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Ukrainian Premier League
Офіційна емблема Прем'єр-Ліги.png
Country Ukraine
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1991 (Vyshcha Liha)
2008 (Premier League)
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ukrainian First League
Domestic cup(s) Ukrainian Cup
Ukrainian Super Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Dynamo Kyiv (15th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships Dynamo Kyiv (15 titles)
Website Official website
2016–17 Ukrainian Premier League

The Ukrainian Premier League (Ukrainian: "Прем'єр-ліга") or UPL is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Vyshcha Liha (Supreme League) it was formed in 1991 upon discontinuation of the Soviet championship and included the Ukrainian-based clubs that competed in the Soviet competitions. In 1996 along with all the professional football leagues of Ukraine, the Supreme League became a member of the Professional Football League of Ukraine.

In 2008 it was reformed into a more autonomous entity of both the Professional League and the Football Federation of Ukraine, officially changing its name to the current one. Its rank was 8th highest in Europe as rated by UEFA as of 2014.

Among Ukrainian fans the most popular Ukrainian clubs are Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk.[1] Far behind those two are trailing Metalist Kharkiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Karpaty Lviv and Chornomorets Odesa.[1]

Overview[edit]

The 2015–16 season is the league's eighth after the break-away from the Professional Football League (PFL) in 2008 and 25th season from the break-up of the Soviet Top League. Until 2007 the league was subsidized by the government and from an economic point of view was not a profitable organization. To solve that issue, the League have tried to attract a few sponsors since the 2007 season: Soyuz-Viktan (2007) and Biola (2008). On 15 April 2008 the new Premier-League was formed. Since its formation the title sponsor of the League became the national network of the construction supermarkets EpiCentre K. The new sports organization is a completely independent entity and consists of 14 football club organizations under the guidance of the Football Federation of Ukraine.

With the new reorganization the format of the League was preserved, while the changes that were made were exclusively administrative. The teams that reach the top of the competition table at the end of each season as always gain the chance to represent Ukraine internationally in several prestigious tournaments (continental club tournaments). Also at the end of the season, the bottom two clubs are relegated to the First League (supervised by the Professional Football League) and replaced by the two top clubs from that league. All the participants of the Premier League enter the National Cup competition at the round of 32 (1/16th of the final) stage. Also the winner of the League at the beginning of every next season plays against the winner of the National Cup for the Ukrainian Super Cup.

As of 2015, Dynamo Kyiv is the reigning Ukrainian Premier League champion. To summarise, Tavriya Simferopol won the first championship, while all the subsequent titles have gone to either Dynamo Kyiv or Shakhtar Donetsk. Only 3 teams, Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have participated in all 25 Ukrainian Vyshcha Liha competitions.

The league cooperates with the Professional Football League of Ukraine which governs the lower divisions. The PFL is an association that represents 43 Ukrainian professional football clubs, which are represented by 44 teams (only 1 club now has more than one team which plays in a different division). The professional league was organized in 1996 and until 2008 was responsible for the competitions in the Top division as well. Before that, Vyshcha Liha was governed solely and directly by the Football Federation of Ukraine.

Emblem[edit]

Old emblem

The old emblem depicts a football that is wrapped around by the blue-yellow stripe (the national colors of Ukraine) on the blue background. Across the top and around the ball there are 16 stars that represent the league's participants (although in 2014 the league was shortened up to 14 teams th emblem was not changed). On the bottom the script says "Premier-League - Union of Professional Football Clubs of Ukraine".

Season regulations[edit]

Season regulations is one of the two most important documents (other being the competition calendar) that are adopted by the Premier League prior to each season.

Premier League directly organizes and conducts competitions among member clubs. Competitions are conducted on principle of "Fair play" and according to competitions calendar which is approved by the Premier League General Assembly and the FFU Executive Committee 30 days before start of competitions. Until 2019 all advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of games of championship and cup belong to the club that hosts them (except for the Ukrainian Cup final, the Super Cup of Ukraine, and the "Gold game"). All advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of the Ukrainian Cup final belong to the Football Federation of Ukraine, while the game of Super Cup and the "Gold game" - to the Premier League.

There are 14 club members of the league. All participants get approved by the Premier League General Assembly. Each club fields each team for senior competitions, and competitions for under 21 and under 19 teams (three teams). A club is required to have a stadium (registered with FFU) and an education and training facility (or center). A club also obligated to finance its own youth sports institution and a complex scientific-methodical group as well as to own and finance number of youth teams. A Premier League club needs to ensure participation of at least four youth teams (ages groups between 14 and 17) in the Youth Football League of Ukraine. A club cannot field more than one team for a certain competition.

All club's staff members (coaches, physicians, massage specialists) have to be contracted and be UEFA licensed. All coaches should have A-diploma, while head coaches - PRO-diploma. Football players are listed in "A" and "B" rosters. "A" roster contains no more than 25 players, while "B" roster has unlimited number of players no older than 21 who have professional contracts or agreements for sports training. The 25-players "A" roster includes the number of slots allotted for players developed by the club.

During breaks in competitions in summer and winter there are two periods for registering players.

A championship is conducted after the round robin system in two cycles "fall-spring" with one game at home and another at opponent's field with each participant. A competition calendar is formed after a draw that is conducted based on the Premier League club rankings. The calendar of the second cycle repeats the first, while hosting teams are switched. There should be no less than two calendar days between official games of a club. All games take place between 12:00 and 22:00 local time. Any game postponement is allowed only in emergencies and on decision of the Premier League Administration (Dyrektsiya). Game forfeitures are controlled by technical win/loss nominations and fines, followed by additional sanctions of the FFU Control-Disciplinary Committee, and possible elimination from the league.

Competition calendar[edit]

Clubs play each other twice (once at home and once away) in the 26-match season. The league begins in mid-July and ends in mid-June. After 13 rounds of fixtures, there is a winter break that lasts for three months (from early December to early March). Thus, the winter break is significantly longer than the interval between seasons. This schedule accounts for climatic conditions and matches that of most European leagues in terms of the beginning and the end of the season.

The first season of the League in 1992 was an exception, as it lasted only half a year. This was because the last Soviet league season ended in the autumn of 1991, and the Football Federation of Ukraine decided to shift the calendar from “spring-fall” to “fall-spring” football seasons. In the inaugural season, 20 clubs were divided into two 10-team groups. In both groups, each club played each other twice, and the championship was decided by a play-off match between the group winners, in which Tavriya Simferopol surprised the pre-season favorite Dynamo Kyiv.

After the first season, in each of the following seasons each team played each other team in the League twice. The number of participating teams fluctuated between 14 and 18, stabilizing since 2002–03 season at 16.

As of the 2005–06 season, the golden match rule was introduced. According to the rule, if the first two teams obtain the same number of points, the championship is to be decided by an additional "golden" match between the two teams. In fact, in that season Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk had earned the same number of points and Shakhtar won the championship by winning the golden match (2–1 after extra time).

Match Fixing[edit]

On March 27, 2015 Chornomorets Odessa hosted Olimpik Donetsk at their training base for a friendly during an international break. The match finished 4-0 in favor of Chornomorets Odessa. The game was not shown on TV and only 100 fans came. It soon emerged that over $200,000 had been placed on the outcome of the match. The Ukrainian derby of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv in late April in comparison was $100,000 placed in bets. The Chornomorets bets were placed at over 2.5 meaning there would be at least 3 goals scored. It was 0-0 until the 70th minute of the game, but suddenly Olimpik`s defence collapsed and conceded 3 goals and also another one - the amount needed to win.

Match fixing is not a common phenomenon in Ukraine. In the 1990s Dynamo Kyiv was disqualified from the UEFA Champions League for an attempt to bribe the referee.

In 2013, Metalist Kharkiv was disqualified from the Champions League after a fixed match with Karpaty in 2008.

History[edit]

Ukrainian clubs in the Soviet Top and First leagues[edit]

In 1936-1991 great number of teams from various cities of Ukraine participated in the top divisions of the Soviet football championship. There is even greater number of Ukrainian teams that played in lower divisions as well as republican level competitions, including the football championship of the Ukrainian SSR. During the Soviet period, football in Ukraine was administered by the Football Federation of the Soviet Union and assisted by the Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR. Over the years Dynamo Kyiv became a flag team not only of the Ukrainian football, but the Soviet club football as well winning a record number of league titles.

Soviet Top League[edit]

Team Seasons First
season
Last
season
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals
for
Goals
against
Points1 1st 2nd 3rd
Dynamo Kyiv 54 1936 1991 1483 681 456 346 2306 1566 1810 13 11 3
Shakhtar Donetsk 44 1938 1991 1288 434 379 475 1522 1641 1241 2 2
Chornomorets Odesa 24 1965 1991 738 244 217 277 777 884 699 1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 19 1972 1991 554 227 154 173 729 634 604 2 2 2
Metalist Kharkiv 14 1960 1991 438 133 124 181 413 530 390
Zorya Luhansk 14 1967 1979 412 125 135 152 416 469 377 1
Karpaty Lviv 9 1971 1980 244 68 85 91 250 301 218
Lokomotyv Kharkiv 4 1949 1954 34 23 57 47 112 176 91
Dynamo Odesa 2 1938 1939 51 16 13 22 64 102 45
SKA Odesa 2 1965 1966 68 4 19 45 38 121 27
Metalurh Zaporizhia 1 1991 30 9 7 14 27 38 25
Tavriya Simferopol 1 1981 34 8 7 19 27 54 23
Silmash Kharkiv 1 1938 25 8 6 11 34 45 22
Lokomotyv Kyiv 1 1938 25 8 5 12 43 64 21
Spartak Kharkiv 1 1938 25 5 7 13 43 63 17

Soviet First League[edit]

FC Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk, FC Dynamo Kharkiv, FC Silmash Kharkiv, Sudnobudivnyk Mykolaiv, FC Lokomotyv Kyiv, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, FC Zorya Luhansk, Spartak Kharkiv, Kharchovyk Odesa, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Lokomotyv Kharkiv, SKA Kyiv, Spartak Lviv, FC Krystal Kherson, FC Hoverla Uzhhorod, FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Dynamo Luhansk, Bilshovyk Zaporizhia, Lokomotyv Zaporizhia, FC Avanhard Kramatorsk, FC Shakhtar Stakhanov, FC Mukacheve, Spartak Kyiv, Torpedo Kharkiv, Dynamo Chernivtsi, SKA Lviv, Trudovi Rezervy Luhansk, FC Metalurh Zaporizhia, SKCF Sevastopol, FC Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk, Kolos Poltava, SC Prometei Dniprodzerzhynsk, FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi, FC Dnipro Cherkasy, SC Tavriya Simferopol, FC Nyva Vinnytsia, FC Veres Rivne, FC Lokomotyv Donetsk, SKA Odesa, Temp Kyiv, FC Polissya Zhytomyr, FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, FC Chornomorets Odesa, FC Avanhard Ternopil, FC Shakhtar Horlivka, FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi, FC Volyn Lutsk, Naftovyk Drohobych, FC Desna Chernihiv, FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi, FC Sirius Zhovti Vody, FC Illichivets Mariupol, FC Khimik Sieverodonetsk, FC Frunzenets-Liha-99 Sumy, Trubnyk Nikopol, FC Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih, Shakhtar Oleksandriya, FC Karpaty Lviv, FC Kremin Kremenchuk, FC Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol.

The first decade (1992–2000)[edit]

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the inaugural independent championship took place hastily at the start of spring 1992 after the creation of the Ukrainian Supreme League (Ukrainian: Вища Ліга, Vyshcha Liha). The League was created out of the six teams that took part in the Soviet Top League, two teams from the Soviet First League, and nine out of the eleven Ukrainian teams from the Soviet Second League. The other two of that eleven were placed in the Ukrainian First League as they were to be relegated anyway. The two best teams of the Soviet Second League B of the Ukrainian Zone were also placed in the Supreme League along with the winner of the 1991 Ukrainian Cup which finished ninth in the same group (Soviet Second League B).

The 20 participants were split into two groups with the winners playing for the championship title and the runners-up playing for third place. Three teams from each group were to be relegated. As expected, the five favorites, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chornomorets Odesa, and Metalist Kharkiv finished at the top of each group. In the championship play-off game in Lviv, a sensation took place as Tavriya Simferopol beat Dynamo Kyiv 1–0. The Crimeans earned the first Ukrainian title (thus far their only one), losing only once to Temp Shepetivka.

After being stunned in the first championship by the tragedy in Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv were anxious to earn their first title at the second opportunity. In the second Ukrainian championship, which had a regular League format of 16 teams, the main rivals of the Kyivians were Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, who were top after the first half of the season. By the end of the season both teams were neck and neck and at the end they finished with the same number of points. The championship title was awarded to Dynamo Kyiv as they had a better goal difference. Neither the Golden match, nor the fact that Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk had a better head-to-head record was considered.

The next seven years were known as the total domination of Dynamo Kyiv. During this period 'the main Soviet protagonists' had changed as some of the best teams were facing a crisis. After the 1993–94 season Metalist Kharkiv were surprisingly relegated to the First League. In the 1995–96 season Shakhtar Donetsk had the worst year in the club's history, coming tenth. Chornomorets Odesa were relegated twice during that first decade after which manager Leonid Buryak was sacked. A few newly created teams have since emerged such as Arsenal Kyiv and Metalurh Donetsk, as well as Vorskla Poltava, who surprisingly came third in the club's first season at the Top Level in the 1997.

The second decade (2001–2010) – Ukrainian derby[edit]

See also: Ukrainian derby

The next decade was marked by fierce competition between Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk. Since 2000, Shakhtar Donetsk has proved to be the real challengers to Kiev's dominance. In 2000 Shakhtar earned their first qualification to the Champions League earning a place in the Group stage. Nonetheless, Dynamo Kyiv is still considered to be the benchmark of excellence in the country and the primary feeder to the Ukrainian national football team. 2002 became the real cornerstone in the miners history when they earned their first national title under the management of the newly appointed Italian specialist, Nevio Scala, who managed to secure the Ukrainian Cup title as well. Since that time the issue of foreign players has become particularly acute and brought a series of court cases. The FFU and PFL worked together to solve that issue, coming up with a plan to force the transitional limitation of foreign players over time.

The clubs such as Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Chornomorets Odesa, who were recent contenders for the title, had to put up a fierce fight against the newly established contenders Metalurh Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv to qualify for the European competitions. Metalist Kharkiv shone brightly in the late 2000s (decade) by consistently finishing right behind Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk in third place. Their most remarkable feat was their participation in the 2009 European season when they had to face Dynamo Kyiv to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, but lost on the away goals rule. That same 2008–09 UEFA Cup competition was won for the first time by Shakhtar Donetsk, the first club of independent Ukraine to win the title. It was also the last UEFA cup title before it changed its name to the Europa league.

In the 2008–2009 season the league earned the highest UEFA league coefficient in Europe for that season. On the political side of the League it was transformed on 15 April 2008 into an autonomous entity, parting away from the PFL. The Premier League has been split since the moment it was created in regards to its president. The dispute went as far as even canceling the 13th round of 2009–10 season and moving it to the spring half, while having the 14th round still playing in the fall. The representatives of five clubs: Arsenal Kyiv, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, and Metalist Kharkiv have been boycotting most of the League meetings, not complying with its financial obligations and giving the broadcasting rights to TV-channels other than the League official supplier. They justified their actions due to what they deem to be the illegal election of the Premier League president. The representatives of the above-mentioned clubs did not recognize the election in 2008 of Vitaliy Danilov as the president and believed that the elections should have been won by Vadim Rabinovich.

To resolve this conflict Vitaliy Danilov instigated the re-election of the Premier League president in September 2009, and on 1 December 2009 won the election again with 11 clubs voting for his candidature, 3 were against, 1 abstained, and 1 was absent. This time most club presidents of the Premier League of Ukraine acknowledged Vitaliy Danilov legality. In the subsequent elections on 9 December 2011 Vitaliy Danilov was challenged by Andriy Kurhanskyi (through the proposal of Karpaty Lviv). The other available candidates, Miletiy Balchos (president of the Professional Football League of Ukraine) and Yuriy Kindzerskyi, were not picked by any members of the Premier League. Vitaliy Danilov managed to retain his seat with nine votes for him.

The third decade (2011–present)[edit]

Because of the Ukrainian crisis in the oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk the number of teams participating in the league was cut from 16 in the 2013–14 season to 14 in the following seasons.[2] In June 2015 the Football Federation of Ukraine announced plans to expand the league back to 16 teams for the 2016–17 season.[2]

Officials[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Directors[edit]

  • General director: Olexandr Efremov
  • Executive director: Maksym Bondarev
  • Sport director: Petro Ivanov
  • Development director: Vadym Halahan

Current clubs[edit]

The following teams are competing in the 2016–17 season:

Team Home city Stadium Capacity
Chornomorets Odesa Odesa Chornomorets Stadium 34,164
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Dnipropetrovsk Dnipro-Arena 31,003
Dynamo Kyiv Kyiv Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex 70,050
Karpaty Lviv Lviv Arena Lviv 34,915
FC Oleksandriya Oleksandria CSC Nika Stadium 7,000
Olimpik Donetsk Donetsk Sports Complex Olimpik 3,000
Shakhtar Donetsk Donetsk Donbass Arena 52,187
FC Stal Kamianske Kamianske Metalurh Stadium 29,734
Volyn Lutsk Lutsk Avanhard Stadium 12,080
Vorskla Poltava Poltava Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium 24,795
Zorya Luhansk Luhansk Slavutych-Arena 12,000
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi Kropyvnytskyi Zirka Stadium 13,667

Broadcasting[edit]

Free-to-air live matches from the Ukrainian Premier League will be broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays on satellite channel 2+2 (Sirius 5E). This is a list of television broadcasters which provide coverage of the Ukrainian Premier League, which is Ukrainian football's top level of competition.

International broadcasters[edit]

Europe (UEFA)[edit]

Country Language Broadcasters
Andorra French Ma Chaine Sport
Armenia Armenian 12 TV
Azerbaijan Azerbaijani CBC Sport
Belgium French Ma Chaine Sport
Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbian SportKlub
Croatia Croatia SportKlub
France French Ma Chaine Sport
Greece Greek Action 24
Luxembourg French Ma Chaine Sport
Macedonia Macedonian SportKlub
Monaco French Ma Chaine Sport
Montenegro Serbian SportKlub
Poland Polish Polsat Futbol
Romania Romanian Dolce Sport
Russia Russian Futbol
Serbia Serbian SportKlub
Slovenia Slovenian SportKlub
Switzerland French Ma Chaine Sport
Turkey Turkish -
Ukraine Ukrainian Kanal Futbol,2+2

Africa (CAF)[edit]

Country Language Broadcasters
Algeria French Ma Chaine Sport
Morocco French Ma Chaine Sport
Tunisia French Ma Chaine Sport

UEFA ranking[edit]

Club Seeding[edit]

UEFA Club Ranking for club seeding in 2016–17 European football season.

Current
Ranking
Movement Last Season
Ranking
Teams Coefficient
17 Substituted in (21) Shakhtar Donetsk 83.286
23 Substituted in (26) Dynamo Kyiv 65.286
35 Substituted in (36) Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 53.286
94 Substituted off (55) Metalist Kharkiv 20.286
107 Substituted off (106) Chornomorets Odesa 17.286
135 Substituted in (141) Zorya Luhansk 13.286
154 Substituted off (141) Vorskla Poltava 10.286
154 Substituted in (155) Metalurh Donetsk 10.286
165 Substituted in (new) Oleksandriya 9.286
165 Substituted in (166) Arsenal Kyiv 9.286

Note: Since 1999 the country index (coefficient) indicates the lowest possible value any team of that country will get in the ranking. Currently it's 8.286 for Ukraine.

Teams in italics have either been eliminated or will not be participating in the 2016–17 European football season.[6]Last Updated:24 November 2016.

Country ranking[edit]

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation in 2016–17 European football season

Current
Ranking
Movement Last Season
Ranking
League Coefficient
6 Steady (6) France Ligue 1 52.749
7 Steady (7) Russia Russian Premier League 51.082
8 Steady (8) Ukraine Ukrainian Premier League 44.883
9 Substituted in (10) Belgium Belgian Pro League 40.000
10 Substituted off (9) Netherlands Eredivisie 35.563

Last Updated: 20 June 2016.[7]

International relations[edit]

In 2009 The Ukrainian Premier League joined the European Professional Football Leagues.[8] Also in 2009 the league signed a partnership with IMG of which during the first month of cooperation sold broadcasting rights for the Ukrainian Cup to Poland and Armenia. On its own initiative the Ukrainian Premier League sold broadcasting rights to Romania and Russia as well.

Champions and top goalscorers[edit]

Top League (Vyshcha Liha)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Top Goalscorer Rank
1992 Tavriya Simferopol Dynamo Kyiv Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine Yuriy Hudymenko (Tavriya Simferopol, 12 goals) N/A[9]
1992–93 Dynamo Kyiv Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Chornomorets Odesa Ukraine Serhiy Husyev (Chornomorets Odesa, 17 goals) 28/39
1993–94 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Chornomorets Odesa Ukraine Tymerlan Huseinov (Chornomorets Odesa, 18 goals) 24/44
1994–95 Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Tajikistan Arsen Avakov (Torpedo Zaporizhya, 21 goals) 24/47
1995–96 Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine Tymerlan Huseinov (Chornomorets Odesa, 20 goals) 19/48
1996–97 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Vorskla Poltava Ukraine Oleh Matveyev (Shakhtar Donetsk, 21 goals) 22/48
1997–98 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Karpaty Lviv Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov (Dynamo Kyiv, 22 goals) 17/49
1998–99 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, 18 goals) 15/50
1999–00 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh (Dynamo Kyiv, 20 goals) 12/50
2000–01 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine Andriy Vorobey (Shakhtar Donetsk, 21 goals) 13/51
2001–02 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine Serhiy Shyshchenko (Metalurh Donetsk, 12 goals) 13/51
2002–03 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Metalurh Donetsk Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh (Dynamo Kyiv, 22 goals) 14/52
2003–04 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Georgia (country) Giorgi Demetradze (Metalurh Donetsk, 18 goals) 14/52
2004–05 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Donetsk Ukraine Oleksandr Kosyrin (Chornomorets Odesa, 14 goals) 15/52
2005–06 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Chornomorets Odesa Brazil Brandão (Shakhtar Donetsk, 15 goals)
Nigeria Emmanuel Okoduwa (Arsenal Kyiv, 15 goals)
13/52
2006–07 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Oleksandr Hladkyi (FC Kharkiv, 13 goals) 11/52
2007–08 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Bronze stripped * Serbia Marko Dević* (Metalist Kharkiv, 19 goals) 12/53

Premier League[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place Top Goalscorer Rank
2008–09 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Oleksandr Kovpak (Tavriya Simferopol, 17 goals) 7/53
2009–10 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Artem Milevsky (Dynamo Kyiv, 17 goals) 7/53
2010–11 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Yevhen Seleznyov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, 17 goals) 8/53
2011–12 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Metalist Kharkiv Ukraine Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk, 14 goals)
Brazil Maicon (Volyn Lutsk, 14 goals)
9/53
2012–13 Shakhtar Donetsk Metalist Kharkiv Dynamo Kyiv Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk, 25 goals) 7/53
2013–14 Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Metalist Kharkiv Brazil Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk, 20 goals) 9/54
2014–15 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Brazil Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk, 17 goals)
Romania Eric Bicfalvi (Volyn Lutsk, 17 goals)
8/54
2015–16 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Brazil Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk, 22 goals)
8/54

Notes:

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third Place Winning Years
Dynamo Kyiv 15 8 1 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16
Shakhtar Donetsk 9 12 - 2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Tavriya Simferopol 1 - - 1992
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - 2 7
Chornomorets Odesa - 2 3
Metalist Kharkiv - 1 6
Metalurh Donetsk - - 3
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih - - 2
Vorskla Poltava - - 1
Karpaty Lviv - - 1

Note:

  •   identifies either defunct or teams that lost professional status.

Post-season play-offs[edit]

Golden matches[edit]

Third place matches[edit]

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Honored teams[edit]

A representative star is placed above the team's badge to indicate 10 league titles.[12] Dynamo Kyiv became the first Ukrainian team to achieve the prestigious honor of winning the Soviet Top League for the 10th time in 1981. Dynamo Kyiv after having entered the Ukrainian championship has become the same dominant leader as during the Soviet times by earning its 20th national title at the top level in 1999. The two stars,however, were only added to the club's logo in 2007.[13] No other club in Ukraine has come close to such an honour yet.

The current (as of June 2012) officially sanctioned Premier League stars are:

Premier League Players[edit]

All-time Premier League appearance leaders
Rank Player Games
1 Ukraine Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 413
2 Ukraine Oleh Shelayev 412
3 Ukraine Oleksandr Chizhevskiy 400
4 Ukraine Oleksandr Horyainov 391
5 Ukraine Vyacheslav Checher 370
6 Ukraine Serhiy Nazarenko 368
7 Ukraine Serhiy Shyshchenko 363
8 Ukraine Ruslan Kostyshyn 359
9 Ukraine Serhiy Zakarlyuka 356
10 Ukraine Oleksandr Hrytsay 353
Players in bold are still playing in Premier League
Data as of 20 March 2016[14]
All-time Premier League scorers
Rank Player Goals Games
1 Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh 124 341
2 Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov 123 261
3 Ukraine Yevhen Seleznyov 110 227
4 Ukraine Andriy Vorobey 105 315
5 Ukraine Oleksandr Haydash 95 258
6 Ukraine Serbia Marko Dević 90 219
Ukraine Serhiy Mizin 90 342
8 Ukraine Tymerlan Huseynov 85 215
9 Ukraine Oleksandr Kosyrin 84 240
10 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 83 172
Players in bold are still playing in Premier League
Data as of 20 March 2016[15]
Further information: Football records in Ukraine

Ex-Dynamo Kyiv striker Maksim Shatskikh holds the record for most Ukrainian Premier League goals with 124, winning the top single season scorer title twice in 1999–2000 and 2002–03. Since the first Ukrainian Premier League season in 1992, 22 different players have won or shared the top scorer's title. Only four players have won the title more than once, Tymerlan Huseynov, Maksim Shatskikh, Yevhen Seleznyov and Alex Teixeira. Henrikh Mkhitaryan hold the record for most goals in a season (25), Serhiy Rebrov and Maksim Shatskikh are the only two players to score at least 20 goals twice. The most prolific all-time scorers are Ivan Hetsko and Viktor Leonenko, respectively attaining 0.59 and 0.56 goals per game.

League managers[edit]

All-time League games
Rank Coach Games
1 Ukraine Myron Markevych 620
2 Ukraine Mykola Pavlov 546
3 Romania Mircea Lucescu 355
4 Ukraine Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi 308
5 Ukraine Valeriy Yaremchenko 297
6 Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko 294
7 Ukraine Oleh Taran 273
8 Ukraine Semen Altman 249
9 Ukraine Vyacheslav Hrozny 214
10 Ukraine Oleksandr Ishchenko 204
Coaches in bold are still active in the League
Data as of 16 May 2016[16]
Winning managers
Rank Name Club(s) Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
1 Romania Mircea Lucescu Shakhtar 8 4
2 Ukraine Valery Lobanovsky Dynamo 5 1
3 Ukraine Yozhef Sabo Dynamo 2 1
4 Ukraine Oleksiy Mykhailychenko Dynamo 2
Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov Dynamo 2
6 Russia Yuri Semin Dynamo 1 3
7 Ukraine Mykola Pavlov Dynamo(1)
Dnipro
1 1 1
8 Ukraine Anatoliy Demyanenko Dynamo 1 1
9 Ukraine Anatoliy Zayaev Tavria 1
Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko Dynamo 1
Italy Nevio Scala Shakhtar 1
Data as of 16 May 2016

The league's record holder for winnings is Mircea Lucescu.

The league's record holder for games that the coach led a team in the league is Myron Markevych. Among other coaches who stayed in the league the longest, there are Volodymyr Bezsonov (197), Anatoliy Zayaev (191), Ihor Nadein (184), Leonid Buryak (180), and Yevhen Kucherevsky (176).

– Managers that have retired out of sport. In bold are managers that are still active in the current season.

League referees[edit]

All-time League games
Rank Coach City Games
1 Serhiy Shebek Kiev 226
2 Vitaliy Hodulian Odessa 202
3 Vasyl Melnychuk Simferopol 190
4 Ihor Ishchenko Khmelnytskyi / Kiev 186
5 Ihor Yarmenchuk Kiev 168
6 Andriy Shandor Lviv 149
7 Valeriy Onufer Uzhhorod 141
8 Serhiy Tatulian Kiev 137
9 Serhiy Dzyuba Kiev 136
10 Anatoliy Zhosan Kherson 134
Ihor Khiblin Khmelnytskyi
Referees in bold are still active in the League
Data as of 19 May 2014[17]

All-time participants[edit]

The table lists the place each team took in each of the seasons. All figures are correct through the 2014–15 season. Teams marking: green – member of the Premier League, blue – member of the First League, gray – member of the Second League, pink – no longer member of UPL or PFL.

1992 92/93 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16
Teams 20 16 18 18 18 16 16 16 16 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14
Arsenal Kyiv[18]         4 11 10 7 10 6 12 5 9 9 12 14 6 11 7 9 5 8 16    
Borysfen Boryspil                         7 16                      
Bukovyna Chernivtsi 10 12 17                                            
Chornomorets Odesa 5 3 3 2 2 7 15   15     8 5 6 3 6 7 10 15   9 6 5 11 11
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3 2 4 3 3 4 4 12 11 3 6 4 3 4 6 4 4 6 4 4 4 4 2 3 3
Dynamo Kyiv 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 4 1 1
Hoverla Uzhhorod                     14     12 16   16   16     15 12 12 13
Illichivets Mariupol             14 5 8 4 10 10 8 5 4 15   14 12 14 11 9 10 14  
Karpaty Lviv 13 6 5 8 8 5 3 4 9 10 8 7 15     8 10 9 5 5 14 14 11 13 7
Kharkiv                             13 12 14 16              
Kremin Kremenchuk 14 9 15 10 9 15                                      
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih   8 6 6 14 12 8 3 3 11 9 12 10 13 14 10 13 12 14 13 10 7      
Lviv                                   15              
Metalist Kharkiv 6 5 18         6 5 9 5 16   11 5 3 (3)* 3 3 3 3 2 3 6 10
Metalurh Donetsk             7 14 7 5 3 3 4 3 9 9 12 4 8 8 7 5 6 10  
Metalurh Zaporizhya 11 7 16 9 5 8 9 8 6 8 4 15 11 10 8 7 9 7 9 16   16 14 7 14
Mykolaiv 18     13 16     16                                  
Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka 16                               15                
Nyva Ternopil 7 14 7 12 13 9 6 13 12 14                              
Nyva Vinnytsia 15   10 14 15 16                                      
Obolon Kyiv                       14 6 15         11 10 15        
Odesa 20                                                
Oleksandriya                     13 13                 16       6
Olimpik Donetsk                                               8 9
Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk 17     11 11 13 13 15 14                                
Sevastopol                                       15     9    
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 4 2 4 10 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
Stal Alchevsk                   13         11 16                  
Stal Kamianske                                                 8
Tavriya Simferopol 1 10 8 5 12 6 12 9 13 7 7 9 12 7 7 5 5 8 6 7 6 11 15    
Temp Shepetivka 19   9 17                                          
Torpedo Zaporizhya 8 13 13 7 7 14 16                                    
Veres Rivne   16 11 18                                          
Volyn Lutsk 9 11 12 15 17             6 13 8 15         11 12 13 13 9 12
Vorskla Poltava           3 5 10 4 12 11 11 14 14 10 13 8 5 10 6 8 12 8 5 5
Zirka Kirovohrad         6 10 11 11 16       16                        
Zorya Luhansk 12 15 14 16 18                     11 11 13 13 12 13 10 7 4 4

All-time table[edit]

All figures are correct through the 2015–16 season.[19][20]

Rank Team Seasons P W D L GF GA Pts Achievement
1 Dynamo Kyiv 25 734 545 123 66 1592 461 1758 champions (15)
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 25 734 502 130 102 1537 550 1636 champions (9)
3 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 25 733 371 186 176 1096 678 1299 runners-up (2)
4 Metalist Kharkiv 20 573 254 144 175 755 664 906 runners-up (1)
5 Tavriya Simferopol 23 681 237 170 274 795 873 881 champions (1)
6 Chornomorets Odesa 21 619 242 152 225 713 700 878 runners-up (2)
7 Karpaty Lviv 23 672 228 187 257 746 816 871 3rd (1)
8 Metalurh Zaporizhya 24 702 206 173 323 699 949 791 5th (2)[a]
9 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 21 634 201 173 260 633 786 776 3rd (2)
10 Metalurh Donetsk 18 526 203 142 181 655 623 751 3rd (3)
11 Vorskla Poltava 20 582 194 161 227 631 683 743 3rd (1)
12 Arsenal-Kyiv Kyiv 19 550 187 152 211 636 637 713 4th (1)[b]
13 Illichivets Mariupol 17 496 154 118 224 551 711 580 4th (2)
14 Volyn Lutsk 15 440 136 98 206 456 659 503 6th (1)
15 Zorya Luhansk 15 440 134 94 212 443 671 496 4th (2)
16 Nyva Ternopil 10 296 93 62 141 319 388 341 7th (3)
17 Torpedo Zaporizhya 7 210 64 42 104 214 315 234 7th (2)
18 Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk 7 206 55 52 99 215 315 217 10th (1)
19 Kremin Kremenchuk 6 180 54 40 86 182 269 202 9th (2)
20 Hoverla Uzhhorod 9 256 41 64 151 186 421 187 12th (3)
21 Zirka Kirovohrad 6 184 46 41 97 158 285 179 6th (1)
22 Obolon Kyiv 6 180 44 44 92 153 253 176 6th (1)
23 Nyva Vinnytsia 5 150 42 32 76 140 213 158 10th (1)
24 FC Oleksandriya 4 112 26 33 53 101 169 111 6th (1)
25 FC Kharkiv 4 120 25 33 62 94 156 108 12th (1)
26 Veres Rivne 3 98 27 25 46 89 141 106 12th (1)
27 Mykolaiv 4 116 26 23 67 100 208 101 13th (1)
28 Temp Shepetivka 3 86 24 16 46 79 113 88 9th (1)
29 Bukovyna Chernivtsi 3 82 23 18 41 69 99 87 11th (1)
30 Stal Alchevsk 3 86 17 21 48 67 126 72 11th (1)
31 Sevastopol 2 58 17 11 30 58 91 62 9th (1)
32 Borysfen Boryspil 2 60 14 19 27 40 60 61 7th (1)
33 Olimpik Donetsk 2 52 13 12 27 47 99 51 8th (1)
34 Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka 2 48 11 11 26 30 66 44 15th (1)
35 Stal Kamianske 1 26 7 8 11 22 31 29 8th
36 Lviv 1 30 6 8 16 24 39 26 15th
37 Odesa 1 18 3 1 14 15 32 10 10th

Stadiums[edit]

Rank Stadium Capacity Club
1 NSC Olimpiyskiy 70,050 Dynamo Kyiv
2 Donbass Arena 52,518 Shakhtar Donetsk
3 OSC Metalist 40,003 Metalist Kharkiv
4 Arena Lviv 34,915 Karpaty Lviv
5 Chornomorets Stadium 34,164 Chornomorets Odesa
6 Dnipro-Arena 31,003 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
7 Ukraina Stadium 28,051 Karpaty Lviv
8 Vorskla Stadium 24,795 Vorskla Poltava
9 Avanhard Stadium 22,288 Zorya Luhansk
10 RSC Lokomotiv 19,978 Tavriya Simferopol
11 Dynamo Stadium 16,873 Arsenal Kyiv
12 Illichivets Stadium 12,680 Illichivets Mariupol
13 Avanhard Stadium 12,080 Volyn Lutsk
14 Avanhard Stadium 12,000 Hoverla Uzhhorod
15 Slavutych-Arena 11,983 Metalurh Zaporizhya
16 SC Sevastopol 5,576 Sevastopol
17 Metalurh Stadium 5,094 Metalurh Donetsk

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 2001-02 Metalurh Zaporizhia placed fifth in the competition according to the season's regulations, however the FFU Executive Committee after reviewing granted the club the fourth place to allow Metalurh to participate in continental competitions.
  2. ^ Arsenal Kyiv's record includes the record of its predecessor CSKA Kyiv (when the club was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence).

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