Super Lig is Turkey’s premier football tournament for professional Turkish football clubs. It is the highest level of football in Turkey’s football league system. It is also called Spor Toto Super Lig due to the sponsorship of Spor Toto. It is currently ranked as the 11th most successful football league in Europe, according to UEFA. The games are played annually, from August to May, and the matches occur from Fridays to Mondays. A total of eighteen teams compete for the Super Lig title.
Football in Turkey began in the 19th century due to Englishmen who introduced it to the country. The first ever organized football tournament in Turkey happened in 1904 with the Istanbul Football League. Since then, several tournaments and leagues were formed in Turkey, until a national league-the Milli Lig- was formed in 1959. A second division was formed in 1963.
Super Lig is not very well known outside Europe because of its lack of famous star players. And among the eighteen teams competing in the league, only five clubs have won the title, namely: Galatasaray, Besiktas, Bursapor, Fenerbahce, and Trabzonspor. Recently though, Turkish club Galatasaray has slowly gained momentum through their purchase of top players Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, who pose as a dual threat to other European teams.
The Super Lig has a league structure that’s similar with other European football leagues like the Serie A and the Bundesliga. The system is a double round robin, with each club playing against another club two times. A total of thirty four games are played by each team. Winners of each game get three points and one point for a draw. At the end of the games, the title is given to the club with the most points.
The winner of Super Lig is automatically qualified for a spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage while the 2nd place gets a spot for the third qualifying round.