Turkish Women's Basketball League
The Turkish Women’s Basketball League (Turkish: Türkiye 1. Kadınlar Basketbol Ligi, TKBL) or Turkish Women’s Basketball Super League (Turkish: Kadınlar Basketbol Süper Ligi, KBSL) is the top-level women's professional basketball league in Turkey organized by the Turkish Basketball Federation. The women's league started in 1980. There is also a Turkish Women’s Second Basketball League (TKB2L).
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018–19 Turkish Women's Basketball League
|Formerly||TBF Turkish Women’s First Basketball League|
|No. of teams||14|
|Fenerbahçe (13th title)|
|Most titles||Fenerbahçe & Galatasaray (13 titles)|
The competition is played in two phases: standard league and playoffs. There are 12 teams in the league and they play against each other twice in the league manner, once at their home and the other away. At the end of the season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoff games. The two lowest placed teams of the Premier League, ranking 11th and 12th, relegate into the Second League. The two top teams of the Second League are promoted to the Premier League.
The playoffs follow a tournament format in three rounds for eight teams: first round, semifinals and finals. The four winners of the first round advance to the semifinal round. The two victors of the semifinals compete in the final playoff round for the championship title.
Performance by clubEdit
|Fenerbahçe||13||1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018|
|Galatasaray||13||1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015|
|Beşiktaş||3||1984, 1985, 2005|
|Middle East Technical University||3||1981, 1982, 1983|
|Botaş SK||2||2001, 2003|
|Near East University||1||2017|
Players written in italic still play in the league
- (in Turkish) Turkish Women's Basketball League Official Website
- (in English) Eurobasket.com Turkish Women's Basketball League
- (in Turkish) Turkish Basketball Federation Official Website