Elite.A is the name of the top tier of professional ice hockey in Italy, which first began play in 1924. They are conducted under the authority of the Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio (FISG). As in the other top-level Italian sports leagues, the winners of the Elite.A will wear the Scudetto the following season. The league's cup is known as the Rbk Hockey Cup to reflect Reebok's sponsorship of the league.
The league was formerly known as the Serie A (full name: la Serie A di hockey su ghiaccio, or A Series of ice hockey), but changed its name to Elite.A in 2013.
First part: Every team plays four matches (2 home and 2 on the road) against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
Second part: Every team plays two matches (1 home and 1 on the road) against each other. In the end, the final standings determine the playoff and playout tree. The first 4 teams access to playoff, the last 4 to playout.
"Play Off" - Semifinals: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3. Semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 7.
"Play Out" - Semifinals: 5 vs 8, 6 vs 7. The losers play against each other, and the team who lose, will play against the winner of the Serie A2 to avoid relegation.
Points: Win 3 points - Win (Overtime or Penalties) 2 points - Lose (Overtime or Penalties) 1 point
First part: "Regular season" - Every team plays four matches (2 home and 2 on the road) against each other. Team points are then halved and the second part begins.
Second part: "Master round/Relegation round" - Teams are divided into two groups, the master round (Group A) with the top 4 teams and the relegation round (Group B) with the last 5 teams. Every team plays two matches (1 home and 1 on the road) against the teams of its group. In the end, the final standings determine the playoff tree. 8 teams access to the playoff: the 4 teams in Group A and the best 4 teams in Group B). The last one of the relegation round ends the season sooner but it won't play in the lower division next year, since no movements from one division to another are foreseen.
Third part: "Play Off" - Quarterfinals: 1A vs 4B, 2A vs 3B, 3A vs 2B, 4A vs 1B. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be played at the best of 5.
¹ AC Milanese DG, Milan-Inter HC and Diavoli HC Milano are teams which were born from the disbanding of HC Milano & HC Diavoli Rossoneri Milano.
² HC Devils Milano adopted the name 'AC Milan Hockey' for the 1993-94 season.