RPL and First League – at the finish line. Very soon, there will be a rotation between them: the first two teams from the First League will directly enter the RPL, and the third and fourth places will have to play the play-offs with the 15th and 16th RPL teams.
The key issue when teams enter the RPL is licensing. In Russian football, it often happened that teams that deserved to enter the sporting elite did not receive a license. We found out which of the clubs from the First League, which are at the top of the standings, are ready to enter the RPL.
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How are the people who go straight out?
It’s almost obvious that Baltika and Rubin will go straight into the RPL. With three rounds to go, the Kaliningradors are ahead of third-placed Alania by nine points and Kazan by seven. Our sources confirm that both clubs will have no problem obtaining an RFU-1 license to play in the RPL.
Who can qualify for the play-offs? What is the regulation?
Not two, but four First League teams can qualify for the play-offs. Yes, first of all, the third and fourth teams in the league must participate in the meetings. But, according to the RFU regulations, the fifth and sixth places still have such a chance, provided that everything is in order with their license, but some of the third and fourth place clubs do not.
If only one of the four teams from third to sixth place passes the license, then the club that ranks 13th in the RPL does not fly anywhere. The only play-off game is played between the 14th place in the RPL and the only team from the First League that will pass the license.
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Who is ready for the play-offs right now? How are you doing with the licences?
If the First League ended right now, then Alania and Yenisei would go to the play-offs, and Dynamo Makhachkala and Rodina would be the substitutes. What is the situation of the licenses for these teams?
“Alania” – third place in the First League
Alania is one of those teams with which the situation is clear. According to our information, the Vladikavkaz club did not even apply for the RFU-1 license due to the ongoing reconstruction of its stadium. Now Alania plays in Grozny, but the RPL rules prohibit a participating club from playing in a stadium that is not from its region.
Result: Alania, despite the current third place in the First Division, will not participate in the play-offs.
Alania will not participate in the play-offs
Photo: FC Alania
“Yenisei” – fourth place in the First League
The other day the RFU Licensing Commission visited all the clubs that applied for RFU-1. Yenisei is one of these teams. According to our information, the commission was satisfied with what it saw. Krasnoyarsk residents have good chances of obtaining a license, they have almost no major problems. The only thing the club will have to do is install a FID (Fan Identification System) at their own expense. According to our sources, the state no longer plans to fund the installation of a Fan ID system for those stadiums where such a system does not exist. Yenisei plans to solve this problem immediately, the club has the funds for this.
Result: Yenisey will receive an RFU-1 license and will participate in the play-offs if she does not drop to seventh place.
“Yenisei” will receive an RFU-1 license
Photo: FC Enisey
Dynamo Makhachkala – fifth place in the First League
“Dynamo” refused to obtain an RFU-1 license. The Makhachkala club has a problem with the stadium – it has no team for Fan ID, and according to our information, the people of Makhachkala have no money for this. The president of the club, Gadzhi Gadzhiev, confirmed this in an interview with colleagues from Sport Day by Day: “We would like to apply for a license, but, first of all, there are big costs for Fan ID, we don’t have that kind of money. At the moment, we believe it is premature to do so. If it was free, they would have done the trick.
Result: Dynamo will not participate in the play-offs.
Makhachkala “Dynamo” will not take part in the transition matches
Photo: FC Dinamo Makhachkala
“Motherland” – sixth place in the First League
Rodina, along with Yenisei, is now the most likely entrant in the First Division play-offs. The Moscow club, according to our information, will have no problems obtaining an RFU-1 license. As the main stadium, according to our sources, Rodina announced the VTB Arena (there, of course, the Fan ID system works). The club’s budget is also good.
Result: Rodina will receive an RFU-1 license and will participate in the play-offs if they do not fall in seventh place.
“Motherland” will receive an RFU-1 license
Photo: FC Rodina
“Volgar” – seventh place in the First League
Volgar also applied for the license to participate in the RPL. Right now, the team is only one point behind Rodina. According to our information, the visit of the RFU Commission to Astrakhan took place the other day. The commission was satisfied with what they saw, Volgar should have no difficulty in installing a system for Fan ID. It is very likely that the club will receive an RFU-1 license.
Result: Volgar will receive an RFU-1 license and will participate in the play-offs if they finish in the top 6 teams in the First League at the end of the season.
“Volgar” will receive an RFU-1 license
Photo: FC Volgar
Arsenal is eighth in the First Division
Another contender for the play-offs is Tula Arsenal. According to our information, the club applied for an RFU-1 license. According to our sources, if Arsenal enters the RPL, all criteria will be met, including funding and the implementation of the Fan ID system at the home stadium.
Result: Arsenal will receive an RFU-1 license and will participate in the play-offs if they finish in the top 6 teams in the First League at the end of the season.
“Arsenal” will receive an RFU-1 license
Photo: FC Arsenal
Therefore, the play-offs between the teams from the RPL and the First League will definitely take place, there are enough teams in the First League that are ready to play in the RPL. The first splices will take place on June 6, the return ones on the 9th.
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