The Governance of Turkish Football and Contemporary Issues

A seminar as part of the Sport Business Centre Seminar Series

Given by: Emir Güney, PhD Candidate, & Director of The Sports Studies Research Centre, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

B20 Lecture Theatre
Main Birkbeck Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

Monday 27th October 2014 at 6pm

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Attendance is free and open to all.


Regarded as the sixth most significant football league in Europe in financial revenue terms, the Turkish Super League has a huge potential to grow further. With its 75m population,  many thousands of grassroots football clubs, a $400m TV broadcasting contract, a strong sponsorship demand, and a growing economy, Turkey would appear to have a lot to offer in terms of further developing its football industry . Unfortunately, it would appear to not be fulfilling this potential. Since the beginning of the 20th century, football has been the crown jewel of Turkish sport nationally and internationally. But with this popularity came the interest of third parties like the government and the private entrepreneurs. Since becoming a legally professional sport in 1959, Turkish football has grown extensively compared to other sports. But many commentators argue that it has not met its full potential.  A possible explanation for this is the ever-changing governance structures of Turkish football.

In this presentation, Emir Guney will examine the Turkish football governance model starting with a historical perspective and concluding with contemporary issues such as the compulsory e-ticketing system and the hugely discussed ‘The Law on the Prevention of Violence and Disorder in Turkish Sport’ (No:6222). He will then discuss the prospects for Turkish football to fully capitalise on its enormous potential.


  • Emir Güney is currently the director of the Sports Studies Research Centre at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a PhD candidate on Sports Management at Marmara University. His main areas of study are the governance of sport institutions and the structure of football supporters’ organizations. The Sports Studies Research Centre has three main areas of study: Sports Law, Sports Management and Sports Media.


    • Kadir Has University Sports Studies Research Centre website –
    • The Law on the Prevention of Violence and Disorder in Turkish Sport (No:6222).
    • Özelçi, Aytaç (2010) Türkiye Futbol Federasyonunun Türk Hukukundaki Yeri, Seçkin Yayınevi, Ankara.
    • Şenel, T. (2006). A Strategic Review of Turkish Football Governance. Unpublished MSc Thesis. Birkbeck College, University of London.
    • Turkish Football Federation Foundations Law (No:5894).
    • Turkish Youth and Sport General Directorate Foundations Law (No:3289).

Contact details

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil

Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763

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