Repubblica: Lega want to reduce number of Serie A teams after Coppa Italia downsizing

By Oliver Fisher -

It seems as though Lega Serie A are determined to revamp the structure of Italian football, both regarding the Coppa Italia and the league.

It has already been announced that the Coppa Italia format will change again from next season with only 40 clubs participating, namely the teams in Serie A and Serie B, meaning those in Serie C and even Serie D are no longer able to complete. The change is apparently to make the games more ‘appetising’ for television rights and viewers.

According to La Repubblica (via MilanLive), they are not done there. The Lega’s intention is to restore an 18-team Serie A which would mean the exclusion of two clubs in the future, to match the system already in place in the German Bundesliga.

Of course, it would be another unpopular decision that could create discontent on the part of medium-low-ranking clubs who now have less chance of reaching their dream. For Serie A it would be a return to origins, given that up until 2004-05 the top league consisted of 18 participants.

The choice would have been dictated by the provisions of UEFA , in particular regarding the new formula of the Champions League as from the 2024-25 season the competition will go from 32 to 36 teams.

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  1. aevarez says:

    I hope they will keep it at 20 teams for Serie A. Don’t care that much for the Coppa Italia except it is kind of unfair to the teams in Serie C and D to completely eliminate the possibility of a Cinderella story in the Cup which can completely save the teams financially for years

    1. Sila says:

      I hope they reduce it. The last 2 teams are not competitive. In recent years you knew one relegated team on matchday 30 already

      The change in the coppa is bad. Top teams should enter from round 1

  2. Carlo says:

    So much for the FIGC stance on meritocracy!! Yeah lets just close of the Coppa Italia to the lower league clubs and keep it only for Serie A and Serie B.


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