In existence for more than 50 years, the Cyprus Turkish Football Association is the first and the oldest sports federation of Turkish Cypriots with 29th October 1955 considered as its date of establishment.

Following the expulsion of Turkish Cypriots in 1934 from the Cyprus Football Association where the Turkish Cypriots were also the founders and where the Greek Cypriots had the majority, the need had arisen for the Turkish Cypriots to form their own organisation.

As a result, with the decision of the Temporary Turkish Cypriot Sports Organisation that was established on 23rd October 1955, a Turkish Cypriot Sports Congress convened on 30th October 1955. At the Congress attended by all the Turkish Cypriot clubs, departments and organisations: it was decided to establish the Cyprus Turkish Sporting Organisation.

A temporary board was appointed under the leadership of Ahmet Sami in order to prepare the by-laws. With 6 teams in the 1st division and 34 in the 2nd division, 40 Turkish Cypriot teams in total became part of the Cyprus Turkish Sporting Organisation and as of 19th December 1955, the Turkish Cypriot leagues kicked off.

Since its establishment good relations were established with the Turkish Football Federation and many club teams and national team from Turkey came to the island to have games with our teams, trainers from Turkey assumed duties in our teams. Our teams participated in special games and tournaments in Turkey.

Applications and contacts were made in order to become a member of the International Football Federation (FIFA) but did not yield any result.

At the Assembly General that met in Larnaca on 5th April 1959, the name ‘‘Cyprus Turkish Sporting Organisation’’ was replaced with ‘’Cyprus Turkish Football Association’’.

Upon the resignation of the Founding President Ahmet Sami on 7th December 1960, Necdet Ünel was appointed as President. Following his resignation on 22nd May 1963 Ahmet Sami (later took the last name Topcan) was appointed as President again.

Following the onset of the Greek Cypriot attacks on Turkish Cypriots on 21st December 1963, the leagues were interrupted for 5 seasons.

As of the 1968-69 season, the leagues restarted and the training of the trainers began as of 1969.

In and after 1972 the request for FIFA membership was repeated, but again to no end.

In the 1974-1975 season the league and the cup games could not be realized due to the Turkish intervention.

Our football players representing the Turkish Cypriot Federated State took part in the Islamic Countries Sports Games in İzmir in 1980.

FIFA that gave special permission for foreign relations in 1975 cancelled this permission in 1983 following the proclamation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Due to the embargoes imposed upon Turkish Cypriot sports, the teams could not even have games with the Turkish teams.

Upon the resignation of Ahmet Sami Topcan. Özer Esenyel was elected as President on 6th June 1987. After him, Nevvar Nolan (10th April 1990-14th June 1992), Özer Esenyel again (14th June 1992- 18th June 1995), and Ömer Adal (18th June 1995 - 26th June 2005) served as Presidents.

With the changes made to the League statutes in 2001-2002, the name of the premier league became Super League and the number of member clubs was raised to 70, and in the following years it was reduced to 68 and then to 66. After playing 3 seasons games in the Super League the name of the league was changed to the Premier League again in 2003-2004 and the number of member clubs was lowered to 42.

The Association became a founding member of the New Football Association formed by non-FIFA member countries in 2003 and as a result of that, had a match with the national team of Samiland in Norway.

On 26th June 2005 Niyazi Okutan and his board came to power. Samiland and Kosovo national teams came to Cyprus for an international tournament as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Federation.

Source: “Half Century in our Football’’ by Yücel Hatay.