Ukrainian First League

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Ukrainian First League
CountryFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid2
Promotion to Ukrainian Premier League
Relegation to Ukrainian Second League
Domestic cup(s) Ukrainian Cup
Current champions Veres Rivne
Most championships3 Dynamo-2 Kyiv, Hoverla Uzhhorod, Zirka Kropyvnytskyi
Top goalscorer116 Vadym Plotnikov and Serhiy Chuichenko (2018) [1]
Current: 2020–21 Ukrainian First League

The Persha Liha (Ukrainian : Перша ліга) or Ukrainian First League is a professional football league in Ukraine and the second tier of national football competitions pyramid. Members of the league also participate in the Ukrainian Cup. It is the highest division of Professional Football League.



The league was set up by the newly reorganized Football Federation of Ukraine (a successor of the Football Federation of the Ukrainian SSR) with the falling apart Soviet Union as a second tier, lower than Ukrainian Higher League (Vyshcha Liha) and higher that Ukrainian Transitional League (Perekhidna Liha).

The very first round of games that took place for this league was on 14 March 1992. The league itself was organised just a few months before that and consisted mostly of all the Ukrainian clubs that previously competed in the one of groups of the Soviet Lower Second League (4th tier, see Ukrainian Soviet competitions). To the league were also added some Soviet Top League reserve squads of the Soviet Top League reserve squads competition and the three best performers of the Ukrainian football championship among amateurs, KFK (Fitness clubs).

The Persha Liha (First League) is lower than the Vyshcha Liha (Higher League) (currently known as the Ukrainian Premier League) and is the second division of the Ukrainian professional football league system.

The First League was incorporated into the PFL organisation that combined all the football leagues of non-amateur clubs (Top, First, and Second). On 26 May 1996 the Constituent Conference of non-amateur clubs took place which created the professional league, and confirmed its statute as well as its administration. Most of the clubs that had previously participated in the Ukrainian football league competitions were reorganized as professional, a process that actually started in the late 1980s. On 17 July the professional league signed an agreement with several other national football organizations to organize competitions among the professional clubs (its members). According to the newspaper Halychyna (Ivano-Frankivsk) the annual budget of league's clubs varied between 6 mln to 30 mln hryvnias in 2010. [2] [3]

The League officially became the top league of the Professional Football League (PFL) from 15 April 2008 when the Ukrainian Premier League reorganized itself into a self-governed entity. Usually the top two teams from the First League are promoted to the Premier League, while the two lowest teams from the Premier League are demoted to the First League. Because each club is only allowed to be represented with a single squad per each league, the second squad's promotion often is voided, thus, allowing the promotion of the third placed club during a season. One of the most successful second squads is of Dynamo Kyiv (FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv).

Current composition

The following teams are competing in the 2020–21 season. Note, in parenthesis shown the actual home cities and stadiums.

  former Premier (Vyshcha) Liha clubs
TeamHome cityStadiumCapacityPosition in
First season
in 1L
in 1L
Ahrobiznes Volochysk Yunist Stadium 2,7004th2018-192
Alians Lypova Dolyna Alians-Arena520 2L B:3rd2020-21debut
Avanhard Kramatorsk Avanhard Stadium 4,0008th2012-137
Chornomorets Odesa Chornomorets Stadium 34,16410th1998-995
Hirnyk-Sport Horishni Plavni Yunist Stadium 2,5009th2014-156
Kremin Kremenchuk Oleh Babayev Kremin Arena 1,50013th1997-984
Krystal Kherson Krystal Stadium3,400 2L B:2nd19921
Metalist 1925 Kharkiv Metalist Stadium 40,0037th2018-192
Mykolaiv Mykolaiv Central City Stadium 15,60011th1992–9321
Nyva Ternopil Ternopilsky Misky Stadion 15,150 2L A:1st2001–025
Obolon Kyiv Obolon Arena 5,1006th1999–200012
Polissia Zhytomyr Tsentralnyi Stadion 5,928 2L A:2nd2020–21debut
Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk Rukh Stadium 6,50012th2018–192
Veres Rivne Kolos Stadium850 2L A:3rd19924
Volyn Lutsk Avanhard Stadium 12,0805th1996–9713
VPK-Ahro Mahdalynivka Kolos Arena1,500 2L B:1st2020–21debut

Location map

The following displays the location of teams.

Format of competition

General description

The league conducts its competition in a regular double round-robin format where each team plays with every other one twice. The league conducts its competitions from fall to spring, however due to climate conditions in Ukraine, a mid-season winter break is usually longer than the summer break between competition seasons. Since 1995 the league also follows the same system of points calculation that is adopted throughout the whole European continent, 3 points for win, one for draw, and none for loss.

Number of participants

During its history the number of members in the league has fluctuated. In its first years before 1999 the league consisted of 20 or more participants. Later there was an idea to decrease the number of members in all leagues in order to improve the quality of competition. Until 2013 the number of participants was reduced to 18 except for couple of seasons in 2006–2008. Recently since 2013 the number was reduced further to 16 where it remains since.

Relegation and promotion

Traditionally two better teams out of First League are being swapped for two worse teams out of Premier (Higher) League. On more rare occasions a third team gets a chance of promotion, but there were also seasons when only one team would get promoted. Only twice three teams were promoted to the top division, both times happening due to the top tier expansion. The league's winner and usually the second placed runner-up get accepted to the Premier League. However, due to the rule that a second team of the club cannot be promoted when its senior team plays in a higher tier, on few occasions when a second club team finished in top two places the third-placed team was admitted to the top division. In 2013 there was set a precedent when a club on its own will has refused to be promoted. In 2017 there was created another precedent when a club that earned promotion was denied it based on administrative decision.

With relegation, the league's policy is a bit different, although originally it also was two for two. In 1996 the Second League (lower tier) was converted into a de facto regional league with two (three) regional groups. The league has also decreased its number of participants from originally 22-24 to only 16-18. There were also number of withdrawals which triggered sometime additional number in rotation.

The relegation or promotion play-offs were previously usually organized under unforeseen circumstances such as a team's withdrawal from the league and often were not scheduled until after the season had concluded. Since 2011 relegation play-offs have become a well established tradition.

Since the turn of the millennium the frequency of withdrawals in the First League has increased among the competing clubs. In order to fight this, the league has been applying a stricter approach to every club's financial situation to avoid withdrawals during a season.

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League's popularity

Since the 2009–10 season the First League has started to broadcast selected matches over the internet in order to increase its popularity.

The most successful clubs in the league are FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv, FC Hoverla Uzhhorod, and FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi. All of those teams were either disbanded or went through some sort of reorganizations. In 2016 Dynamo Kyiv withdrew its second team from professional competitions, while FC Hoverla was refused in attestation. Previously in 2008 FC Zirka that went through reorganization was re-established based on a local youth football club FC Olimpik Kropyvnytskyi and in 2016 won its third championship in the league.

Past winners and runners

Promoted teams are indicated in bold.

SeasonGroupWinnerRunner-upThird place
1992 A Veres Rivne Pryladyst Mukacheve Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria
B Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih Metalurh Nikopol Artania Ochakiv
1992–93 Nyva Vinnytsia Temp Shepetivka Naftovyk Okhtyrka
1993–94 Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk Evis Mykolaiv Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria
1994–95 Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad CSKA-Borysfen Boryspil Metalurh Nikopol
1995–96 Vorskla Poltava Bukovyna Chernivtsi Stal Alchevsk
1996–97 Metalurh Donetsk Dynamo-2 Kyiv Metalurh Mariupol
1997–98 SC Mykolaiv Dynamo-2 Kyiv Metalist Kharkiv
1998–99 Dynamo-2 Kyiv Chornomorets Odessa Torpedo Zaporizhia
1999–00 Dynamo-2 Kyiv Stal Alchevsk FC Cherkasy
2000–01 Dynamo-2 Kyiv Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Polihraftekhnika Oleksandria
2001–02 SC Volyn-1 Lutsk Chornomorets Odessa Obolon Kyiv
2002–03 Zirka Kirovohrad Borysfen Boryspil Dynamo-2 Kyiv
2003–04 Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Metalist Kharkiv Naftovyk Okhtyrka
2004–05 Stal Alchevsk Arsenal Kharkiv Zorya Luhansk
2005–06 Zorya Luhansk Karpaty Lviv Obolon Kyiv
2006–07 Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Obolon Kyiv
2007–08 Illichivets Mariupol FC Lviv Obolon Kyiv
2008–09 Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Obolon Kyiv PFC Oleksandria
2009–10 PFC Sevastopol Volyn Lutsk Stal Alchevsk
2010–11 PFC Oleksandria Chornomorets Odesa Stal Alchevsk
2011–12 Hoverla-Zakarpattia Uzhhorod Metalurh Zaporizhya FC Sevastopol
2012–13 FC Sevastopol Stal Alchevsk [4] PFC Oleksandria [5]
2013–14 FC Olimpik Donetsk PFC Oleksandria [5] Stal Alchevsk
2014–15 FC Oleksandriya Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk
2015–16 Zirka Kirovohrad Cherkaskyi Dnipro Obolon-Brovar Kyiv
2016–17 Illichivets Mariupol Desna Chernihiv Veres Rivne
2017–18 Arsenal Kyiv FC Poltava [6] Desna Chernihiv
2018–19 SC Dnipro-1 Kolos Kovalivka Volyn Lutsk
2019–20 FC Mynai Rukh Lviv Inhulets Petrove
2020–21 Veres Rivne Chornomorets Odesa Metalist 1925 Kharkiv

Post-season play-offs

Post-season play-offs are not common feature of the First League competition. Over the years there were several instances when clubs contested promotion or relegation berths. The first post-season feature consisted of a relegation mini tournament that took place in July 1998 in Kyiv and Boryspil. It involved three group winners of the Second League and Bukovyna that placed 18th place in the First League. The tournament identified clubs which would qualify for the 1998–99 Ukrainian First League. The next year the league featured its first promotion play-off.

Promotion play-offs

SeasonPremier League teamScoreFirst League teamPlace
1998–99 Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk 3–1 FC Cherkasy in Kyiv
2001–02 Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya 1–0 Polissya Zhytomyr in Kyiv
2017–18 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 1–1, 0–4 Desna Chernihiv home/away
Chornomorets Odesa 1–0, 0–3 (a.e.t.) FC Poltava
2018–19 Karpaty Lviv 0–0, 3–1 Volyn Lutsk home/away
Chornomorets Odesa 0–0, 0–2 Kolos Kovalivka

Relegation play-offs

SeasonFirst League teamScoreSecond League teamPlace
2010–11 Enerhetyk Burshtyn 2–0 PFC Sumy in Uman
2011–12 MFC Mykolaiv 4–3 Avanhard Kramatorsk in Khmelnytskyi
2012–13 FC Odesa 0–2, 1–4 Nyva Ternopil home/away
Dynamo-2 Kyiv 1–1, 1–0 Shakhtar Sverdlovsk
2014–15 MFC Mykolaiv 0–0, 1–0 Kremin Kremenchuk home/away
2015–16 FC Ternopil cancelled Bukovyna Chernivtsi home/away
2016–17 PFC Sumy 2–0, 1–1 Balkany Zoria home/away
2018–19 PFC Sumy 0–4, 1–3 FC Cherkashchyna-Akademiya home/away
Ahrobiznes Volochysk 0–1, 4–0 Metalurh Zaporizhia
2019–20 Metalurh Zaporizhia 0–2, 0–1 Alians Lypova Dolyna home/away
Cherkashchyna Cherkasy 1–1, 0–2 Veres Rivne


Performance by club

ClubWinnerRunners-upThird placeSeasons won
Dynamo-2 Kyiv 321 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01
Hoverla-Zakarpattia Uzhhorod 320 2003–04, 2008–09, 2011–12
Zirka Kirovohrad 300 1994–95, 2002–03, 2015–16
FC Oleksandriya 215 2010–11, 2014–15
FC Sevastopol 201 2009–10, 2012–13
Illichivets Mariupol 201 2007–08, 2016–17
Veres Rivne201 1992 (group winner), 2020–21
Stal Alchevsk 124 2004–05
Volyn Lutsk 111 2001–02
MFC Mykolaiv 110 1997–98
Arsenal Kyiv 110 2017–18
Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka 102 2006–07
Zorya Luhansk 101 2005–06
Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 100 1992 (group winner)
Nyva Vinnytsia100 1992–93
Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk 100 1993–94
Vorskla Poltava 100 1995–96
Metalurh Donetsk 100 1996–97
Olimpik Donetsk 100 2013–14
SC Dnipro-1 100 2018–19
FC Mynai 100 2019–20


  indicates that the club does not have professional status.
  indicates that the club currently plays in the league.

League winners by region

5 Kirovohrad Oblast Zirka Kropyvnytskyi (3), FC Oleksandriya (2)
4 Donetsk Oblast Illichivets Mariupol (2), Metalurh Donetsk, Olimpik Donetsk
4 Kyiv Dynamo-2 Kyiv (3), Arsenal Kyiv
4 Zakarpattia Oblast Hoverla Uzhhorod (3), FC Mynai (1)
2 Sevastopol FC Sevastopol (2)
2 Luhansk Oblast Stal Alchevsk, Zorya Luhansk
2 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, SC Dnipro-1
2 Rivne Oblast Veres Rivne (2)
1 Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk
1 Mykolaiv Oblast Mykolaiv
1 Poltava Oblast Vorskla Poltava
1 Sumy Oblast Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka
1 Vinnytsia Oblast Nyva Vinnytsia
1 Volyn Oblast Volyn Lutsk

All-time table

Top-20. All figures are correct through the 2019–20 season. [7] Club status is current of the 2020–21 season:

2020–21 Ukrainian Premier League
2020–21 Ukrainian First League
2020–21 Ukrainian Second League
2020–21 Ukrainian Football Amateur League
2020 Regional competitions
Club is defunct
1 Dynamo-2 Kyiv 2588840321926613128821428Winner 1992 2015–16
2 Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka 2485637820127711318911335Winner1 1992–93 2017–18
3 Stal Alchevsk 2175236115523610827861238Winner2 1992 2014–15
4 Oleksandriya 186523121641769035951100Winner3 1992 2014–15
5 Mykolaiv 217332941662738958351048Winner2 1992–93 2019–20
6 Hoverla Uzhhorod 15550246107197678666845Winner5 1992 2011–12
7 Volyn Lutsk 1346022377160656527746Winner2 1996–97 2019–20
8 Desna Chernihiv 14484189112183581536679Runner-up1 1992 2017–18
9 Obolon Kyiv 1239717789131511402620Runner-up2 1999–00 2019–20
10 Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol 1141818371164498506620Runner-up 1992 2001–02
11 Helios Kharkiv (Kobra)134371621161594494716024th 2005–06 2017–18
12 Zirka Kropyvnytskyi 1239816794137486412595Winner3 1994–95 2018–19
13 Bukovyna Chernivtsi 1244216294186485536580Runner-up 1994–95 2016–17
14 Nyva Vinnytsia 1139415798139441405569Winner1 1992–93 2011–12
15 Polissya Zhytomyr 12444153931984615795524th 1992 2004–05
16 CSKA Kyiv 13464153882234335865475th 1992 2007–08
17 Dnipro Cherkasy 1141614886182459540530Runner-up 1992 2007–08
18 Podillya Khmelnytskyi 103801311031464124594964th 1992 2006–07
19 Spartak Sumy 11372129771664004754649th 1995–96 2006–07
20 Spartak Ivano-Frankivsk 932012876116369348460Winner1 1992–93 2006–07



Among notable players of the league are its top scorers. The title of the league's top scorer earned on multiple occasions the following players, Serhiy Chuichenko (4 times, Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya), Oleh Hrytsai (2 times, FC Cherkasy), Oleksandr Aliyev (2 times, Dynamo-2 Kyiv), Matviy Bobal (2 times, Ihroservis Simferopol), Oleksandr Akymenko (2 times, Stal / Inhulets).

All-time First League appearance leaders
Flag of Ukraine.svg Andriy Tsvik 4291992–2005
Flag of Ukraine.svg Bohdan Yesyp 4011996–2013
Flag of Ukraine.svg Volodymyr Melnychenko 384 [8] 1992–2007
Flag of Ukraine.svg Vadym Oliynyk 3831992–2002
Flag of Ukraine.svg Yevhen Manko 3801993–2004
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Agarin 3731993–2009
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Kohutych 3521992–2004
Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Polushyn 3431992–2005
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksiy Tarhonskyi 3361992–2002
Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitaliy Vizaver 3561996–2014
Players in bold are still playing in First League
Data as of 9 February 2021 [9]
All-time Premier League scorers
Flag of Ukraine.svg Vadym Plotnikov 1183061992–2000
Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Chuichenko 1161771993–2001
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Akymenko 1062832007–2019
Flag of Ukraine.svg Bohdan Yesyp 1014011996–2013
Flag of Ukraine.svg Pavlo Onysko 912062001–2012
Flag of Ukraine.svg Pavlo Parshyn 853051992–2005
Flag of Ukraine.svg Matviy Bobal 792022000–2012
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Kosyrin 741661996–2012
Flag of Ukraine.svg Viktor Arefyev 712751993–2006
Flag of Ukraine.svg Volodymyr Melnychenko 683841992–2007
Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy Kucherenko 682512002–2013
Players in bold are still playing in First League
Data accurate as of 19 January 2018 [10] [11] [12]


SeasonNationalityWinning managerClubRef
1992 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Viktor Nosov Veres Rivne [13]
Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Volodymyr Stryzhevskyi Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih [13]
1992–93 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yukhym Shkolnykov Nyva Vinnytsia [13]
1993–94 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Ihor Yurchenko Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk [13]
1994–95 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksandr Ishchenko Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad [13]
1995–96 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Viktor Pozhechevskyi Vorskla Poltava [13]
1996–97 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yevhen Korol Metalurh Donetsk [13]
1997–98 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Anatoliy Zayaev SC Mykolaiv [13]
1998–99 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Valeriy Zuyev Dynamo-2 Kyiv
2000–01 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Volodymyr Onyshchenko
2001–02 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi Volyn-1 Lutsk [13]
2002–03 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yuriy Koval Zirka Kirovohrad [13]
2003–04 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Viktor Ryashko Zakarpattia Uzhhorod [13]
2004–05 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Anatoliy Volobuyev Stal Alchevsk [13]
2005–06 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yuriy Koval Zorya Luhansk [13]
2006–07 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Serhiy Shevchenko Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka [13]
2007–08 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksandr Ishchenko Illichivets Mariupol [13]
2008–09 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Mykhailo Ivanytsia Zakarpattia Uzhhorod [13]
2009–10 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleh Leschynskyi PFC Sevastopol
2010–11 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Volodymyr Sharan PFC Oleksandriya
2011–12 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksandr Sevidov Hoverla-Zakarpattia Uzhhorod
2012–13 Flag of Russia.svg  RUS Oleg Kononov PFC Sevastopol
2013–14 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Roman Sanzhar Olimpik Donetsk
2014–15 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Volodymyr Sharan FC Oleksandriya
2015–16 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Serhiy Lavrynenko Zirka Kirovohrad
2016–17 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksandr Sevidov Illichivets Mariupol
2017–18 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Serhiy Litovchenko Arsenal Kyiv
2018–19 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Dmytro Mykhaylenko SC Dnipro-1
2019–20 Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Vasyl Kobin FC Mynai

No manager has won the league more than two times. With 2 league titles there are Valeriy Zuyev (both Dynamo-2 Kyiv), Oleksandr Ishchenko (Zirka and Illichivets), Yuriy Koval (Zirka and Zorya), Oleksandr Sevidov (Hoverla and Illichivets), Volodymyr Sharan (both Oleksandriya).


Considered to be as second tier competitions, the league has number of big stadiums with capacity of 20,000+, among which the most notable are Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Dnipro-Arena in Dnipro, Ukraina Stadium in Lviv, Yuvileiny Stadium in Sumy and Shakhtar Stadium in Donetsk. Just before the Euro 2012, the First League clubs also played at the RSC Olimpiyskiy also located in Donetsk. Among smaller stadiums (10,000 20,000) are Central Stadium in Mykolaiv, Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv, Avanhard Stadium in Lutsk, Chernihiv Stadium in Chernihiv and Central Stadium in Cherkasy.


Most attended games in the league (1992-2017) recorded at Yuvileiny Stadium (Sumy). [14]

#SeasonAttendanceHome teamScoreVisiting teamStadiumRef
1 2002–03 29,300 Spartak Sumy 1:0 Naftovyk Okhtyrka Yuvileiny Stadium [14]
2 1997–98 27,000 Mykolaiv 1:0 Dynamo-2 Kyiv Tsentralnyi Stadion [14]
32002–0325,200Spartak Sumy2:1 Shakhtar-2 Donetsk Yuvileiny Stadium [14]
42002–0323,000Spartak Sumy1:0 Zirka Kirovohrad Yuvileiny Stadium [14]
5 2018–19 22,362 Metalist 1925 Kharkiv 1:2 Dnipro-1 OSC Metalist [15]
6 2005–06 21,000 Zorya Luhansk 1:0 Karpaty Lviv Avanhard Stadium [14]

The most attended seasons were in the beginning of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s. [14]

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Ivan Shariy

Ivan Shariy is a former Soviet and Ukrainian footballer and Ukrainian football manager.


  1. Samotkan, Yu. First League: patience of Chuichenko, "corrections" of Plotnikov, and perspectives of Akymenko (Первая лига: спокойствие Чуйченко, "дорисовки" Плотникова и перспективы Акименко) . Footboom. 19 January 2018
  2. Last one and half months worth several years (in Ukrainian)
  3. Original source on August 19, 2010 by Bohdan Biletsky (in Ukrainian)
  4. "FC Stal refuses to participate in Ukrainian Premier League". Interfax-Ukraine . 13 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  5. 1 2 "In Ukrainian Premier League will be 14 teams: Oleksandriya do not need the elite division". LB. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  6. "Президент ФК Полтава Соболєв пояснив, чому прийняв рішення розпустити команду [The FC Poltava president Sobolev explained why he adopted decision to dissolve the team]". 22 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  7. Чемпионат Украины, первая лига (Суммарная таблица за все годы)
  8. Мельниченко: Богдан Есып – мой лучший партнёр на поле!.
  9. Jubilee of the record holder: how looks the situation with "old-timers" of the First League (Ювілей рекордсмена: як виглядає ситуація з «гвардійцями» Першої ліги?). Professional Football League of Ukraine. ( 9 February 2021
  10. Viktor Khakhlyuk. The Ukrainian First League: scorers and "old-timers" (Первая лига Украины: бомбардиры и гвардейцы). 20 January 2012
  11. Yuriy Samotkan. The First League: composure of Chuichenko, "corrections" for Plotnikov, and perspectives for Akymenko (Первая лига: спокойствие Чуйченко, "дорисовки" Плотникова и перспективы Акименко) . 19 January 2018
  12. List of top scorers (unofficial compilation).
  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Vladimir Poyasniuk. Carpe diem. Persha Liha: top scorers, triumphators, runners-up, and loosers… (Carpe diem. Первая лига: Бомбардиры, триумфаторы, призёры и проигравшие…) . UA-Football. 3 June 2009
  14. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Valerko, A. Which game is the most attended in history of the Persha Liha? (Який матч – найвідвідуваніший в історії Першої ліги?) . Sport Arena. 30 September 2016 (first ed.)