Soviet First League

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The Soviet First League in football (Russian: Первая лига СССР по футболу) was the second highest division of Soviet football,[1] below the Soviet Top League.

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Soviet First League in football
after 52[1] seasons
CountrySoviet Union
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toSoviet Top League
Relegation toSoviet Second League
League cup(s)First League Cup
Podsnezhnik tournament
Last championsFC Rotor Volgograd (1)
Most championshipsFC Krylya Sovetov Samara (5)

While the second tier competitions in football among "teams of masters" (an official term for the Soviet professional clubs) existed since 1936,[1] the First League has been officially formed in 1971 out of the Class A First Group.[1] It followed the transitional 1970 season when the Class A was expanded to three groups (Vysshaya Gruppa, Pervaya Gruppa, Vtoraya Gruppa) and discontinuation of the Class B competitions for the 1971 season.

The league existed until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.