The Spor Toto 1st League 2022-2023 season match took place at the TFF Fasan Doğan National Team Camp and Training Facility. TFF President Mehmet Büyükekşi, TFF Board Members, First League Club Representatives, Former Soccer Players and Former Turkish Professional Football Association President Hakan Ünsal participated in the match. With 19 teams in the new season, the SporToto 1st League will begin with the first week of the match on August 12, 2022 and end on May 14, 2023. As planned, the first half of the league will end on December 25, 2022 and the second half will begin on January 13, 2023. Due to the tight schedule of matches, the 25th and 29th weeks of the league will be played on weekdays this season. After the regular season, there will be a two-week playoff process.
BÜYÜKE KŞ0054: One of the most important life bests of the first league, the super league
Before the match began, TFF President Mehmet Buyukekushi pointed out that many well-established clubs with Super League experience are in Sport 1 League, saying: We came with the League Club Association. We discussed the agenda issues one by one with the respected President. We talked together about what we can do in the First League and how we can achieve better things. At the meeting, the club requested that the league run for a week. “This federation will work with the club to meet the club’s wishes as much as possible,” he said at the first convention. As a result of these discussions, it was decided to start the SporToto 1st League on August 12th. The regular season ends May 14, 2023. We strive to improve the quality and value of the First League. The first league is a very special place in Turkish football, with many well-established clubs experiencing the Super League. This is a very special league, always followed with interest and all matches are broadcast live. We hope that the same value will be given to football fans this season. At the same time, the Spor Toto 1st League is one of the most important lifelines of the Super League. Therefore, if we can bring this league closer to the level of the super league, I think we can contribute to national soccer. “
“VAR applications minimize error sharing”
In the three weeks he took office, Buyukekushi said he had made important decisions to strengthen the first league. As long as we can succeed together. If so, we are. Acting together is our most important function. As the management of the Turkish Football Federation, he made an important decision to strengthen the first league in three weeks. As with the Super League, considering the club’s expectations, we have allowed eight foreign players in the Spor Toto 1st League, provided that five foreigners are on the field at the same time as in the previous season. We have given the club the right to transfer two young players under the age of 21 on condition that they play at least 10 times on the national team. We hope that the introduction of the VAR application will minimize the margin of human error in match management. Soccer must have fans. Fans must have football. We are planning various events at the stadium before the match so that more spectators can participate in the new season.
After the explanation, a lottery was held. In the 19-team season, one team says goodbye every week. Matches for teams sharing the same stadium in the draw were calculated according to this application.
The games for the first week of the Spor Toto 1st League are:
Bodrumspor-Yeni Malatya Spor
Caykur Rizespor-Ankara Keciorengucu
BSB Erzurum Spor-Pendix Pol