16 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 30 games each, over 30 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.

Qualification for UEFA competitions:

1 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League Group stage

2 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League qualifiers

3-4 place: 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League qualifiers

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

Relegation from the league:

13-14 place: enter Play-offs 1/2 with two FNL teams for 2 places in 2016/2017 Premier League

15-16 place: relegated to 2016/2017 FNL

Promotion to the league:

2 teams from 2015/2016 FNL

2 more teams from 2015/2016 FNL possible to promote through Play-offs 1/2

Changes from last season:

Torpedo Moskva and Arsenal Tula relegated to FNL

Krylya Sovetov and Anzhi promoted from FNL