14 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 26 games each, over 26 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. points in head-to-head matches; 3. games won in hth matches; 4. goal difference in hth matches; 5. goals scored in hth matches; 6. total goal difference; 7. games won; 8. total goals scored; 9. 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)

Relegation from the league:

14 place: relegated to 2016 1. Division

Promotion to the league:

3 teams from 2015 1. Division

Changes from last season:

Dnepr Mogilev relegated to 1. Division

Granit, Slava and Vitebsk promoted from 1. Division

League expanded to 14 teams

UEFA competitions qualifiers:

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

2016/2017 UEFA Europa League - 2nd Qualifying Round: Cup winner

2016/2017 UEFA Europa League - 1st Qualifying Round: Dinamo Minsk (as 2nd) and Shakhtyor (as 3rd)