2018–19 Serie D

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Serie D
Season2018–19

The 2018–19 Serie D will be the seventy-first edition of the top level Italian non-professional football championship. It represents the fourth tier in the Italian football league system. A total of 168 teams, divided on geographical grounds into six groups of 18 teams each and three groups of 20 teams each.

Changes from 2017–18[edit]

The 2018–19 Serie D season is expected to be one of the most competitive and prestigious in the league's history, due to the presence of several teams with longstanding history in the professional leagues, which were refounded after going bankrupt in 2018. These teams include former Serie A clubs Bari, Modena, Cesena, Avellino and Reggio Audace (formerly known as Reggiana).[1][2]

Teams[edit]

The composition of the league's nine groups was announced on 30 August 2018.[2] Gozzano, Pro Patria, Virtus Verona, Rimini, Imolese, Albissola, Vis Pesaro, Rieti, Potenza, Cavese and Vibonese all depart Serie D, having been promoted to Serie C.

Teams relegated from Serie C[edit]

Prato, Gavorrano and Santarcangelo joined the league, having been relegated from Serie C.

Akragas was relegated from Serie C to Serie D, but the club did not register and was put into liquidation due to financial difficulties.[3][4] Fondi was relegated from Serie C, but the club merged with F.C. Aprilia. Owner Antonio Pezone transferred Fondi's sporting title to Aprilia Racing, ending Fondi's existence. F.C. Aprilia played in Serie D the previous season and earned the right to return. The merged club took the name F.C. Aprilia Racing Club and registered with the league for the current season.[4] After the end of the previous season, Mestre attempted to enroll in Serie C for 2018–19, at the last minute. However, anticipated new financial backers walked away, citing concerns over infrastructure, and the Serie C registration was rejected. Mestre was left with no better option but to play the 2018–19 season at the Eccellenza level.[5][6][7]

Refounded former professional teams[edit]

As part of the Article 52 of N.O.I.F. legislation, newborn clubs that explicitly represent the continuity of professional clubs who were excluded from their league can be admitted to Serie D under specific circumstances.

A record three Serie B clubs failed to register in the Italian second division for the new season and thus were readmitted as newborn clubs with different ownerships. Bari, probably the most successful one of the three, was refounded under new owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, president of Napoli after the original club renounced participation in Serie B due to financial issues. Cesena also voluntarily renounced registration at Serie B level. Since another club from Cesena, Romagna Centro, was already playing at Serie D level, it was forbidden for a newborn club to be founded and registered with the league. In order for Cesena to continue playing, Romagna Centro renamed itself A.S.D. Romagna Centro Cesena and merged with Cesena[citation needed]. Avellino was also excluded after losing an appeal regarding their exclusion from Serie B, and a newborn club was subsequently admitted to Serie D.

Other refounded teams admitted to Serie D include Modena, which started the 2017–18 season in Serie C but was excluded later on 6 November 2017, due to falling behind on bills, getting locked out of its stadium and missing four consecutive Serie C matches, because of its players being on strike after not being paid for several months, thus effectively dissolving the club and ending its 105-year history.[8] A refounded version of the club, named Modena FC 2018, was allowed to join the Serie D as a phoenix club.

After the 2017–18 season, Reggiana failed to register the team in 2018–19 Serie C, after an unsuccessful attempt by owner Mike Piazza to sell a majority interest in the debt-ridden club.[9] Reggio Audace F.C. enters Serie D as a reincarnation of A.C. Reggiana 1919.[10][11]

Following the 2017–18 season, Vicenza Calcio merged with Bassano Virtus 55 S.T. with the merged club playing as L.R. Vicenza Virtus and retaining the sporting title of Bassano Virtus, resulting in the loss of Vicenza's sporting title and the dissolution of the club.[12] A newly formed company, A.C. Vicenza 1902, requested the sporting title of Vicenza Calcio and entry into Serie D. Both requests were rejected by the Italian Football Federation, which said the club could only apply to play in Terza Categoria.[13]

Fidelis Andria was denied registration for the 2018–19 Serie C, based on Covisoc's assessment of the club's debt situation.[14][15] On the date of the deadline for Serie D registration, a group of investors led by Marco Di Vincenzo formed S.S.D. Fidelis Andria 1928 as a reincarnation of S.S. Fidelis Andria 1928 and to assume its the former club's sporting title.[16] The reborn club was admitted to Serie D.[17]

Teams promoted from Eccellenza[edit]

Real Giulianova, Rotonda, Locri, Castrovillari, Savoia, Sorrento, Nola, Axys Zola, Savignanese, Classe, Chions, Vis Artena, Città di Anagni, Ladispoli, Fezzanese, Fanfulla, Sondrio, Adrense, Villa d'Almè, Calvina Sport, Montegiorgio, Isernia, Stresa, Pro Dronero, Città di Fasano, Castiadas, Torres, Marsala, Città di Messina, Sangimignano, Aglianese, Sinalunghese, Virtus Bolzano, St. Georgen, Bastia, Cannara, Cartigliano, Sandonà and Villafranca joined Serie D after earning promotion from Eccellenza.

Teams relegated to Eccellenza[edit]

Varesina, Varese Calcio, Derthona, Castellazzo Bormida, Lumezzane, Grumellese, Dro Alto Garda, Romanese, Montebelluna, Calvi Noale, Liventina, Abano, Castelvetro, Vivi Altotevere Sansepolcro, Correggese, Colligiana, Rignanese, Finale, Argentina, Valdinievole Montecatini, Jesina, Monticelli, Fabriano Cerreto, Nerostellati, Nuorese, Anziolavinio, Tortoli, San Teodoro, San Severo, Aversa Normanna, Manfredonia, Sporting Fulgor Molfetta, Ebolitana, Palazzolo, Paceco and Isola Capo Rizzuto departed Serie D after being relegated to Eccellenza.

Previous season's team not returning[edit]

Villabiagio participated in Serie D during the previous season and earned the right to return for this season, but the club did not register to play.[18]

Merger[edit]

Nerostellati Frattese merged with Ercolanese and the combined organization played under the Ercolanese name. San Nicolò merged into Notaresco. Newly promoted Omnia Bitonto merged into Bitonto.

Girone A[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lecco 28 22 5 1 61 20 +41 71 Promotion to Serie C
2 Unione Sanremo 28 16 8 4 46 25 +21 56 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Savona 27 13 9 5 45 27 +18 48
4 Ligorna 28 11 13 4 42 30 +12 46
5 Inveruno 28 13 7 8 47 36 +11 46
6 Casale 28 10 13 5 32 23 +9 43
7 Chieri 28 13 3 12 48 37 +11 42
8 Lavagnese 28 8 12 8 40 36 +4 36
9 Folgore Caratese 28 8 12 8 36 32 +4 36
10 Bra 27 10 6 11 37 40 −3 36
11 Sestri Levante 28 9 8 11 31 38 −7 35
12 Borgosesia 28 8 9 11 33 40 −7 33
13 Fezzanese 28 8 9 11 31 41 −10 33 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Milano City 28 8 7 13 26 40 −14 31
15 Arconatese 27 5 11 11 25 36 −11 26
16 Borgaro 28 5 5 18 20 51 −31 20
17 Stresa 28 4 7 17 21 40 −19 19 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 Pro Dronero 27 4 6 17 24 53 −29 18
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]

Girone B[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Mantova 28 23 3 2 57 21 +36 72 Promotion to Serie C
2 Como 28 22 5 1 57 16 +41 71 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Rezzato 28 16 5 7 41 28 +13 53
4 Pro Sesto 28 15 6 7 46 33 +13 51
5 Caronnese 28 14 7 7 51 36 +15 49
6 Pontisola 28 11 5 12 45 41 +4 38
7 Sondrio 28 9 10 9 29 29 0 37
8 Virtus Bergamo 27 9 10 8 28 29 −1 37
9 Caravaggio 28 9 9 10 39 41 −2 36
10 Seregno 28 9 9 10 27 31 −4 36
11 Villa d'Almè 28 8 10 10 29 29 0 34
12 Scanzorosciate 28 6 11 11 22 29 −7 29
13 Villafranca 28 6 10 12 30 35 −5 28 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Darfo Boario 28 6 10 12 20 35 −15 28
15 Legnago Salus 28 7 6 15 28 51 −23 27
16 Ciserano 29 6 8 15 39 54 −15 26
17 Ambrosiana 28 5 6 17 27 48 −21 21 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 Olginatese 28 2 8 18 19 48 −29 14
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]

Girone C[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Arzignano Valchiampo 28 17 6 5 52 30 +22 57 Promotion to Serie C
2 Adriese 28 16 8 4 60 31 +29 56 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Union Feltre 28 14 11 3 42 21 +21 53
4 Campodarsego 28 12 11 5 44 31 +13 47
5 Virtus Bolzano 28 12 9 7 44 36 +8 45
6 Delta Rovigo 28 10 11 7 44 36 +8 41
7 Este 28 9 12 7 41 40 +1 39
8 Montebelluna 28 10 7 11 34 38 −4 37
9 Chions 28 8 10 10 31 35 −4 34
10 Cjarlins Muzane 28 8 9 11 45 47 −2 33
11 Belluno 28 7 12 9 30 32 −2 33
12 Cartigliano 28 7 12 9 30 38 −8 33
13 Sandonà 28 7 10 11 31 30 +1 31 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Levico Terme 28 8 6 14 28 37 −9 30
15 St. Georgen 28 8 6 14 22 50 −28 30
16 Clodiense 28 7 8 13 33 40 −7 29
17 Tamai 28 7 4 17 23 41 −18 25 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 Trento 28 4 10 14 24 45 −21 22
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]

Girone D[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Pergolettese 28 19 6 3 54 26 +28 63 Promotion to Serie C
2 Modena 28 16 9 3 51 26 +25 57 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Reggio Audace 28 16 7 5 45 20 +25 55
4 Fiorenzuola 28 14 6 8 42 25 +17 48
5 Fanfulla 28 13 7 8 47 41 +6 46
6 Crema 28 11 11 6 46 38 +8 44
7 Vigor Carpaneto 28 10 10 8 35 29 +6 40
8 Adrense 28 9 9 10 37 40 −3 36
9 Lentigione 28 7 13 8 30 30 0 34
10 Mezzolara 28 7 11 10 32 36 −4 32
11 Ciliverghe 28 9 5 14 28 40 −12 32
12 Sasso Marconi 28 7 9 12 28 40 −12 30
13 Axys Zola 28 7 8 13 29 38 −9 29 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Calvina 28 5 13 10 33 46 −13 28
15 Pavia 28 7 6 15 28 42 −14 27
16 San Marino 28 4 14 10 19 27 −8 26
17 Classe 28 6 7 15 23 48 −25 25 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 OltrepòVoghera 28 3 13 12 19 34 −15 22
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]

Girone E[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Pianese 31 16 9 6 45 17 +28 57 Promotion to Serie C
2 Aquila Montevarchi 32 15 10 7 42 32 +10 55 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Ponsacco 31 14 12 5 46 22 +24 54
4 San Donato Tavarnelle 31 14 12 5 39 24 +15 54
5 Seravezza Pozzi 31 15 8 8 51 34 +17 53
6 Ghivizzano Borgo a Mozzano 31 15 7 9 40 27 +13 52
7 Tuttocuoio 31 15 5 11 38 34 +4 50
8 Gavorrano 30 13 8 9 30 23 +7 47
9 Prato[a] 32 13 8 11 39 39 0 46
10 Sporting Trestina 31 12 8 11 34 31 +3 44
11 Cannara 31 10 12 9 26 29 −3 42
12 Sangiovannese 31 10 10 11 29 30 −1 40
13 Aglianese 31 9 13 9 33 41 −8 40
14 Scandicci 31 9 7 15 38 44 −6 34
15 Bastia 30 9 7 14 31 42 −11 34 Qualification to relegation play-out
16 Viareggio 2014 31 8 9 14 37 38 −1 33
17 Real Forte Querceta 31 8 9 14 31 45 −14 33
18 Sangimignano 31 6 10 15 14 43 −29 28
19 Sinalunghese 31 5 11 15 23 45 −22 26 Relegation to Eccellenza
20 Massese 31 2 9 20 23 49 −26 15
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted due to financial irregularities.

Girone F[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Romagna Centro Cesena 31 23 4 4 59 21 +38 73 Promotion to Serie C
2 Matelica 31 22 2 7 61 27 +34 68 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Recanatese 31 12 15 4 44 27 +17 51
4 San Nicolò Notaresco 31 14 9 8 42 31 +11 51
5 Pineto 31 13 10 8 50 34 +16 49
6 Francavilla 31 12 12 7 44 31 +13 48
7 Sangiustese 31 11 14 6 38 31 +7 47
8 Montegiorgio 31 12 8 11 29 35 −6 44
9 Città di Campobasso[a] 31 11 11 9 44 40 +4 42
10 Sammaurese 31 10 12 9 29 37 −8 42
11 Savignanese 31 10 11 10 31 29 +2 41
12 Jesina 31 9 12 10 24 30 −6 39
13 Real Giulianova 31 8 10 13 27 40 −13 34
14 Vastese 31 8 8 15 35 50 −15 32
15 Santarcangelo 31 7 10 14 30 47 −17 31 Qualification to relegation play-out
16 Avezzano[b] 31 9 6 16 41 45 −4 30
17 Forlì 31 6 12 13 36 40 −4 30
18 Isernia 31 7 9 15 22 44 −22 30
19 Olympia Agnonese 31 5 12 14 23 38 −15 27 Relegation to Eccellenza
20 Castelfidardo 31 3 9 19 21 53 −32 18
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 point deducted due to financial irregularities.
  2. ^ 3 point deducted due to financial irregularities.

Girone G[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lanusei 32 22 6 4 55 25 +30 72 Promotion to Serie C
2 Trastevere 31 19 5 7 60 30 +30 62 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Avellino 31 19 5 7 56 33 +23 62
4 Sassari Latte Dolce 32 16 11 5 43 25 +18 59
5 Monterosi 32 17 7 8 48 29 +19 58
6 Cassino 32 17 5 10 55 36 +19 56
7 Albalonga 31 13 12 6 51 34 +17 51
8 Racing Aprilia 31 15 6 10 42 34 +8 51
9 Latina 32 12 11 9 43 30 +13 47
10 Vis Artena 32 14 5 13 55 53 +2 47
11 S.F.F. Atletico 32 13 7 12 52 45 +7 46
12 Ostiamare 32 9 9 14 32 38 −6 36
13 Flaminia 32 9 8 15 38 44 −6 35
14 Budoni 32 9 7 16 45 55 −10 34
15 Città di Anagni 32 7 12 13 25 37 −12 33 Qualification to relegation play-out
16 Torres 32 9 4 19 28 52 −24 31
17 Ladispoli 32 7 9 16 35 60 −25 30
18 Castiadas 32 6 11 15 33 51 −18 29
19 Lupa Roma 32 5 9 18 35 64 −29 24 Relegation to Eccellenza
20 Anzio 32 3 5 24 24 80 −56 14
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]

Girone H[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Picerno 26 19 5 2 55 18 +37 62 Promotion to Serie C
2 Audace Cerignola 26 18 4 4 50 21 +29 58 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Taranto[a] 26 16 7 3 45 22 +23 54
4 Bitonto 26 12 7 7 42 24 +18 43
5 Fidelis Andria 26 11 9 6 26 17 +9 42
6 Altamura 26 11 8 7 32 31 +1 41
7 Savoia 26 10 9 7 23 22 +1 39
8 Città di Fasano 26 10 7 9 39 34 +5 37
9 Francavilla 26 8 10 8 21 23 −2 34
10 Gravina 26 8 9 9 35 36 −1 33
11 Gelbison 26 7 12 7 32 35 −3 33
12 Nardò 26 7 9 10 20 27 −7 30
13 Sorrento 26 7 6 13 32 40 −8 27 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Città di Gragnano 26 7 6 13 22 31 −9 27
15 Nola 26 8 3 15 27 39 −12 27
16 Sarnese 26 7 6 13 21 33 −12 27
17 Pomigliano 26 3 7 16 12 42 −30 16 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 Granata 26 2 2 22 14 53 −39 8
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 1 point deducted due to financial irregularities.

Girone I[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bari 28 20 6 2 61 16 +45 66 Promotion to Serie C
2 Turris[a] 28 17 6 5 57 24 +33 55 Qualification to promotion play-offs
3 Marsala 28 12 10 6 39 24 +15 46
4 Cittanovese 28 12 5 11 48 45 +3 41
5 Portici 28 10 11 7 36 36 0 41
6 Acireale[b] 28 11 8 9 43 38 +5 40
7 Città di Gela 28 11 7 10 42 43 −1 40
8 Castrovillari 28 9 11 8 32 36 −4 38
9 Palmese 28 8 13 7 24 23 +1 37
10 Nocerina 27 8 13 6 27 28 −1 37
11 Troina 26 8 12 6 28 27 +1 36
12 Messina 28 8 9 11 32 39 −7 33
13 Roccella 28 6 12 10 28 38 −10 30 Qualification to relegation play-out
14 Locri 28 8 6 14 35 49 −14 30
15 Sancataldese 28 7 7 14 37 46 −9 28
16 Città di Messina 28 7 7 14 24 40 −16 28
17 Rotonda 27 6 5 16 22 37 −15 23 Relegation to Eccellenza
18 Igea Virtus 28 4 8 16 15 41 −26 20
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 point deducted due to financial irregularities.
  2. ^ 1 point deducted due to financial irregularities.

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