Team changes from 2000 season
Winners of last season (Molodechno) were promoted to Belarusian Premier League. They were replaced by the three teams that finished at the bottom of 2000 Belarusian Premier League table (Kommunalnik Slonim, Lida and Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev).
Four teams that finished at the bottom of 2000 season table (Traktor Minsk, Khimik Svetlogorsk, Veino-Dnepr and Polesye Kozenki) relegated to the Second League. They were replaced by two best teams of 2000 Second League (Darida Minsk Raion and Akadem-Slavia Minsk).
Luninets, who finished 2nd last season, disbanded during the off-season. Traktor Minsk were invited back to the First League to replace the team, but declined the offer. Khimik Svetlogorsk were invited instead and accepted invitation.
A week before the start of the season newly promoted SKAF Minsk withdrew back to the Second League, after their partnership with Slavia Mozyr (of whom they were previously a farm club) suddenly ended, along with the financial supply. No team was able to replace SKAF on a short notice and the league was reduced to 15 clubs for the season.
Teams and locations
|Team||Location||Position in 2000|
|Lida||Lida||Premier League, 14|
|Torpedo-Kadino||Mogilev||Premier League, 15|
|Kommunalnik||Slonim||Premier League, 16|
|Darida||Minsk Raion||Second League, 1|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Torpedo Zhodino (P)||28||21||3||4||56||13||+43||66||Promotion to Belarusian Premier League|
|2||Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk (P)||28||19||5||4||74||21||+53||62|
|3||Darida Minsk Raion||28||19||4||5||49||22||+27||61|
|12||Orsha (R)||28||9||1||18||40||74||−34||28||Withdrew to amateur league|
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||Maksim Sukhoveyev||Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk||28|
|2||Sergey Shevchik||Torpedo Zhodino||21|
|3||Ashot Bagiryan||Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk||14|
|4||Yuriy Nikitochkin||Svisloch Osipovichi||13|
|Oleg Kuzmenok||Darida Minsk Raion||13|
|Sergey Ulezlo||Khimik Svetlogorsk||13|