2008–09 Ukrainian First League
|Top goalscorer||22 - Oleksandr Pyschur (Volyn Lutsk)|
|Biggest home win||Obolon 6–0 Ihroservice
Obolon 6–0 Sevastopol
|Biggest away win||Prykarpattya 0–5 Dniester|
|Highest scoring||Prykarpattya 2–6 Sevastopol
Obolon 6-2 Stal
The 2008–09 Ukrainian First League is the eighteenth since its establishment. The Professional Football League (PFL) decreased the number of teams in the league. This season, there are 18 teams instead of 20 teams competing. Two of the teams were relegated from the Ukrainian Premier League 2007-08 and two were promoted from the Ukrainian Second League 2007-08. To decrease the number of teams in the competition 4 teams were relegated from the Ukrainian First League 2007-08 season.
Promotion and relegation
- Group A
- Knyazha Schaslyve – Druha Liha champion (Withdrew – after winter break)
- Group B
- Komunalnyk Luhansk – Druha Liha champion (Withdrew – First half)
- Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka – 15th place (Returning after a seasons)
- Zakarpattia Uzhhorod – 16th place (Returning after a seasons)
Placing of teams in table of standings are done in the following order:
- number of accumulated points
- number of wins
- difference(GD) between goals for(GF) and goals allowed(GA)
- number of goals for(GF)
- The League Fair-play ranking
The next tie-break is a simple draw.
After competing in thirteen rounds of the competition Komunalnyk Luhansk withdrew from the PFL on October 17, 2008. The PFL annulled all the results from the competition and adjusted the standings. Komunalnyk had a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 10 losses scoring 12 goals and having 31 goals scored against them in the thirteen games that they played in. At the end of the 13th round Komunalnyk was in 17th place in the standings. Yuri Kudinov was team's leading goal scorer with 8 goals (3 penalties).
Knyazha withdrew on the March 25, 2009. The PFL will award technical victories to teams that are to play against Knyazha after the winter break. Knyazha in 18 games had a record of 5 wins, 5 draws, and 8 losses scoring 22 goals and having 23 goals scored against them. At the end of the 18th round Knyazha was in 14th place in the standings. Oleksandr Mandziuk was team's leading goal scorer with 9 goals.
Ihroservis failed to pay league dues on time and were excluded from competitions for the next season.
|1||Zakarpattia Uzhhorod||32||21||6||5||55||28||+27||69||(-) new – Premier League - Promoted – Champions|
|2||Obolon Kyiv||32||19||6||7||74||40||+34||63||Premier League - Promoted|
|10||Stal Alchevsk||32||11||10||11||33||39||−6||43||Fair Play Award|
|11||Ihroservice Simferopol||32||12||6||14||42||47||−5||42||Withdraw 1|
|12||Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka||32||11||11||10||41||42||−1||41||–3 2 (-) new|
|16||Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk||32||7||7||18||26||54||−28||28||Reinstated 3|
|17||Knyazha Schaslyve||32||5||5||22||22||23||−1||20||(+) new – Withdraw 4|
|Promotion to Ukrainian Premier League|
|Relegation to Ukrainian Second League|
|Withdrew (expelled) from PFL|
- ^1 Ihroservice Simferopol withdrew after the season completed due to licensure issues for the next season
- ^2 Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka deducted 3 points by the Ukrainian Football Federation (January 22, 2009)
- ^3 Due to the insolvency of MFK Mykolaiv (finished 10th Ukrainian First League 2007-08) they declared themselves defunct (June 26, 2008) and that they would not be participating in the 2008/09 season. Prykarpattja Ivano-Frankivs'k who finished in 17th place were not relegated by the PFL.
- ^4 Knyazha Schaslyve withdrew after the winter break
In 2008–09 season, the Ukrainian First League consists of the following teams:
|Home ╲ Away||DES||DNR||DK2||ENE||FEN||HEL||IHS||KNY||KRM||NAF||OBO||OLK||PIF||SEV||STA||VOL||HOV|
|Oleksandr Pyschur||22 (4)||Volyn|
|Charles Newuche||16 (1)||Zakarpattia|
|Valeriy Kutsenko||14 (2)||Obolon|
|Matviy Bobal||14 (6)||Ihroservice 5|
|Andriy Shevchuk||13||PFC Sevastopol|
|Vitaliy Prokopchenko||12 (1)||Feniks-Illichovets / Zakarpattia 6|
|Oleksandr Savanchuk||11 (3)||Feniks-Illichovets / Naftovyk-Ukrnafta 7|
|Pavlo Onysko||10 (2)||Obolon|
|Oleksandr Mandzyuk||9||Knyazha 8|
|Dmytro Viter||9 (3)||Naftovyk-Ukrnafta|
- ^5 Bobal signed with Premier League club Tavriya Simferopol (November 22, 2008)
- ^6 Prokopchenko transferred to Zakarpattia (March 24, 2009)
- ^7 Savanchuk transferred to Naftovyk-Ukrnafta Okhtyrka (March 24, 2009)
- ^8 Mandzyuk signed with Premier League club FC Lviv (February 25, 2009)
- Best coach – Yuri Maximov (Obolon)
- Best official – Yevhen Aranovsky (Kyiv)
- Best player – Oleksandr Pischur (Volyn)
- Best scorer – Oleksandr Pischur (Volyn)
- Fair Play Champion – FC Stal Alchevsk
- (Ukrainian) Professional Football League of Ukraine – website of the professional football league of Ukraine
- (Ukrainian) 2008-09 season's regulations. PFL of Ukraine and Football Federation of Ukraine.
-  (Ukrainian) Professional Football League 2008–09 Official Meetings Minutes #23
-  (Ukrainian) Professional Football League 2009 Official Meetings Minutes #6
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- XVIII Conference of the Union of Professional Clubs "PFL of Ukraine"