|Goals scored||688 (2.87 per match)|
Team changes from 1998 season
The two best teams of the 1998 Belarusian First League (Lida and Svisloch-Krovlya Osipovichi) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. They were replaced by Kommunalnik Slonim, the last-placed team of 1998 Premier League (only one team has relegated due to Dinamo-93 Minsk dissolution midway through 1998 season).
Two lowest placed teams of the 1998 First League season (Veino and Belenergostroy Beloozyorsk) relegated to the Second League. They were replaced by two best teams of 1998 Second League (Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk and Granit Mikashevichi as the winners of their respective groups).
During the off-season Belcard Grodno (placed 8th last year) merged with Premier League club Neman Grodno (with the latter being renamed to Neman-Belcard Grodno). To fill the two vacant spots, Veino were spared from relegation, and Neman Mosty (placed 3rd in Second League Group B last year) were additionally promoted. Neman Mosty were invited since Veras Nesvizh (Second League Group A runners-up) refused promotion and Gomel-2 (Second League Group B runners-up) were ineligible.
Before the start of the season Dinamo-Energogaz Vitebsk were renamed to Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk and FC Veino were renamed to Veino-Dnepr after becoming a farm club of Dnepr-Transmash Mogilev. FC Bereza merged with Keramik Bereza from the Second league and adopted the latter's club name as their own.
The two highest placing teams of the season (Kommunalnik Slonim and Vedrich-97 Rechitsa) were promoted to the Premier League, and the two lowest placed teams (Pinsk-900 and Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk) were relegated to the Second League. Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk subsequently disbanded before the next season.
Teams and locations
|Team||Location||Position in 1998|
|Kommunalnik||Slonim||Premier League, 15|
|Zvezda-VA-BGU||Minsk||Second League, Group A, 1|
|Granit||Mikashevichi||Second League, Group B, 1|
|Neman||Mosty||Second League, Group B, 3|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Kommunalnik Slonim (P)||30||18||5||7||57||29||+28||59||Promotion to Belarusian Premier League|
|2||Vedrich-97 Rechitsa (P)||30||16||10||4||56||30||+26||58|
|14||Veino-Dnepr Mogilev Raion||30||6||8||16||31||57||−26||26[b]|
|15||Pinsk-900 (R)||30||6||8||16||33||50||−17||26[b]||Relegation to Belarusian Second League|
|16||Vitbich-Dinamo-Energo Vitebsk (R)||30||0||5||25||26||90||−64||5|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd matches won; 3rd head-to-head (points, matches won, goal difference, goals scored); 4th goal difference; 5th goals scored
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
|1||Georgiy Tatarashvili||Kommunalnik Slonim||22|
|Dzmitry Kavalyonak||Dinamo-Juni Minsk||18|
|4||Oleg Verbitskiy||Neman Mosty||17|
|5||Alyaksandr Kavalyow||Vedrich-97 Rechitsa||16|