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Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico (Lega Pro) is the governing body that runs Serie C, the third highest football division in Italy. Its headquarters are in Florence. The unification of the Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Prima Divisione and the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Divisione Unica (often also abbreviated as Lega Pro) in 2014[1] reintroduced the format of the original Serie C
Serie C
that existed between 1935 and 1978 (before the split into Serie C1 and Serie C2). On 25 May 2017 the Lega Pro assembly unanimously approved the return to the original name of the competition to Serie C.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Homegrown players 3 Past champions in Serie C 4 Complete team list 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] A third division above the regional leagues was first created in Italy in 1926, when fascist authorities decided to reform the major championships on a national basis, increasing the number of teams participating by promoting many regional teams from the Third Division (Terza Divisione) to the Second Division (Seconda Divisione). A new league running this Second Division, the Direttorio Divisioni Inferiori Nord (Northern Directory of Lower Divisions) was set up in Genoa, while football activity in the southern part of the country was run by the Direttorio Divisioni Inferiori Sud which later became the Direttorio Meridionale (Southern Directory). These leagues did not last long; after another reform they were disbanded between 1930 and 1931. Some bigger clubs who owned large pitches with dimensions of 100x60 metres were promoted to the First Division (Prima Divisione); a league defined and structured as the "National Championship". The Second Division had no relegations to regional leagues as most were reelected at the beginning of each new season. Once a critical threshold was reached the Italian federation decided to close the two leagues and move all teams to the "Direttori Regionali" (Regional Committees) so that the labour-intensive job of organisation was delegated to more efficient and organised regional staff. The most successful teams coming from the Second Divisions in 5 years (from 1926-27 to 1930-31) composed 6 ever growing sections of the First Division (Prima Divisione) which at the beginning had just a few teams in just one section from southern Italy. This championship was organized by the same league governing Serie A and Serie B
Serie B
(the "Direttorio Divisioni Superiori"), even if, as opposed to the two higher divisions, it was structured in local groups with geographical criteria. The number of clubs belonging to the Prima Divisione continued to increase every year, until FIGC decided to rename it as "Serie C" (at the beginning of the 1935-36 season) while a subsequent large reduction in 1948 led to the creation of a sole national division in 1952-53. The reform that created the actual league was decided by Bruno Zauli in 1959 as he built on the incomplete work started by the former president Ottorino Barassi to make professional football fully recognised and organised. While Lega Calcio had a stated mission of organising professional and national divisions, the new Lega Nazionale Semiprofessionisti based in Florence
Florence
had to regulate the two semiprofessional and subnational divisions: Serie C
Serie C
and Serie D, with the first one adopting a format of three groups of 20 teams each. In 1978 the semiprofessional sector was abolished; Serie D became an amateur section while Serie C
Serie C
was divided into two professional divisions ( Serie C1 and Serie C2), and the league changed its name to Lega Professionisti Serie C. On 20 June 2008 the league was restructured and took its current name Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico. After the league reform of 2014, the two previous divisions of Lega Pro Prima Divisione and Lega Pro Seconda Divisione were ultimately merged into a new league; the Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Divisione Unica or more informally addressed as just Lega Pro. This is the league structure currently in operation; comprising 60 teams that are divided geographically in three groups of 20 each. At the end of each season, four teams are promoted to Serie B
Serie B
(three group winners, plus one coming from a promotion playoff involving the three group runners-up). Meanwhile, nine teams are relegated to Serie D: the last-placed team from each group go down directly, whereas teams between 16th and 19th from each group place play a relegation playoff (officially referred to as play-out), with the two losing teams from each group also relegated. In May 2017, the Lega Pro
Lega Pro
assembly unanimously approved the return to the original name Serie C.[2] The 2017–18 Serie C
2017–18 Serie C
season includes 19 teams in each of the three divisions after adjustments were made for excluded clubs.[3] Homegrown players[edit] In order to encourage homegrown players, all Lega Pro
Lega Pro
clubs were capped to use 16 players that were older than 23 of age (in 2016–17 season, player born before 1 January 1994), plus two wildcard for long serving players of the clubs. The club could use an unlimited numbers of under-23 players.[4] Past champions in Serie C[edit] Main article: List of Serie C
Serie C
champions and promotions For Serie C1 and Lega Pro Prima Divisione winners, see Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Prima Divisione and for Serie C2 and Lega Pro Seconda Divisione winners, see Lega Pro Seconda Divisione between 1978–79 and 2013–14

Serie C

1935–36 – Venezia, Cremonese, Spezia, Catanzaro 1936–37 – Padova, Vigevano, Sanremese, Anconitana, Taranto 1937–38 – SPAL, Fanfulla Lodi, Casale, Siena, Salernitana 1938–39 – Brescia, Catania 1939–40 – Reggiana, Vicenza, Maceratese 1940–41 – Prato, Fiumana 1941–42 – Cremonese, Juventina Palermo 1942–43 – Varese, Pro Gorizia 1943–45 – postponed due to World War II 1945–46 – Mestrina, Prato, Perugia, Alba Ala Roma, Benevento, Lecce, Leone Palermo 1946–47 – Magenta, Vita Nova P.S. Pietro, Bolzano, Centese, Nocerina 1947–48 – competed amongst 18 regional leagues, no promotion to Serie B, no overall champions 1948–49 – Fanfulla Lodi, Udinese, Prato, Avellino 1949–50 – Seregno, Treviso, Anconitana, Messina 1950–51 – Monza, Marzotto Valdagno, Piombino, Juve Stabia 1951–52 – Cagliari 1952–53 – Pavia, Alessandria 1953–54 – Parma, ArsenalTaranto 1954–55 – Bari, Livorno 1955–56 – Sambenedettese, Venezia 1956–57 – Prato, Lecco 1957–58 – Reggiana, Vigevano

1958–59 – OZO Mantova, Catanzaro 1959–60 – Pro Patria, Prato, Foggia 1960–61 – Modena, Lucchese, Cosenza 1961–62 – Triestina, Cagliari, Foggia 1962–63 – Varese, Prato, Potenza 1963–64 – Reggiana, Livorno, Trani 1964–65 – Novara, Pisa, Reggina 1965–66 – Savona, Arezzo, Salernitana 1966–67 – Monza, Perugia, Bari 1967–68 – Como, Cesena, Ternana 1968–69 – Piacenza, Arezzo, Casertana 1969–70 – Novara, Massese, Casertana 1970–71 – Reggiana, Genoa, Sorrento 1971–72 – Lecco, Ascoli, Brindisi 1972–73 – Parma, SPAL, Avellino 1973–74 – Alessandria, Sambenedettese, Pescara 1974–75 – Piacenza, Modena, Catania 1975–76 – Monza, Rimini, Lecce 1976–77 – Cremonese, Pistoiese, Bari 1977–78 – Udinese, SPAL, Nocerina

Lega Pro

2014–15 – Novara, Teramo stripped of title due to match fixing, awarded to Ascoli, Salernitana 2015–16 – Cittadella, SPAL, Benevento 2016–17 – Cremonese, Venezia, Foggia

Complete team list[edit] This is the complete list of the clubs that took part in the 38 Serie C seasons played from 1935–36 to 1977–78, the three Lega Pro seasons played from 2014–15 to 2016–17, and the 2017–18 Serie C season. The teams in bold compete in Serie C
Serie C
in the current season.

35 times: Lecce 33 times: Piacenza 31 times: Cosenza 30 times: Prato 29 times: Cremonese, Empoli, Salernitana, Siracusa, Treviso 28 times: Biellese, Rimini 27 times : Ravenna 26 times: Ancona, Arezzo, Legnano 25 times: Savona, Siena 24 times: Mestre, Sambenedettese 23 times: Mantova, Pistoiese 22 times: Casertana, Chieti, Crotone, Lecco, Maceratese, Trapani 21 times: Parma, Reggina 20 times: Forlì, Grosseto, Lucchese, Pescara, Pro Patria, Sanremese, Taranto 19 times: Ascoli, Carrarese, Casale, L'Aquila, Livorno, Marzotto, Pisa, Seregno, Spezia, Udinese 18 times: Foggia, Pro Vercelli, Reggiana 17 times: Alessandria, Barletta, Entella, Marsala, Potenza 16 times: Juve Stabia, Messina, Monza, Pavia, Torres, Varese, Venezia, Vigevano 15 times: Brindisi, Catanzaro, Monfalcone, Perugia, Pontedera 14 times: Avellino, Benevento, Padova, Savoia 13 times: Bolzano, Cesena, Como, Gallaratese, Massese, Matera, Rapallo, SPAL 12 times: Akragas, Crema, Jesi, Fano, Olbia, Pordenone, Pro Gorizia, Sestrese, Solbiatese, Trento, Triestina, Vis Pesaro 11 times: Asti, Carbosarda, Catania, Derthona, Fanfulla, Teramo, Ternana 10 times: Acireale, Carpi, Montevarchi, Omegna, Signa, 9 times: Baracca Lugo, Cagliari, Molfetta, Ponziana, Rovigo, Trani, Vastese, Viareggio 8 times: Bisceglie, Civitavecchia, Falck, Forlimpopoli, Giulianova, Grion Pola, Ilva Bagnolese, Piombino, Sangiovannese, Sorrento 7 times: Acqui, Audace, Bari, Clodia Sottomarina, Cuneo, Fiumana, Gubbio, Imolese, Imperia, Ivrea, Nocerina, Novara, Saronno, Turris, Verbania 6 times: Ampelea, Bassano Virtus, Belluno, Caratese, Latina, MATER, Modena, Paganese, Pontedecimo, Ponte San Pietro, Rivarolese, Rovereto, Tevere Roma, Vittorio Veneto, Vicenza, Viterbese 5 times: Andrea Doria, Cantù, Foligno, Frosinone, Juventus Domo, Palazzolo, Pinerolo, Pro Lissone, Redaelli Rogoredo, Riccione, Rosignano Solvay, San Donà, Schio, Trevigliese, Vado 4 times: Alba Roma, AlbinoLeffe, Alfa Romeo, Battipagliese, Cavese, Cecina, Città di Castello, Colleferro, Edera Trieste, FeralpiSalò, Fermana, Fossanese, Fucecchio, Giana Erminio, Pro Piacenza, Internapoli, Manfredonia, Martina Franca, Massiminiana, Monsummanese, Nardò, Nissa, Orbetello, Pirelli, Renate, Sant'Angelo, Santarcangelo, Saviglianese, SIAI Marchetti, Südtirol, Suzzara, Toma Maglie 3 times: Albenga, Aosta, Armando Casalini, Arsenale Venezia, Campobasso, Cerignola, Cirio, Civitanovese, Fidelis Andria, Forte dei Marmi, Gerli, Igea Virtus, Juventus Siderno, Libertas Trieste, Lumezzane, Lupa Roma, Meda, Melfi, Molinella, Monopoli, Mortara, Palmese, Parabiago, Pieris, Rieti, Scafatese, SIME Popoli, Tuttocuoio, Villasanta, Vogherese 2 times: Agrigento, Ala Littoria, Albese, Amatori Bologna, Breda, Bondenese, Cinzano, Codogno, Dipendenti Municipali La Spezia, Enna, FEDIT, Fondi, Galliate, Ischia Isolaverde, Lanciano, Luino, Magenta, Novese, Panigale, Pergocrema, Pietro Resta, Pro Italia, Racing Roma, Rizzoli, Sora, Sparta Novara, Tivoli, Varazze, Verona, Virtus Francavilla, VV.FF. Palermo, VV.FF. Roma 1 time: 94º Reparto Reggimento Distrettuale, Abbiategrasso, Alcamo, Andreanelli, Ardens, A.R.S.A., Arzachena, Aullese, Aversa Normanna, Avio Calcio, Avio Squadra, Aviosicula Palermo, Brescia, Budrio, Cantiere Tosi, Caproni, Centese, Centrale del Latte di Genova, Chinotto Neri, Cittadella, Corniglianese, Cossatese, Cynthia, FIAT Torino, Fortitudo Trieste, Gavinovese, Gavorrano, Genoa, Giovinezza, Guastalla, Ilva Savona, Isotta Fraschini, Juve Pomigliano, Juventina Palermo, Lanciotto, Legnago, Luparense, Magazzini Generali, Marzotto Manerbio, Melzo, Mirandolese, Mogliano, Montebelluna, Palermo-Juventina, Pellizzari Arzignano, Pro Enna, Pro San Giorgio, Pro Sesto, Ragusa, Real Vicenza, R.S.T. Littorio, San Marino, Sebinia, Sestri Levante, Settimese, Sicula Leonzio, Tenente Mario Passamonte, Torviscosa, Ventimigliese, Vigor Lamezia, Villafranca, Vincenzo Benini, Virtus Spoleto, Vis Nova, Vittorio Necchi, Vibonese

References[edit]

^ http://tccdb-storage.tccstatic.com/storage/documenti/d48441f485e8f4c2d4ca4bf3aeb60fbc.pdf ^ a b http://www.lega-pro.com/a-firenze-sorteggio-play-off-e-assemblea-dei-club/ ^ "Serie C, Rende ripescato: girone con 19 squadre" (in Italian). FIGC. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.  ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°11/L (2016–17)" (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Pro. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 

External links[edit]

(in Italian) Official website Datasport: results, rankings and news about the Lega Pro

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Serie C
Serie C
clubs

2017–18 season

Group A

Alessandria Arezzo Arzachena Carrarese Cuneo Gavorrano Giana Erminio Livorno Lucchese Monza Olbia Piacenza Pisa Pontedera Pro Piacenza Pistoiese Prato Siena Viterbese

Group B

AlbinoLeffe Bassano Virtus Fano FeralpiSalò Fermana Gubbio Mestre Padova Pordenone Ravenna Reggiana Sambenedettese Santarcangelo Südtirol Renate Teramo Triestina Vicenza

Group C

Akragas Bisceglie Casertana Catania Catanzaro Cosenza Fidelis Andria Fondi Juve Stabia Lecce Matera Monopoli Paganese Reggina Rende Sicula Leonzio Siracusa Trapani Virtus Francavilla

Former clubs

Ancona Rovigo Massese Asti Belluno Cantù Cesena Maceratese Codogno Fanfulla Legnano Magenta Pavia Meda Marzotto Palazzolo Pavia Cremonese Venezia Foggia Lumezzane Perugia Taranto Ponte San Pietro Rimini Mantova Messina Modena Sangiovannese Savoia Sant'Angelo Treviso Tenente Mario Passamonte Virtus Spoleto Bari Casale Parma Cittadella Pro Gorizia Varese Albese Melfi Battipagliese Vibonese Ivrea Panigale Cecina Cynthia Sora Tuttocuoio Igea Virtus Lanciotto Nardò Riccione Forlì Nissa Giovinezza Sanremese Torviscosa Monfalcone Vis Pesaro Vittorio Veneto Juve Pomigliano Nocerina Piombino Pro Patria Benevento Brescia Ponziana Cagliari Lecco Montebelluna Carpi Civitanovese Clodia Sottomarina Colleferro Pescara Derthona Empoli Crotone Viareggio Legnago Pro Vercelli Rieti Vado Sestrese Foligno Frosinone FIAT Torino Rosignano Solvay Grion Pola Genoa Giulianova Verona Vogherese Turris Aosta Ilva Bagnolese Imolese L'Aquila MATER Manfredonia Molinella Montevarchi Novara Potenza Real Vicenza Marsala Torres Aversa Normanna Gallaratese SPAL Ischia Isolaverde Scafatese Tivoli Verbania Lanciano San Donà Jesi Pro Sesto Cirio Internapoli Settimese Trento San Marino Savona Solbiatese Sorrento Spezia Suzzara Pro Italia Ternana AlbinoLeffe Trani Campobasso Centese Palermo-Juventina Como Fiumana Caratese Grosseto Imperia Latina Luparense Palmese Pergocrema Ragusa Salernitana SIAI Marchetti Sestri Levante Seregno Alcamo Cavese Gavinovese Novese Sebinia Udinese Vastese Vigevano Vigor Lamezia Crema Acqui Civitavecchia Biellese Ascoli Bolzano Ampelea Alba Roma Barletta Chieti Acireale Brindisi Andrea Doria Avellino Racing Roma Lupa Roma A.R.S.A. Abbiategrasso Agrigento Ala Littoria Albenga Alfa Romeo Amatori Bologna Andreanelli Ardens Armando Casalini Arsenale Venezia Audace Aullese Avio Calcio Avio Squadra Aviosicula Palermo Baracca Lugo Bondenese Breda Budrio Cantiere Tosi Caproni Carbosarda Centrale del Latte di Genova Cerignola Chinotto Neri Cinzano Città di Castello Corniglianese Cossatese Dipendenti Municipali La Spezia Edera Trieste Enna Falck FEDIT Forlimpopoli Forte dei Marmi Fortitudo Trieste Fossanese Fucecchio Galliate Gerli Guastalla Ilva Savona Isotta Fraschini Juventina Palermo Juventus Domo Juventus Siderno Libertas Trieste Luino Magazzini Generali Marzotto Manerbio Massiminiana Mirandolese Mogliano Molfetta Monsummanese Mortara Omegna Orbetello Parabiago Pieris Pietro Resta Pinerolo Pirelli Pontedecimo Pro Enna Pro Lissone Pro San Giorgio R.S.T. Littorio Rapallo Redaelli Rogoredo Reparto Reggimento Distrettuale Rivarolese Rizzoli Rovereto Saronno Saviglianese Schio Signa SIME Popoli Sparta Novara Tevere Roma Toma Maglie Trevigliese Varazze Ventimigliese Villafranca Villasanta Vincenzo Benini Vis Nova Vittorio Necchi VV.FF. Palermo VV.FF. Roma

Champions and promotions

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Serie C
Serie C
seasons

Seconda Divisione

1926–27 1927–28 1928–29

Prima Divisione

1929–30 1930–31 1931–32 1932–33 1933–34 1934–35

Serie C

1935–36 1936–37 1937–38 1938–39 1939–40 1940–41 1941–42 1942–43 1943–44 1944–45 1945–46 1946–47 1947–48 1948–49 1949–50 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59 1959–60 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78

Serie C1

1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08

Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Prima Divisione

2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14

Lega Pro

2014–15 2015–16 2016–17

Serie C

2017–18

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Lega Pro Seconda Divisione seasons

Serie C2

1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08

Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Seconda Divisione

2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14

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Football in Italy

Overview

National association League system List of clubs List of venues Records Scudetto Cadetti Capocannoniere

International

Italy B team C team Olympic team Under-21 Under-20 Under-19 Under-18 Under-17 Under-16 Under-15 Italy
Italy
women

Leagues

Lega Serie A Lega Serie B Serie C Lega Nazionale Dilettanti Lega Calcio

defunct

League competitions

Serie A

Prima Divisione

defunct

Divisione Nazionale

defunct

Serie B Serie C

Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Prima Divisione

defunct

Lega Pro
Lega Pro
Seconda Divisione

defunct

Serie D Eccellenza Promozione Prima Categoria Seconda Categoria Terza Categoria

Cup competitions

Coppa Italia Supercoppa Italiana Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
Serie C Supercoppa di Serie C

Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione

defunct

Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
Serie D Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
Dilettanti

Youth competitions

Leagues

Campionato Primavera 1 Campionato Primavera 2 Campionato Nazionale Dante Berretti Campionato Juniores Nazionali Campionato Nazionale Primavera
Campionato Nazionale Primavera
(defunct)

Coppa Italia
Coppa Italia
Primavera Supercoppa Primavera Torneo di Viareggio

Women's competitions

Serie A Coppa Italia Supercoppa Italiana

Awards

Gran Galà del Calcio AIC Italian Football Hall of Fame

Miscellaneous

Totonero 1980 Totonero 1986 Italian Law 91/1981, Article 18B financial doping scandals Caso Genoa 2006 Italian football scandal 2011–12 Italian football scandal 2015 Italian football scandal Article 52 of N.O.I.F. Serie A
Serie A
players Foreign Serie A
Serie A
players Foreign Serie B
Serie B
players

Seasons

1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

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Germany

East Germany Bayern Berlin Nordbaden Rheinland Saarland Schwarzwald-Bodensee Südbaden Südwest Württemberg Mitte Regionalliga West/Südwest

Rep of Ireland

Connacht A Championship B Division

Israel Italy Northern Ireland Portugal

Second Division Third Division

Scotland Soviet Union Yugoslavia

Third Leagu

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