The Governance of Turkish Football: The Council, the Board and the Committees

The Governance of Turkish Football: The Council, the Board and the Committees

Given by: Emir Güney, PhD Candidate, Director of Sports Studies Research Centre, Kadir Has University.

Room 101, Clore Management Centre Building
Birkbeck College, University of London
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

Friday 25th January 2013 at 6pm

For directions click here – Look for venue 2 on the map

This event will operate under “Chatham House Rules” – no external reporting without the permission of the speakers


Starting in the late 20th century, Turkish football has become a major player in European football. Both the club teams and the national teams of all levels have started to perform better at the UEFA and FIFA competitions, challenging major teams from England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. For example Galatasaray SK won the UEFA Cup in 2000, the national team finished third in the South Korea & Japan FIFA World Cup in 2002, and again finished third in the Austria-Switzerland UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. These were major achievements for Turkish football. But between 2002 and 2008 Turkey could not qualify for any major international tournament and missed out on qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 UEFA European Championships and now on the verge of missing Brazil 2014. What is the reason behind this instability? The answer to this question is multi-faceted but the main answer lies within the question. It is the ‘instability’ of the ever-changing governance structures in Turkish football that prevents the creation of a strong football base on which to build a solid foundation. In this presentation, Emir Güney will present and outline the organisation of Turkish Football and its governance methods, and then present a critical assessment of how it might be reformed.


• Şenel, Tolga (2006) A Strategic Review of Turkish Football Governance, Unpublished MSc Thesis, University of London Birkbeck College
• Özelçi, Aytaç (2010) Türkiye Futbol Federasyonunun Türk Hukukundaki Yeri, Seçkin Yayınevi, Ankara.


Emir is currently the director of 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 organisation of sport bodies and the structure of football supporters’ organisations. The Centre has three main areas of study: Sports Law, Sports Management and Sports Media. Sports Economics, Sports Sociology, Sports History are some of the other research topics covered.

• Kadir Has University Sports Studies Research Centre website –

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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