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Lega Pro Prima Divisione
Countries  Italy
Confederation FIGC
Founded 1935 as Serie C
1978 as Serie C1
2008 as Lega Pro Prima Divisione
Number of teams 36 (18 for each group)
Promotion to Serie B
Relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
Levels on pyramid 3
Domestic cup(s) Coppa Italia Lega Pro
Supercoppa di Lega di Prima Divisione
Current champions Gallipoli Calcio (2008–09)
Soccerball current event.svg Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2009–10

Lega Pro Prima Divisione is the name of the third highest football league in Italy. It consists of 36 teams, divided geographically into two divisions of 18 teams each. Until 2008 it was known as Serie C1.

Before the 1978-79 season 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 and Serie C2. Serie C2, the fourth highest professional league in the Italian system, was also re-named in 2008 and is now called Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

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.

Serie C1, and its forerunner Serie C, is the lowest division where nine clubs have ever played: Bologna FC, SSC Napoli, Salernitana, Genoa CFC, UC Sampdoria (with its forerunners AC Liguria), Atalanta BC, Brescia, Udinese and Hellas Verona.[1]


Promotion and relegation

In each division, two teams are promoted to Serie B, and three teams are relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In total, the league promotes 4 teams to Serie B and relegates 6 teams to Seconda Divisione.

The team finishing first in the regular season is directly promoted to Serie B, 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 Serie B.

The team finishing last in the regular season is directly relegated to Seconda Divisione, while teams placing 14th to 17th are entered into a relegation playoff phase called 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 Prima Divisione while the two losing teams become the second and third teams relegated for that particular division.

Play-off and play-out phases were first held in 1993-1994. Before 1993, the two top-placed teams were promoted to Serie B, whereas the three bottom-table ones were relegated to Serie C2, as it was known at that time.

Past champions


Serie C1

Serie C1/A

Season Winner Runner Up/Playoff Winner
1978-79 Como Parma
1979-80 Varese Rimini
1980-81 Reggiana Cremonese
1981-82 Atalanta Monza
1982-83 Triestina Padova
1983-84 Parma Bologna
1984-85 Brescia Lanerossi Vicenza
1985-86 Parma Modena
1986-87 Piacenza Padova
1987-88 Ancona Monza
1988-89 Reggiana Triestina
1989-90 Modena Lucchese
1990-91 Piacenza Venezia
1991-92 Spal Monza
1992-93 Ravenna Vicenza
1993-94 Chievo Como
1994-95 Bologna Pistoiese
1995-96 Ravenna Empoli
1996-97 Treviso Monza
1997-98 Cesena Cremonese
1998-99 Alzano Virescit Pistoiese
1999-00 Siena Cittadella
2000-01 Modena Como
2001-02 Livorno Triestina
2002-03 Treviso AlbinoLeffe
2003-04 Arezzo Cesena
2004-05 Cremonese Mantova
2005-06 Spezia Genoa
2006-07 Grosseto Pisa
2007-08 Sassuolo Cittadella
2008-09 Cesena Padova

Serie C1/B

Season Winner Runner Up/Playoff Winner
1978-79 Matera Pisa
1979-80 Catania Foggia
1980-81 Cavese Sambenedettese
1981-82 Arezzo Campobasso
1982-83 Empoli Pescara
1983-84 Bari Taranto
1984-85 Catanzaro Palermo
1985-86 Messina Taranto
1986-87 Catanzaro Barletta
1987-88 Licata Cosenza
1988-89 Cagliari Foggia
1989-90 Taranto Salernitana
1990-91 Casertana Palermo
1991-92 Ternana Fidelis Andria
1992-93 Palermo Acireale
1993-94 Perugia Salernitana
1994-95 Reggina Avellino
1995-96 Lecce Castel di Sangro
1996-97 Fidelis Andria Ancona
1997-98 Cosenza Ternana
1998-99 Fermana Savoia
1999-00 Crotone Ancona
2000-01 Palermo Messina
2001-02 Ascoli Catania
2002-03 Avellino Pescara
2003-04 Catanzaro Crotone
2004-05 Rimini Avellino
2005-06 Napoli Frosinone
2006-07 Ravenna Avellino
2007-08 Salernitana Ancona
2008-09 Gallipoli Crotone

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