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Serie A
Country Italy
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1898 officially
1929 as round-robin tournament
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Serie B
Domestic cup(s) Coppa Italia
Supercoppa Italiana
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Juventus (32nd title)
Most championships Juventus (32 titles)
TV partners SKY Italia
Mediaset Premium
2016–17 Serie A

Serie A (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛːrje ˈa]), also called Serie A TIM due to sponsorship by TIM, is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and has been operating for over eighty years since the 1929–30 season. It had been organized by Lega Calcio until 2010, but a new league, the Lega Serie A, was created for the 2010–11 season. Serie A is regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world and it is often depicted as the most tactical national league.[1] Serie A is the world's second-strongest national league according to IFFHS[2] and has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists: Italian clubs have reached the final of the competition on a record 27 different occasions, winning the title 12 times.[3] Serie A is ranked fourth among European leagues according to UEFA's league coefficient, behind La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League, which is based on the performance of Italian clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League during the last five years.[4] Serie A led the UEFA ranking from 1986 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1999.[5]

In its current format, the Italian Football Championship was revised from having regional and interregional rounds, to a single-tier league from the 1929–30 season onwards. The championship titles won prior to 1929 are officially recognised by FIGC with the same weighting as titles that were subsequently awarded. However, the 1945–46 season, when the league was played over two geographical groups due to the ravages of WWII, is not statistically considered, even if its title is fully official.[6] All the winning teams are recognised with the title of Campione d'Italia ("Champion of Italy"), which is ratified by the Lega Serie A before the start of the next edition of the championship.

The league hosts three of the world's most famous clubs as Juventus, Milan and Internazionale, all founding members of the G-14, a group which represented the largest and most prestigious European football clubs; Serie A was the only league to produce three founding members.[7] More players have won the coveted Ballon d'Or award while playing at a Serie A club than any other league in the world [8] - although Spain's La Liga has the highest total number of Ballon d'Or winners including the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Milan is the third club with the most official international titles in the world, with 18.[9] Juventus, Italy's most successful club of the 20th century[10] and the most successful Italian team,[11] is tied for fourth in Europe and eighth in the world in the same ranking.[12] The club is the only one in the world to have won all possible official continental competitions and the world title.[13][14][15] Internazionale, following their achievements in the 2009–10 season, became the first Italian team to have achieved a treble.[16] Juventus, Milan and Inter, along with Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio and Napoli, are known as the Seven Sisters of Italian football.[17][18][19][20][21][note 1]


The old Logo

For most of Serie A's history, there were 16 or 18 clubs competing at the top level. Since 2004–05, however, there have been 20 clubs altogether. One season (1947–48) was played with 21 teams for political reasons. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history;

  • 18 clubs: 1929–1934
  • 16 clubs: 1934–1942
  • 18 clubs: 1942–1946
  • 20 clubs: 1946–1947
  • 21 clubs: 1947–1948
  • 20 clubs: 1948–1952
  • 18 clubs: 1952–1967
  • 16 clubs: 1967–1988
  • 18 clubs: 1988–2004
  • 20 clubs: 2004–present
Scudetto patch

During the league, from August to May, each club plays each of the other teams twice; once at home and once away, totaling 38 games for each team by the end of the season. Thus, in Italian football a true round-robin format is used. In the first half of the season, called the andata, each team plays once against each league opponent, for a total of 19 games. In the second half of the season, called the ritorno, the teams play in exactly the same order that they did in the first half of the season, the only difference being that home and away situations are switched. Since the 1994–95 season, teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss.

Since Italy is currently rated fourth in Europe in terms of club football ratings,[22] the top three teams in the Serie A qualify for the UEFA Champions League (from the 2012–13 season). The top two teams qualify directly to the group phase, while the third-placed team enters the competition at the playoff qualifying round and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group phase. Teams finishing fourth and fifth qualify for the UEFA Europa League tournament. A third UEFA Europa League spot is reserved for the winner of the Coppa Italia. If the Coppa Italia champion has already qualified for the major European tournament by placing in the top three of Serie A, the third UEFA Europa League spot goes to the sixth-ranked team in Serie A. If both Coppa Italia finalists finish among the top five teams in Serie A, the sixth-ranked team in Serie A is awarded the UEFA Europa League spot. The three lowest-placed teams are relegated to Serie B.

Before the 2005–06 season, if two or more teams were tied in points for a European place or relegation spot, these teams would play tie-breaking games after the league's end to determine which team would finish higher. From the 2005–06 season, if two or more teams end the league with the same number of points, the deciding tie-breakers used are (in order):

  1. Head-to-head records;
  2. Goal difference of head-to-head records;
  3. Goal difference of league;
  4. Most goals for in league;
  5. Draw.

Serie A clubs[edit]

For more details see List of Italian Football Championship clubs

Prior to 1929, many clubs competed in the top level of Italian football as the earlier rounds were competed up to 1922 on a regional basis then interregional up to 1929. Below is a list of Serie A clubs who have competed in the competition when it has been a league format (66 in total).

Serie A Members for 2016–17[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2015–16 season
Atalanta Bergamo Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 26,542 13th in Serie A
Bologna Bologna Stadio Renato Dall'Ara 38,279 14th in Serie A
Cagliari Cagliari Stadio Sant'Elia 16,000 Serie B Champions
Chievo Verona Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 38,402 9th in Serie A
Crotone Crotone Stadio Ezio Scida 9,631 Serie B Runners-up
Empoli Empoli Stadio Carlo Castellani 16,800 10th in Serie A
Fiorentina Florence Stadio Artemio Franchi 47,282 5th in Serie A
Genoa Genoa Stadio Luigi Ferraris 36,685 11th in Serie A
Internazionale Milan San Siro 80,018 4th in Serie A
Juventus Turin Juventus Stadium 41,475 Serie A Champions
Lazio Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 8th in Serie A
Milan Milan San Siro 80,018 7th in Serie A
Napoli Naples Stadio San Paolo 60,240 2nd in Serie A
Palermo Palermo Stadio Renzo Barbera 36,349 16th in Serie A
Pescara Pescara Stadio Adriatico 20,476 Serie B Playoffs Winners
Roma Rome Stadio Olimpico 72,698 3rd in Serie A
Sampdoria Genoa Stadio Luigi Ferraris 36,685 15th in Serie A
Sassuolo Sassuolo Mapei Stadium 23,717 6th in Serie A
Torino Turin Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino 27,994 12th in Serie A
Udinese Udine Stadio Friuli 25,144 17th in Serie A

Seasons in Serie A[edit]

There are 66 teams that have taken part in 85 Serie A championships in a single round that was played from the 1929–30 season until the 2016–17 season. The teams in bold compete in Serie A currently. Internazionale is the only team that has played Serie A football in every season.


Serie A, as it is structured today, began during the 1929–1930 season. From 1898 to 1922, the competition was organised into regional groups. Because of ever growing teams attending regional championships, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) split the CCI (Italian Football Confederation) in 1921. When CCI teams rejoined the FIGC created two interregional divisions renaming Categories into Divisions and splitting FIGC sections into two North-South leagues. In 1926, due to internal crises, the FIGC changed internal settings, adding southern teams to the national division, ultimately leading to the 1929–30 final settlement. No title was awarded in 1927 after Torino were stripped of the championship by the FIGC. Torino were declared champions in the 1948–49 season following a plane crash near the end of the season in which the entire team was killed.

The Serie A Championship title is often referred to as the scudetto ("small shield") because since the 1924–25 season, the winning team will bear a small coat of arms with the Italian tricolour on their strip in the following season. The most successful club is Juventus with 32 championships, followed by both Milan and Internazionale, with 18 championships apiece. From 2004–05 onwards, an actual trophy was awarded to club on the pitch after the last turn of the championship. The trophy, called the Coppa Campioni d'Italia, has officially been used since the 1960–61 season, but between 1961 and 2004 was consigned to the winning clubs at the head office of the Lega Nazionale Professionisti.

On 30 April 2009, Serie A announced a split from Serie B. Nineteen of the twenty clubs voted in favour of the move in an argument over television rights; the relegation-threatened Lecce had voted against the decision. Maurizio Beretta, the former head of Italy's employers' association, became president of the new league.[23][24][25][26]

On 14 April 2016, it was announced that Serie A was selected by the International Football Association Board to test video replays, which will initially be private for the 2016–17 season, before allowing them to become a live pilot phase with replay assistance by the 2017–18 season at the latest. On the decision, FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio said, "We were among the first supporters of using technology on the pitch and we believe we have everything required to offer our contribution to this important experiment."[27]

Television rights[edit]

In the past, individual clubs competing in the league had the rights to sell their broadcast rights to specific channels throughout Italy, unlike in most other European countries. Currently, the two broadcasters in Italy are the satellite broadcaster Sky Italia and terrestrial broadcaster Mediaset Premium for its own pay television networks; RAI is allowed to broadcast only highlights (in exclusive from 13:30 to 22:30 CET). This is a list of television rights in Italy (until 2009–10):

For the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, Serie A clubs negotiating club TV rights collectively rather than individually for the first time since 1998–99. The domestic rights for those two seasons were sold for €1.149 billion to Sky Italia.[28]


Global rights for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons were sold for €181.5 million to MP & Silva.[29]

In countries and territories outside of Italy, the league is broadcast on:

In the 1990s, Serie A was at its most popular in the United Kingdom when it was shown on Channel 4, although it has actually appeared on more UK channels than any other league, rarely staying in one place for long since 2002. Serie A has appeared in the UK on BSB Sports Channel (1990–91), Sky Sports (1991–92), Channel 4 (1992–2002), Eurosport (2002–04), Setanta Sports and Bravo (2004–07), Channel 5 (2007–08), ESPN (2009–13) and BT Sport (since 2013). In Mexico, Televisa Deportes Network HD two games delay in the week.


Club Winners Runners-up Championship seasons
Juventus 32 21 1905, 1925–26, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976-77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05 [nb 1], 2005–06[nb 1], 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Milan 18 17 1901, 1906, 1907, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2010–11
Internazionale 18 15 1909–10, 1919–20, 1929–30, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1970–71, 1979–80, 1988–89, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Genoa 9 4 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1914–15, 1922–23, 1923–24
Torino 7 6 1927–28, 1942–43, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1975–76
Bologna 7 4 1924–25, 1928–29, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1963–64
Pro Vercelli 7 1 1908, 1909, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1921–22 (C.C.I.)
Roma 3 13 1941–42, 1982–83, 2000–01
Lazio 2 7 1973–74, 1999–2000
Napoli 2 6 1986–87, 1989–90
Fiorentina 2 5 1955–56, 1968–69
Cagliari 1 1 1969–70
Casale 1 - 1913–14
Novese 1 - 1921–22 (F.I.G.C.)
Hellas Verona 1 - 1984–85
Sampdoria 1 - 1990–91

Bold indicates clubs which will play in the 2016–17 Serie A.

  • The 2004–05 and 2005–06 titles were initially won by Juventus but were rescinded due to the Calciopoli scandal. The 2004–05 title remained unassigned while the 2005–06 scudetto was reassigned to Inter.
  • A decoration was awarded to Spezia in 2002 by the FIGC for the 1944 wartime championship. However, the FIGC has stated that it cannot be considered as a scudetto.
  • The 1926–27 title was initially won by Torino, but was rescinded due to the Allemandi match fixing scandal.

By city[edit]

City Championships Clubs
Juventus (32), Torino (7),
Milan (18), Internazionale (18)
Genoa (9), Sampdoria (1)
Bologna (7)
Pro Vercelli (7)
Roma (3), Lazio (2)
Fiorentina (2)
Napoli (2)
Cagliari (1)
Casale Monferrato
Casale (1)
Novi Ligure
Novese (1)
Verona (1)

By region[edit]

Region Championships Clubs
Juventus (32), Torino (7), Pro Vercelli (7), Casale (1), Novese (1)
Milan (18), Internazionale (18)
Genoa (9), Sampdoria (1)
Bologna (7)
Roma (3), Lazio (2)
Napoli (2)
Fiorentina (2)
Cagliari (1)
Verona (1)


Further information: Football records in Italy
Paolo Maldini has made the most appearances in Serie A (647)
Top 10 Players With Most Appearances[30]
Last updated as of 23 October 2016
Player Period Club(s) Games
1 Italy Paolo Maldini 1985–2009 Milan 647
2 Argentina Javier Zanetti 1995–2014 Internazionale 615
3 Italy Francesco Totti 1992– Roma 606
4 Italy Gianluigi Buffon 1995– Parma, Juventus 598
5 Italy Gianluca Pagliuca 1987–2007 Sampdoria, Internazionale, Bologna, Ascoli 592
6 Italy Dino Zoff 1961–1983 Udinese, Mantova, Napoli, Juventus 570
7 Italy Pietro Vierchowod 1980–2000 Como, Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Juventus, Milan, Piacenza 562
8 Italy Roberto Mancini 1981–2001 Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio 541
9 Italy Silvio Piola 1929–1954 Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus, Novara 537
10 Italy Enrico Albertosi 1958–1980 Fiorentina, Cagliari, Milan 532
Silvio Piola is the highest goalscorer in Serie A with 274 goals
Top 10 Goalscorers[31]
Last updated as of 23 October 2016
Player Period Club(s) Goals
1 Italy Silvio Piola 1929–1954 Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Juventus, Novara 274
2 Italy Francesco Totti 1992– Roma 250
3 Sweden Gunnar Nordahl 1948–1958 Milan, Roma 225
4 Brazil Italy José Altafini 1958–1976 Milan, Napoli, Juventus 216
4 Italy Giuseppe Meazza 1929–1947 Internazionale, Milan, Juventus 216
6 Italy Antonio Di Natale 2002–2016 Empoli, Udinese 209
7 Italy Roberto Baggio 1986–2004 Fiorentina, Juventus, Milan, Bologna, Internazionale, Brescia 205
8 Sweden Kurt Hamrin 1956–1971 Juventus, Padova, Fiorentina, Milan, Napoli 190
9 Italy Giuseppe Signori 1991–2004 Foggia, Lazio, Sampdoria, Bologna 188
9 Italy Alessandro Del Piero 1993–2012 Juventus 188
9 Italy Alberto Gilardino 1999– Piacenza, Verona, Parma, Milan, Fiorentina, Genoa, Bologna, Palermo, Empoli 188


Non-EU players[edit]

Unlike La Liga, which imposed a quota on the number of non-EU players on each club, Serie A clubs could sign as many non-EU players as available on domestic transfer.

During the 1980s and 1990s, most Serie A clubs signed a large number of players from foreign nations (both EU and non-EU members). Notable foreign players to play in Serie A during this era included England internationals Paul Gascoigne and David Platt, France's Michel Platini and Laurent Blanc, Lothar Matthaus and Jurgen Klinsmann from Germany, Dutchmen Ruud Gullit and Dennis Bergkamp, and Argentina's Diego Maradona.

But since the 2003–04 season, a quota has been imposed on each of the clubs limiting the number of non-EU, non-EFTA and non-Swiss players who may be signed from abroad each season,[32] following provisional measures[33] introduced in the 2002–03 season, which allowed Serie A and B clubs to sign only one non-EU player in the 2002 summer transfer window.

In the middle of the 2000–01 season, the old quota system was abolished, which no longer limited each team to having more than five non-EU players and using no more than three in each match.[33][34] Concurrent with the abolishment of the quota, the FIGC had investigated footballers that used fake passports. Alberto and Warley, Alejandro Da Silva and Jorginho Paulista of Udinese;[35] Fábio Júnior and Gustavo Bartelt of Roma;[36] Dida of Milan; Álvaro Recoba of Inter; Thomas Job, Francis Zé, Jean Ondoa of Sampdoria; and Jeda and Dede of Vicenza were all banned in July 2001 for lengths ranging from six months to one year.[37] However, most of the bans were subsequently reduced.

The number of non-EU players was reduced from 265 in 2002–03 season to 166 in 2006–07 season.[38] It also included players who received EU status after their respective countries joined the EU (see 2004 and 2007 enlargement), which made players such as Adrian Mutu, Valeri Bojinov, Marek Jankulovski and Marius Stankevičius EU players.

The rule underwent minor changes in August 2004,[39] June 2005,[40] June 2006.[41][42] and June 2007.[43]

Since the 2008–09 season, three quotas have been awarded to clubs that do not have non-EU players in their squad (previously only newly promoted clubs could have three quotas); clubs that have one non-EU player have two quotas. Those clubs that have two non-EU players, are awarded one quota and one conditional quota, which is awarded after: 1) Transferred 1 non-EU player abroad, or 2) Release 1 non-EU player as free agent, or 3) A non-EU player received EU nationality. Clubs with three or more non-EU players, have two conditional quotas, but releasing two non-EU players as free agent, will only have one quota instead of two.[44] Serie B and Lega Pro clubs cannot sign non-EU player from abroad, except those followed the club promoted from Serie D.

Large clubs with many foreigners usually borrow quotas from other clubs that have few foreigners or no foreigners in order to sign more non-EU players. For example, Adrian Mutu joined Juventus via Livorno in 2005, as at the time Romania was not a member of the EU. Other examples include Júlio César, Victor Obinna and Maxwell, who joined Internazionale from Chievo (first two) and Empoli respectively.

On 2 July 2010, the above conditional quota reduced back to one, though if a team did not have any non-EU players, that team could still sign up to three non-EU players.[45][46][47] In 2011 the signing quota reverted to two.[48]

Homegrown players[edit]

Serie A also imposed Homegrown players rule, a modification of Homegrown Player Rule (UEFA). Unlike UEFA, Serie A at first did not capped number of players in first team squad at 25, making the club could employ more foreigners by increasing the size of the squad.[49] However, a cap of 25 (under-21 players were excluded) was introduced to 2015–16 season (in 2015–16 season, squad simply require 8 homegrown players but not require 4 of them from their own youth team).[50] In the 2016–17 season, the FIGC sanctioned Sassuolo for fielding ineligible player, Antonino Ragusa.[51] Although the club did not exceed the capacity of 21 players that were not from their own youth team (only Domenico Berardi was eligible as youth product of their own) as well as under 21 of age (born 1995 or after, of which four players were eligible) in their 24-men call-up,[52] It was reported that on Lega Serie A side the squad list was not updated.[53]

In 2015–16 season, the following quota was announced.

Size of First team squad Local + club youth product
<=25 min. 8 (max. 4 NOT from own youth team)

FIFA World Players of the Year[edit]

1Player was a member of the club for the first half of the calendar year (The second part of a finished season - January to May)
2Player was a member of the club for the second half of the calendar year (The first part of a new season - August to December)

Official match ball[edit]

  • 2007–2008: Nike T90 Aerow II
  • 2008–2009: Nike T90 Omni
  • 2009–2010: Nike T90 Ascente
  • 2010–2011: Nike T90 Tracer
  • 2011–2012: Nike Seitiro
  • 2012–2013: Nike Maxim
  • 2013–2014: Nike Incyte
  • 2014–present: Nike Ordem

Kick-off times[edit]

Until 1993, Serie A matches were all played at the same time,on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. (depending on the number of hours of daylight). For the 1993–94 season, Lega Calcio made a notable change: a deferred match, scheduled for Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. (8:45 p.m. from 2009–10) was made possible. This format was changed again in 1999–2000, due to the emergence of pay television in Italian football:

  • Saturday: two matches, the first at 6 p.m and the second at 8:45;
  • Sunday: most of a matchday begins at 3 p.m, while a deferred match is still possible.

In 2004, due to the presence of 20 teams, it also became possible to play in midweek: on Wednesday evening, with some matches on Tuesday and others on Thursday (at 8:45). In 2010, a "lunch match" was introduced: a match played on Sunday at 12:30. Finally, for a few weeks, matches can be played on Friday or on Monday (in the evenings).[54]

List of Lega Serie A presidents[edit]

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  1. ^ In the 1990s, when the term originated, Parma was seen as one the Seven Sisters and Napoli was not included
  1. ^ a b These titles were revoked through the courts following the Calciopoli Scandal.

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