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Russian Second League
Russian Second League.svg
Number of teamsGroup 1: 17
Group 2: 22
Group 3: 22
Group 4: 15
Total: 76
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toFirst League
Relegation toThird Division
Current: 2022–23 Russian Second League
Previous logo, 2021
Previous logo, 2021

The Russian Second League (Russian: Первенство России II дивизиона ФНЛ), formerly Russian Professional Football League, Russian Second Division and Football National League 2 (FNL2) is the third level of Russian professional football.


In 1998–2010, it was run by the Professional Football League. The 2011–12 season was run by the Department of Professional Football of the Russian Football Union (Russian: Департамент профессионального футбола Российского футбольного союза (ДПФ РФС), Departament professional'nogo futbola Rossijskogo futbol'nogo soyuza (DPF RFS)).[1] From 2013 to 2021 season the league was again run by the Professional Football League and the name Second Division was no longer used, the league was just called PFL. Before the 2021–22 season, the league was merged organizationally with the second-tier First League and renamed to FNL2.[2] Before the 2022–23 season, its short name was changed again, to a historical name "Russian Second League", even though the league's full title ("Second Division of the Football National League") remained the same.[3]

The Second League is geographically divided into 4 zones:[4] 1 (ex-South - Southern European Russia), 2 (ex-West - Western European Russia and Eastern Siberia), 3 (ex-Centre - Northern and Eastern European Russia and Sakhalin), 4 (ex-Ural-Povolzhye - Southern Urals and Western Siberia). The number of clubs in each zone varies between years. In the 2020–21 season, there were 64 clubs in the division.[5]

The winners of each zone are automatically promoted to the Russian First League (known before 2011 as the First Division and from 2011 to 2022 as Russian Football National League). The bottom finishers of each zone lose professional status and are relegated to the Russian Amateur Football League. The teams typically can avoid relegation as long as they still have necessary financing to stay in the FNL2. Each club plays its opponents twice home and away.[citation needed]


Season Zone 4 Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 5 Zone 6
1992 FC Baltika Kaliningrad FC Erzu Grozny FC Avtodor-Olaf Vladikavkaz FC Spartak-d Moscow FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk FC Zarya Leninsk-Kuznetsky
Season Zone 5 Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 4 Zone 3 Zone 6 Zone 7
1993 FC Vympel Rybinsk FC Anzhi Makhachkala FC Salyut Belgorod FC Torpedo-MKB Mytishchi FC Torpedo Arzamas FC Devon Oktyabrsky FC Angara Angarsk
Season West Centre Siberia Far East
1994 FC Fakel Voronezh FC Torpedo Volzhsky FC Chkalovets Novosibirsk FC Dynamo Yakutsk
Season West Centre East
1995 FC Spartak Nalchik FC Gazovik-Gazprom Izhevsk FC Metallurg Krasnoyarsk
1996 FC Metallurg Lipetsk FC Lada Dimitrovgrad FC Irtysh Omsk
1997 FC Arsenal Tula FC Rubin Kazan FC Tom Tomsk
Season West South Centre Povolzhye (Volga region) Ural East
1998 FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan FC Spartak-Orekhovo Orekhovo-Zuyevo FC Torpedo-Viktoriya Nizhny Novgorod FC Amkar Perm FC Metallurg Novokuznetsk
1999 FC Avtomobilist Noginsk FC Kuban Krasnodar FC Spartak-Chukotka Moscow FC Lada Togliatti FC Nosta Novotroitsk FC Metallurg Novokuznetsk
2000 FC Severstal Cherepovets FC Kuban Krasnodar FC Khimki FC Svetotekhnika Saransk FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk FC Metallurg Novokuznetsk
2001 FC Dynamo-SPb Saint Petersburg FC SKA Rostov-on-Don FC Metallurg Lipetsk FC Svetotekhnika Saransk FC Uralmash Yekaterinburg FC SKA-Energia Khabarovsk
2002 FC Baltika Kaliningrad FC Terek Grozny FC Metallurg Lipetsk FC Svetotekhnika Saransk FC Uralmash Yekaterinburg FC Metallurg-Zapsib Novokuznetsk
Season West South Centre Ural–Povolzhye (Idel-Ural)[4] East
2003 FC Arsenal Tula FC Dynamo Makhachkala FC Oryol FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny FC Luch-Energia Vladivostok
2004 FC Torpedo Vladimir FC Dynamo Stavropol FC Fakel Voronezh FC Ural Yekaterinburg FC Chkalovets-1936 Novosibirsk
2005 FC Baltika Kaliningrad FC Angusht Nazran FC Salyut-Energia Belgorod FC Sodovik Sterlitamak FC Metallurg Krasnoyarsk
2006 FC Tekstilshchik-Telekom Ivanovo FC Spartak Vladikavkaz FC Spartak-MZhK Ryazan FC Nosta Novotroitsk FC Zvezda Irkutsk
2007 FC Sportakademklub Moscow FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk FC Vityaz Podolsk FC Volga Ulyanovsk FC Dynamo Barnaul
2008 FC MVD Rossii Moscow FC Volgar-Gazprom-2 Astrakhan FC Metallurg Lipetsk FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod FC Chita
2009 FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi FC Avangard Kursk FC Mordovia Saransk FC Irtysh Omsk
2010 FC Torpedo Vladimir FC Chernomorets Novorossiysk FC Torpedo Moscow FC Gazovik Orenburg FC Metallurg-Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2011–12 FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg FC Rotor Volgograd FC Salyut Belgorod FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk FC Metallurg-Kuzbass Novokuznetsk
2012–13 FC Khimik Dzerzhinsk FC Angusht Nazran FC Arsenal Tula FC Gazovik Orenburg FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok
2013–14 FC Tosno FC Volgar Astrakhan FC Sokol Saratov FC Tyumen FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
2014–15 FC Spartak-2 Moscow FC Torpedo Armavir FC Fakel Voronezh FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny FC Baikal Irkutsk
2015–16 FC Khimki PFC Spartak Nalchik FC Tambov FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure
2016–17 FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg FC Rotor Volgograd FC Avangard Kursk FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod FC Chita
2017–18 FC Chertanovo Moscow FC Armavir FC Ararat Moscow FC Mordovia Saransk FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
2018–19 FC Tekstilshchik Ivanovo FC Chayka Peschanokopskoye FC Torpedo Moscow FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
2019–20 FC Veles Moscow FC Volgar Astrakhan FC Dynamo Bryansk FC Akron Tolyatti FC Irtysh Omsk
Season Group 2 Group 1 Group 3 Group 4[5]
2020–21 FC Olimp-Dolgoprudny FC Kuban Krasnodar FC Metallurg Lipetsk FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny
2021–22 FC Shinnik Yaroslavl FC Dynamo Makhachkala FC Rodina Moscow FC Volga Ulyanovsk


  1. ^ Второй дивизион - очень важный пласт (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Реформы в российском футболе уже произошли. Всё о ФНЛ-2 с тремя клубами Петербурга" (in Russian). NV Sport. 18 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  3. ^ "ВТОРАЯ ЛИГА – НАЧИНАЕМ!" (in Russian). Russian Second League. 15 July 2022. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b From 2016–17 – Zone Ural-Povolzh'e was renamed Ural-Privolzh'e and all zones began to be referred to as "groups" instead.
  5. ^ a b Since the 2020–21 season, the Vostok group has been abolished. The teams from Vostok are scattered in groups 2, 3 and 4.
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