Season


Format:

18 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 34 games each, over 34 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.



Relegation to the league:

2 teams from 2014/2015 Premier League

2 more team from 2014/2015 Premier League possible to relegate through Play-offs 1/2



Promotion from the league:

1-2 place: promoted to 2015/2016 Premier League

3-4 place: enter Play-offs 1/2 with two Premier League teams for 2 places in 2015/2016 Premier League



Relegation from the league:

16-18 place: relegated to 2015/2016 2. Division



Promotion to the league:

5 teams from 2014/2015 2. Division



Changes from last season:

Tom' Tomsk, Krylya Sovetov, Volga and Anzhi relegated from Premier League

Mordovia Saransk, Arsenal Tula, Torpedo Moskva and Ufa promoted to Premier League

Alaniya, Neftekhimik, Salyut Belgorod and Angusht relegated to 2. Division

Tosno, Sokol Saratov, Volgar Astrakhan, Tyumen and Sakhalin promoted from 2. Division

League expanded to 20 teams



Changes before the season:

On 29 May 2014 Spartak Nal'chik, 10th last season; asked to leave the FNL due to financial difficulties.

On 24 June 2014 Rotor Volgograd, 15th last season; withdraws due to financial difficulties.

League reduced to 18 teams.



Changes from next season:

League to be expanded to 20 teams.