Planning a Football Trip to Ukraine, the Premier League Fixtures for 19/20 have been announced so you can plan your Football Trip to Ukraine. This post has details.
The 2017–18 season is the league’s tenth after the restructuring of professional club football in 2008 and the 27th season since establishing of professional club’s competition independent from the Soviet Union. As of 2017, Shakhtar Donetsk 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 3 teams, Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have participated in all previous 26 Ukrainian Top League competitions. The central feature of the league is a game between Dynamo and Shakhtar which is developed into the Klasychne (Classic).
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 (6) teams. Both the top six and the bottom six play another a double round robin tournament with the clubs of own group.
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 League).
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 UPL clubs General Assembly also adopted a post season play-off mini-tournament for the last fifth berth of Ukraine in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League competition which will involve the best team(s) of the relegation group.
Three teams play their matches outside of home towns. The minimum threshold for the stadium’s capacity in the UPL is 5,000 (Article 10, paragraph 7.2).
The following stadiums are regarded as home grounds:
|1||NSC Olimpiyskiy||Kyiv||Dynamo Kyiv||70,050|
|2||OSC Metalist||Kharkiv||Shakhtar Donetsk||40,003||used as home ground during the season.|
|3||Arena Lviv||Lviv||FC Lviv||34,915|
|5||Ukraina Stadium||Lviv||Karpaty Lviv||28,051|
|6||Vorskla Stadium||Poltava||Vorskla Poltava||24,795|
|7||Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium||Kyiv||Olimpik Donetsk
|16,873||used as home ground during the season.|
|8||Volodymyr Boiko Stadium||Mariupol||FC Mariupol||12,680|
|9||Chernihiv Stadium||Chernihiv||Desna Chernihiv||12,060|
|10||Slavutych-Arena||Zaporizhia||Zorya Luhansk||12,000||used as home ground during the season.|
|11||CSC Nika Stadium||Oleksandriya||FC Oleksandriya||7,000|
The full list of fixtures for the 19/20 season have now been released.