Premier League in Ukraine declared over after Russian invasion
Ricky Gray | April 27, 2022
Although its come to an end Dynamo Kyiv can be entered in next season's Champion League
During a meeting with the clubs of the Ukraine Premier League on Tuesday, the league informed them that the standings as of February 24 would be declared the finalized standings.
The importance of the date is because it's the same day that Russia invaded Ukraine which put a stop to all of the Ukraine Premier League (UPL) games.
At the top of the standings is Shakhtar Donetsk, but the league said that no official award would be handed out. The other factor surrounding the standings is that they could determine qualification for European competitions next season. This of course would depend on whether Ukrainian clubs are able to take part.
The next step is the league's decision has to be approved by the Ukrainian Football Association, which would have to submit competition entries to UEFA in June. The Champions League has space for two clubs, Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk would likely be the clubs entered.
At the moment, the UEFA has banned all Russian clubs from its competitions due to the war in Ukraine. Questions are still circulating as to when the ban will be lifted before the start of next season.
For the Champions League, a club from Ukraine could be entered into the group stage in place of the Russian League champion. Since Russian clubs are banned from competition, this could be a viable option for the UEFA.
At the moment, both Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk are touring Europe, playing charity games to raise funds for those affected by the war.
The draw for the second qualifying round of the Champions League is set for June 15 at the UEFA headquarters in Switzerland. After the round is decided, the games will take place from July 19 to the 27th.