TURKISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
At that time, the Istanbul Friday League included teams such as Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Altınordu, Süleymaniye and İdman Yurdu. Although the Black and White had never played the future cross-town rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray before 1920s, they had beaten Süleymaniye and İdman Yurdu several times. The 1919 applications of Beşiktaş and other local teams to join the Friday League were subsequently rejected by the Admissions Committee, after a long wait. Meanwhile, a separate league called Istanbul Sunday League was taking place among the minority teams of Pera, Araks, Maccabi, Stella, and Strugglers. But all these would not deter Şeref Bey from forming the ten-team Turkish Training Union League with the directors of other rejected teams. Following a draw, while Beşiktaş, Hilal, Kumkapı, Altınörs and Türkgücü were placed in Group A, Darüşşafaka, Vefa, Üsküdar, Beylerbeyi and Haliç would compete in Group-B.