LEGA PRO: A LEAGUE EXPLAINED
03 September 2015
- Lega Pro season starts tomorrow
- 54 teams are all competing for 4 places in Serie B
- Teams separated into three regional divisions
The 2016/2017 Lega Pro season is all set to start tomorrow, with interest higher than ever after Parma were promoted to the division last year by virtue of winning Serie D in their first season since the club was rebranded due to bankruptcy.
Last season Parma won their Girone by 6 points and after winning the tournament to see who was crowned Scudetto winners, this season they start their camapaign away from home against Como who were relegated from Serie B last year. Here at Gazzetta dello Sport, we’re going to give you a rundown of how the league system works.
Lega Pro Information
There are three regional divisions in Lega Pro, called Girones, with the teams split based on geographical location. Girone A contains teams from the North, Girone B contains teams from the North and the Centre of Italy whilst Girone C contains teams from the South.
The three winners of each Girone will be promoted to Serie B. The teams who finish 2-4th in each Girone will be organised into a table with the eight best sides competing in a play off system for the final promotion spot.
The bottom team in each Girone is relegated to Serie D. The teams who finish 14-17th qualify for a play out to secure their futures in the division.
There are 18 teams competing in each of the three Girones in Lega Pro, with all the teams playing each other twice, meaning the teams play a minimum of 34 games this season.
Squad Registration Rules
Unlike in Serie D, there is a maximum squad size for teams in the Lega Pro, with clubs allowed to register a maximum of 24 players, 5 of which have to be under the age of 21. Again unlike in Serie D there are no match squad selection rules with teams free to select 11 players of their choosing for their games in the division.
With only one place in each Girone guaranteeing promotion to Serie B the hunt for the league title is set to be a tight affair and it is going to be an exciting season ahead.