FM19 League Info: Belarus Highest & First Leagues

Belarusian Premier League

The Belarusian Premier League or the Vysheyshaya Liga (referred to a Highest League in FM19) is the top division of professional football in Belarus, and is organized by the Belarusian Football Federation. The number of teams in the competition has varied over the years from as high as 17 (1992–93 season) to as low as 11 (2012). As of 2017, the league includes 16 teams. Each team plays every other team twice during the course of the season. At the end of the season two teams are relegated to the Belarusian First League, and two are promoted from the First League to replace them.

BATE Borisov are the current champions and most successful team, with 14 titles.

History

The Belarusian Premier League was organized in 1992. The first participants were: Dinamo Minsk, the only Belarusian side in the former Soviet Top League, five teams from the lower tiers of the Soviet league system, and ten teams who were previous competitors in the Belarusian SSR First League.

After the league creation, it was decided to change its schedule from a Soviet-style summer season to a European-style winter season. To perform the transition, the first season was shortened, consisting of a single round-robin tournament between 16 teams, finishing in mid-summer. Due to the shortened season, no team was relegated from the Premier League and only one was promoted from the First League. The 1992–93 season had 17 teams, but was reduced back to 16 teams for the following season. In 1995, the winter season experiment was proven unsuccessful due to poor weather and field conditions in Belarus in the late autumn and early spring. The season was changed back to summer, and the 1995 championship was once again held as a single round-robin tournament. Every season since 1996 has been played in the summer.

Throughout the 2000s, the number of competing teams has changed several times. In 2001, the league was reduced to 14 teams, but expanded back to 16 in 2003. In 2005, after two teams withdrew before the start of the season, the league was once again reduced to 14 clubs, but expanded again to 16 teams in 2008. That same year, the decision was made to gradually reduce the number of teams even more, starting with 14 teams in 2009 and 12 in 2010 onwards. 2012 season was played with only 11 teams due to last minute withdrawal of Partizan Minsk.

In its earliest years, the league was dominated by Dinamo Minsk, who won the league five times in a row between 1992 and 1995. During the next ten seasons, seven different teams finished as champions: Slavia Mozyr (1996 as MPKC Mozyr, 2000), Dinamo Minsk(1997, 2004), Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev (1998), BATE Borisov (1999, 2002), Belshina Bobruisk (2001), Gomel (2003), Shakhtyor Soligorsk (2005). Since 2006, BATE Borisov has dominated the league, winning 12 championships in a row (2006–2017), and becoming the first Belarusian team to reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (2008) and the UEFA Europa League (2009) (feats that they have achieved repeatedly in the following years).

The Rules

Number of Teams: 16

Dates: 31/03/2018 – 01/12/2018

Points for Win: 3

Points for Draw: 1

Number of Matches: 30 (teams play each other twice)

Match Rules: At least 2 goalkeepers must be in the squad. There must be no more than 5 foreign players in the playing 11. Only players registered for this competitions are eligible to play. 7 subs named, max 3 used.

Trialist Rules: No trialists allowed to play in matches.

Squad Registration: Maximum squad size of 60 players. Minimum squad size of 15 players. Players can be registered between Tuesday 2nd January 2018 and Tuesday 27th March 2018. Players can be registered between Monday 9th July 2018 and Sunday 5th August 2018.

League Sorting Rules: Results Between Teams the Goal Difference then Games Won then Goals Scored.

Prize Money: 1st Place: £115,000. 2nd Place: £77,000. 3rd Place: £38,500.

Relegation: Bottom 2 teams are relegated to the First League.

Continental Qualification: Top team qualifies for the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Phase. Teams placed 2nd-4th qualify for the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round. (Depending on winner of Belarusian Cup).

Disciplinary Rules: 1 match ban after 4 yellow cards. 1 match ban for every additional 2 yellow cards. 1 match ban for every red card. The following bans may also be added for the specified offences: 1 match: Striking another player (minor). 2 matches: Violent conduct, Striking another player. 5 matches: Striking another player (extreme). 12 matches: Striking a match official.

Transfer Window: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to Tuesday 27th March 2018. Monday 9th July 2018 to Sunday 5th August 2018.

Wage Rules: £40 per week minimum wage for full-time players 17 years old and up.

Loan Rules: Maximum of 8 players allowed on loan in a season. Maximum of 8 domestic-based players allowed on loan in a season.

Stadium Requirements: Minimum Stadium Capacity: 1500. Minimum Stadium Seating Capacity: 1500. Undersoil Heating required.

Belarusian First League

The Belarusian First League is the second division of professional football in Belarus. It was created in 1992, following the Belarusian independence.

History & Format

The typical format of the league involves 16 clubs playing a double round-robin tournament over 30 matchdays (with the exception of shortened 1992 and 1995 seasons, which were a single round-robin tournaments). On several occasions the number of participating teams was smaller (15 or 14), due to last minute withdrawals and no teams available for replacement.

In most of the seasons, two best teams are getting promoted to Belarusian Premier League, while two worst teams are relegated Belarusian Second League. There were, however, some deviations from this formula, particularly when the Premier League was expanding or shortening.

The Rules

Number of Teams: 15

Dates: 14/04/2018 – 23/11/2018

Points for Win: 3

Points for Draw: 1

Number of Matches: 28 (teams play each other twice)

Match Rules: There must be at least 2 under-20 players in the starting 11. (born after 02/04/1998). At least 2 goalkeepers must be in the squad. The match squad must have no more than 0 foreign players. Only players registered for this competition are eligible to play. 7 subs named, maximum 3 used.

Trialist Rules: No trialists allowed to play in matches.

Squad Registration: Maximum squad size of 30 players. Minimum squad size of 15 players. Players can be registered between Tuesday 23rd January 2018 and Tuesday 17th April 2018. Players can be registered between Wednesday 1st August 2018 and Tuesday 28th August 2018.

League Sorting Rules: Results Between Teams the Goal Difference then Games Won then Goals Scored.

Prize Money: 1st Place: £37,500. 2nd Place: £35,000. 3rd Place: £32,500. 4th Place: £30,000. 5th Place: £27,000. 6th Place: £25,000. 7th Place: £22,500. 8th Place: £20,000. 9th Place: £17,500. 10th Place: £15,000. 11th Place: £12,500. 12th Place: £10,000. 13th Place: £7,500. 14th Place: £5,000. 15th Place: £2,500.

Promotion: Top 2 teams win promotion to Highest League.

Relegation: Bottom 2 teams are relegated.

Disciplinary Rules: 1 match ban after 4 yellow cards. 1 match ban for every additional 2 yellow cards. 1 match ban for every red card. The following bans may also be added for the specified offences: 1 match: Striking another player (minor). 2 matches: Violent conduct, Striking another player. 5 matches: Striking another player (extreme). 12 matches: Striking a match official.

Transfer Window: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 to Tuesday 17th April 2018. Wednesday 1st August 2018 to Tuesday 28th August 2018.

Wage Rules: £40 per week minimum wage for full-time players 17 years old and up.

Loan Rules: Maximum of 8 players allowed on loan in a season.

Stadium Requirements: Minimum Stadium Capacity: 1000. Minimum Stadium Seating Capacity: 1000.

References:

ABFF Official

CentreMid Socials:
Website|Twitter|Facebook|Youtube|Instagram|Twitch

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply