The second-highest football league in Russia and contains 20 clubs. Each club from the league plays 38 matches for whole season. One match as host and one as guest against each other club from National Football League. Clubs are ranked in table according to points won during the season. At the end of the season top two clubs are automatically promoted to higher football division – Premier League. 3rd and 4th club at the end of the season plays against 13th and 14th from Premier League to determine which of the 4 teams will play in Premier League and which one will play in National Football League. Last five clubs in the end of the table are directly demoted to lower division and their place are taken from 5 winners in each group from third-highest football league named Professional Football League (it`s divided in 5 groups according to geographical position).