|Russian Premier League|
|Number of teams||16|
|Relegation to||Russian National Football League|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Russian Cup|
|UEFA cup(s)|| Champions League|
|Current champions||Zenit Saint Petersburg (5th title) (2018–19 season)|
|Most successful club||Spartak Moscow (10 titles)|
The Russian Football Premier League is the top division professional association football league in Russia. The competition is administered by the Russian Football Premier League. There are 16 teams in the competition. The league currently has two Champions League places, however, from the 2017–18 season, the league will have three Champions League qualifying spots given to the top three teams at the end of the season and the two Europa League spots will be allocated to the fourth and fifth placed teams. The cup winner qualifies for the UEFA Europa League without play-offs.
The last two teams are relegated to the Russian National Football League at the end of the season. The Russian Premier League was established in 2001 and succeeded the Top Division. The Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Russia. Creation of the Premier League is considered to give the clubs a greater degree of independence. The league is currently called Rosgosstrakh Russian Football Championship for sponsorship reasons.
CSKA Moscow are the current Russian Premier League champions.
After the break-up of the USSR, starting in 1992, each former Soviet republic organized an independent national championship. In Russia, the six Russian teams who had played in the Soviet Top League in 1991 (CSKA Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Vladikavkaz, and Lokomotiv Moscow) were supplemented with 14 teams from lower USSR divisions to organize a 20-team Russian Top Division. The Top Division was further divided into two groups to reduce the total number of matches in the first season. The number of teams in the Top Division was gradually reduced to 18 in 1993 and 16 in 1994. Since then, the Russian Top Division (and subsequently the Premier League) has consisted of 16 teams, except for a short-lived experiment with having two more teams in 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Spartak Moscow was the dominant force in the Top Division, winning nine of the first ten titles. Alania Vladikavkaz was the only team which managed to break Spartak's first ten years of dominance, winning the Top Division title in 1995.
Current clubs (2019–20)
|Arsenal Tula||Tula||Arsenal Stadium||20,048|
|CSKA Moscow||Moscow||VEB Arena||30,457|
|Dynamo Moscow||Moscow||VTB Arena||26,700|
|Lokomotiv Moscow||Moscow||Lokomotiv Stadium||27,320|
|Rubin Kazan||Kazan||Kazan Arena||45,093|
|Spartak Moscow||Moscow||Otkrytiye Arena||44,307|
|Sochi||Sochi||Fisht Olympic Stadium||44,287|
|Krylia Sovetov Samara||Samara||Cosmos Arena||44,918|
|FC Ural Yekaterinburg||Yekaterinburg||Central Stadium||35,696|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||Saint Petersburg||Krestovsky Stadium||67,800|
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