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TFF First League

TFF First League
Country  Turkey
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 2001
Number of teams 18 (2014-15)
Levels on pyramid 2
Promotion to Süper Lig
Relegation to 2. Lig
Domestic cup(s) Turkish Cup
TV partners TRT
Website 1. Lig (Turkish)
2014–15 TFF First League

The TFF First League (currently known under the terms of a sponsorship deal as the PTT 1. Lig[1]) is the second level of the Turkish football league system. The league was founded in 2000 after it was separated from the Turkish Second League Category B during reorganizing Second League, who was second level of Turkish league between 1963–2001. It was founded as the Turkish Second League Category A and started with 20 teams. The number of teams were reduced to 18 the season after, in 2002. The league was renamed TFF First League prior to the 2007–08 season. It was called Türk Telekom Lig A in 2006–2007 season.

Before the 2005–06 season, the top three teams were promoted to Süper Lig and the bottom three teams were relegated to the Turkish Second League Category B. Since the 2005–06 season through 2008–09, the top two teams are directly promoted to the Süper Lig, the teams finishing third through sixth competed in a play-off. The third-placed team played a match with the sixth-placed team, while the fourth-placed team played against the fifth-placed team. The winners of both matches then played against each other to decide the third team that was promoted. In 2009–10 the third team was determined by play-off group games, in which the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6 th teams of normal season played in a one-game league system in a neutral venue. In 2010–11 play-off status changed again and elimination match system came back but this time on a two match (home and away) basis.

The teams can be register with only 3 foreign players and 2 other Turkic country players.


  • TFF First League clubs, 2013–14 1
  • Past winners 2
  • Promoted teams 3
  • Relegated teams 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • See also 7

TFF First League clubs, 2013–14

The clubs to play in the 2013–2014 season are listed below, alongside their home towns.
Club Home town Founded in In league since Finishing position last season
1461 Trabzon Trabzon 1998 2012–13 3rd
Adana Demirspor Adana 1965 2012–13 7th
Adanaspor Adana 1954 2008–09 8th
Ankaraspor A.Ş. Ankara 1978 2013-14 -
Balıkesirspor Balıkesir 1966 2013–14 TFF Second League, White Group Winner
Boluspor Bolu 1965 2007–08 10th
Bucaspor İzmir 1928 2011–12 5th
Denizlispor Denizli 1966 2010–11 11th
Fethiyespor Muğla 1933 2013–14 TFF Second League, Promotion Playoff Winners
Gaziantep B.B. Gaziantep 1998 2005–06 13th
İstanbul BBSK Istanbul 1990 2013–14 16th of Süper Lig
Kahramanmaraşspor Kahramanmaraş 1969 2013–14 TFF Second League, Red Group Winner
Karşıyaka İzmir 1912 2004–05 9th
Manisaspor Manisa 1965 2012–13 4th
Mersin İdman Yurdu Mersin 1925 2013–14 18th of Süper Lig
Orduspor Ordu 1967 2013–14 17th of Süper Lig
Samsunspor Samsun 1965 2012–13 14th
Şanlıurfaspor Şanlıurfa 1969 2012–13 12th
TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor Kütahya 1943 2010–11 15th

Past winners

Season Champion Runner Up Third Placed
2001–02 Altay S.K. Elazığspor Adanaspor
2002–03 Konyaspor Çaykur Rizespor A. Sebatspor
2003–04 Sakaryaspor Kayserispor Ankaraspor
2004–05 Sivasspor Manisaspor Kayseri Erciyesspor
2005–06 Bursaspor Antalyaspor Sakaryaspor
2006–07 Gençlerbirliği OFTAŞ İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor Kasımpaşa
2007–08 Kocaelispor Antalyaspor Eskişehirspor
2008–09 Manisaspor Diyarbakırspor Kasımpaşa
2009–10 Karabükspor Bucaspor Konyaspor
2010–11 Mersin İdmanyurdu Samsunspor Orduspor
2011–12 Akhisar Belediyespor Elazığspor Kasımpaşa
2012–13 Kayseri Erciyesspor Çaykur Rizespor Konyaspor
2013–14 İstanbul BB Balıkesirspor Mersin İdmanyurdu
1 Kayseri Erciyesspor renamed themselves as Kayserispor. Kayserispor also became Kayseri Erciyesspor before the start of 2004–2005 season.
2 These teams were play-off winners.

Season Clubs
2001–02 Vestel Manisaspor, Mersin İdman Yurdu, Adana Demirspor
2002–03 Karşıyaka, Türk Telekomspor, Kayseri Erciyesspor
2003–04 Karagümrük Kyoto, Sarıyer, Mardinspor
2004–05 Uşakspor, Orduspor, Gaziantep BŞB.
2005–06 Kasımpaşa, Gençlerbirliği Asaşspor, Eskişehirspor
2006–07 Boluspor, Kartalspor, Giresunspor
2007–08 Adanaspor, Karabükspor, Güngören Belediyespor
2008–09 Bucaspor, Mersin İdman Yurdu, Çanakkale Dardanelspor
2009–10 Güngören Belediyespor, Akhisar Belediyespor, Tavşanlı Linyitspor
2010–11 Göztepe (White Group), Elazığspor (Red Group), Sakaryaspor
2011–12 Şanlıurfaspor (White Group), 1461 Trabzon (Red Group), Adana Demirspor
2012–13 Balıkesirspor (White Group), Kahramanmaraşspor (Red Group), Fethiyespor
2013–14 Giresunspor (White Group), Altınordu (Red Group), Alanyaspor
1 Third teams were play-off winner.

Relegated teams

Season Clubs
2001–02 Hatayspor, Siirt Jetpaspor, Erciyesspor, Batman Petrolspor, Aydınspor
2002–03 Erzurumspor, Gümüşhane Doğanspor, Etimesgut Şekerspor
2003–04 Adana Demirspor, Göztepe, İzmirspor
2004–05 Sarıyer, Adanaspor, Fatih Karagümrük S.K.
2005–06 Mersin İdman Yurdu, Yimpaş Yozgatspor, Çanakkale Dardanelspor
2006–07 Türk Telekomspor, Akçaabat Sebatspor, Uşakspor
2007–08 Elazığspor, İstanbulspor, Mardinspor
2008–09 Sakaryaspor, Güngören Belediyespor, Malatyaspor
2009–10 Hacettepespor, Çanakkale Dardanelspor, Kocaelispor
2010–11 Altay, Diyarbakırspor, Ankaraspor (Expelled)
2011–12 Giresunspor, Sakaryaspor, İstanbul Güngörenspor
2012–13 Göztepe, Kartalspor, Ankaragücü
2013–14 Fethiyespor, 1461 Trabzon, Tavşanlı Linyitspor, Kahramanmaraşspor


  1. ^ 1.Lig'in yeni adı PTT 1. Lig oldu - TFF

External links

  • (Turkish) Turkish Football Federation
  • (Turkish) LigTV's page on the league

See also

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