FC Veino-Dnepr Mogilev Raion, FC Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk
1997 Belarusian First League
1998 Belarusian First League was the eighth season of 2nd level football championship in Belarus. It started in April and ended in November 1998.
1998 Belarusian First League Wikipedia
Two best teams of 1997 Belarusian First League (Gomel and BATE Borisov) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. Two teams that finished at the bottom (FC Lokomotiv Vitebsk and Stroitel Starye Dorogi) relegated to the Second League.
Due to a number of withdrawals and mergers occurred in Premier League in between seasons, no team has been relegated from Premier League to First League.
Promoted and relegated teams were replaced by four newcomers from the Second League: (Dinamo-Energogaz Vitebsk, Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi, Polesye Mozyr Raion and ZLiN Gomel.
Before the start of the season Kardan-Flyers Grodno were renamed to Belcard Grodno and Dnepr Rogachev to FC Rogachev.
Two best teams of the season (Lida and Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi) were promoted to the Premier League. Two lowest placed teams (Veino Mogilev Raion and Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk) were initially relegated to the Second League. Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk disbanded at the end of the season and never played in First of Second league again. Belcard Grodno, who finished 8th, also disbanded, and as a result, Veino Mogilev Raion were saved from relegatin.
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.