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Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
Countries  Italy
 San Marino
Confederation FIGC
Founded 1978 as Serie C2
2008 as Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
Number of teams 54 (18 for each group)
Promotion to Lega Pro Prima Divisione
Relegation to Serie D
Levels on pyramid 4
Domestic cup(s) Coppa Italia Lega Pro
Supercoppa di Lega di Seconda Divisione
Current champions AS Figline (2008–09)
Website http://www.lega-pro.it
Soccerball current event.svg Lega Pro Seconda Divisione 2009–10

Lega Pro Seconda Divisione is the name of the fourth highest football league in Italy, the lowest with a professional status. It consists of 54 teams, divided geographically into three divisions of 18 teams each. Until 2008 the league was known as Serie C2. San Marino Calcio takes part to this league.

Before the 1978-79 there were only three leagues of professional football 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 since the start of the 1991-92 season.

During the regular season, teams play only other teams in their own 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.

Promotion and relegation

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.

Past champions

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Serie C2

Champions

Season C2/A C2/B C2/C C2/D
1978-79 Sanremese Cremapergo Fano Rende
1979-80 Prato Modena Giulianova Cosenza
1980-81 Rhodense Padova Casertana Campania
1981-82 Carrarese Ancona Siena Barletta
1982-83 Prato Legnano Francavilla Messina
1983-84 Livorno Pavia Jesi Reggina
1984-85 Siena Virescit Boccaleone Brindisi Licata
1985-86 Lucchese Centese Teramo Nocerina
1986-87 Torres Ospitaletto Vis Pesaro Frosinone
1987-88 Carrarese Mantova Perugia Palermo
1988-89 Casale Chievo Fidelis Andria Puteolana
1989-90 Siena Varese Fano Battipagliese
1990-91 Alessandria Palazzolo Chieti Ischia
1991-92 Ravenna Vis Pesaro Potenza
1992-93 Mantova Pistoiese Juve Stabia
1993-94 Crevalcore Gualdo Trapani
1994-95 Brescello Montevarchi Nocerina
1995-96 Novara Treviso Avezzano
1996-97 Lumezzane Ternana Battipagliese
1997-98 Varese SPAL Marsala
1998-99 Pisa Viterbese Catania
1999-00 Spezia Torres Messina
2000-01 Padova Lanciano Taranto
2001-02 Prato Teramo Martina
2002-03 Pavia Florentia Viola Foggia
2003-04 Mantova Grosseto Frosinone
2004-05 Pro Sesto Massese Manfredonia
2005-06 Venezia Cavese Gallipoli
2006-07 Legnano Foligno Sorrento
2007-08 Pergocrema Reggiana Benevento
2008-09 Varese Figline Cosenza

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