The Governance of Turkish Sport

A seminar as part of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series

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

Lecture Theatre B34
Malet Street Building
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Monday 24th April 2017 at 6pm

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Turkish sport has a unique model of governance in which football and all other sports are governed separately by relevant bodies which are founded in law. As in many countries around the world, football is the number one sport throughout the country. But unlike many countries, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has been working as an autonomous body objectifying its power over the other sports federations which are centrally governed by the Sports Directorate General (SGM) within the Sports Ministry of the Turkish Republic.

Accepted as the only professional sport in Turkey, football has always been the spoiled child of the sports family. Having the biggest potential for mass interest, it attracts the biggest sponsors and huge TV deals, and generates financially very significant transfer spending, unfortunately without the outcome of a stable international success rate both at national and club level.

On the other end of the table sit 60 more sports federations which try to achieve national  and international success under the umbrella of the Sports Ministry. Although compared to football, they enjoy less financial support and less autonomy regarding decision making processes, at least two of the sports federations, basketball and volleyball, have achieved significant international recognition at both club and national levels.

In this presentation, Emir Güney discusses the complexity of the organisation of the sport system in Turkey, illustrates its unique features, and presents a critique of its constitutional foundations.


  • Emir Güney is 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.

Contact Details


  • 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).

General Seminar Series Details

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020 7631 6763


Twitter: @Birkbecksport

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