Bereza 1–7 BATE
BATE 10–0 Stroitel
BATE 10–0 Stroitel
| FC Lokomotiv Vitebsk, FC Starye Dorogi|
1998 Belarusian First League
1997 Belarusian First League was the seventh season of 2nd level football championship in Belarus. It started in April and ended in November 1997.
1997 Belarusian First League Wikipedia
Two best teams of 1996 Belarusian First League (Transmash Mogilev and Kommunalnik Slonim) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Due to a number of withdrawals before the start of previous season no team was relegated to the Second League.
Kobrin, who finished 12th last year, withdrew to the amateur level at the end of 1996 due to lack of funds.
Promoted and withdrawn teams were replaced by two teams relegated from the Premier League (Obuvshchik Lida and Vedrish Rechytsa) and four newcomers from the Second League (BATE Borisov, Dnepr Rogachev, Veino Mogilev Raion and Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk). Thus league was again expanded to 16 teams.
Before the start of the season Obuvshchik Lida were renamed to FC Lida, Vedrish Rechytsa updated their name to Vedrich-97 Rechytsa, Kommunalnik Pinsk were renamed to Pinsk-900, Khimik Svetlogorsk to Kommunalnik Svetlogorsk, Stroitel Bereza to FC Bereza and newcomers FC Beloozyorsk to Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk.
Two best teams of the season (Gomel and BATE Borisov) were promoted to the Premier League. Two lowest placed teams (Lokomotiv Vitebsk and Stroitel Starye Dorogi were relegated to the Second League.
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.