2002–03 Ukrainian First League
|Promoted||Zirka Kirovohrad, Borysfen Boryspil|
|Relegated||Sokil Zolochiv (withdrew)|
|Top goalscorer||(15) Maksym Shtayer (FC Krasyliv)|
Promotion and relegation
Five clubs promoted from the 2001-02 Ukrainian Second League.
- Group A
- Group B
- Systema-Boreks Borodyanka – champion (debut)
- Group C
One club was relegated from the 2001-02 Ukrainian Top League:
- FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod – 14th place (returning after a season)
- Before the season FC Sumy changed back to FC Spartak Sumy .
- During winter breack SC Mykolaiv changed its name to MFC Mykolaiv.
In 2002-03 season, the Ukrainian First League consists of the following teams:
|1||Zirka Kirovohrad (C, P)||34||22||5||7||45:22||71||Top League – Promoted|
|2||Borysfen Boryspil (P)||34||19||9||6||44-16||66||Top League – Promoted|
|7||Zakarpattia Uzhhorod||34||14||9||11||27:26||51||(-) new|
|8||FC Krasyliv||34||14||7||13||42:37||49||(+) new|
|9||Arsenal Kharkiv||34||13||7||14||38:42||46||(+) new|
|10||Spartak Sumy||34||13||6||15||34:40||45||(+) new|
|15||Systema-Boreks Borodyanka||34||9||13||12||28:28||40||(+) new|
|17||Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk||34||7||8||19||25:54||29||avoided relegation|
|18||Sokil Zolochiv (D)||34||4||7||23||23:39||19||(+) new – withdrew|
Nyva Vinnytsia was not relegated as Olexandria has folded in the Premier League. Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk was bought out by LUKOIL, the main sponsor of LUKOR Kalush, and the new management recognized it as the first team of one club with LUKOR being its second. One a paper LUKOR got promoted and Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk got relegated, but the truth is that the teams stayed in their divisions. Sokil Zolochiv has folded.
|Persha Liha 2002-03 Winners|
|FC Zirka Kirovohrad
Statistics are taken from here.
- Maksym Shtayer (Krasyliv) - 15
- Myroslav Bundash (Zakarpattia) - 11
- Artem Milevsky (Dynamo-2) - 11
- Bohdan Yesyp (Naftovyk) - 10
- Pavlo Parshyn (Polissya) - 9
- Statistics (in Russian)