Coppa Italia preliminary round confirmed

epa09213873 The Coppa Italia Trophy is on display during the Italian Cup final soccer match between Atalanta BC and Juventus FC at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 19 May 2021. EPA-EFE/PAOLO MAGNI

The preliminary round of the Coppa Italia has been drawn up, with Serie C sides battling to join the tournament proper.

There was controversy when the reforms for the 2021-22 season saw the Coppa Italia cut to represent only Serie A and Serie B sides.

As a small compromise, it was decided there would be a preliminary round, creating spaces for four Serie C/Lega Pro clubs to qualify.

Como-Catanzaro will be played on Saturday August 7, while Ternana-Avellino, Perugia-Sudtirol and Padova-Alessandria will be on Sunday August 8.

The entire competition, save for the semi-final, will be one-off knockout games.

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