|Founded||1992 (as Transitional League)|
|Number of teams||26|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Ukrainian First League|
|Relegation to||None (2007–2016) |
Ukrainian Third League (1992–1994)
|Domestic cup(s)|| Ukrainian Cup |
Second League Cup (defunct)
League Cup (defunct)
|Current champions|| Podillia / Metal |
|Most championships||3 – FC Desna Chernihiv|
|Current: 2021–22 Ukrainian Second League|
The Ukrainian Second League (Ukrainian : Друга ліга, Druha Liha) is a professional football league in Ukraine which is part of the Professional Football League of Ukraine. Football Federation of Ukraine, however, has an exclusive right on general administration and control over the organizing and conducting competitions in the league. In 1992 the league was also known as the Transitional League.
The league is lower than the Ukrainian First League (Persha Liha) and the lowest level of professional football competitions in the country. The Ukrainian Second League is the third level of professional football in Ukraine. The league's relegated teams lose their professional status and return to their regional associations.
The third division of the Ukrainian championship originally was organized as the Transitional League due to numerous amateur clubs competing in it 15 out of 18. Out of the 1992 Transitional League the top clubs qualified for the 1992-93 Second League, while the bottom - the 1992-93 Transitional League, thus, creating an extra tier. Basically in the first seasons there was no promotion.
For the second season (1992-93) the league was officially organized as the Second League, while the name of transitional league was passed to the newly formed fourth division. Between seasons 1993 and 1995, there existed an auxiliary level (the Third League in 1994-95) of the football championship in Ukraine, lower than the Second League. From 1993 season to 1995 the Second League had a single group competition of over 20 clubs. During the 1996 reorganization, the auxiliary league was merged back to the Second League.
In 1996 Ukrainian football witnessed major changes in its organization as the Professional Football League of Ukraine was established. The new organization took control of the competition of former non-amateur clubs that were given attestation of professional clubs and included all the leagues of the Ukrainian championship. Concurrently with this the Third League was disbanded and all clubs that were not in the "relegation zone" were invited to join the Second League. The Second League in its turn was split into two groups. Only in the very first season the teams in this league were divided somewhat randomly, while later becoming more of regional sub-leagues. From 1997 the league was divided into three groups (Druha Liha A (west), B (south), and C (east)).
In 1998 unlike other seasons the winners of the groups were not promoted automatically; instead a promotion-relegation tournament was organized involving four teams, three group winners and one of the weaker clubs of the First League. In 2006, the Ukrainian Professional Football League consolidated the Druha Liha due to a shortage of teams, and now the third level of professional football is divided into two groups once again (A - West and B - East).
Throughout its history the Second League has had some supplementary tournaments which include the Second League Cup as well as the Ukrainian Cup qualification tournament called the 2009–10 Ukrainian League Cup.
In summer of 2017 it was announced that the Second League is planned to be discontinued after the 2017-18 season.
The league has suffered from chronic club withdrawals since its reorganization when the Ukrainian Third League was liquidated in 1995. The first club that withdrew in the middle of a season from Ukrainian championship was FC Elektron Romny which on 5 May 1994 withdrew from the Transitional League (Third League).
The reorganization of the competition in 1995 (merging Third and Second leagues) saw a number of clubs that discontinued their participation. At the start of season withdrew Temp Shepetivka which prior to that merged with Advis as well as Kosmos Pavlohrad, and five more clubs withdrew at winter break. Withdrawal of Temp led to a major disruption in competitions when Football Federation of Ukraine allowed to enter a quickly assembled team of amateur players for the First League to replace withdrawn Shepetivka club.
For a couple of years after that, there was relative stabilization, but not perfect with at least one club being withdrawn in a middle of ongoing season. In the 1998-99 season 10 teams quit the league before the season started. During the 2002-03 season Ukrainian football saw the withdrawal of a Top League club for the first time (Polihraftekhnika Oleksandriya). Due to those withdrawals the Second League suspended relegation of clubs since 2006-07, while there were some talks for the league to be discontinued.An idea surfaced during the 2009-10 season to merge the league with the First League breaking the last into several groups, but it was abandoned. During the same season a new tournament was organized to add some games to the calendar of the Second League clubs which had thinned away substantially, this was called the 2009–10 Ukrainian League Cup.
The calendar of competitions is adopted by the Central Council of PFL and the Executive Committee of FFU. The Bureau (Administration) of PFL regulates the league's operations and forms the Second League. All clubs of the PFL are obligated to own or sponsor a Children-Youth Sports School. All clubs of PFL are obligated to participate in the National Cup competition. A club of the Second League is also obligated to finance at least two junior teams from under the age of 10 to under the age of 19. The junior teams must participate either in regional competitions of the Children-Youth Football League of Ukraine.
All stadiums must have a certificate of the State Commission in control of sports structures conditions. A club cannot play matches at its training sites nor stadiums not registered with PFL. Promotions of tobacco products at stadiums are prohibited. All stadiums must fly the flags of Ukraine, FFU, and PFL. Only accredited photo-correspondents and junior footballers who collect balls are allowed behind goalposts.
The games are allowed to start not earlier than 12:00 and not later than 20:30. There must be at least a 48-hour break between two official games. Games can only be rescheduled if the following three criteria exist: a) unforeseen circumstances occur, b) delegation of four or more footballers to any national teams, or c) organization of direct tele-broadcasting.
Throughout history certain regions were represented only in certain groups, some competed in all groups. Among regions that were represented only in Group A are Lviv Oblast, Ternopil Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Rivne Oblast, Zhytomyr Oblast, Chernivtsi Oblast, Zakarpattia Oblast, Volyn Oblast, only in Group B is just Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Group C existed for short time and had no exclusive region representation.
Such regions like Kyiv Oblast and City, Cherkasy Oblast, Kirovohrad Oblast, Chernihiv Oblast, Sumy Oblast, and Kharkiv Oblast at some point were represented in all three groups.
Such regions like Donetsk Oblast, Luhansk Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Zaporizhia Oblast, and Poltava Oblast were represented only in groups B and C.
Promoted teams are indicated in bold.
|1992||A||Dnister Zalishchyky||Hazovyk Komarno||Yavir Krasnopillia|
|B||Bazhanovets Makiyivka||Tytan Armyansk||Meliorator Kakhovka|
|1992–93||–||Dnipro Cherkasy||Khimik Zhytomyr||Yavir Krasnopillia|
|1993–94||–||FC Borispil||Bazhanovets Makiyivka||Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad|
|1994–95||–||Yavir Krasnopillia||FC Lviv||Dynamo Luhansk|
|1995–96||A||CSCA Kyiv||Krystal Kherson||Khutrovyk Tysmenytsia|
|B||Metalurh Mariupol||Metalurh Donetsk||Metalurh Novomoskovsk|
|1996–97||A||Desna Chernihiv||Fakel Varva||FK Tysmenytsia|
|B||Avanhard-Industriya Rovenky||Tytan Armyansk||Oskil Kupyansk|
|1997–98||A||Podillia Khmelnytskyj||Dynamo-3 Kyiv||Karpaty-2 Lviv|
|B||Krystal Kherson||SCA-Lotto Odesa||SC Odesa|
|C||Shakhtar-2 Donetsk||Fakel Varva||Elektron Romny|
|1998–99||A||Zakarpattia Uzhhorod||Borysfen Boryspil||Tsymentnyk-Khorda Mykolaiv|
|B||SC Odesa||Krystal Kherson||Kryvbas-2 Kryvyj Rih|
|C||Obolon-PPO Kyiv||Zorya Luhansk||Oskil Kupyansk|
|1999–00||A||Bukovyna Chernivtsi||Podillia Khmelnytskyj||Enerhetyk Burshtyn|
|B||Borysfen Boryspil||Obolon-PPO-2 Kyiv||Kryvbas-2 Kryvyj Rih|
|C||Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk||ADOMS Kremenchuk||Zorya Luhansk|
|2000–01||A||Polissia Zhytomyr||Sokil Zolochiv||FC Krasyliv|
|B||Obolon Kyiv||Systema-Boreks Borodianka||Dnipro-3 Dnipropetrovsk|
|C||FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka||Desna Chernihiv||Oskil Kupyansk|
|2001–02||A||FC Krasyliv||Sokil Zolochiv||Podillia Khmelnytskyj|
|B||Systema-Boreks Borodianka||Nafkom-Akademiya Irpin||Dynamo Simferopol|
|C||FC Sumy||Arsenal Kharkiv||Metalurh-2 Donetsk|
|2002–03||A||FC LUKOR Kalush||Enerhetyk Burshtyn||Podillia Khmelnytskyj|
|B||Nafkom Irpin||Dynamo Simferopol||Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol|
|C||Zorya Luhansk||Shakhtar Luhansk||Desna Chernihiv|
|2003–04||A||FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryj||Podillia Khmelnytskyj||Rava Rava-Ruska|
|B||Dynamo-IhroServis Simferopol||Elektrometalurh-NZF Nikopol||Krymteplytsia Molodizhne|
|C||Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk||Desna Chernihiv||Metalurh-2 Zaporizhya|
|2004–05||A||Rava Rava-Ruska||Enerhetyk Burshtyn||Karpaty-2 Lviv|
|B||Krymteplytsia Molodizhne||Krystal Kherson||FC Oleksandriya|
|C||Helios Kharkiv||Desna Chernihiv||Dnipro Cherkasy|
|2005–06||A||Desna Chernihiv||Fakel Ivano-Frankivsk||Rava Rava-Ruska|
|B||MFK Mykolaiv||PFC Oleksandria||PFC Sevastopol|
|C||Dnipro Cherkasy||Illichivets-2 Mariupol||Metalurh-2 Zaporizhya|
|2006–07||A||Dnister Ovidiopol||Fakel Ivano-Frankivsk||Yednist Plysky|
|B||PFC Sevastopol||Feniks-Illichivets Kalinine||Tytan Armyansk|
|2007–08||A||Knyazha Schaslyve||Nyva Ternopil||Podillia-Khmelnytskyj|
|B||Komunalnyk Luhansk||Tytan Armyansk||Arsenal Kharkiv|
|2008–09||A||Nyva Ternopil||Arsenal Bila Tserkva||Nyva Vinnytsia|
|B||Zirka Kirovohrad||FC Poltava||Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk|
|2009–10||A||Bukovyna Chernivtsi||Nyva Vinnytsia||Bastion Illichivsk|
|B||Tytan Armyansk||Kremin Kremenchuk||FC Poltava|
|2010–11||A||MFC Mykolaiv||FC Sumy||Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka|
|B||Olimpik Donetsk||FC Poltava||Kremin Kremenchuk|
|2011–12||A||FC Sumy||Desna Chernihiv||Slavutych Cherkasy|
|B||FC Poltava||Avanhard Kramatorsk||Shakhtar Sverdlovsk|
|2012–13||A||Desna Chernihiv||Nyva Ternopil||Slavutych Cherkasy|
|B||UkrAhroKom Holovkivka||Shakhtar Sverdlovsk||Shakhtar-3 Donetsk|
|2013–14||–||Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk||Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk||FC Ternopil|
|2014–15||–||Cherkaskyj Dnipro||Obolon-Brovar Kyiv||Kremin Kremenchuk|
|2015–16||–||Kolos Kovalivka||Veres Rivne||Inhulets Petrove|
|2016–17||–||Zhemchuzhyna Odesa||Rukh Vynnyky||Kremin Kremenchuk|
|2017–18||A||Ahrobiznes Volochysk||Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk||Nyva-V Vinnytsia|
|B||SC Dnipro-1||Metalist 1925 Kharkiv||Enerhiya Nova Kakhovka|
|2018–19||A||FC Mynai||Cherkashchyna-Akademiya||Polissia Zhytomyr|
|B||Kremin Kremenchuk||Metalurh Zaporizhia||Hirnyk Kryvyj Rih|
|2019–20||A||Nyva Ternopil||Polissya Zhytomyr||Veres Rivne|
|B||VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka||Krystal Kherson||Alians Lypova Dolyna|
|2020–21||A||Podillia Khmelnytskyi||FC Uzhhorod||Dinaz Vyshhorod|
|B||Metal Kharkiv||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||Metalurh Zaporizhia|
Post-season play-offs are not common feature of the Second League competition. Over the years there were several instances when clubs contested promotion or relegation berths. The first post-season feature consisted of a promotion 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.
|Season||Group A team||Score||Group B team||Place|
|2011–12||FC Sumy||2–0||FC Poltava||in Poltava|
|2012–13||FC Desna Chernihiv||2–0, 1–3 (a)||FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka||home/away|
|2017–18||FC Ahrobiznes Volochysk||1–0||SC Dnipro-1||in Kyiv|
|2018–19||FC Mynai||0–1||FC Kremin Kremenchuk||in Kropyvnytskyi|
|2019–20||PFC Nyva Ternopil||Cancelled||FC VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka||–|
|2020–21||FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi||0–1||FC Metal Kharkiv||in Cherkasy|
|Season||Group A team||Score||Group B team||Place|
|1995–96||FC Krystal Kherson||1–3||FC Metalurh Donetsk||in Kyiv|
|2008–09||FC Arsenal Bila Tserkva||1–0||FC Poltava||in Cherkasy|
|2009–10||FC Nyva Vinnytsia||2–0||FC Kremin Kremenchuk||in Makariv|
|2010–11||FC Sumy||2–0||FC Poltava||in Uman|
|2011–12||FC Desna Chernihiv||0–1||FC Avanhard Kramatorsk||in Khmelnytskyi|
|Club||Winner||Runners-up||Third place||Seasons won||Notes|
|Desna Chernihiv||3||4||1||1996–97, 2005–06, 2012–13|
|Podillia Khmelnytskyi||2||2||2||1997–98, 2020–21||Podillia-NordAm Khmelnytskyi, Dynamo Khmelnytskyi|
|Obolon Kyiv||2||2||0||1998–99, 2000–01||Obolon-PPO Kyiv, Obolon-Brovar Kyiv|
|Nyva Ternopil||2||2||0||2008–09, 2019–20|
|Sumy (1982—2006)||2||0||2||1994–95, 2001–02||Yavir Krasnopillia|
|Dnipro Cherkasy||2||0||0||1992–93, 2005–06|
|Bukovyna Chernivtsi||2||0||0||1999–00, 2009–10|
|Tytan Armyansk||1||3||1||2009–10||Dissolved due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine|
|Kyiv Oblast||6||FC Borysfen Boryspil, FC Systema-Boreks Borodyanka, FC Nafkom Irpin, FC Boryspil, FC Knyazha Schaslyve, FC Kolos Kovalivka|
|Donetsk Oblast||4||FC Shakhtar Makiivka, FC Illichivets Mariupol, FC Shakhtar-2 Donetsk, FC Olimpik Donetsk|
|Sumy Oblast||4||FC Sumy, FC Sumy (Spartak) (twice), FC Naftovyk Okhtyrka|
|Dnipropetrovsk Oblast||4||FC Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk, FC Dnipro-2 Dnipropetrovsk, SC Dnipro-1, FC VPK-Ahro Shevchenkivka|
|Khmelnytsky Oblast||4||FC Podillya Khmelnytskyi (twice), FC Krasyliv, FC Ahrobiznes Volochysk|
|Chernihiv Oblast||3||FC Desna Chernihiv (thrice)|
|Cherkasy Oblast||3||FC Dnipro Cherkasy (twice), FC Cherkaskyi Dnipro|
|Luhansk Oblast||3||FC Zorya Luhansk, FC Avanhard-Industria Rovenky, FC Komunalnyk Luhansk|
|Crimea||3||FC Tytan Armyansk, FC Dynamo-Ihroservice Simferopol, FC Krymteplitsia Molodizhne|
|Kyiv||3||FC Obolon-Brovar Kyiv (twice), FC CSKA Kyiv|
|Odessa Oblast||3||SC Odesa, FC Zhemchuzhyna Odesa, FC Dnister Ovidiopol|
|Poltava Oblast||3||FC Poltava, FC Hirnyk-Sport Komsomolsk, FC Kremin Kremenchuk|
|Ternopil Oblast||3||FC Nyva Ternopil (twice), FC Dnister Zalishchyky|
|Chernivtsi Oblast||2||FC Bukovyna Chernivtsi (twice)|
|Mykolaiv Oblast||2||MFC Mykolaiv (twice)|
|Lviv Oblast||2||FC Hazovyk-Skala Stryi, FC Rava Rava-Ruska|
|Kirovohrad Oblast||2||FC Zirka Kirovohrad, FC UkrAhroKom Holovkivka|
|Zakarpattia Oblast||2||FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod, FC Mynai|
|Kharkiv Oblast||2||FC Helios Kharkiv, FC Metal Kharkiv|
|Kherson Oblast||1||FC Krystal Kherson|
|Zhytomyr Oblast||1||FC Polissya Zhytomyr|
|Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast||1||FC LUKOR Kalush|
Top-20. All figures are correct through the 2019–20 season.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|
|8||Ros Bila Tserkva||18||546||174||102||270||504||784||624||5th||–||1993–94||2010–11|
|13||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||12||339||144||76||119||468||426||508||Third place||1||2004–05||2019–20|
Most of the most attended games in the league since 1992 recorded at Zirka Stadium (Kropyvnytskyi), and since 1993–94 season FC Zirka Kropyvnytskyi all time attendance record on a single game until 2017–18 season, when Metalist Kharkiv phoenix club Metalist 1925 participated in the Druha Liha together with their original club rivals FC Dnipro and SC Dnipro-1. The record was set on in a Metalist 1925–Dnipro-1 match, which was attended by 14,521 people.
|#||Season||Attendance||Home team||Score||Visiting team||Stadium||Ref|
|1||2017–18||14,521||Metalist 1925 Kharkiv||1:1||Dnipro-1||OSC Metalist|
|2||1993–94||14,000||Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad||2:0||FC Boryspil||Zirka Stadium|
|3||2008–09||12,100||Zirka Kirovohrad||2:1||Stal Dniprodzerzhynsk||Zirka Stadium|
|4||1993–94||12,000||Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad||5:0||Shakhtar Pavlohrad||Zirka Stadium|
|1993–94||12,000||Zirka-NIBAS Kirovohrad||1:0||Dnister Zalishchyky||Zirka Stadium|
The most attended seasons were in the beginning of 1990s and the beginning of 2000s.
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