Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship
|Level on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||Ukrainian Second League|
|Relegation to||Ukrainian Regional Football Championships|
|Domestic cup(s)||Ukrainian Amateur Cup|
|International cup(s)||none (in 1999-2015 – UEFA Regions' Cup)|
|Current champions||Viktoriya Mykolaivka|
|Most championships||8 clubs (2 titles)|
|2018–19 Ukrainian Football Amateur League|
The championship replaced the Soviet competitions among collectives of physical culture (KFK).
- 1 Format and historical overview
- 2 Winners
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Championship winners that never turned professional
- 5 Teams that skipped the tier
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Format and historical overview
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
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
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.
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)
In bold are identified clubs that were granted professional status and were promoted to the Ukrainian Second League.
FFU Amateur Football League
Decrease in number of participants trifold in 1995 and introduction of final tournament instead of simple single final group in 1996.
KFK competitions of Ukraine
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
Winners by club
- Statistic as of 2018
- 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
- Statistic as of 2018
Championship winners that never turned professional
- FC Ivan Odessa
- FC Karpaty Kolomyia
- FC Luzhany
- FC Nove Zhyttia Andriivka
- FC ODEK Orzhiv
- FC Viktoriya Mykolayivka
- FC Zoria Khorostkiv (group winner)
Teams that skipped the tier
- 1992: FC Avanhard Zhydachiv, FC Dynamo Luhansk
- 1993: FC Medyk Morshyn, FC Viktor Zaporizhia, FC Lviv (1992)
- 1996: FC Myrhorod (Petrivtsi)
- 1997: FC Karpaty-3 Lviv (Karpaty-2), FC Borysfen Boryspil, FC SKA-Lotto Odessa, FC Dynamo Odessa, FC Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk, FC Fortuna Sharhorod, FC Zirka-2 Kirovohrad, FC Vorskla-2 Poltava, FC Metalurh-2 Donetsk, FC Hirnyk Pavlohrad
- 1998: FC Avanhard Kramatorsk (VPS), FC Metalurh-2 Zaporizhia, FC Kryvbas-2 Kryvyi Rih
- 1999: FC Prykarpattia-2 Ivano-Frankivsk, FC Nyva-2 Vinnytsia (Nyva), FC Obolon-2 Kyiv, FC ADOMS Kremenchuk, FC Mashynobudivnyk Druzhkivka
- In place of Khimik, there was revived FC Desna Chernihiv and admitted to the Second League.
- Ukrainian Amateur Football Championship at FootballFacts.ru (in Russian)