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1998 Belarusian First League
2001 Belarusian First League was the eleventh season of 2nd level football championship in Belarus. It started in April and ended in November 2001.
2001 Belarusian First League Wikipedia
Winners of last season (Molodechno) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. They were replaced by the three teams that finished at the bottom of 2000 Belarusian Premier League table (Kommunalnik Slonim, Lida and Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev).
Four teams that finished at the bottom of 2000 season table (Traktor Minsk, Khimik Svetlogorsk, Veino-Dnepr and Khimik Svetlogorsk) relegated to the Second League. They were replaced by two best teams of 2000 Second League (Darida Minsk Raion and SKAF Minsk).
Luninets, who finished 2nd last season, disbanded in winter. Traktor Minsk were invited back to the First League to replace the team, but declined the offer. Khimik Svetlogorsk were invited instead and accepted invitation.
A week before the start of the season newly promoted SKAF Minsk winthdrew back to the Second League due to drop in financing, leaving the First League one team short for the season.
Rogachev changed their name to Rogachev-DUSSh-1 and Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi to Svisloch Osipovichi prior to start of the season.
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.