RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Tosno

FC Tosno has been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their short history. Founded in 2013 by Leonid Khomenko - current technical director at the club - and FortGroup, a commercial real-estate group based out of St. Petersburg, just an hour’s drive north-west of Tosno. This close locality to Russia's second city will be key for Tosno next season, as the club will be based at Zenit-2’s Petrovsky Stadium for their maiden RFPL campaign. Head coach Dmytro Parfyonov has overseen … [Read more...]