Crimean football clubs will play in the Russian leagues this season following the region's annexation by Russia in March 2014.
Three clubs will play in the second division south, a third-tier Russian league, the Russian Football Union said in a statement. The move could bring Russia into conflict with UEFA and FIFA.
The three clubs were SKChF Sevastopol, Zhemchuzhina Yalta, and Tavria Simferopol, which shares its name with a former Ukrainian champion club, but is a new entity.
The former Tavria club was renowned as a hotbed of pro-Ukraine sentiment in Crimea, especially among its hardcore supporters.