This is the highest football division in Russia, built by 16 clubs. During the season each club play for a total 30 matches – two times against every other club from Russian Premier League, one as host and one as guest. Clubs are ranked in table according to points won, goal difference goals scored. At the end of the season top three clubs are qualified for UEFA Champion League, and clubs placed 4th to 6th are qualified for UEFA Europa League. Last two clubs from end-season table are directly demoted to lower football division named National Football League while their places in Premier League are taken by first two teams from National Football League. 13th and 14th clubs from Premier League are playing play-off with clubs ranked on 3rd and 4th place from National Football League and the winners from those two matches are playing in Premier League, those who lost are in National Football League for next season.