Russia Tier 2

National League

League Guide & Facts

  • The second tier of Russian football

  • 22 teams

  • Teams play each other twice (42 games)


  • Top 2 teams automatically promoted

  • 3rd and 4th placed teams qualify for promotion playoffs

  • Reserve teams of top flight clubs ineligible for promotion (FK Krasnodar-2 & Spartak Moscow 2, Both can be managed)


  • Bottom 6 teams relegated


  • The match squad must have no more than 4 foreign players (5 allowed in squad).

  • There must be at least 1 Russian under-22 player in the playing 11. (Born after 31/12/1998)

  • 1 extra Russian under-22 substitution is allowed once all other substitutions have been used. (Born after 31/12/1998)

  • Belarus treated as non foreign

  • Yenisey have a transfer ban until 02/02/2021

  • Chertanovo cannot sign any players (transfer policy)

Location Of Clubs

Suggested* Additional Nations To Load

Ex Soviet/Eastern Bloc Journeyman

*As always this is only a suggestion, the leagues listed are in order of importance, feel free to run as many or as little leagues as you think your system can handle. The setup above gives a nice regional feel.

It is advisable however to run as many top tier leagues of major nations as you can to keep the continental club competitions competitive

Media Prediction, Board Expectations and Title Odds*

*Your odds and board expectations may vary slightly from save to save

Football Manager 2021 - Russian National League

Club Culture

Football Manager 2021 - Russian National League



Alania Vladikavkaz

Baltika Kaliningrad

Chayka Peschanokopskoye

Chertanovo Moscow

Dynamo Bryansk


Irtysh Omsk


Krylia Sovetov

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

Nizhny Novgorod



SKA Khabarovsk

Spartak M-2

Tekstilshchik Ivanovo


Torpedo Moscow

Veles Moscow

Volgar Astrakhan

Yenisey Krasnoyarsk