|Champions||FC Dynamo Kyiv|
|Relegated||Chornomorets, Torpedo Kt.|
|European Cup||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Dinamo Mn. (finalist)|
|UEFA Cup|| Dynamo Moscow |
|Top goalscorer||(21) Aleksandr Borodyuk (Dynamo Moscow)|
|Biggest home win||Spartak 7–0 Dynamo Mn. (26th)|
|Biggest away win||Dynamo Mn. 0–4 Torpedo (11th)|
Torpedo Kt. 0–4 Dynamo (27th)
|Highest scoring||Dinamo Mn. 7–2 Žalgiris (30th)|
The 1986 Soviet Top League season was the 49th of its kind. Dynamo Kyiv were the defending 11-times champions.
A total of sixteen teams participated in the league, which was two teams fewer than in the 1985 season and no teams were promoted from the First League due to the league reorganization. The overdraw concept was preserved with no more than 10 draws being allowed (same as the previous season). Dynamo Kyiv, however, was excused from the rule because the Soviet national football team, consisting almost exclusively out of the first team of Dynamo Kyiv, participated at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The reduction of the league was compensated by the introduction of a new competition, the Cup of Football Federation of USSR. For that purpose the league took a short break in September when the new competition kicked off and involved only the participants of the Soviet Top League. The new competition was brief, lasting for just over a month.
The season began on March 1 and lasted until November 22, 1986, however some additional postponed games were played until December 7. The season was won by Dynamo Kyiv once again for the 12th time on the last day of the season on December 7 when they faced off against their main opponent Dynamo Moscow in Kiev, pulling off a dramatic 2–1 win and thus passing their Moscow rivals in the final league standings.
The top five clubs of the league later entered European competitions, joined additionally by the losing cup finalist Dinamo Minsk, beaten by Dynamo Kyiv in the 1987 Final. The winner of the 1986 League Cup Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk did not qualify for any European tournaments.
|Locations of teams in the 1989 Top League|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||30||14||11||5||53||33||+20||39||Qualification for European Cup first round|
|2||30||14||11||5||46||26||+20||38||Qualification for UEFA Cup first round|
|10||30||10||8||12||37||40||−3||28||Qualification for Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|15||30||8||7||15||29||37||−8||23||Relegation to First League|
Next year promotion
(league appearances and goals listed in brackets)
|1. FC Dynamo Kyiv|
Goalkeepers: Viktor Chanov (30), Mykhaylo Mykhaylov (3).
Manager: Valeriy Lobanovskyi.
|2. FC Dynamo Moscow|
Goalkeepers: Aleksei Prudnikov (30), Aleksandr Uvarov (1).
Manager: Eduard Malofeyev.
|3. FC Spartak Moscow|
Goalkeepers: Rinat Dasayev (24), Stanislav Cherchesov (7).
Manager: Konstantin Beskov.
|Rank||Union republic||Number of teams||Club(s)|
|1||5||Chernomorets Odessa, Dinamo Kiev, Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk, Metallist Kharkov, Shakhter Donetsk|
|2||4||Dinamo Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, Zenit Leningrad|
|3||2||Dinamo Tbilisi, Torpedo Kutaisi|
Football Club Dynamo Kyiv is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kyiv. Founded in 1927 as part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, the club plays in the Ukrainian Premier League, and has never been relegated to a lower division. Their home is the 70,050 capacity Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex.
Football Club Dnipro was a Ukrainian football club based in Dnipro.
The Ukrainian Premier League or UPL is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Vyshcha Liha it was formed in 1991 as part of the 1992 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.
The Soviet Top League, known after 1970 as the Higher League served as the top division of Soviet Union football from 1936 until 1991.
The 1991 Soviet Top League season was the 54th since its establishment and the last one. Dynamo Kyiv were the defending 13-times champions. A total of sixteen teams participated in the league, twelve of them have contested in the 1990 season while the remaining four were promoted from the Soviet First League due to withdrawals. The representatives of the Baltic states as well as Georgia chose not to take part in the competition.
The 1990 Soviet Top League season was the 53rd since its establishment. Spartak Moscow were the defending 12-times champions. The league was shortened and a total of fourteen teams participated. By the start of the season both Georgian teams have withdrew followed by another withdrawal from Žalgiris at the start of competition. The league consisted of ten teams contested in the 1989 season and the Army club promoted from the Soviet First League. The representatives of the Baltic states as well as Georgia chose not to take part in the competition.
The 1989 Soviet Top League season was the 52nd since its establishment. Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk were the defending 2-times champions.
In the 1987 season, the Soviet Top League – the top tier of football in the Soviet Union – was won by Spartak Moscow.
Football is the most popular sport in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Association of Football is the national governing body and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in the country. It was organized in 1991 to replace the Soviet Football Federation of Ukrainian SSR, created earlier in the 1920s as part of the Soviet system of physical culture councils. The Ukrainian Association of Football is a non-governmental organization and is a member of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1976 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1978 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1979 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1980 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1981 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1982 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1983 season.
Statistics of Soviet Top League for the 1984 season.
Klasychne derby, or the Ukrainian football rivalry is the football match between the two top Ukrainian clubs FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The game between those two clubs is a focal point of each football season in Ukraine.