Russian basketball league system

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The Russian basketball league system or Russian basketball league pyramid, is a series of interconnected competitions for professional basketball clubs in Russia. The system has a hierarchical format with a promotion and demotion system between competitions at different levels. There are currently five different competitions on the pyramid – the 1st-tier VTB United League, the 2nd-tier Russian Super League 1, the 3rd-tier Russian Super League 2, the 4th-tier Russian Super League 3, and the 5th-tier Under-23 Youth League.

The tier pyramid

Level League
1. VTB United League
(16 teams - 10 from Russia, 6 from other countries)

(Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL) - defunct)
(Soviet Union Premier League - defunct)

2. Russian Super League 1
(First Tier from 1992–2010)
(13 teams)
3. Russian Super League 2
(11 teams)
4. Russian Super League 3
(9 teams)
5. Under–23 Youth League
(10 teams)

Other competitions

See also


External links

  • Russian Men's Basketball
  • VTB United League Official Website
  • Russian Professional Basketball League Official Website
  • Russian Basketball Federation Official Website
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