14 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 26 games each, over 26 game weeks.
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
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)