arsenal kyiv submitted a preliminary application on participation in the Second League". UA-Football (in Russian). 10 November 2014.
- Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- History of CSKA Kyiv. CSKA of Ukraine website
- Team squad – Ukrainian Premier League website
- On 29 October 2013, the general director of FC Arsenal Kyiv Viktor Holovko announced that the club is filling for bankruptcy and withdrawing from competitions as it was unable to find any sponsors. "Arsenal Kyiv director general says club out of all competitions, bankruptcy procedures launched". Interfax-Ukraine. 1 November 2013."FC Arsenal (Kyiv) starts bankruptcy procedure, drops out of competition, says director". Interfax-Ukraine. 31 October 2013.
The General Assembly of the Ukrainian Premier League was unable to reach a quorum and hence no decision was made on the expulsion of the club from the UPL.Гендиректор УПЛ пояснив, чому Данілов не приїхав на Загальні збори [General Director of UPL explained why Danilov did not come to the General Assembly] (in Ukrainian). ua-football.com. 18 December 2013. (18 December 2013)
On 12 February 2014 Arsenal Kyiv was officially expelled from the league and all club's results were annulled."Decision #53 League Directory" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). 12 February 2014.
- Kutsenko, V. Results of regional championships of Ukraine 2014. Center and North. UA-Football. 22 December 2014
- Originally, as per competition regulations the top three teams were promoted from the 2015–16 Ukrainian Second League. (Ukrainian) "Друга ліга, 24-й тур:"Черкаський Дніпро" та "Оболонь-Бровар" виходять у першу лігу!" [Second league, Round 24: Cherkaskyi Dnipro and Obolon-Brovar enter First League]. Professional Football League of Ukraine. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
However, prior to the season commencing at the Conference of the PFL in preparation for the season the committee decided to expand the competition to eighteen teams and include the fourth, fifth and sixth placed teams. (Ukrainian) "В Першій лізі можуть стартувати 18 команд" [18 teams may compete in the First League]. UA-Football. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
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