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.

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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 12
alaniya-vladikavkaz 10
rodina-moskva 8
akron 7
khimki 7
shinnik-yaroslavl 6
enisey 6
khimki 6
makhachkala 6

First League standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Akron players, news and schedule Akron 25 13 6 6 35 21 14 45
2 Khimki players, news and schedule Khimki 24 12 6 6 37 27 10 42
3 Makhachkala players, news and schedule Makhachkala 24 12 5 7 25 14 11 41
4 Rodina Moskva players, news and schedule Rodina Moskva 25 11 8 6 39 21 18 41
5 Arsenal Tula players, news and schedule Arsenal Tula 24 10 11 3 28 15 13 41
6 Tyumen players, news and schedule Tyumen 25 10 7 8 28 23 5 37
7 FK Neftekhimik players, news and schedule FK Neftekhimik 25 10 7 8 25 22 3 37
8 Alaniya Vladikavkaz players, news and schedule Alaniya Vladikavkaz 25 9 10 6 29 30 -1 37
9 Enisey players, news and schedule Enisey 24 10 3 11 41 33 8 33
10 Ska-khabarovsk players, news and schedule Ska-khabarovsk 25 8 7 10 25 28 -3 31
11 Torpedo Moskva players, news and schedule Torpedo Moskva 25 8 7 10 21 25 -4 31
12 Shinnik Yaroslavl players, news and schedule Shinnik Yaroslavl 25 8 7 10 29 36 -7 31
13 Chernomorets players, news and schedule Chernomorets 25 7 9 9 26 29 -3 30
14 KAMAZ players, news and schedule KAMAZ 25 7 9 9 23 26 -3 30
15 Leningradets players, news and schedule Leningradets 25 6 8 11 19 31 -12 26
16 FK Sokol Saratov players, news and schedule FK Sokol Saratov 25 6 7 12 21 41 -20 25
17 Urozhay players, news and schedule Urozhay 25 5 7 13 18 33 -15 22
18 Volgar Astrakhan players, news and schedule Volgar Astrakhan 25 4 10 11 20 34 -14 22

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 111/170 65%
Over/Under 54/66 82%
League Correct %
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 28/34 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 50/62 81%
World Cup - Qualification Asia logo World Cup - Qualification Asia 28/35 80%
First League logo First League 118/150 79%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 65/83 78%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 113/144 78%
Primera División Femenina logo Primera División Femenina 103/136 76%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 130/170 76%