The Russian Premier League (RPL), also known as Russian Premier Liga, is the top-flight of the Russian professional association football league system. Before rebranding in 2018 as the current name, it was settled as the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) in 2001.
Sixteen teams are competing in the competition. As of the 2021-22 season, the league has two Champions League qualifying paths. The league winners advance directly to the group stage, and the league runners-up play in a Champions League play-off.
Soviet Top League's six teams (CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Vladikavkaz, and Lokomotiv Moscow) were added 14 teams from lower divisions to form a 20-team Russian Top Divisional competition in 1991.
The number of participant teams in the Top Division gradually decreased to 18 in 1993 and 16 in 1994. The Russian Premier League has consisted of sixteen teams since 1994. But they did a short-lived experiment with having two more teams in 1996 and 1997.
The Russian Premier League succeeded the Top Division, including history and records. The Professional Football League of Russia ran the Top Division. The creation of the Premier League is considered to give the clubs a greater degree of independence. The league is currently called Tinkoff Russian Premier League for sponsorship reasons, also known as Tinkoff Russian Premier Liga.
Two spots in the UEFA Conference League are allocated to the third and fourth-placed teams. At the end of the campaign, the last two teams are relegated to the Russian National Football League, while the 13th and 14th placed teams compete against the National League's 4th and 3rd teams in a two-legged play-off.
Teams in the Russian Premier League competition play each other twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 games. Three points are given for a win, one for a without result match, and zero for a loss.
If multiple teams are level on the same points, the tie-breakers are the number of wins, then the difference of goal, followed by some other factors.
And if multiple teams are tied for the first position, in that case, the penalty shootout (tie-breakers) is the digit of wins, then head-to-head stats. But when it is impossible to decide who is the champion from more than one team, even in these calculations, they have to play a match in any neutral venue to win the winner's crown.
There are six teams that won the Russian Premier League at different times. Spartak Moscow is the most successful professional football club in this competition with 10 Russian Premier League titles, while the club was a six-time runner-up also.
Since the beginning of the Russian Premier League in 2002, Zenit Saint Petersburg won the title seven times, CSKA Moscow six times, Lokomotiv Moscow three times, Rubin Kazan two times, and Spartak Moscow one time. Zenit Saint Petersburg is the current boss of the Russian Premier League.
Zenit Saint Petersburg won the Russian top-flight title seven times and three times runner-up. CSKA Moscow has six top-tier crowns, while they were runner-up in this tournament eight times.
Among others, Lokomotiv Moscow has won the honor three-time, Rubin Kazan 2 times, and Alania Vladikavkaz 1 time. There are three more teams that played in the final but could not lift the trophy, and they are Rotor Volgograd (two-time), Dynamo Moscow (one-time), and Rostov (one-time).
Igor Akinfeev has played a maximum of 505 appearances in the Russian Top Division competition, followed by 489 appearances of Sergei Ignashevich.
Artem Dzyuba is the all-time top goalscorer of this Russian top-flight competition with 148 goals in 381 appearances, followed by Oleg Veretennikov (143 goals in 274 appearances) and Aleksandr Kerzhakov (139 goals in 340 appearances).
Dmitri Ananko won the championship nine times from 1992-1994 and 1996-2001 with Spartak Moscow. Rotor Volgograd player Rotor Volgograd scored record 25 goals in a single season in 1995.
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Match TV has legal rights to broadcast 60 live matches per season of the Russian Premier League inside Russia and CIS. Match Premier has exclusive media coverage rights, and they telecast all 240 live games of the Russian Premier League on TV in Russia and CIS.
Sport Klub broadcasts Russian Premier League in the Balkans, Qsport in CIS, Grupo Bandeirantes in Brazil, La Liga Sports TV in Spain, Gol TV in Latin America, and Tencent QQ in China.
All 240 matches of the Russian Premier League are aired live globally on YouTube with a required subscription. There will be two membership systems for the viewers outside Russia, CIS, and China.
The first category includes two matches with English commentary each matchday and will cost a monthly fee of 2.99 US dollars. For 4.99 US Dollars a month, the second category provides subscribers access to all eight Russian- commentary matches and two with English commentary.
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