Ukrainian Premier League
Офіційна емблема Прем
Founded1991; 31 years ago (1991)
as Vyshcha Liha
2008; 14 years ago (2008)
as Ukrayinska Premier Liha
CountryUkraine
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams16 (2021–22)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toUkrainian First League
Domestic cup(s)
International cup(s)
Current championsDynamo Kyiv (16th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsDynamo Kyiv (16 titles)
Most appearancesOleksandr Shovkovskyi (426)
Top goalscorerSerhii Rebrov, Maksim Shatskikh (123)
TV partners
WebsiteUPL.ua
Current: 2022–23 Ukrainian Premier League

The Ukrainian Premier League (Ukrainian: "Українська Прем'єр-ліга", Ukrayinska Premier Liha) or UPL is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Vyshcha Liha (Ukrainian: Вища ліга, Top League) it was formed in 1991 as part of the 1992[1] Ukrainian football championship upon discontinuation of the 1991 Soviet football championship and included the Ukraine-based clubs that competed previously in the Soviet top three tiers competitions as well as better clubs of the Ukrainian republican competitions. The initial season of the league featured six former Soviet Top League clubs among which were Dynamo, Shakhtar, Chornomorets, Dnipro, Metalist, Metalurh as well as four more clubs that previously also competed at the top league.

In 1996 along with the other professional football leagues of Ukraine, the Top League became a member of the Professional Football League of Ukraine.[1][2] In 2008[3][4] it was withdrawn from Professional Football League of Ukraine and reformed into a separate self governed entity of the Football Federation of Ukraine, officially changing its name to the current one. Its rank was 12th highest in Europe as rated by UEFA as of 2021.

As a leading club of the Soviet Top League, Dynamo Kyiv continues to be the league's "flagship club", while in the last 10 seasons the league is dominated by Shakhtar Donetsk 8 to 2. Three of Ukrainian clubs reached European club competitions finals including Dynamo (as Soviet club), Shakhtar and Dnipro. Among Ukrainian fans the most popular Ukrainian clubs are Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk.[5] Other popular clubs include Karpaty Lviv, Metalist Kharkiv, Chornomorets Odesa and Dnipro.[5]

General overview and format

The 2020–21 season is the league's thirteenth after the restructuring of professional club football in 2008 and the 30th season since establishing of professional club's competition independent from the Soviet Union. As of 2021, 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 2 teams, Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk have participated in all previous 29 Ukrainian Top League competitions. The central feature of the league is a game between the same Dynamo and Shakhtar which is developed into the Klasychne (Classic).

On 15 April 2008 the new Premier-Liha (Premier League) was formed. The new sports organization consists of 12 football club organizations that take control of the league's operations under the statues of Football Federation of Ukraine, UEFA, and FIFA. With the new reorganization the format of the League was preserved, while the changes that were made were exclusively administrative. Competitions continued to be conducted in a double round robin format among 16 clubs. There were couple seasons when the 14-clubs league's composition was experimented. Since the 2014 Russian aggression, the league was reduced to 12 members, while its format also has changed. The season is still being played in a double round robin in the first half of a season, after which the league splits in half into two groups of six teams. Both the top six and the bottom six play another a double round robin tournament with the clubs of own group. For 2019-20 there was also introduced post season play-off for qualification for the European club competitions.

The teams that reach the top ranks 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 clubs (usually two) are relegated to the First League (part of the lower Professional Football League) and replaced by the top clubs from that league. All the participants of the Premier League enter the National Cup competition and enter it at the round of 32 (1/16th of the final) or Round of 16 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 (under administration of the Premier Liha). Beside Super Cup game and championship among senior teams of the league's clubs, the league also conducts competitions among junior teams including under 21 and under 19. The champion of the under 19 championship qualifies for the UEFA Youth League.

Emblem

Old emblem
New emblem
Season's emblem in 2016
with Pari-Match as sponsor
Season's emblem of FavBet as sponsor
Season's emblem of VBet as sponsor

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 the emblem was not changed). On the bottom the script says "Premier-League – Union of Professional Football Clubs of Ukraine".

As with the old emblem, the new emblem also contains 16 stars. For the 2016–17 season, the sponsor's name was added.

Title sponsors

A banner with Soyuz(S•V)Viktan in 2007 at Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium
A banner with Soyuz(S•V)Viktan in 2007 at Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium

At least since 2006, the league was placing its sponsors' names for its seasons' titles. The first sponsor became Russian-Ukrainian production association of alcoholic beverages "Soyuz-Viktan" for the 2006–07 Ukrainian championship.[6][7][8] While the contract was signed for five years and officially presented by the presidents of the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Professional Football League of Ukraine as a title sponsor Soyuz-Viktan was expected to stay for couple of seasons, but already in 2007 there was announced a new title sponsor "Biola" from Dnipro.[9][6][10] Previously "Soyuz-Viktan" was sponsoring the Russian ice hockey team and its Hockey Super League, in 2006 it also became sponsor of newly established Channel One Cup.[11] Back in 2002, Mirror Weekly published an article that leaders of "Soyuz-Viktan" were convicted in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to 15 years imprisonment.[12] Reputation of "Soyuz-Viktan" was questioned on several occasions.[13]

Soon after establishment of Premier-Liha, in 2008 there was signed a contract with a new sponsor Epitsentr K (network of home improvement stores).[6][14] The sum of the contract was announced as $3.6 million,[15] while just three months before there were speculations that new sponsor would pay no less than $5 million.[16] In 2013 the contract expired.

The new contract was established in 2015 with a bookmaking company Pari-Match, which lasted for couple of seasons.[14][17][18][19]

Season's format and regulations

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[citation needed] all advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of games of championship and cup belong to the club that hosts them (the Super Cup of Ukraine and the "Gold game"). All advertisement, commercial rights and rights on TV and radio broadcasting of the game of Super Cup and the "Gold game". Before 2014 Premier League was also administering some rounds of the Ukrainian Cup (Round of 8, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals). The earlier rounds were administered by the Professional League and the final by the Federation. Since 2014 the organization of Ukrainian Cup competitions in full belongs exclusively to the Federation.

There are currently 12 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 is also obligated to finance its own youth sports institution and a complex scientific-methodical group as well as to own and finance a 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.

Beside the main championship among senior teams, the Premier League also organizes youth championship which was adopted from the previous Vyshcha Liha championship of doubles (reserves). Since 2012 there was added another competition for junior teams, so the original youth championship was renamed into the Championship of U-21 teams and the new competition was named as the Championship of U-19 teams. Unlike the Championship of U-21 teams, in the Championship of U-19 teams beside all of the Premier League clubs' junior teams, there also compete teams of some lower leagues' clubs.

The league's championship among senior teams is conducted by manner of 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

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).

History

See also: Football in Ukraine, Soviet Top League, Championship of the Ukrainian SSR, and Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR

Creation

Before 1992, Ukrainian domestic football league competitions were conducted among Ukrainian teams that competed in one of groups within the Soviet third tier consisting of around 20 teams. Beside that championship another over 20 teams competed in two upper tiers where they played along with other teams across the Soviet Union. Also, at the same time there were conducted competitions among KFK (amateur teams) at lower level. With the Soviet Union tumbling down (as one classic once called it, "the biggest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century"),[26] in late 1991 there arose discussion about creation of separate competition which would include all better Ukrainian clubs. Following the failed 1991 August putsch, the Ukrainian parliament declared a state independence and appointed a date of referendum to confirm the decision.

Despite the failed putsch and declaration of independence by number of Soviet union republics, the Football Federation of the Soviet Union continued with planning of the 1992 football season.[26] In September 1991 in Soviet magazine "Futbol" appeared some comments from head coaches of Ukrainian clubs playing in the Soviet First League (Tavriya and Bukovyna).[26] The Tavriya head coach Anatoliy Zayaev said that the club is strongly against participation in Ukrainian championship and intend to continue to play in Soviet championship.[26] The Bukovyna head coach Yukhym Shkolnykov said that the club does not have any wishes to return to the Ukrainian group as planned by the republican federation and no one should let politics transverse football.[26]

In October 1991 some Moscow press took a big interview from FC Dnipro head coach Yevhen Kucherevsky titled "How to live on?" His direct speech had started with a phrase "Dnipro is definitely for the Soviet championship".[26] Next Yevhen Mefodiyich told about possible isolation of Ukrainian football, because if Ukraine would not be recognized by the World, there is nothing to think about membership in FIFA or UEFA.[26] After that recalling some kind of World Basket League, Kucherevsky discussed the topic that "people are uniting , but we..."[26] When questioned "what is the mood among coaches of other Ukrainian teams", he firmly answered "Almost all are for the united championship and against separate Ukrainian".[26] In particular, Kucherevsky mentioned his talks with head coach of Shakhtar Valeriy Yaremchenko.[26] More to it, according to Kucherevsky, majority of the Dnipro's fans judging by their letters and telephone calls also consider that conducting of Ukrainian championship not in time.[26] Ended his interview Kucherevsky with a phrase that "he wants to hope that the situation when they have to play in a separate championship will never come".[26] The coach even allowed the thought that Ukraine could be recognized as an independent state, but proposes an idea of the "Soviet open championship", referring to... the case with NHL.[26]

In general Kucherevsky was speaking of true situation.[26] Among all Ukrainian teams of the Soviet Top League, only Dynamo was clearly and firmly for its own independent championship. Other clubs took position from "strongly against" to "possibly for, but".[26] For example, Metalurh Zaporizhya that was playing its first season at such level was for the Soviet championship.[26] Yet, Metalist that was struggling to stay in, took a tricky position: "If we are would relegate to the First Union League, we will be for Ukrainian championship, if we would stay at the top, we will be for Soviet championship".[26]

In September 1991 there took place a session of the Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR Executive Committee (ispolkom), which started with raising of blue-and-yellow flag that was given by a member of parliament Vyacheslav Chornovil.[27] On proposition of Viktor Bannikov who at time was heading the football federation, the struggle for independent championship had to take place under national colors.[27] The executive committee decided that blue-and-yellow flags had to flown over all stadiums where were playing Ukrainian teams.[27] Some members of the executive committee have spoken about the independent Ukrainian championship, but did not rush with a decision.[27] For that it was decided to wait until the Federation's plenum on 13–14 December 1991.[27]

Vyshcha Liha and Professional Football League (1992–1999)

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 Higher 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 Higher 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.

Dynamo–Shakhtar rivalry and Premier League (2000–2010)

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 Kyiv'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 2008–09 season the league earned the highest UEFA league coefficient in Europe for that season.

Aerial duel between players of Shakhtar and Metalist in September 2009 including Fernandinho and Marko Devic
Aerial duel between players of Shakhtar and Metalist in September 2009 including Fernandinho and Marko Devic

On 15 November 2007 clubs' presidents of the Vyshcha Liha adopted a decision to create the Premier League (Premier Liha).[28] At the same meeting session there was created a supervisory board that consisted of Ravil Safiullin (Professional Football League), Vitaliy Danilov (FC Kharkiv), Petro Dyminskyi (FC Karpaty), and Vadym Rabinovych (FC Arsenal).[28] During the next three months that body curated a process on creation of the Premier League's regulation and statute as well as a procedure of launching the championship starting from the 2008–09 season.[28] On 15 April 2008 at one of the meetings among the presidents of clubs there was signed a protocol about establishing the Association of Professional Football Clubs of Ukraine "Premier-Liha"[28] as 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.

Big Four and two-round league (2011–present)

Results of the 'Big Four' during the late 2000s–early 2010s
Season DNI DYN MET SHA
2005–06 6 2 5 1
2006–07 4 1 3 2
2007–08 4 2 3 1
2008–09 6 1 3 2
2009–10 4 2 3 1
2010–11 4 2 3 1
2011–12 4 2 3 1
2012–13 4 3 2 1
2013–14 2 4 3 1
2014–15 3 1 6 2
Top four 8 10 8 10
Finishes out of 10
  League champions
  Champions League
  UEFA Cup / Europa League group stage
  UEFA Cup / Europa League qualification
  UEFA Intertoto Cup

Starting from 2010 and to 2014 season, FC Shakhtar led by Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu obtained five national league titles in a row, making Lucescu the most successful manager in the history of the league with 9 titles. At the same time, in the beginning of 2010s the so-called "Big Four" of clubs eventually formed, consisting from Shakhtar, Dynamo, Metalist and Dnipro.[29] These four clubs consecutively took all the top 4 places for five seasons from 2009–10 to 2013–14 and displayed the biggest financial abilities in the league.[30]

In 2012–13, Metalist Kharkiv finished second and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, the achievement which was repeated by Dnipro in the next season. In the same 2013–14 season Dynamo Kyiv for the first time since Ukrainian independence placed as low as fourth in league's season ranking, which led to dismissal of former national team coach and the legend of Soviet football Oleh Blokhin as the club's manager. In European football, new club achievements were set in these years for Shakhtar in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and for Metalist in 2011–12 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

The 2017 Liha Pari-Match champions FC Shakhtar Donetsk with a pennant (Hrayemo Chesno, We Play Fair)
The 2017 Liha Pari-Match champions FC Shakhtar Donetsk with a pennant (Hrayemo Chesno, We Play Fair)

Because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and subsequent cleaning of the league from the clubs that became financially unreliable (Metalist, Hoverla, Metalurh Donetsk, Dnipro), the number of teams participating in the league was cut from 16 in the 2013–14 season to 14 in the following two seasons.[31] Both of the seasons were won by Dynamo Kyiv with Serhii Rebrov as manager. With the continuation of the military conflict in the eastern oblasts of Ukraine since 2014 and its economic impact, the league was forced to change its format again and started to be contested by 12 teams after being cut from 14 after the 2015–16 season, introducing the two stages of the competition: after the standard two rounds of games the league would split into two 6-team groups according to their positions.

Under the new format, Shakhtar Donetsk under the manager Paulo Fonseca managed to win three league titles in a row from 2016–17 to 2018–19, runner-up in all the three seasons being Dynamo Kyiv. In 2019–20 season, Shakhtar set the record of the earliest title win in the history, win 5 rounds remaining.[32] In 2019, the decision was adopted to expand the league to 14 teams from the 2020–21 and to 16 teams from the 2021–22 season.[33] In April 2022, it was announced that the current UPL season has been terminated due to the extension of martial law in Ukraine.[34] The football clubs of the UPL also expressed their support for the termination, since it is not possible to end the championship due to the country’s current state. Thus, it was concluded that the standings as of February 24, 2022 will be the final standings of the 2021/22 season, and there will be no winners to be awarded.[34]

Officials

Presidents

Directors

Competitions

Clubs

A total of 43 clubs have played in the Premier League up to 2019–20 season, 20 of which were the founding members of the inaugural 1992 season and 23 other were promoted in the later seasons.

Current clubs

The following teams are competing in the 2021–22 season. Note, in parenthesis shown the actual home cities and stadiums.

Team Home city Stadium Capacity Position in
2020–21
First season
in PL
Seasons
in PL
Chornomorets Odesa Odesa Stadion Chornomorets 34,164 FL:2nd 1992 25
Desna Chernihiv Chernihiv Stadion imeni Gagarina 12,060 6th 2018–19 4
Dnipro-1 Dnipro Dnipro-Arena 31,003 7th 2019–20 3
Dynamo Kyiva Kyiv Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex 70,050 1st 1992 31
Inhulets Petrove Petrove (Kropyvnytskyi) Stadion Zirka (temporarily) 14,628 12th 2020–21 2
Kolos Kovalivka Kovalivka Stadion Kolos 5,000 4th 2019–20 3
Lviv Lviv Arena Lviv 34,915 8th 2008–09 5
Mariupol Mariupol Stadion imeni Boika 12,680 11th 1997–98 22
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv Kharkiv Oblast Sports Complex Metalist 40,003 FL:3rd debut 1
Mynai Mynai (Uzhhorod) Stadion Avanhard 12,000 14th 2020–21 2
Oleksandriya Oleksandria Nika Concert and Sports Complex 7,000 9th 2001–02 10
Rukh Lviv Lviv Arena Lviv 34,915 10th 2020–21 2
Shakhtar Donetska Donetsk (Kyiv) Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex 70,050 2nd 1992 31
Veres Rivne Rivne (Lutsk) Stadion Avanhard (temporarily) 12,080 FL:1st 1992–93 5
Vorskla Poltava Poltava Stadion Vorskla imeni Butovskoho 24,795 5th 1996–97 26
Zorya Luhansk Luhansk (Zaporizhzhia) Slavutych-Arena 12,000 3rd 1992 21

a: Team played in every Ukrainian top flight season

Maps

Broadcasting

The UPL broadcaster in the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons is Setanta Sports. All matches are broadcast on the OTT platform. Also, at least 4 matches of the tour are broadcast on the company's linear TV channels, and 1-2 matches of the tour are broadcast free of charge on the Setanta YouTube channel.

International broadcasters

The main international broadcaster of the league in west Europe and some countries of Africa is the French Ma Chaîne Sport providing coverage for such countries like France, and satellite communities in Andorra, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia. Another broadcaster Sport Klub provides coverage in all countries of former Yugoslavia including Bosnia/Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. National broadcasters of some other counties include 12 TV (Armenia), CBC Sport (Azerbaijan), Polsat Futbol (Poland), Futbol (Russia), and Dolce Sport (Romania).

UEFA ranking and European competitions

See also: Ukrainian football clubs in European competitions

Shakhtar Donetsk against Arsenal in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Shakhtar Donetsk against Arsenal in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League

Ukrainian clubs being part of the Soviet Union competed in European competitions since 1960s when the Soviet clubs started to participate in continental competitions. In fact the very first Soviet club that took part in European competitions was Ukrainian club, FC Dynamo Kyiv, that took in the 1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the following Ukrainian clubs participated in European competitions: FC Dynamo Kyiv (1965), FC Karpaty Lviv (1970), FC Zorya Luhansk (1973), FC Chornomorets Odessa (1975), FC Shakhtar Donetsk (1977), FC Dnipro (1984), and FC Metalist Kharkiv (1988).

At least five clubs participated in top continental competitions the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League among which are FC Dynamo Kyiv, FC Dnipro, FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and SC Tavriya Simferopol.

Two teams (Dynamo and Shakhtar) were able to obtain trophies of European competitions including two European Cup Winners' Cups, one European Super Cup, and one UEFA Cup. One more team (Dnipro) came just short to join their company losing in the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final.

International relations

In 2009 The Ukrainian Premier League joined the European Professional Football Leagues.[40] 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.

Results by season

Main article: List of Ukrainian football champions

Higher League (Vyshcha Liha)

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[a]
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 Zaporizhzhia, 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 Serhii 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 * UkraineSerbia Marko Dević* (Metalist Kharkiv, 19 goals) 12/53

Premier League

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 Milevskyi (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) 9/53
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
2016–17 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv, 15 goals) 8/55
2017–18 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Vorskla Poltava Argentina Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk, 21 goal) 8/55
2018–19 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Oleksandriya UkraineBrazil Júnior Moraes (Shakhtar Donetsk, 19 goals) 9/55
2019–20 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Júnior Moraes (Shakhtar Donetsk, 20 goals) 10/55
2020–21 Dynamo Kyiv Shakhtar Donetsk Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Vladyslav Kulach (Vorskla Poltava, 15 goals) 12/55
2021–22 Shakhtar Donetsk Dynamo Kyiv Zorya Luhansk Ukraine Artem Dovbyk (SC Dnipro-1, 14 goals) 13/55
2022–23

Notes:

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Winning years
Dynamo Kyiv 16 13 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, 2020–21
Shakhtar Donetsk 14 13 2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2021–22
Tavriya Simferopol 1 1992
Dnipro 2 7
Chornomorets Odesa 2 3
Metalist Kharkiv 1 6
Metalurh Donetsk 3
Zorya Luhansk 3
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 2
Vorskla Poltava 2
Karpaty Lviv 1
Oleksandriya 1
Total 30 30 29

Honored teams

A representative star is placed above the team's badge to indicate 10 league titles.[43] 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.[44] Earning its 10th national title in 2017, Shakhtar Donetsk has not yet adopted a star on its crest.

Currently (as of 2020) the following clubs earned the star element to be added to their crest.

Prestige trophy

From 2016–17 to 2019–20 seasons, the league conducted season competition in two rounds, where after the first double round robin tournament the league is split in half into two groups of six teams. Then, top six play second double round robin for the title, while the bottom six play to determine teams to be relegated (and Europa League playoff participants in the 2019–20 season). The team that won the relegation group receives a consolation-type honorary award, the Prestige trophy.[45]

Season Prestige trophy
2016–17 Vorskla Poltava
2017–18 FC Oleksandriya
2018–19 Vorskla Poltava
2019–20 SC Dnipro-1

Premier League players

Further information: Football records in Ukraine

Ex-Dynamo Kyiv strikers Maksim Shatskikh and Serhii Rebrov hold the record for most Ukrainian Premier League goals with 123, with Shatskikh winning the top single season scorer title twice in 1999–2000 and 2002–03, Rebrov once in 1997–98. Since the first Ukrainian Premier League season in 1992, 22 different players have won or shared the top scorer's title. Only five players have won the title more than once, Tymerlan Huseynov, Maksim Shatskikh, Yevhen Seleznyov, Alex Teixeira and Júnior Moraes.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan holds the record for most goals in a season (25), Serhii 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 0.57 goals per game.

All-time Premier League appearance leaders
Player Games Years
Ukraine Oleksandr Shovkovskyi 426 1994–2017
Ukraine Oleh Shelayev 412 1994–2014
Ukraine Vyacheslav Checher 410[46] 1994–2017
Ukraine Oleksandr Chizhevskiy 400 1992–2006, 2008, 2010
Ukraine Oleksandr Horyainov 391 1994–2015
Ukraine Ruslan Rotan 375[46] 2000–2018
Ukraine Serhiy Nazarenko 373 2000, 2002–2017
Ukraine Serhiy Shyshchenko 363 1993–2010
Ukraine Ruslan Kostyshyn 359 1997–2012
Ukraine Serhiy Zakarlyuka 356 1994, 1997–2012
Players in bold are still playing in Premier League
Data as of 19 December 2021[46][47]
All-time Premier League scorers
Player Goals Games Years
Ukraine Serhii Rebrov 123 261 1992–2000, 2006–2008
Uzbekistan Maksim Shatskikh 123[b] 341 2000–2015
Ukraine Yevhen Seleznyov 117 255 2007–2017, 2020–
Ukraine Andriy Vorobey 105 315 1998–2013
Ukraine Júnior Moraes 103 189 2013–
Ukraine Andriy Yarmolenko 99 228 2008–2018
Ukraine Oleksandr Hladkyy 98 337 2005–2018, 2020–
Ukraine Oleksandr Haydash 95[c] 259[d] 1993–2004
Ukraine Marko Dević 90 219 2005–2014
Ukraine Serhiy Mizin 90 342 1993–2008
Players in bold are still playing in Premier League
Data as of 19 December 2021[46][49]

Premier League managers

Former Shakhtar Donetsk and current Dynamo Kyiv manager Mircea Lucescu is the most successful manager in Ukrainian Premier League history with 9 championships and the only who won it with multiple clubs.
Former Shakhtar Donetsk and current Dynamo Kyiv manager Mircea Lucescu is the most successful manager in Ukrainian Premier League history with 9 championships and the only who won it with multiple clubs.
Myron Markevych has managed the most games in Ukrainian Premier League, participating in every season from the inaugurational 1992 to 2015–16 (with the exception of 2004–05).
Myron Markevych has managed the most games in Ukrainian Premier League, participating in every season from the inaugurational 1992 to 2015–16 (with the exception of 2004–05).

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

Winning managers
Manager Club(s) Wins Winning years
Romania Mircea Lucescu Shakhtar Donetsk
Dynamo Kyiv
9 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2020–21
Ukraine Valery Lobanovsky Dynamo Kyiv 5 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
Portugal Paulo Fonseca Shakhtar Donetsk 3 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Ukraine Yozhef Sabo Dynamo Kyiv 2 1993–94, 1995–96
Ukraine Oleksiy Mykhailychenko 2002–03, 2003–04
Ukraine Serhii Rebrov 2014–15, 2015–16
Ukraine Anatoliy Zayaev Tavriya Simferopol 1 1992
Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko Dynamo Kyiv 1992–93
Ukraine Mykola Pavlov 1994–95
Italy Nevio Scala Shakhtar Donetsk 2001–02
Ukraine Anatoliy Demyanenko Dynamo Kyiv 2005–06
Russia Yuri Semin 2008–09
Portugal Luis Castro Shakhtar Donetsk 2019–20

The league's record holder for games in the league is Myron Markevych.

All-time top-20 managers with league games
Rank Coach Games
1 Ukraine Myron Markevych 620
2 Ukraine Mykola Pavlov 546
3 Romania Mircea Lucescu 399
4 Ukraine Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi 340
5 Ukraine Valeriy Yaremchenko 297
6 Ukraine Mykhailo Fomenko 294
7 Ukraine Oleh Taran 273
8 Ukraine Semen Altman 249
9 Ukraine Vyacheslav Hrozny 222
10 Ukraine Volodymyr Sharan 220
11 Ukraine Yuriy Vernydub 219
12 Ukraine Oleksandr Ishchenko 204
13 Ukraine Volodymyr Bezsonov 197
14 Ukraine Anatoliy Zayaev 191
15 Ukraine Ihor Nadein 184
16 Ukraine Leonid Buryak 180
17 Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov 173
18 Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon 168
19 Ukraine Oleksandr Babych 160
20 Ukraine Valeriy Lobanovsky 152
Coaches in bold are still active in the League
Data as of 2022[50]

Among other coaches who stayed in the league the longest, there are Anatoliy Chantsev (150), Roman Sanzhar (145), Ihor Yavorskyi (144), Viktor Prokopenko (140), Nikolay Kostov (139), Vasyl Sachko (137), Oleksandr Zavarov (134), Roman Pokora (129), Oleksandr Sevidov (129), and Ivan Balan (123).

Current managers
Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Ukraine Oleksandr Ryabokon Desna Chernihiv 16 March 2012 10 years, 176 days
Ukraine Serhiy Lavrynenko Inhulets Petrove 31 August 2016 6 years, 8 days
Ukraine Viktor Skrypnyk Zorya Luhansk 3 June 2019 3 years, 97 days
Ukraine Yuriy Virt Veres Rivne 14 June 2019 3 years, 86 days
Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov Vorskla Poltava 15 November 2019 2 years, 297 days
Romania Mircea Lucescu Dynamo Kyiv 23 July 2020 2 years, 47 days
Ukraine Ostap Markevych Mariupol 3 August 2020 2 years, 36 days
Ukraine Valeriy Kriventsov Metalist 1925 Kharkiv 21 August 2020 2 years, 18 days
Croatia Igor Jovićević Dnipro-1 22 September 2020 1 year, 351 days
Ukraine Yuriy Hura Oleksandriya 18 May 2021 1 year, 113 days
Italy Roberto De Zerbi Shakhtar Donetsk 25 May 2021 1 year, 106 days
Ukraine Vasyl Kobin FC Mynai 15 June 2021 1 year, 85 days
Ukraine Yuriy Moroz Chornomorets Odesa 23 June 2021 1 year, 77 days
Belarus Leanid Kuchuk Rukh Lviv 4 August 2021 1 year, 35 days
Belarus Syarhey Kuznyatsow Kolos Kovalivka 29 August 2021 1 year, 10 days
Belarus Aleh Dulub FC Lviv 6 September 2021 1 year, 2 days

All-time participants

The table lists the place each team took in each of the seasons.

Vyshcha Liha era (1992–2008)

Season 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
Teams 20 16 18 18 18 16 16 16 16 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16
Arsenal Kyiv[e]         4 11 10 7 10 6 12 5 9 9 12 14 6
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
Dnipro 3 2 4 3 3 4 4 12 11 3 6 4 3 4 6 4 4
Dynamo Kyiv 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2
Hoverla Uzhhorod                     14     12 16   16
Karpaty Lviv 13 6 5 8 8 5 3 4 9 10 8 7 15     8 10
Kharkiv                             13 12 14
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
Mariupol             14 5 8 4 10 10 8 5 4 15  
Metalist Kharkiv 6 5 18         6 5 9 5 16   11 5 3 (3)*
Metalurh Donetsk             6 14 7 5 3 3 4 3 9 9 12
Metalurh Zaporizhya 11 7 16 9 5 8 9 8 6 8 4 15 11 10 8 7 9
Mykolaiv 18     13 16     16                  
Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka 16                               15
Nyva Ternopil 7 14 7 12 13 9 7 13 12 14              
Nyva Vinnytsia 15   10 14 15 16                      
Obolon Kyiv                       14 6 15      
Odesa 20                                
Oleksandriya                     13 13          
Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk 17     11 11 13 13 15 14                
Shakhtar Donetsk 4 4 2 4 10 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1
Stal Alchevsk                   13         11 16  
Tavriya Simferopol 1 10 8 5 12 6 12 9 13 7 7 9 12 7 7 5 5
Temp Shepetivka 19   9 17                          
Torpedo Zaporizhzhia 8 13 13 7 7 14 16                    
Veres Rivne   16 11 18                          
Volyn Lutsk 9 11 12 15 17             6 13 8 15    
Vorskla Poltava           3 5 10 4 12 11 11 14 14 10 13 8
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi         6 10 11 11 16       16        
Zorya Luhansk 12 15 14 16 18                     11 11

Premier League era (2008–present)

Season 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21 21/22
Teams 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 12 12 12 12 14 16
Arsenal Kyiv 11 7 9 5 8 16         12      
Chornomorets Odesa 10 15   9 6 5 11 11 6 11 11    
Desna Chernihiv                     8 4 6
Dnipro 6 4 4 4 4 2 3 3 11          
Dnipro-1                       7 7
Dynamo Kyiv 1 2 2 2 3 4 1 1 2 2 2 2 1
Hoverla Uzhhorod   16     15 12 12 13            
Inhulets Petrove                         12
Karpaty Lviv 9 5 5 14 14 11 13 7 10 8 10 12    
Kharkiv 16                          
Kolos Kovalivka                       6 4
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 12 14 13 10 7                  
Lviv 15                   6 11 8
Mariupol 14 12 14 11 9 10 14     5 4 8 11
Metalist Kharkiv 3 3 3 3 2 3 6 10            
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv                          
Metalurh Donetsk 4 8 8 7 5 6 10              
Metalurh Zaporizhya 7 9 16   16 14 7 14            
Mynai                         14
Obolon Kyiv   11 10 15                    
Oleksandriya       16       6 5 7 3 5 9
Olimpik Donetsk           8 9 5 4 9 9 9 13  
Rukh Lviv                         10
Sevastopol     15     9                
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
Stal Kamianske               8 8 12        
Tavriya Simferopol 8 6 7 6 11 15                
Veres Rivne                   6      
Volyn Lutsk     11 12 13 13 9 12 12        
Vorskla Poltava 5 10 6 8 12 8 5 5 7 3 7 10 5
Zirka Kropyvnytskyi                 9 10        
Zorya Luhansk 13 13 12 13 10 7 4 4 3 4 5 3 3

Teams marking (as of 2020–21):

Competing in UPL (1st tier)
Competing in PFL (2nd tier)
Competing in PFL (3rd tier)
Competing in AAFU (4th tier)
Competing in regional championships (below 4th tier)
Defunct clubs

All-time table

All figures are correct through the 2021–22 season.[51][52][53] Promotion/relegation playoff games are not included. Teams in bold currently compete in Premier League. Numbers in bold indicate the record values for each column.

  clubs that lost professional status or were dissolved
Rank Team Seasons P W D L GF GA GD Pts Achievement Other names used
1 Dynamo Kyiv 31 906 662 153 91 1950 596 +1354 2139 champions (16)
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 31 906 644 165 119 1930 664 +1226 2057 champions (13)
3 FC Dnipro 26 765 379 199 187 1127 718 +409 1336 runners-up (2)
4 Karpaty Lviv 27 800 255 227 318 872 1003 −131 992 3rd (1)
5 Chornomorets Odesa 25 733 269 183 281 815 875 −60 990 runners-up (2)
6 Vorskla Poltava 26 754 260 204 290 821 889 −68 984 3rd (2) Vorskla-Naftohaz
7 Metalist Kharkiv[f] 20 573 254 144 175 755 664 +91 906 runners-up (1)
8 Tavriya Simferopol[g] 23 681 237 170 274 795 873 −78 881 champions (1)
9 Metalurh Zaporizhya[h] 24 702 206 173 323 699 949 −250 791 4th (1)
10 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih[i] 21 634 201 173 260 633 786 −153 776 3rd (2)
11 Metalurh Donetsk[j] 18 526 203 142 181 655 623 +32 751 3rd (3)
12 FC Mariupol 22 638 197 153 288 715 932 −217 744 4th (3) Illichivets, Metalurh
13 Zorya Luhansk 20 580 204 125 251 666 816 −150 737 3rd (3) Zorya-MALS
14 Arsenal Kyiv[k] 19 568 191 156 221 654 675 −21 729 4th (1)[l] CSKA, CSKA-Borysfen
15 Volyn Lutsk 16 472 140 102 230 473 710 −237 519 6th (1)
16 FC Oleksandriya[m] 10 285 89 82 114 312 375 −63 349 3rd (1) Polihraftekhnika, PFC Oleksandriya
17 Nyva Ternopil 10 296 93 62 141 319 388 −69 341 7th (3)
18 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi[n] 8 248 62 58 128 209 368 −159 244 6th (1) Zirka-NIBAS
19 Torpedo Zaporizhzhia[o] 7 210 64 42 104 214 315 −101 234 7th (2)
20 Olimpik Donetsk 7 206 56 55 95 210 324 −114 223 4th (1)
21 Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk[p] 7 206 55 52 99 215 315 −100 217 10th (1)
22 Kremin Kremenchuk[q] 6 180 54 40 86 182 269 −87 202 9th (2)
23 Hoverla Uzhhorod[r] 9 256 41 64 151 186 421 −235 187 12th (3) Zakarpattia
24 Obolon Kyiv[s] 6 180 44 44 92 153 253 −100 176 6th (1)
25 Veres Rivne[t] 5 148 40 44 64 132 191 −59 164 6th (1)
26 Desna Chernihiv 4 108 46 22 40 154 133 +21 160 4th (1)
27 Nyva Vinnytsia[u] 5 150 42 32 76 140 213 −73 158 10th (1)
28 FC Lviv 5 138 31 37 70 113 217 −104 130 6th (1)
29 SC Dnipro-1[v] 3 77 36 11 30 114 101 +13 119 7th (2)
30 FC Kharkiv[w] 4 120 25 33 62 94 156 −62 108 12th (1)
31 Kolos Kovalivka 3 78 29 16 33 88 109 −21 103 4th (1)
32 SC Mykolaiv 4 116 26 23 67 100 208 −108 101 13th (1) Evis
33 Stal Kamianske[x] 3 90 24 24 42 72 106 −34 96 8th (2)
34 Temp Shepetivka[y] 3 86 24 16 46 79 113 −34 88 9th (1)
35 Bukovyna Chernivtsi 3 82 23 18 41 69 99 −30 87 11th (1)
36 Stal Alchevsk[z] 3 86 17 21 48 67 126 −59 72 11th (1)
37 FC Sevastopol[aa] 2 58 17 11 30 58 91 −33 62 9th (1) PFC Sevastopol
38 Borysfen Boryspil 2 60 14 19 27 40 60 −20 61 7th (1)
40 Rukh Lviv 2 43 10 16 17 43 60 −17 46 10th
39 Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka[ab] 2 48 11 11 26 30 66 −36 44 15th (1) Naftovyk
41 Inhulets Petrove 2 43 8 15 20 37 47 −10 39 12th
42 FC Mynai 2 44 5 13 26 28 77 −49 28 14th
43 Metalist 1925 Kharkiv 1 18 6 1 11 17 29 −12 19
44 SC Odesa[ac] 1 18 3 1 14 15 32 −17 10 20th SKA Odesa

List of bankrupt clubs

List of successions

Heritage claims

Post-season play-offs

There were several instances when the games outside of regular double round-robin tournament and split group seasons were scheduled or required. They were held either for determining the league position (golden and third place matches), international competitions qualification (Europa League play-off) or promotion or relegation (relegation play-off).

Golden matches

League finals for Premier League took place on two occasions. In the inaugural 1992 season, the league was conducted in two groups of 10 teams due to transition to the autumn-spring competition calendar. The teams in each group played a double round-robin tournament, after which the winners of both groups faced each other in the one-match league final at neutral field. The final was played on 21 June 1992, crowning Tavriya Simferopol as the first champions of independent Ukraine after their 1–0 win over Dynamo Kyiv.

Starting from the 2005–06 season, if multiple teams finish tied on points on the top of the table, Golden match is required to determine the champion. In the same season, this rule came into effect for the first and only to the moment time: Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv both finished with 75 points after the regular season. In the following final game, Shakhtar managed to win the title after the 100th-minute goal from Julius Aghahowa which concluded their 2–1 extra-time win.

Season Winner Result Runner-up Venue Date
1992 Tavriya Simferopol 1–0 Dynamo Kyiv Ukraina Stadium, Lviv 21 June 1992
2005–06 Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 (a.e.t.) Dynamo Kyiv Metalurh Stadium, Kryvyi Rih 14 May 2006

Third place matches

Similarly to the league final, in the inaugural 1992 season the third place match was played between the runners-up of both 10-team groups that formed the league in the season. In the game at neutral field, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk from Group B defeated Shakhtar Donetsk from Group A 3–2 and won their first bronze medals in the league.

Season Group A team Result Group B team Venue Date
1992 Shakhtar Donetsk 2–3 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Metalurh Central Stadium, Zaporizhzhia 20 June 1992

Europa League play-offs

In the 2019–20 season, play-offs for qualification to the UEFA Europa League are played for the first time between the 5th and 6th teams from the Championship round and two top teams from the Relegation round (7th and 8th). The play-off consists of the semi-final and final stages, with ties in both played as single matches on the field of the team ranked higher in the season standings.

Season Home team Result Away team Venue Date
2019–20 Semi-finals
FC Oleksandriya 1–2 FC Mariupol CSC Nika Stadium, Oleksandriya 25 July 2020
Kolos Kovalivka 4–1 Dnipro-1 NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv 25 July 2020
Final
Kolos Kovalivka 1–0 (a.e.t.) FC Mariupol NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv 29 July 2020

Relegation play-offs

For the first tome, play-off to determine the participant of the next Vyshcha Liha season was held unplanned at the end of the 1998–99 season. Third-placed team of 1998–99 First League, Torpedo Zaporizhzhia, who was to be promoted, filed for bankruptcy at the end of the season. The league regulations at the time did not specify what actions are needed to be taken in such situation, so PFL made a decision to held a play-off game between the highest-ranked relegated team, Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk, and highest-ranked not promoted team, FC Cherkasy at neutral field in Kyiv. The game ended with Prykarpattia defending their league place 3–1.[61][62]

In the 2001–02 season, due to league enlargement play-off was held between the second-lowest Vyshcha Liha team, Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya, and fourth First League team, Polissya Zhytomyr. The game on a neutral field in Kyiv ended 1–0 in favour of Oleksandriya.[62]

Since 2017–18 season, the play-offs are held in home-and-away format between the 10th and 11th teams from Premier League, and 2nd and 3rd from First League. During this time, 3 teams were promoted by play-offs, and another 1 managed to defend its place. However, in the 2019–20 season there will be no playoffs because of the league enlargement and three teams will promote from First League directly.[63]

Season Premier League team Result First League team Venue Date
1998–99 Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk 3–1 FC Cherkasy Dynamo Stadium, Kyiv 4 July 1999
2001–02 Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya 1–0 Polissya Zhytomyr CSK ZSU Stadium, Kyiv 16 June 2002
2017–18 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 1–1
0–4
Desna Chernihiv Home and away 23 and 27 May 2018
Chornomorets Odesa 1–0
0–3 (a.e.t.)
FC Poltava
2018–19 Karpaty Lviv 0–0
3–0*
Volyn Lutsk 4 and 8 June 2019
Chornomorets Odesa 0–0
0–2
Kolos Kovalivka
2021–22 TBD x–x
x–x
TBD TBA
TBD x–x
x–x
TBD

Rivalries and city derbies

Klasychne derby

See also: Klasychne derby and List of sports derbies in Ukraine

The central feature of the league is a rivalry between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv which has adopted its name as Klasychne derby. The rivalry started ever since the end of 1990s when both teams started consistently to place the top two places from season to season. The rivalry became really established when Shakhtar obtained its first national title in 2002.

Other championship contenders

The surprising win of the first season by SC Tavriya Simferopol has never turned the club into a real contender for another title and the club was not always successful to secure a place among the top five. In the beginning of 1990s, FC Chornomorets Odessa and the two-time Soviet champions FC Dnipro were also among the main contenders. The 1972 Soviet champions FC Zorya Luhansk until 2013 really struggled to stay in the top league. Among other contenders there were FC Metalist Kharkiv that were the league's runners-up in 2012–13 and FC Metalurh Donetsk that showed some consistent form in the early 2000s.

Other rivalries

There are few smaller regional rivalries such between Karpaty and Volyn, Metalist and Dnipro, Zorya and Shakhtar.

Among city derbies, there were no running city derbies in the league for the 2017–18 season. Among the most notable previously there were Zaporizhzhia derby between Metalurh and Torpedo, Kyiv derby between Dynamo and Arsenal (CSKA), Donetsk derby between Shakhtar and Metalurh. Other derbies existed in Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, West Ukrainian football derby and others.

Stadiums and attendance

Further information: List of football stadiums in Ukraine

Ukraine has several big stadiums with capacity of 30,000+ spectators and at least two stadiums with capacity of over 50,000 which also are considered to be by UEFA the elite stadiums. Since the 2014 Russian aggression against Ukraine, the access to some stadiums was restricted. Many stadiums in Ukraine and their surrounding infrastructure were renovated in preparation to the Euro 2012.

UEFA Elite Stadiums

# Stadium Capacity City Club Opened
1 Olimpiysky National Sports Complex 70,050 Kyiv Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv 1923, 2011
2 Donbass Arena 52,518 Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk 2009

Other major stadiums

Among 30,000+ football stadiums or multi-use stadiums adopted for football are Arena Lviv, Chornomorets Stadium, Dnipro-Arena, Metalist Stadium and others.

Other UEFA 4-category stadiums in the league:

# Stadium Capacity City Club Opened UEFA category
1 Metalist Stadium 40,003 Kharkiv Metalist Kharkiv
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv
1926
2 Arena Lviv 34,915 Lviv Lviv
Rukh Lviv
2011
3 Chornomorets Stadium 34,164 Odesa Chornomorets Odesa 1935[ad]
4 Dnipro-Arena 31,003 Dnipro Dnipro
Dnipro-1
1940[ae]
5 Butovsky Vorskla Stadium 24,795 Poltava Vorskla Poltava 1951
6 Slavutych-Arena 11,883 Zaporizhzhia Metalurh Zaporizhya
Zorya Luhansk
1938[af]

Attendance

Source:[citation needed]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ part of Soviet Union
  2. ^ On 22 July 2017 Ukrainian Premier League announced that Maksim Shatskikh might have scored 123 goals instead of 124 due to one of the autogoals (own goals) being counted towards his tally.[48] Other time, the same news outlet claims that Shatskikh indeed scored 124.[46]
  3. ^ Haidash who is recorded with 95 goals in reality did score 96, but the game in which he scored was cancelled along with his record.[48]
  4. ^ Some records indicate that Haidash played 258 games.[48]
  5. ^ Arsenal Kyiv was renamed from CSKA Kyiv in 2001, the original CSKA Kyiv was recreated in the First League in place of CSCA-2 Kyiv.
  6. ^ Club was denied license in 2016 for failing to pay debts and ceased operations afterwards
  7. ^ The original club was forced to be dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, it was later re-established and plays home games in Beryslav, Kherson oblast
  8. ^ The original club dissolved due to bankruptcy. Later it was revived in 2016–2018 based on amateur club FC Rosso Nero, and in 2017 replaced with municipal club
  9. ^ The club lost profession status due to bankruptcy and later was revived as an amateur club, competing in regional competitions of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
  10. ^ Due to financial situation and hardship being forced to play away from home because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, in 2015 the club merged with FC Stal Kamianske.
  11. ^ Being reorganized based on the first team of CSKA Kyiv in 2001–02, the club dissolved due to bankruptcy and was later revived based on its academy as FC Arsenal–Kyiv
  12. ^ Arsenal Kyiv's record includes the record of its predecessor CSKA Kyiv (when the club was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence). It does not include the 14 games that it played in 2013-14 that were annulled later.
  13. ^ The club was reformed in 2004 as a city team, in 2014 merged with FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka
  14. ^ The original club dissolved in 2006 due to bankruptcy, was later was revived based on the local football school Olimpik. In 2019 team withdrew from professional competitions again
  15. ^ The club dissolved due to bankruptcy
  16. ^ The original club FC Prykarpattia dissolved due to bankruptcy, later a new team with the same name was formed
  17. ^ The club was dissolved and revived again two times
  18. ^ The club was denied license in 2016 for failing to pay salary to players and later was dissolved
  19. ^ The club was administratively reorganised in 2013 and had to change its name and start from the lower leagues
  20. ^ The original club was liquidated in 2011 and in 2015 was revived as NK Veres Rivne. In 2018 it merged with FC Lviv, at the same time re-entering Second League
  21. ^ The club dissolved two times in 2005 and 2012 and both times was later revived
  22. ^ The off-shot club that was created after the FIFA sanctions were applied to FC Dnipro forcing the latter to be relegated to amateurs
  23. ^ The club folded in 2010
  24. ^ The club dissolved in 2018
  25. ^ The club dissolved in 1995
  26. ^ The club dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine
  27. ^ The club dissolved due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and in its place was created Russian club SKChF which later changed its name to FC Sevastopol
  28. ^ The club dissolved in 2018
  29. ^ The club merged with FC Chornomorets in 1999
  30. ^ The Central Stadium of the Black Sea Shipping Company was completely rebuilt in 2011
  31. ^ Original Metalurh Stadium was completely rebuilt in 2008
  32. ^ Original Metalurh Stadium was completely rebuilt in 2006

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