First League

CountryRussiaRussia
Season2023

The "First League," also known as the Russian Football National League (FNL), is the second tier of the Russian football league system, after the Russian Premier League. Established in 1992, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it has been a significant platform for nurturing local talent and promoting them to the higher echelons of Russian football.

The league consists of 20 teams, each vying for a chance to get promoted to the Russian Premier League. The top two teams at the end of each season are promoted directly, while the teams finishing from 3rd to 6th position participate in promotion play-offs against the 13th and 14th Premier League teams. Conversely, the lowest-ranking teams are relegated to the Russian Professional Football League, the third tier of Russian football.

The First League has been a breeding ground for many successful Russian football clubs. Teams like FC Rostov, Rubin Kazan, and Amkar Perm have all spent time in the First League before making their mark in the Premier League. The league has also been instrumental in developing Russian football talent, with many players getting their first professional experience in the First League before moving on to bigger clubs domestically and internationally.

The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation, which keeps the competition intense and the stakes high. The season typically runs from July to May, with each team playing the others twice, once at home and once away, totaling to 38 games per team.

Despite being the second-tier league, the First League has managed to garner a significant following. The matches are often broadcasted on national television, and the teams enjoy a dedicated fan base. The league also has its own awards, such as the "Best Player" and "Best Coach" of the season, further contributing to its prestige.

The First League has had its share of challenges, including financial instability of some clubs and match-fixing allegations. However, it has managed to overcome these issues and continues to play a crucial role in Russian football. It remains a key stepping stone for clubs and players aiming to compete at the highest level of Russian football.

First League predictions

Predictions for First League: See upcoming and historic predictions for First League below.

02 Mar 2024
Prediction: Urozhay or draw Odds: 1.37
Urozhay Urozhay
Shinnik Yaroslavl Shinnik Yaroslavl
Kickoff: Saturday, 2 March at 00.00 Venue:
02 Mar 2024
Prediction: Leningradets or draw Odds: 1.33
Leningradets Leningradets
KAMAZ KAMAZ
Kickoff: Saturday, 2 March at 00.00 Venue:
02 Mar 2024
Prediction: Under -3.5 Goals Odds: 1.23
Leningradets Leningradets
KAMAZ KAMAZ
Kickoff: Saturday, 2 March at 00.00 Venue:
02 Mar 2024
Prediction: Draw or Makhachkala Odds: 1.18
FK Sokol Saratov FK Sokol Saratov
Makhachkala Makhachkala
Kickoff: Saturday, 2 March at 00.00 Venue:
02 Mar 2024
Prediction: Under -3.5 Goals Odds: 1.25
FK Sokol Saratov FK Sokol Saratov
Makhachkala Makhachkala
Kickoff: Saturday, 2 March at 00.00 Venue:
27 Nov 2023
Prediction: Draw or Akron Odds: 1.50
1
Alaniya Vladikavkaz Alaniya Vladikavkaz
1
Akron Akron
Kickoff: Monday, 27 November at 16.30 Venue: Akhmat Arena
27 Nov 2023
Prediction: Makhachkala or draw Odds: 1.26
0
Makhachkala Makhachkala
2
Torpedo Moskva Torpedo Moskva
Kickoff: Monday, 27 November at 14.00 Venue: Anzhi-Arena
27 Nov 2023
Prediction: Under -3.5 Goals Odds: 1.15
0
Makhachkala Makhachkala
2
Torpedo Moskva Torpedo Moskva
Kickoff: Monday, 27 November at 14.00 Venue: Anzhi-Arena
26 Nov 2023
Prediction: Winner: Khimki Odds: 1.77
0
Khimki Khimki
0
Ska-khabarovsk Ska-khabarovsk
Kickoff: Sunday, 26 November at 16.00 Venue: Arena Khimki
26 Nov 2023
Prediction: Draw or FK Neftekhimik Odds: 1.44
0
Chernomorets Chernomorets
1
FK Neftekhimik FK Neftekhimik
Kickoff: Sunday, 26 November at 14.00 Venue: Stadion Central'nyj
26 Nov 2023
Prediction: Under -3.5 Goals Odds: 1.15
0
Chernomorets Chernomorets
1
FK Neftekhimik FK Neftekhimik
Kickoff: Sunday, 26 November at 14.00 Venue: Stadion Central'nyj
26 Nov 2023
Prediction: Rodina Moskva or draw Odds: 1.20
2
Rodina Moskva Rodina Moskva
1
Enisey Enisey
Kickoff: Sunday, 26 November at 13.00 Venue: Sapsan Arena

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First League Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for First League in 2023

Player Team Goals
arsenal-tula 13
rodina-moskva 11
alaniya-vladikavkaz 10
akron 7
rodina-moskva 7
khimki 7
makhachkala 6
shinnik-yaroslavl 6
tyumen 5
enisey 5

First League standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Makhachkala players, news and schedule Makhachkala 19 11 4 4 21 8 13 37
2 Tyumen players, news and schedule Tyumen 19 10 5 4 28 16 12 35
3 Akron players, news and schedule Akron 19 10 4 5 26 14 12 34
4 Khimki players, news and schedule Khimki 18 9 5 4 26 19 7 32
5 Arsenal Tula players, news and schedule Arsenal Tula 19 8 8 3 24 15 9 32
6 Alaniya Vladikavkaz players, news and schedule Alaniya Vladikavkaz 18 8 7 3 22 17 5 31
7 KAMAZ players, news and schedule KAMAZ 19 6 7 6 19 18 1 25
8 Enisey players, news and schedule Enisey 19 7 3 9 29 27 2 24
9 Rodina Moskva players, news and schedule Rodina Moskva 18 6 6 6 27 18 9 24
10 Torpedo Moskva players, news and schedule Torpedo Moskva 18 6 5 7 16 19 -3 23
11 Ska-khabarovsk players, news and schedule Ska-khabarovsk 19 6 5 8 19 22 -3 23
12 Shinnik Yaroslavl players, news and schedule Shinnik Yaroslavl 19 6 5 8 25 33 -8 23
13 FK Neftekhimik players, news and schedule FK Neftekhimik 18 5 5 8 14 20 -6 20
14 FK Sokol Saratov players, news and schedule FK Sokol Saratov 18 5 4 9 17 32 -15 19
15 Volgar Astrakhan players, news and schedule Volgar Astrakhan 19 4 6 9 17 26 -9 18
16 Chernomorets players, news and schedule Chernomorets 18 3 9 6 17 24 -7 18
17 Leningradets players, news and schedule Leningradets 18 4 5 9 14 22 -8 17
18 Urozhay players, news and schedule Urozhay 19 4 5 10 14 25 -11 17

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 101/157 64%
Over/Under 48/59 81%
League Correct %
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 19/22 86%
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 44/54 81%
First League logo First League 104/132 79%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 121/157 77%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 99/128 77%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 54/70 77%
NPFL logo NPFL 86/113 76%
Süper Lig logo Süper Lig 176/233 76%