TFF Third League

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TFF Third League
TFF 3.Lig logo.png
Country  Turkey
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 1967-68
Number of teams 54 (2012-13)
Levels on pyramid 4
Promotion to 2. Lig
Relegation to Amateurs
Current champions Ümraniyespor(Group 1)
Trabzon Düzyurtspor (Group 2)
Keçiörengücü (Group 3)
(2013–14 season)
2013–14 season

TFF Third League (Turkish Football Federation Third League) or TFF 3. Lig (in Turkish), is the fourth level in the Turkish football league system. It was founded in 2001–02 season as a continuation of then third level division Turkish Third Football League. 2010–11 is the 10th season of the league. In its tenth season the league was named Spor-Toto Third League due to sponsorship.

Turkish Third Football League (in Turkish: Türkiye Üçüncü Futbol Ligi or shortly Üçüncü Lig or 3. Lig) is a defunct football league in Turkey. It has been the third level division in Turkish football since its foundation in 1967–68 until the formation of new league system in 2001-02, except for a period of four seasons during coup d'etat in Turkey. Turkish Third Football League continued as TFF Third League in the new league system after 2001, but this time in the fourth layer. Third level of Turkish League was renamed first TFF Second League Category A, later TFF Second League. A comparison of new and old league systems can be seen in "see also" section of this article.

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League format[edit]

Since 2010-–11 season status of the league has been changed. League is played with 54 teams in three groups, 18 in each. The groups were determined by casting lots on a non-regional basis. The winners of each group directly promotes to TFF Second League. In each group 2nd through 5th teams play promotion play-offs to determine second team to be promoted to TFF Second League. Bottom three teams in each group are relegated to Turkish Regional Amateur League.

TFF Third League 2012–13 clubs[edit]

League history[edit]

1967–68 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

League was founded in 1967–68. In the first year 17 teams attended. Two teams relegated from Turkish Second Football League: Beyoğluspor, Davutpaşa. Tekirdağspor, Çanakkalespor, Çorumspor, Elazığspor, Muğlaspor, Düzcespor, Eskişehir Demirspor, Kırıkkalespor, Nazillispor, Konya İdman Yurdu, Tarsus İdman Yurdu, Ceyhanspor, Lüleburgazspor, Tekirdağspor, İskenderunspor, and Hatayspor were other teams whose applications were accepted by TFF. At the end of the season winner promoted to TFF Second League, no team relegated.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Amatör Futbol Ligleri
1967–68 Düzcespor no relegation

Promotion from amateur leagues:

Season Promoted to Turkish Third Football League
1967–68 Tekirdağspor, Çanakkalespor, Çorumspor, Elazığspor, Muğlaspor, Düzcespor, Eskişehir Demirspor,
Kırıkkalespor, Nazillispor, Konya İdman Yurdu, Tarsus İdman Yurdu, Ceyhanspor, Lüleburgazspor, İskenderunspor, Hatayspor.

1968-69 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

In 1968-69 new clubs joined: Amasyaspor, Burdurspor, Diyarbakırspor, Ispartaspor, Rizespor, Ankara Sanayi Barbaros. Two groups were formed on geographical basis: Red Group for East and White Group for West. Each group contained 14 teams and one best promoted and one worst relegated in each group.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1968-69 White Group: Nazillispor
Red Group: Tarsus İdmanyurdu
White Group: Burdurspor
Red Group: Altındağ

Promotion from amateur leagues:

Season Promoted to Turkish Third Football League
1968-69 Amasyaspor, Burdurspor, Diyarbakırspor, Ispartaspor, Rizespor, Ankara Sanayi Barbaros (Regional Professional Leagues champs).

1969–70 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1969–70 White Group: Uşakspor
Red Group: Hatayspor
no relegation

Promotion from amateur leagues:

Season Promoted to Turkish Third Football League
1969–70 Erzincanspor, Erzurumspor, Karabükspor, Kırklarelispor, Kırşehirspor, Konya Ereğlispor,
Nevşehirspor, Urfaspor, Mardinspor, Tokatspor, Ankara Yenimahalle
(Regional Professional Leagues champs).

1970–71 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1970-71 White Group: Sarıyer
Red Group: Konyaspor
Blue Group: İskenderunspor
Green Group: Konya İdmanyurdu
no relegation

1971–72 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1971-–72 White Group: Beykoz
Red Group: Lüleburgazspor
Blue Group: DÇ Karabükspor
Green Group: Gaziantepspor
White Group: Beylerbeyi, Yeşildirek
Red Group: İstanbul Hasköy, Ülküspor
Blue Group: Bahçeli, Yenişehir
Green Group: Sanayi Barbaros, Altındağ

1972–73 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1972–73 White Group: Tirespor
Red Group: Eskişehir Demirspor
Blue Group: Malatyaspor
Green Group: Erzurumspor
White Group: Eyüpspor, İzmir Demirspor
Red Group: Burdurspor, Muğlaspor
Blue Group: Yenimahalle, Sincanspor
Green Group: Mardinspor, Toprakofisi

1973–74 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1973–74 White Group: Kırıkkalespor (1st), DÇ Karabükspor (2nd)
Red Group: Çorumspor (1st), Rizespor (2nd)
White Group: Afyonspor, Güneşspor, Hacettepe, Nazillispor
Red Group: Davutpaşa, Ankara Sitespor, Taksim SK, Yeşildirek

1974–75 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1974–75 White Group: Bandırmaspor
Red Group: Elazığspor
White Group: Petrol Ofisi Spor, Feriköy
Red Group: Kırşehirspor, PTT

1975–76 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1975–76 White Group: Ispartaspor
Red Group: Diyarbakırspor
no relelegation

1976–77 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1976–77 White Group: Tekirdağspor
Red Group: Düzcespor
Blue Group: Urfaspor
White Group: Galata, Anadolu, Süleymaniye
Red Group: Kastamonuspor, Çanakkalespor, Yeşilova
Blue Group: Amasyaspor, Nevşehirspor

1977–78 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1977–78 White Group: Sebat Gençlik
Red Group: Edirnespor
White Group: Kütahyaspor, Alibeyköy Adalet, Hacettepe
Red Group: Ülküspor, Ceyhanspor, Kasımpaşa

1978–79 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1978–79 White Group: Erzurumspor (1st), Giresunspor (2nd)
Red Group: Lüleburgazspor (1st), Altınordu (2nd)
White Group: Konya Ereğlispor, İskenderunspor
Red Group: İstanbulspor, Galata, Uşakspor

1979–80 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

League was abandoned after the season. All of the teams promoted to 1980-81 Turkish Second Football League

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1979–80 Group A: Tarsus İdman Yurdu, Hatayspor, Erzincanspor, Malatyaspor,
Konyaspor, Tokatspor, Gençlerbirliği, Çorumspor
Group B: İzmirspor, Karagümrük, Beykoz, Kırklarelispor, Ödemişspor,
Kütahyaspor, Manisaspor, Yeşilova, Karşıyaka, Alibeyköy Adalet
No relegation (league was abandoned)

1984–85 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

League was not played in 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84 seasons. League was refounded after four seasons.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1984–85 Group 1: Gölcükspor, Group 2: Bakırköyspor, Group 3: İnegölspor,
Group 4: Manisaspor, Group 5: Aydınspor, Group 6: Etibank SAS
Group 7: Düzce KDS, Group 8: Osmaniyespor, Group 9: Hopaspor
Group 10: Erzincanspor, Group 11: Siirt YSE Spor
no relegation (league was refounded)
Group 3: Bursa Belediyespor withdrawed next season.

1985–86 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1985–86 Group 1: Bayburtspor, Group 2: Elazığspor, Group 3: Reyhanlıspor
Group 4: Çarşambaspor, Group 5: Kırşehirspor, Group 6: Sökespor
Group 7: Kuşadasıspor, Group 8: Sönmez Filamentspor, Group 9: Çanakkalespor
Group 10: Çorluspor, Group 11: Silivrispor, Group 12: Beykoz
no relegation

1986–87 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1986–87 Group 1: Trabzonspor II (1st), Ünyespor (2nd)
Group 2: Bitlisspor
Group 3: Niğdespor
Group 4: Bartınspor
Group 5: Ispartaspor
Group 6: Menemenspor
Group 7: Kütahyaspor
Group 8: Uşakspor
Group 9: Eyüpspor
Group 10: Zeytinburnuspor
Group 1: Igdirspor, Palandökenspor
Group 2: Elazığ Ferrokromspor, Van İskelespor
Group 3: İçel Demirspor, Borspor, İskenderun DÇ (withdrawed next season)
Group 4: Çankırıspor, Mamakspor
Group 5: K.Ereğlispor, Y.Çivrilspor, Denizli EŞİY (withdrawed next season)
Group 6: Çine Madranspor, Ülküspor
Group 7: Kütahya Termikspor, Bilecikspor
Group 8: Bursa Kültürspor, Karacabeyspor
Group 9: Yeşildirek, Davutpaşa
Group 10: Beyoğluspor, Ümraniyespor

1987–88 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1987–88 Group 1: Giresunspor
Group 2: Mardinspor
Group 3: Nevşehirspor
Group 4: Polatlıspor
Group 5: Alanyaspor
Group 6: Ayvalıkgücü
Group 7: Bursaspor II
Group 8: Uzunköprüspor
Group 9: Kartalspor
Group 1: Karsspor, Gümüşhanespor
Group 2: Pazarcık Aksuspor, Diyarbakır Yolspor
Group 3: Afşinspor, Malatya İdman Yurdu
Group 4: Yeni Bahçelispor
Group 5: Karamanspor, Antalya Yolspor
Group 6: Alaşehirspor
Group 7: Erdekdpor, Eskişehir Demirspor
Group 8: Tekirdağ Sarayspor, Hayraboluspor
Group 9: Kocaeli BŞB Kağıtspor, Taksim SK

1988–89 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1988–89 Group 1: Bulancakspor
Group 2: Şanlıurfaspor
Group 3: Niğdespor
Group 4: Hacettepe Yeni Camuzoğlu
Group 5: Sökespor
Group 6: İzmirspor
Group 7: Bandırmaspor
Group 8: Kasımpaşa
Group 9: Fatih Karagümrük
Group 1: Erbaaspor, Sinopspor
Group 2: Viranşehirspor
Group 3: Kırıkhanspor, Ceyhanspor
Group 4: Kırşehirspor, Kamanspor
Group 5: Burdurpor, Ödemişspor
Group 6: Yeni Bornovaspor, Kemalpaşaspor
Group 7: Keşanspor, Bilecikspor
Group 8: Alibeyköy, Yedikule
Group 9: İstanbul DSİspor, Çengelköy Talimhanespor

1989–90 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

TFF declared no relegatlon but announced that professional clubs will be represented only one team in all professional leagues.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amateur Leagues
1989–90 Group 1: Ünyespor
Group 2: Elazığspor
Group 3: Hatayspor
Group 4: Düzce Kervan Doğsanspor
Gorup 5: Yeni Afyonspor
Group 6: Bucaspor
Group 7: Gönenspor
Group 8: Gaziosmanpaşaspor
Group 9: Yalovaspor
Group 1: Trabzonspor II (by TFF decision)
Group 4: Aras Sitespor (withdrawed next season)
Group 6: Karşıyaka II (by TFF decision)
Group 7: Tekirdağ Büyük Salatspor (withdrawed during season)
Group 8: Galatasaray II (by TFF decision)

1990–91 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1990–91 Group 1: Bafraspor
Group 2: Muşspor
Group 3: Tarsus İdmanyurdu
Group 4: Kayserispor
Group 5: Ispartaspor
Group 6: Manisaspor
Group 7: Bozüyükspor
Group 8: Süleymaniye Küçükçekmecespor
Group 9: Üsküdar Anadolu
Group 1: Görelespor
Group 2: Iğdırspor
Group 3: Afşinspor
Group 4: Sivas Demirspor
Group 5: Sarayköyspor
Group 6: Menemenspor
Group 7: İznikspor
Group 8: Erdekspor
Group 9: Kocaeli Petkimspor

1991–92 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amateur Leagues
1991–92 Group 1: Akçaabat Sebatspor
Group 2: Batman Belediyespor
Group 3: İskenderunspor
Group 4: Yozgatspor
Group 5: Yeni Nazillispor
Group 6: Kütahyaspor
Group 7: İstanbulspor
Group 8: Zonguldakspor
Group 9: Balıkesirspor
Group 1: Suluovaspor
Group 2: Sarıkamışspor (now Sarıkamış Esnafspor)
Group 3: Reyhanlıspor
Group 4: Çankırıspor
Group 5: Sandıklı Belediyespor (now Sandıklıspor)
Group 6: Çeşmespor
Group 7: Edremitspor (now Edremit Belediyespor)
Group 8: İstanbul THY
Group 9: Adapazarıspor

1992–93 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amateur Leagues
1992–93 Group 1: Adıyamanspor
Group 2: Giresunspor
Group 3: Hatayspor
Group 4: Yeni Sincanspor
Group 5: Eskişehirspor
Group 6: Çorumspor
Group 7: İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor
Group 8: Çorluspor
Group 9: Çanakkale Dardanelspor
Group 10: Yeni Turgutluspor
Group 1: Silvanspor, Hakkarispor, Tuncelispor (renamed first Yeni Tuncelispor, now Dersimspor), Tatvanspor
Group 2: Gümüşhane KH, Fatsaspor, Ağrıspor, Ardeşenspor (now Ardeşen Belediyespor)
Group 3: Sahilspor (now İskenderun Belediye Sahilspor), Elbistan Belediyespor, Kadirli İY, Adana GB
Group 4:
Group 5:
Group 6:
Group 7:
Group 8:
Group 9:
Group 10:

1993–94 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1993–94 Group 1: Batman Belediyespor
Group 2: Çaykur Rizespor
Group 3: İçel Polisgücü
Group 4: Ankara Şekerspor
Group 5: Kemer Belediyespor
Group 6: Erdemir Ereğlispor
Group 7: Edirnespor
Group 8: Düzcespor
Group 9: Yeni Afyonspor
Group 10: Manisaspor
Group 1: Kızıltepespor, Mardinspor
Group 2: Çayelispor, TEK 12 Martspor
Group 3: Kırıkhanspor, Besni Belediyespor
Group 4:
Group 5:
Group 6: Bafraspor, Çarşamba Beldespor
Group 7: Silivrispor, Feriköyspor
Group 8: Darıca Gençlerbirliği, Vefaspor
Group 9: Karacabeyspor, Mudanyaspor
Group 10: Bigaspor, Akhisarspor

1994–95 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1994–95 Group 1: Elazığspor
Group 2: Erzincanspor
Group 3: Şanlıurfaspor
Group 4: Ankara PTT
Group 5: Beypazarıspor
Group 6: Fethiyespor
Group 7: Yeni Yozgatspor
Group 8: Bergamaspor
Group 9: Lüleburgazspor
Group 10: Anadoluhisarı İdmanyurdu
Group 1: Van DSİ, Erçişspor
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4: Polatlıspor, DHMİ
Group 5:
Group 6:
Group 7: Denizli Belediyespor, Ödemiş Belediyespor
Group 8:
Group 9: Malkaraspor, İstanbul İl Özel İdarespor
Group 10: Kocaeli Petkimspor (Now İlimtepe Futbol), İznikspor

1995–96 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1995–96 Group 1: Bingölspor
Group 2: Hopaspor
Group 3: İskenderunspor 1967
Group 4: Ankara Demirspor
Group 5: Ünyespor
Group 6: Muşlaspor
Group 7: Kuşadasıspor
Group 8: İnegölspor
Group 9: Nişantaşı
Group 10: Beylerbeyi
Group 1:
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Group 5:
Group 6:
Group 7:
Group 8:
Group 9:
Group 10:

1996–97 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1996–97 Group 1: Batman Petrolspor
Group 2: Giresunspor
Group 3: Gaziantep Sankospor
Group 4: Boluspor
Group 5: Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyespor
Group 6: Kasımpaşa
Group 7: Marmarisspor
Group 8: İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor
Group 1:
Group 2:
Group 3:
Group 4:
Group 5:
Group 6:
Group 7:
Group 8:

1997–98 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1997–98 Group 1: Ağrıspor
Group 2: Gümüşhane Doğanspor, Amasyaspor (play-off)
Group 3: Fırat Üniversitesi
Group 4: Kilimli Belediyespor
Group 5: Petrol Ofisi Spor
Group 6: İzmirspor
Group 7: Pendikspor
Group 8: Çorluspor
Group 1: Bitlis Köy Hizmetleri, Muşspor
Group 2: Iğdır Belediyespor, Sivas Demirspor
Group 3: Kozan Belediyespor, Nizip Belediyespor
Group 4: Kozlu Belediyespor, Ankara Köy Hizmetleri
Group 5: Konya Yolspor, Kütahya Seramikspor
Group 6: Yeni Bornovaspor, Sökespor
Group 7: Bozüyükspor, Karamürselspor
Group 8: Dardanel Kepezspor, Keşanspor

1998–99 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1998–99 Group 1: Siirt Köy Hizmetleri YSE Spor
Group 2: Sivasspor
Group 3: Malatya Belediyespor
Group 4: Kırıkkale Belediyespor, Düzcespor (play-off)
Group 5: Ankara Asaşspor, Selçuk Üniversitesi (play-off)
Group 6: Yeni Nazillispor
Group 7: Darıca Gençlerbirliği
Group 8: Gaziosmanpaşaspor
Group 1: Bitlis Köy Hizmetleri, Erganispor
Group 2: Turhalspor, Ardeşenspor
Group 3: Siverek Belediyespor, Pütürge Belediyespor
Group 4: Beypazarıspor, Bartınspor
Group 5: Eskişehir Demirspor, Afyon Şekerspor
Group 6: İzmir Yeşilova, Gaziemirspor
Group 7: Bursa Kestelspor, Anadoluhisarı İY
Group 8: Küçükçekmecespor, Bigaspor

1999–2000 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
1999–00 Group 1: Cizrespor
Group 2: Gümüşhane Doğanspor, Akçaabat Sebat Gençlik (play-off)
Group 3: Hacılar Erciyesspor
Group 4: Türk Telekomspor
Group 5: Ispartaspor
Group 6: Yeni Turgutluspor
Group 7: Öz Sahrayıceditspor
Group 8: Kırklarelispor, Güngören Belediyespor (play-off)
Group 1: Diyarbakır Köy Hizmetleri, Bingölspor
Group 2: Fatsaspor, Sürmenespor
Group 3: Fırat Üniversitesi, İslahiyespor
Group 4: Çaycumaspor, Erdemirspor
Group 5: Yeni Anamurspor, Manavgat Belediyespor
Group 6: Simav Eynalspor, Selçuk Efesspor
Group 7: Ümraniyespor, Feriköy SK
Group 8: Vefa SK, Çerkezköy Belediyespor

2000–01 Turkish Third Football League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to Turkish Second Football League Relegated to Regional Amatur Leagues
2000–01 Group 1: Mardinspor, Hakkarispor, Silopi Cudispor
Group 2: Iğdır Belediyespor, Erzincanspor, Trabzon Telekomspor
Group 3: Demirspor, Kahramanmaraşspor, Mezitlispor
Group 4: Tokatspor, Ankara Demirspor, Ankara EGOspor
Group 5: Kütahyaspor, Uşakspor, Alanyaspor
Group 6: Mustafakemalpaşaspor, Marmarisspor, Aliağa Petkim
Group 7: Eyüpspor, Maltepe, Sapancaspor
Group 8: Yıldırım Bosnaspor, Zeytinburnuspor, Küçükköyspor
Group 1: Muşspor, Bismil Birlikspor, Bitlis Özgüzelderespor, Batman Demirspor
Group 2: Karabulak Gençlik, Arsinspor, Termespor, Doğubeyazıtspor
Group 3: Nevşehirspor, İskenderun DÇ, Malatya Belediyespor, Kozan Belediyespor
Group 4: Turhalspor, Akçakocaspor, Altındağ Belediyespor, Etimesgut Belediyespor
Group 5: Sidespor, Seydişehir Eti Alüminyum, Kemerspor, Konya Kartalıspor
Group 6: Balıkesirspor, Kuşadasıspor, Yeni Milasspor, Soma Linyitspor
Group 7: İzmit Bekirpaşaspor, Mudurnuspor, Üsküdar Anadolu SK, Nişantaşıspor
Group 8: Geliboluspor, İstanbul Beşyüzevler, Gönenspor, Çanspor

Source: TFF.[1] Turkish-Soccer archives[2] and mackolik.com.[3]

2001–02 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2001–02 Group 1: Çubukspor, Orduspor
Group 2:Şanlıurfa Belediyespor, Adıyamanspor
Group 3: Zonguldakspor Winner, Tarsus İdmanyurdu (runner-up and play-off winner)
Group 4: Muğlaspor, Bursa Merinosspor
Group 5: Fatih Karagümrük, Eyüpspor
Group 1: Karadeniz Ereğlispor, Bayburtspor, Askispor, Petrol Ofisi Spor (Withdrew from the league before start of season)
Group 2: İskenderunspor 1967, Genç Telekomspor, Yüksekova Cilospor, Elazığ Belediyespor (Withdrew from the league before start of season)
Group 3: Seyhan Belediyespor, Kilimli Belediyespor, Saran Keskinspor, Silifkespor (formerly known as İçel Polisgücü and Mersinspor)
Group 4: Körfez Belediyespor, Torbalı Belediyespor, Yeni Salihlispor, Ayvalıkgücü
Group 5: Lüleburgazspor, Ayazağaspor, Tepecik Fıratpenspor, Altıntepsi Makelspor

2002–03 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2002–03 Group 1: Osmaniyespor
Group 2: Yeni Kırşehirspor
Group 3: Aksarayspor
Group 4: Yalovaspor
Group 5: Çorluspor
Group 1: Batman Karşıyakaspor, Vanspor, Ağrıspor
Group 2: Trabzon Telekomspor, Çaykurspor, Çarşambaspor
Group 3: Düzcespor, Kayseri Elektrikspor, Mobellaspor
Group 4: Yeni Turgutluspor, Bergama Belediyespor, Dalaman Kağıtspor
Group 5: İzmitspor, Edirnespor, Kırklarelispor

2003–04 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion from amateur leagues:

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2003–04 Group 1: Karamanspor
Group 2: Gençlerbirliği Asaşspor (winner), Ünyespor (runner-up and play-off winner)
Group 3: Pendikspor
Group 4: Alanyaspor (winner), Oyak Renaultspor (runner-up and play-off winner)
Group 1: Silopi Cudispor, Yozgatspor, Hakkarispor
Group 2: Artvin Hopaspor, Merzifonspor, Murgul Bakırspor
Group 3: Sapancaspor, Tekirdağspor, Eskişehir Şekerspor
Group 4: Orhangazispor, Afyonspor, Kestel Belediyespor

2004–05 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion from amateur leagues: İskenderun DÇ, Nevşehirspor, Hatay Köy Hizmetleri, Arsinspor, Karsspor, Mecidiyeköy, Yeni Burdur Gençlik, Aroma Akseki.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2004–05 Group 1: İDÇ. Genel Müdürlüğüspor
Group 2: Pazarspor (winner), Giresunspor (runner-up and play-off winner)
Group 3: Kasımşapa (winner), Boluspor (runner-up and play-off winner)
Group 4: Yeni Turgutluspor
Group 1: Muşspor, Niğdespor
Group 2: Sinopspor, Amasyaspor
Group 3: Yeniköy, Bandırmaspor
Group 4: Akşehirspor, Aliağa Petkim

2005–06 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion from amateur leagues: Değirmenderespor, Gazi Belediyespor, Hopaspor, Afyonkarahisarspor, Nilüfer Belediyespor, Konya Şekerspor, Orhangazispor, Küçükçekmecespor.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2005–06 Group 1: Erzincanspor (winner), Gaskispor (runner-up)
Group 2: Etimesgut Şekerspor (winner), Arsinspor (runner-up), Tokatspor (play-off winner)
Group 3: Keçiörengücü (winner), Fethiyespor (runner-up)
Group 4: Gebzespor (winner), Zeytinburnuspor (runner-up)
Group 1: Bitlis Özgüzelderespor, Nevşehirspor
Group 2: Kızılcahamam Belediyespor, Çubukspor
Group 3: Konya Şekerspor, Akseki Aroma
Group 4: Eskispor, Mecidiyeköy

2006–07 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion from amateur leagues: Belediye Vanspor, Bağlum Belediyespor, Sürmenespor, Bozüyükspor, Balıkesirspor, Tepecik Belediyespor, Orhangazi Gençlerbirliği.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2006–07 Group 1: DBB Diskispor (winner), Adanaspor
Group 2: Araklıspor (winner), Bugsaşspor (runner-up), Değirmenderespor (play-off)
Group 3: Bozüyükspor (winner), Afyonkarahisarspor (runner-up)
Group 4: Gaziosmanpaşaspor (winner), Tepecik Belediyespor (runner-up), Alibeyköyspor (play-off)
Group 1: Osmaniyespor, Karamanspor
Group 2: Iğdırspor
Group 3: Aliağa Belediyespor, Sidespor
Group 4: Çorluspor, Bakırköyspor

2007–08 TFF Third League season[edit]

Promotion from amateur leagues: Körfez Belediyespor, Konya Şekerspor, Tavşanlı B TKİ Linyit, Torbalıspor, Bafra Belediyespor, Malatya Belediyespor, Bingöl Belediyespor.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2007–08 Group 1: Belediye Vanspor, Malatya Belediyespor, Karsspor
Group 2: Tokatspor, Ofspor, Çorumspor
Group 3: Denizli Belediyespor, Akhisar Belediyespor, Konya Şekerspor
Group 4: Beykoz 1908, Beylerbeyi, Körfez Belediyespor
Promotion play-offs: Darıca Gençlerbirliği, Altınordu
Group 1: Antakyaspor, Nusaybin Demirspor, Cizrespor, Mezitlispor
Group 2: Bağlum Belediyespor, Gazi Belediyespor, Artvin Hopaspor
Group 3: Kütahyaspor, Muğlaspor, Yeni Ereğlispor, Yeni Burdurspor
Group 4: Bursa Merinosspor, Zonguldakspor, Küçükçekmecespor, Bilecikspor

2008-09 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2008–09 season the league contained 51 clubs spread out over 5 groups with 10 or 11 clubs. The groups were determined in regions. The top two clubs from each group qualified to the Promotion Group. The remaining groups with other teams were called Classification Groups. Top four teams in Promotion Group are directly promoted to TFF Second League. The three teams classified 5th to 7th in Promotion Group join the extra play-offs with the top teams from each of the 5 Classifying Groups. These 8 teams play a knockout competition (in neutral venue) to determine the last two teams to be promoted. The bottom two teams of Classifying Groups are relegated to the Amateur Leagues.

Promotion from amateur leagues: Menemen Belediyespor, Bandırmaspor, Keçiören Belediyespor, TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor, Bağlar Vuralspor.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2008–09 Göztepe (Promotion Group winner)
Tepecik Belediyespor (Promotion Group runner-up)
TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor (Promotion Group 3rd place)
Kahramanmaraşspor (Promotion Group 4th place)
Yalovaspor, Pursaklarspor (Extra play-off winners)
Group 1: Orhangazi Gençlerbirliği, Fatih Karagümrük
Group 2: Aydınspor, Mustafakemalpaşaspor
Group 3: Aksarayspor, Uşakspor
Group 4: Erzincanspor, DÇ Divriğispor
Group 5: Ceyhanspor, Bağlar Vuralspor, Kilis Belediyespor, Şırnakspor

2009–10 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2009-10 season league was played by 53 teams, 11 teams in groups 1–4 and 9 teams in group 5. Top two teams of ranking groups again promoted to promotion group. Top two teams of promotion group directly promoted to 2010–11 TFF Second League. The Third team was determined by extra play-offs between 3rd–5th teams of promotion group and winners of classification groups. Last three teams in groups 1–4 and last team in group 5 were relegated to Regional Amateur League.

Promotion from amateur leagues: Kırıkhanspor, Bayrampaşaspor, Çerkezköy Belediyespor, Tekirova Belediyespor, Muğlaspor, Trabzon Yalıspor.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2009-10 Bandırmaspor (promotion group winner)
Balıkesirspor (promotion group runner-up)
Malatya Belediyespor (extra play-off winner)
Group 1: Alibeyköyspor, Çerkezköy Belediyespor, Küçükköyspor
Group 2: İzmirspor, Muğlaspor, Marmaris Belediyespor
Group 3: Kartal Belediyespor, Düzcespor, Maltepespor
Group 4: Sürmenespor, Bafra Belediyespor, Bulancakspor
Group 5: Şanlıurfa Belediyespor

2010-11 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2010–11 season status of the league has been changed. League is played with 54 teams in three groups, 18 in each. The groups were determined by casting lots on a non-regional basis. The winners of each group directly promotes to TFF Second League. In each group 2nd through 5th teams play promotion play-offs to determine second team to be promoted to TFF Second League. Bottom three teams in each group were relegated to Turkish Regional Amateur League.

Promotion from amateur leagues: Sivas Dört Eylül Belediyespor, Kırklarelispor, İskenderunspor 1967, Kepez Belediyespor, Sancaktepe Belediyespor.

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2010–11 Group 1: Tepecikspor (winner), Ünyespor (Play-off)
Group 2: Kırklarelispor (winner), Altınordu (Play-off)
Group 3: Gaziosmanpaşaspor (winner), Denizli Belediyespor (Play-off)
Group 1: Kırşehirspor, 72 Batmanspor, Malatyaspor
Group 2: Beykozspor 1908, Ispartaspor, Erzurumspor
Group 3: Yalovaspor, Torbalıspor, Zeytinburnuspor

Source: Turkish Soccer[4] and TFF league page[5]

2011–12 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2011–12 season status of the league has been changed. League is played with 57 teams in three groups, 19 in each. The groups were determined by casting lots on a non-regional basis. The winners of each group directly promotes to TFF Second League. In each group 2nd through 5th teams play promotion play-offs to determine second team to be promoted to TFF Second League. Bottom four teams in each group were relegated to Turkish Regional Amateur League.

Promotion from amateur leagues: Erzurum Büyükşehir Belediyespor, Erganispor, Beşikdüzüspor, Çarşambaspor, Elazığ Belediyespor, Manavgat Evrensekispor, Kilimli Belediyespor, Aydınspor 1923, Yeni Sandıklı Belediyespor, Maltepespor, Ümraniyespor, Küçükçekmecespor[6]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur League
2011–12 Group 1: İnegölspor (winner), Bayrampaşaspor (play-off)
Group 2: Nazilli Belediyespor (winner), Kahramanmaraşspor (play-off)
Group 3: Hatayspor (winner), Tarsus İdmanyurdu (play-off)
Group 1: MKE Kırıkkalespor, Lüleburgazspor, Keçiören Sportif A.Ş., Akçaabat Sebatspor
Group 2: Karsspor, Küçükçekmecespor, Kepez Belediyespor, Erganispor
Group 3: Diyarbakır Kayapınar Belediyespor, Afyonkarahisarspor, Araklıspor, Çarşambaspor

2012–13 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2012–13 season status of the league has been changed. League is played with 54 teams in three groups, 18 in each. The groups were determined by casting lots on a non-regional basis. The winners of each group directly promotes to TFF Second League. In each group 2nd through 5th teams play promotion play-offs to determine second team to be promoted to TFF Second League. Bottom three teams in each group are relegated to Turkish Regional Amateur League.

Promotion from Turkish Regional Amateur League: Bergama Belediyespor, Silivrispor, Kahramanmaraş Belediyespor, Kayseri Şekerspor, Çorum Belediyespor, Isparta Emrespor, Fatih Karagümrük SK, Derince Belediyespor and Refahiyespor[7]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2012–13 Group 1: Diyarbakır BŞB., Pazarspor (Play-off)
Group 2: Aydınspor 1923, Çanakkale Dardanelspor (Play-off)
Group 3: Altınordu, Gümüşhanespor (Play-off)
Group 1: Kastamonuspor, Beşikdüzüspor, Çorumspor
Group 2: Kilimli Belediyespor, İskenderunspor 1967, Gebzespor
Group 3: Isparta Emrespor, Diyarbakırspor, Mardinspor

2013–14 TFF Third League season[edit]

In 2013–14 season league is played with 54 teams in three groups, 18 in each. 4 teams relegated from 2012–13 TFF Second League: Denizli Belediyespor, Çamlıdere Şekerspor, Ünyespor, Sakaryaspor. Eleven teams promoted from 2012–13 Turkish Regional Amateur League. The groups were determined by casting lots on a non-regional basis. The winners of each group directly promotes to TFF Second League. In each group 2nd through 5th teams play promotion play-offs to determine second team to be promoted to TFF Second League. Bottom three teams in each group are relegated to Turkish Regional Amateur League.

Promotion from Turkish Regional Amateur League: Trabzon Düzyurtspor, Yeni Diyarbakırspor, 1930 Bafraspor, Payas Belediyespor, 68 Yeni Aksarayspor, Adliyespor, Kızılcabölükspor, Balçova Belediyespor, Ayvalıkgücü Belediyespor, Çıksalınspor and Tuzlaspor[8]

Promotion and relegation:

Season Promoted to TFF Second League Relegated to Amateur Leagues
2013–14 Group 1: Ümraniyespor, TBD (Play-off)
Group 2: Trabzon Düzyurtspor, TBD (Play-off)
Group 3: Keçiörengücü, TBD (Play-off)
Group 1: Adıyamanspor, Siirtspor, Belediye Bingölspor
Group 2: Çıksalınspor, Ünyespor, Elazığ Belediyespor
Group 3: Yimpaş Yozgatspor, Kocaelispor, 1930 Bafraspor

Source: TFF Third League archive.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TFF (Turkish Football Federation) provides information on promotion from TFF Third League (including Turkish Third Football League) to TFF Second League since 1963–64. TFF provides league tables and scores obtained in Turkish Third Football League since 1990-91, but provides no information on relegation matters. Only last season's league status is provided.
  2. ^ Turkish-Soccer archives provides some information on Turkish Third Football League but not for all seasons. 1967–68 thru 1974–75 and 1997–98 thru 2000–01 seasons' information on promotion and relegation are available.
  3. ^ Maçkolik has included statistics for Turkish Third Football League in 2012. See mackolik.com.
  4. ^ see Archives on Turkish Leagues
  5. ^ Spor-Toto 3. League on Spor-Toto Third League. Note: The Turkish version of the page contains an "archives" section.
  6. ^ TFF Regional Amateur League group winners. Obrtained from TFF Bölgesel Amatör Ligi. Retrieved on 01.05.2011
  7. ^ Bölgesel Amatör Lig'den TFF 3. Lig'e çıkan 9 takım belli oldu. TFF league page (Turkish)
  8. ^ Bölgesel Amatör Lig'den TFF 3. Lig'e çıkan 11 takım belli oldu. TFF league page (Turkish)
  9. ^ TFF Third League past seasons TFF 3. Lig Arşivi.