1996–97 Vyshcha Liha
|Relegated||Nyva Vinnytsia, Kremin Kremenchuk|
|Champions League||Dynamo Kyiv|
|Cup Winners' Cup||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|UEFA Cup||Vorskla Poltava, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk|
|Top goalscorer||(21) Oleh Matveyev (Shakhtar)|
The 1996–97 Vyshcha Liha season was the 6th since its establishment. FC Dynamo Kyiv were the defending champions.
Overview of "FC Dynamo Kyiv" article
Number of teams in the league was reduced from 18 to 16. Vyshcha Liha became a member of the newly established Professional Football League of Ukraine.
Overview of "Professional Football League of Ukraine" article
Before the start of season CSKA-Borysfen Kyiv was renamed to CSKA Kyiv. Just before the start of new 1996–97 season a scandal took place related to ownership. Dmytro Zlobenko was removed from the club which with help of the Army was passed to some businessman by name of Mikhail Grinshpon, a president of "Kiev–Donbass". Concurrently, Mikhail Grinshpon was an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksandr Kuzmuk.
1996–97 Vyshcha Liha Teams articles: 16
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Dynamo Kyiv (C)||30||23||4||3||69||20||+49||73||Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round|
|2||Shakhtar Donetsk[a]||30||19||5||6||72||28||+44||62||Qualification to Cup Winners' Cup qualifying round|
|3||Vorskla Poltava||30||17||7||6||50||26||+24||58||Qualification to UEFA Cup first qualifying round|
|12||Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||30||9||6||15||24||48||−24||33|
|15||Kremin Kremenchuk (R)||30||7||3||20||28||57||−29||24||Relegated to Ukrainian First League|
|16||Nyva Vinnytsia (R)||30||4||6||20||19||48||−29||18|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goal scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Participant of the 1997 Ukrainian Cup Final
||Shakhtar Donetsk||21 (6)|
||Dynamo Kyiv||20 (6)|
||Vorskla Poltava||14 (2)|
||Torpedo Zaporizhzhya||13 (3)|
||CSKA / Chornomorets||12 (3)|
||Metalurh Zaporizhia||11 (3)|
Notes: Games between Dynamo Kyiv and CSKA Kyiv were played at the Republican Stadium.
|Team||Outgoing head coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Table||Incoming head coach||Date of appointment||Table|
|FC Shakhtar Donetsk||
|SC Tavriya Simferopol||
|FC CSKA Kyiv||
|FC Karpaty Lviv||
|FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||
|FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih||
|FC Prykarpattia Ivano-Frankivsk||
|FC Kremin Kremenchuk||
|FC Nyva Vinnytsia||
1996–97 Vyshcha Liha Final standings articles: 20
- Varis, S. Mikhail Grinshpon: astronomical "partitioner" of Ukraine. Part 1. (Михаил Гриншпон: космический «распильщик» Украины. ЧАСТЬ 1). Skelet Info. 17 July 2017