Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship

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Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship
Founded1964
CountryUkraine (AAFU)
ConfederationUEFA
Divisions1
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toUkrainian Second League
Relegation toUkrainian Regional Football Championships
Domestic cup(s)Ukrainian Amateur Cup
International cup(s)none (in 1999-2015 – UEFA Regions' Cup)
Current championsViktoriya Mykolaivka
Most championships8 clubs (2 titles)
WebsiteOfficial site
2018–19 Ukrainian Football Amateur League

Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship (Ukrainian: Чемпіонат України з футболу серед аматорів) is an annual association football competition in Ukraine among amateur teams.

The championship replaced the Soviet competitions among collectives of physical culture (KFK).

Format and historical overview[edit]

All participating teams compete in the competition while competing in their regional (oblast) championships. There are no requirements or restrictions on amount of representation from each region and is on voluntary basis. Due to that fact, there is no relegation. In addition there is also no real requirements for promotion to professional competitions. All participating teams may apply to be admitted to Druha Liha (Ukrainian Second League) irrelevant to their placement in a given season of the amateur championship.

Since 2014, there is an intention to integrate the amateur competitions in the national football league system, so there would be systematic and well understood promotion and relegation process. The amount of groups was reduced and their size was increased, yet to the point for the participating teams still be able to compete in their respective regional competitions. There is also an idea to reform the competition as a semi-pro regional league competitions, possibly combining with the existing professional Druha Liha (Ukrainian Second League). As the effort to reintegrate the competition into the national league system, the competitions changed back again to fall-spring calendar in 2016 synchronizing the competition's calendar with professional-level championship.

During the 2017–18 Ukrainian Football Amateur League, 26 teams were split into three groups with top teams advancing to the league's playoffs starting at quarterfinals.

Previously in 2016–17 Ukrainian Football Amateur League, 24 teams were split into two groups with winners advancing to the final game on a neutral field.

Competitions in Soviet Ukraine[edit]

Created in 1964, the championship originally consisted of 5 to 6 groups based on geographic principle. Each group consisted of about 8-10 teams and later grew to around 16. Each group winners were advancing to finals which were conducted at predesignated location with a single game round robin tournament. Since 1973 the winner of that final tournament was granted an opportunity to advance to the Soviet Second League.

Competitions in independent Ukraine[edit]

The Soviet format stayed until 1997, when there was created the Association of Amateur Football of Ukraine (AAFU).

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, amateur competitions were shifted to the fall/spring calendar. The group winners, however instead of continuing to the final pool as before, were actually promoted to intermediate level, so called "Transitional League" which existed for just several years as a semi-professional tournament.

In 1996 and 1997 there took place a reorganization of all competitions under auspices of the Football Federation of Ukraine. Clubs that were competing at professional level, in 1996 organized the Professional Football League of Ukraine. The national amateur competitions were reorganized as AAFU. In 1997 the competition format also changed and there was reintroduced the final pool to identified the national winner of the amateur competition. The new format basically consisted of two stages with a final tournament chosen in the preselected city as previously in the Soviet competition. The size of groups was reduced as the number of teams decreased. In 1999, the competition calendar changed back to spring-fall competition so called all-summer event from the "european" fall/spring calendar.

In 2000 the league competitions changed again introducing extra stage (third) to avoid sudden withdrawals and eliminate financially suffering teams. In 2005 it was decided to eliminate the final game while still continue with the final tournament. In 2008 another change followed, which reduced the format back to two stages, however that did not solve the problem to increase the number of teams in the competition.

In 2010 there was an idea to incorporate the Amateur Association into the PFL as the Third League, eliminating the national amateur competition. The 2010 season also saw a record low number of participants in the competition, a pattern that might eliminate the association naturally in any case, due to poor management.

Notable clubs[edit]

There are former amateur and KFK teams that eventually made it to the Ukrainian Premier League.

FC Mariupol (former Lokomotyv Zhdanov), Stal Kamianske (former Metalurh Dniprodzerzhynsk), Nyva Ternopil (former Nyva Berezhany), Torpedo Zaporizhia, Naftovyk Okhtyrka, Vorskla Poltava, Kremin Kremenchuk, Stal Alchevsk (former Stal Komunarsk)

Winners[edit]

In bold are identified clubs that were granted professional status and were promoted to the Ukrainian Second League.

Association of Amateur Football of Ukraine (AAFU)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third (semifinalists) Size
2018–19 35
2017–18 Viktoriya Mykolaivka Tavriya-Skif Rozdol Rochyn / ODEK 26
2016–17 Ahrobiznes Volochysk Metalist 1925 Kharkiv Chaika / Tavriya-Skif 24
2016 Balkany Zoria Ahrobiznes Volochysk ODEK / Vradiyivka 24
2015 Balkany Zoria Rukh Vynnyky ODEK / Kolos 16
2014 Rukh Vynnyky AF Pyatykhatska Zoria / Kolos 21
2013 ODEK Orzhiv Rukh Vynnyky Zoria / Lokomotyv 23
2012 Karpaty Kolomyia Lokomotyv Kupyansk Hvardiyets / Sovinyon 18
2011 Nove Zhyttya Putrivka Sambir / Torpedo 24
2010 Myr Novotroitsk Raion Zvyahel-750 Novohrad-Volynskyi ODEK / Yednist-2 14
2009 Yednist-2 Torpedo Mykolaiv Slovkhlib / Irpin 18
2008 FC Luzhany Torpedo Mykolaiv Lokomotyv / Yednist-2 25
2007 Bastion Illichivsk Yednist-2 Plysky Luzhany 24
2006 Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Hran Buzova Khodak Cherkasy 20
2005 Ivan Odessa Feniks-Illychivets Kalynine ODEK Orzhiv 16
2004 KZEZO Kakhovka Slovkhlib Slovyansk Yednist Plysky 25
2003 Molniya Sieverodonetsk KZEZO Kakhovka Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih 31
2002 KZEZO Kakhovka Fakel-HPZ Varva Vodnyk Mykolaiv 28
2001 Shakhtar Luhansk Monolit Kostiantynivka Vuhlyk Dymytrov 35
2000 HPZ Varva Nizhyn Kovel-Volyn Kovel 34
1999 Dnister Ovidiopol Tekhno-Centre Rohatyn Krystal Parkhomivka 24
1998–99 Dynamo Lviv Krystal Parkhomivka HPZ Varva 35
1997–98 Enerhetyk Burshtyn Dalis Kamyshevakha Krystal Parkhomivka 30

FFU Amateur Football League[edit]

Decrease in number of participants trifold in 1995 and introduction of final tournament instead of simple single final group in 1996.

Season Zone Champion Runner-up Third place Number of teams
1996–97 Elektron Romny Cementnyk-Khorda Mykolaiv Naftovyk Dolyna 33
1995–96 1 Pokuttia Kolomyia Mebilnyk Chernivtsi Karpaty Rakhiv 4
2 Zoria Khorostkiv ENKO Lutsk Sokil Radyvyliv 5
3 Paperovyk Malyn Lokomotyv Smila Budivelnyk Brovary 4
4 Fakel Varva Elektron Romny Avanhard Merefa 4
5 Avanhard Kramatorsk Shakhtar Rovenky Budivelnyk Kryvyi Rih 4
6 Portovyk Kerch Kolos Osokorivka Blaho Blahoyeve 5
1994–95 1 Khimik Kalush Yalynka Velykyi Bychkiv Pokuttia Kolomyia 13
2 Haray Zhovkva Zoria Khorostkiv Probiy Horodenka 13
3 Obolon-Zmina Kyiv Dynamo-3 Kyiv Ahroservis Bakhmach 16
4 Sportinvest Kryvyi Rih Avanhard Merefa Silur Khartsyzk 16
5 Dynamo Slovyansk Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Metalurh Kupyansk 16
6 Portovyk Illichivsk Olimpia FC AES Yuzhnoukrainsk Mercury Pervomaysk 17
1993–94 1 LAZ Lviv Lada Chernivtsi Pokuttia Kolomyia 14
2 Advis Khmelnytskyi Keramik Baranivka Obolon-Zmina Kyiv 12
3 Transimpeks Vyshneve Sula Lubny Ahroservis Bakhmach 15
4 Avanhard Rovenky Vahbud Kremenchuk Krystal Torez 15
5 Metalurh Novomoskovsk Shakhtar Horlivka Shakhtar Sverdlovsk 14
6 Tavriya Novotroitsk Dnistrovets Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky Blaho Blahoyeve 17

KFK competitions of Ukraine[edit]

Competitions shifted to fall–spring system instead of spring-fall (summer) system and missed half of the season. There was no final group of six group winners as in previous season and all group winners were announced as champions.

Season Zone Champion Runner-up Third place Number of teams
1992–93 1 Beskyd Nadvirna Khimik Kalush Lada Chernivtsi 13
2 Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia Advis Khmelnytskyi Lokomotyv Rivne 13
3 Hart Borodianka Keramik Baranivka Dynamo-3 Kyiv 14
4 Sirius Zhovti Vody Avanhard Rovenky Vahbud Kremenchuk 14
5 Oskil Kupyansk Shakhtar Sverdlovsk Shakhtar Snizhne 14
6 Surozh Sudak Tavria Novotroitsk Blaho Blahoyeve 14

KFK competition of Ukrainian SSR[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third place Top scorer
1991 Novator Mariupol Krystal Chortkiv Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria
1990 Avtomobilist Sumy Mayak Ochakiv Stal Komunarsk
1989 SKA Kyiv Mayak Ochakiv Krystal Chortkiv
1988 Kremin Kremenchuk Stakhanovets Stakhanov Dynamo Odessa
1987 Dnipro Heronymivka Kremin Kremenchuk Metalurh Kupyansk
1986 Vorskla Poltava Metalurh Kupyansk Spartak Sambir
1985 Naftovyk Okhtyrka Spartak Sambir Vorskla Poltava
1984 Torpedo Zaporizhia Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Skhid Kyiv
1983 Dynamo Irpin Torpedo Zaporizhia Avtomobilist Lviv
1982 Nyva Berezhany Suvorovets Izmail Skhid Kyiv
1981 Mayak Kharkiv Nyva Pidhaitsi Refryzherator Fastiv
1980 Kolos Pavlohrad Nyva Pidhaitsi Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka
1979 Shakhtar Stakhanov Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Khimik Drohobych
1978 Metalurh Dniprodzerzhynsk Bilshovyk Kyiv Okean Kerch
1977 Pryladyst Mukacheve Tytan Armyansk Burevisnyk Ternopil
1976 Khimik Chernihiv[a] Tytan Armyansk Elektron Ivano-Frankivsk
1975 Kolos Nikopol Metalurh Kupyansk Khimik Chernihiv
1974 Lokomotyv Zhdanov Kolos Nikopol Sokil Lviv
1973 Hranyt Cherkasy Sokil Lviv Hirnyk Dniprorudny
1972 Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Avanhard Stryi Sokil Lviv
1971 Shakhtar Makiivka Karpaty Mukacheve Mayak Kharkiv
1970 Sokil Lviv Avanhard Ordzhonikidze Khimik Chernihiv
1969 Shakhtar Kirovsk Mayak Kharkiv Meteor Zaporizhia
1968 Druzhba Buchach GUS (Horlvuhlebud) Horlivka Temp Kyiv
1967 Avanhard Rovenky Avanhard Vilnohirsk Temp Kyiv
1966 Metalist Sevastopol Kolhospnyk Buchach Avanhard Kryukiv
1965 Metalist Sevastopol Avtoshklo Kostiantynivka Budivelnyk Khust
1964 Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka Shakhtar Krasnyi Luch LVVPU Lviv

Top scorers[edit]

Season Top scorer Goals
2017–18 Robert Hehedosh (FC Minaj) 14
2016–17 Mykola Temnyuk (Ahrobiznes Volochysk) 18
2016 Andriy Donets (Ahrobiznes Volochysk) 6
2015 Oleksandr Bondarenko (Kolos Kovalivka) 11
2014 Oleh Sheptytskyi (Rukh Vynnyky) 7
Valentyn Poltavets (Balkany Zorya)
2013 Oleh Sheptytskyi (Rukh Vynnyky) 6
Oleksandr Melashchenko (Nove Zhyttia Andriyivka)
2012 Denys Kovalenko (Sovinyon Tayirove) 14
Roman Tormozov (Torpedo Mykolaiv)
2011 Roman Tormozov (Torpedo Mykolaiv) 13
2010 Yuriy Perin (Zvyahel-750 Novohrad-Volynskyi) 13
2009 Serhiy Zhyhalov (Myr Hornostayivka) 7
2008 Yevhen Ryabchuk (Zirka Kyiv) 8
Volodymyr Baranovskyi (Sokil Zolochiv)
2007 Irakliy Burdzhanadze (Bastion Illichivsk) 9
2006 Ihor Yatsenkiv (Sokil Sukhovolya) 8
2005 Oleksiy Antyukhin (Feniks-Illichovets Kalinine) 8
2004 Volodymyr Lebid (KZEZO Khakhovka) 16
2003 Oleksiy Ananichev (KZEZO Khakhovka) 11
2002 Oleksiy Ananichev (KZEZO Khakhovka) 13
2001 Kostiantyn Pinchuk (Shakhtar Luhansk) 20
2000 Hocha Hohokhia[1] (FC Nizhyn) 14
1999 Volodymyr Kress (Dnister Ovidiopol) 10
1998–99 Valeriy Kornyev (HPZ Varva) 11
1997–98 Vasyl Kostyuk (Enerhetyk Burshtyn) 9
1996–97 Hennadiy Strilyanyi (Lokomotyv / Elektron) 7
1995–96 Andriy Chachkin (Zoria Khorostkiv) 7
1994–95 Vasyl Lomaka (Shakhtar Sverdlovsk) 30
1993–94 Oleksandr Dovhalets (Advis Khmelnytskyi) 27
1992–93 Serhiy Akymenko (Shakhtar Snizhne) 23

Statistics[edit]

Winners by club[edit]

  • Statistic as of 2018
Club Winners Runners-up Third place
(semifinalists)
Region
Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka 2 2 1 Kherson Oblast
HPZ Varva 2 1 1 Chernihiv Oblast
Avanhard Rovenky 2 1 0 Luhansk Oblast
KZEZO Kakhovka 2 1 0 Kherson Oblast
Metalist Sevastopol 2 0 0 Sevastopol
Dnipro Heronymivka 2 0 0 Cherkasy Oblast
Novator Mariupol 2 0 0 Donetsk Oblast
Balkany Zoria 2 0 0 Odesa Oblast
Shakhtar Sverdlovsk 1 2 1 Luhansk Oblast
Nyva Berezhany 1 2 0 Ternopil Oblast
Rukh Vynnyky 1 2 0 Lviv Oblast
Yednist-2 1 1 2 Chernihiv Oblast
Sokil Lviv 1 1 2 Lviv Oblast
Mayak Kharkiv 1 1 1 Kharkiv Oblast
Druzhba Buchach 1 1 0 Ternopil Oblast
Kolos Nikopol 1 1 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Karpaty Mukacheve 1 1 0 Zakarpattia Oblast
Shakhtar Stakhanov 1 1 0 Luhansk Oblast
Torpedo Zaporizhia 1 1 0 Zaporizhia Oblast
Kremin Kremenchuk 1 1 0 Poltava Oblast
Khimik Kalush 1 1 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Tavriya Novotroitsk 1 1 0 Kherson Oblast
Elektron Romny 1 1 0 Sumy Oblast
Advis Khmelnytskyi 1 1 0 Khmelnytskyi Oblast
Zoria Khorostkiv 1 1 0 Ternopil Oblast
ODEK Orzhiv 1 0 5 Rivne Oblast
Pokuttia Kolomyia 1 0 2 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Khimik Chernihiv 1 0 2 Chernihiv Oblast
Vorskla Poltava 1 0 1 Poltava Oblast
Luzhany 1 0 1 Chernivtsi Oblast
Obolon-Zmina Kyiv 1 0 1 Kyiv
Ocean Kerch 1 0 1 AR Crimea
Myr Hornostayivka 1 0 0 Kherson Oblast
Nove Zhyttia Andriyivka 1 0 0 Poltava Oblast
Karpaty Kolomyia 1 0 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Bastion Illichivsk 1 0 0 Odesa Oblast
Ivan Odessa 1 0 0 Odesa Oblast
Molniya Sieverodonetsk 1 0 0 Luhansk Oblast
Shakhtar Luhansk 1 0 0 Luhansk Oblast
Dniester Ovidiopol 1 0 0 Odesa Oblast
Dynamo Lviv 1 0 0 Lviv Oblast
Enerhetyk Burshtyn 1 0 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Paperovyk Malyn 1 0 0 Zhytomyr Oblast
Avanhard Kramatorsk 1 0 0 Donetsk Oblast
Haray Zhovkva 1 0 0 Lviv Oblast
Sportinvest Kryvyi Rih 1 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Dynamo Sloviansk 1 0 0 Donetsk Oblast
Portovyk Illichivsk 1 0 0 Odesa Oblast
LAZ Lviv 1 0 0 Lviv Oblast
Transimpeks Vyshneve 1 0 0 Kyiv Oblast
Metalurh Novomoskovsk 1 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Beskyd Nadvirna 1 0 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia 1 0 0 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
Hart Borodianka 1 0 0 Kyiv Oblast
Sirius Zhovti Vody 1 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Oskil Kupyansk 1 0 0 Kharkiv Oblast
Surozh Sudak 1 0 0 AR Crimea
Avtomobilist Sumy 1 0 0 Sumy Oblast
SKA Kyiv 1 0 0 Kyiv
Naftovyk Okhtyrka 1 0 0 Sumy Oblast
Dynamo Irpin 1 0 0 Kyiv Oblast
Kolos Pavlohrad 1 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Metalurh Dniprodzerzhynsk 1 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Shakhtar Makiivka 1 0 0 Donetsk Oblast
Shakhtar Kirovsk 1 0 0 Luhansk Oblast
Ahrobiznes Volochysk 1 0 0 Khmelnytskyi Oblast
Viktoriya Mykolaivka 1 0 0 Sumy Oblast
Note
  • KZEZO stands for Kakhovkan Plant of Electro-Welding Equipment (Kakhovsky Zavod Elektro-Zvariuvalnoho Obladnannia).
  • The first team of Yednist-2 also participated in the competition and once placed the third. That team currently competes on the professional level. On the club level at this level of competition Yednist have titles of a winner, a runner, and two of the third place.

Winners by region[edit]

  • Statistic as of 2018
Region CoA Winners Runners-up Third place Winning clubs
Luhansk Oblast Coat of Arms Luhansk Oblast.svg 7 5 1 Avanhard Rovenky, Shakhtar Sverdlovsk, Shakhtar Stakhanov, Molniya Sieverodonetsk, Shakhtar Luhansk, Shakhtar Kirovsk
Kherson Oblast Coat of Arms of Kherson Oblast.svg 6 4 1 Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka, KZEZO Kakhovka, Tavriya Novotroitsk, Myr Hornostayivka
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast-COA.svg 6 1 2 Khimik Kalush, Pokuttia Kolomyia, Karpaty Kolomyia, Enerhetyk Burshtyn, Beskyd Nadvirna, Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Large Coat of Arms of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.svg 6 1 0 Kolos Nikopol, Sportinvest Kryvyi Rih, Metalurh Novomoskovsk, Sirius Zhovti Vody, Kolos Pavlohrad, Metalurh Dniprodzerzhynsk
Odesa Oblast Coat of Arms of Odesa Oblast.svg 6 0 0 Balkany Zoria, Bastion Illichivsk, Ivan Odessa, Dniester Ovidiopol, Portovyk Illichivsk
Lviv Oblast Герб Львовской области.png 5 3 3 Rukh Vynnyky, Sokil Lviv, Dynamo Lviv, Haray Zhovkva, LAZ Lviv
Donetsk Oblast Coat of Arms of Donetsk Oblast 1999.svg 5 0 0 Novator Mariupol, Avanhard Kramatorsk, Dynamo Sloviansk, Shakhtar Makiivka
Chernihiv Oblast Coat of Arms of Chernihiv Oblast.svg 4 2 5 HPZ Varva, Yednist-2 Plysky, Khimik Chernihiv
Sumy Oblast Coat of Arms of Sumy Oblast.svg 4 1 0 Elektron Romny, Avtomobilist Sumy, Naftovyk Okhtyrka, Viktoriya Mykolaivka
Ternopil Oblast Coat of Arms of Ternopil Oblast.svg 3 4 0 Nyva Berezhany, Druzhba Buchach, Zoria Khorostkiv
Poltava Oblast Coat of Arms of Poltava Oblast.svg 3 1 1 Kremin Kremenchuk, Vorskla Poltava, Nove Zhyttia Andriyivka
Kyiv Oblast Herb Kyivskoi oblasti 1.svg 3 0 1 Transimpeks Vyshneve, Hart Borodianka, Dynamo Irpin
Kharkiv Oblast COA of Kharkiv Oblast.svg 2 2 1 Mayak Kharkiv, Oskil Kupyansk
Khmelnytskyi Oblast Coat of Arms of Khmelnytskyi Oblast.svg 2 1 0 Advis Khmelnytskyi, Ahrobiznes Volochysk
AR Crimea Emblem of Crimea.svg 2 0 1 Okean Kerch, Surozh Sudak
Kyiv COA of Kyiv Kurovskyi.svg 2 0 1 Obolon-Zmina Kyiv, SKA Kiev
Sevastopol COA of Sevastopol.svg 2 0 0 Metalist Sevastopol
Cherkasy Oblast Coat of Arms of Cherkasy Oblast.svg 2 0 0 Dnipro Heronymivka
Zaporizhia Oblast Coat of arms of Zaporizhia Oblast.svg 1 1 1 Torpedo Zaporizhia
Zakarpattia Oblast Karpatska Ukraina-2 COA.svg 1 1 0 Karpaty Mukacheve
Rivne Oblast Coat of Arms of Rivne Oblast.svg 1 0 5 ODEK Orzhiv
Chernivtsi Oblast Coat of Arms of Chernivtsi Oblast.svg 1 0 1 Luzhany
Zhytomyr Oblast Coat of Arms of Zhytomyr Oblast.svg 1 0 0 Paperovyk Malyn

Championship winners that never turned professional[edit]

Teams that skipped the tier[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In place of Khimik, there was revived FC Desna Chernihiv and admitted to the Second League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship at FootballFacts.ru (in Russian)

External links[edit]