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Season


Regular Season:

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Format:

12 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 22 games each, over 22 game weeks.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. games won; 3. points in head-to-head matches; 4. games won in hth matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. away goals in hth matches; 8. total goal difference; 9. total goals scored; 10. total away goals scored; 11. draw.



Qualification for Championship Group:

1-6 place: enter Championship Group



Qualification for Relegation Group:

7-12 place: enter Relegation Group



Changes from last season:

Spartak Semey relegated to 1. Division

Okzhetpes promoted from 1. Division





Championship Group:

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Format:

6 teams from the Regular Season contest the 2016 Premier League champion and places in the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League and 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League in a league format.

Each team plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 10 games each, over 10 game weeks.

Teams start the play-off with their points from the Regular Season halved, rounded upwards, and keep the rest of their Regular Season record (games won, drawn, lost, goal difference).

The Championship Group winner is the 2015 Premier League champion.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. play-off (only for deciding the champion when 2 teams are tied); 3. games won; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. games won in hth matches; 6. goal difference in hth matches; 7. goals scored in hth matches; 8. away goals in hth matches; 9. total goal difference; 10. total goals scored; 11. total away goals scored; 12. play-off (only for deciding the champion when 3 or more teams are tied); 13. draw.



Qualification for UEFA competitions:

1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers

2-3 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers

4 place: possible 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers (depends on Cup outcome)



UEFA competitions qualifiers:

2016/2017 UEFA Champions League - 2nd Qualifying Round: Astana (as champion)

2016/2017 UEFA Europa League - 1st Qualifying Round: Kairat (as 2nd); Aktobe (as 3rd) and Ordabasy (as 4th)





Relegation Group:

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Format:

6 teams from the Regular Season contest against relegation in a league format.

Each team plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 10 games each, over 10 game weeks.

Teams start the play-off with their points from the Regular Season halved, rounded upwards, and keep the rest of their Regular Season record (games won, drawn, lost, goal difference).

The winner of the Relegation Group finishes 7th in the Overall season standings, the second placed team - 8th, and so on, with the last placed team in the Relegation Group being 12th.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. games won; 3. points in head-to-head matches; 4. games won in hth matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. away goals in hth matches; 8. total goal difference; 9. total goals scored; 10. total away goals scored; 11. draw.



Relegation from the league:

11 place: enters Play-offs 1/2 with one 1. Division team for 1 place in 2016 Premier League

12 place: relegated to 2016 1. Division



Promotion to the league:

1 team from 2015 1. Division

1 more team from 2015 1. Division possible to relegate through Play-offs 1/2