Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
|Founded||1978 as Serie C2
2008 as Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
|Number of teams||36 (18 for each group)|
|Levels on pyramid||4|
|Promotion to||Lega Pro Prima Divisione|
|Relegation to||Serie D|
|Domestic cup(s)||Coppa Italia Lega Pro
Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione
|Current champions||Pro Patria (group A)
Salernitana (group B)
|2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione|
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione is the name of the fourth highest football league in Italy, the lowest with a professional status. Usually it consists of 36 teams, but in the season 2011–12 the teams were 41 divided geographically into two divisions of 20, 21. Group A covers northern and north central Italy, Group B south central and southern Italy.
Until the season 2007–08 the league was known as Serie C2.
Before the 1978–79 season there were only three professional football leagues in Italy, the third being Serie C. In 1978, it was decided to split Serie C into Serie C1 (the third highest league) and Serie C2. Upon its inception in 1978–79, Serie C2 consisted of four divisions, however, that number was reduced to three from the start of the 1991–92 season.
During the regular season, teams only play the other teams in their division. Each opponent is played twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 34 matches. Games are scheduled such that in the first 17 matches, every opponent is played once. In the last 17 matches, the same opponents are played in the same order with the only difference being that the venue changes.
- 1 Promotion and relegation
- 2 Past champions
- 3 See also
Promotion and relegation
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To the season 2009–10
In each division, two teams are promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and three teams are relegated to Serie D. In total, the league promotes 6 teams to Prima Divisione and relegates 9 teams to Serie D.
The team finishing first in the regular season is directly promoted to Prima Divisione, while teams placing 2nd to 5th are entered into a play-off semi-final for the chance of gaining the second promotional spot for that particular division.
In the play-off phase that takes place after the regular season is completed, in each division the team placed 2nd will play the team placed 5th, and the team placed 3rd will play the team placed 4th in two double-leg promotional semi-final series with the higher classified team having home field advantage in the second leg. In case of an aggregate tie score, the away goals rule is not used, and the higher classified team is declared the winner without extra time being played nor penalty kicks being taken. The winning teams advance to the final in another double-leg series with similar rules. The only difference being that if an aggregate tie exists at the end of the second match, extra time is played. If the tie persists, again the higher classified team is declared the winner and no penalty kicks are taken. The winner becomes the second team promoted for that particular division to Prima Divisione.
The team finishing last in the regular season is directly relegated to Serie D, while teams placing 14th to 17th are entered into a play-out. There is only one round in the play-outs. In each division the team placed 14th will play the team placed 17th, and the team placed 15th will play the team placed 16th in a double-leg series with the higher classified team having home field advantage in the second leg. In case of an aggregate tie score, the rules are exactly the same as those for the promotional semi-finals. The two winning teams remain in Seconda Divisione while the two losing teams become the second and third teams relegated for that particular division.
The season 2010–11
The promotions in Lega Pro Prima Divisione were in all six: two for each group, as the previous seasons.
Instead the relegations in Serie D were in all four: two for the group A and one for each of the other two groups.
In the group A of 17 teams were relegated the 17th and the 15th after the loser in the relegation playout between the 16th place.
In the group B and C of 16 teams, were relegated the 16th, with only one team being relegated from each of those divisions.
The season 2011–12
In this season there are two groups instead of three in the previous.
The promotions in Lega Pro Prima Divisione are in all six: three for each group.
The relegations in Serie D are in all nine: the last three teams in the regular season, plus one relegation play-out loser from each division and the loser the final play-out between the two winners of the semifinals, will be relegated to Serie D.
Seasons from 1978–79 to 1990–91
|Season||Group A Winner||Group B Winner||Group C Winner||Group D Winner|
Seasons from 1991–92 to 2007–08
|Season||Group A Winner||Group B Winner||Group C Winner|
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
Seasons from 2008–09 to 2010–11
|Season||Group A Winner||Group A Playoff Winner||Group B Winner||Group B Playoff Winner||Group C Winner||Group C Playoff Winner|
|2009–10||Südtirol||Spezia||Lucchese||Gubbio||Juve Stabia||Cisco Roma|
2011–12 & 2012–13 season
|Season||Group A Winner||Group A
|Group A Playoff Winner||Group B Winner||Group B
|Group B Playoff Winner|