The sport was introduced by English residents. The Turkish holidays 2019 football league system comprises five professional leagues, one of which is dedicated to female athletes. Association football is the most popular sport in Turkey, followed by basketball, tracing its roots to the Ottoman Empire. The first matches were played in Selanik, now Thessaloníki, in 1875.
The Süper Lig (Super League) is the top division in Turkey. The league contains 18 clubs. The champion receives an automatic berth in the group stage of the European Champions League. Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor are the most successful Turkish clubs that participate in the competition, having won the most titles so far. Galatasaray has won the highest number of Süper Lig trophies (the club won more Süper Lig and Turkish Cup trophies than any other team).
This league ushered in clubs from all over Turkey to compete with each other. Currently, clubs finishing in the top four places in the league enter qualifying rounds of European competitions, and the winner of the Turkish Cup, if not one of the top four, is also given a spot. The three teams with the fewest points each season are relegated to the TFF First League.
The top two teams are nominated for Champions League while 3rd place is nominated for UEFA Cup qualifying and 4th place is nominated for the UEFA Cup qualifications.