A year ago three Crimean football clubs — TSK Simferopol (formerly Tavriya Simferopol), SKChF Sevastopol (formerly F.C. Sevastopol) and Zhemchuzhina Yalta — played in a qualifying round of the Russian Cup, in violation of UEFA and FIFA rules.
They were set to begin the season in the third tier of Russian soccer after a vote by the Russian Football Union in July 2014.
In December their participation in the Russian Cup was suspended by UEFA, which helped organize an eight-team Crimean championship. The opening games were played on August 22-23, 2014.
The issue of the Crimean teams’ participation in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League tournaments will come up for discussion two years from now.