Serie A clubs considering radical reforms

by | Jul 20, 2021 16:54

Serie A clubs are giving very strong consideration to a revamp of their league structure, cutting 20 teams down to 18 and introducing play-offs.

FIGC (Italian Football Federation) President Gabriele Gravina has already suggested the idea several times, insisting radical reforms are necessary to boost interest and revenue, particularly after the effects of the pandemic.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, clubs are increasingly convinced of the need to transform the existing Serie A structure.

That is partly thanks to a report drawn up by Deloitte, which showed the economic advantages of these changes.

The league could be cut down from 20 clubs to 18, therefore also freeing up the fixture list by reducing the number of games.

This would bring Serie A into line with the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, whereas the English Premier League and La Liga both have 20 clubs.

Another plan put forward by Gravina is the use of play-offs and play-outs to decide the Scudetto and top spots.

That is a tougher sell for the clubs, although there are already promotion play-offs in Serie B and Lega Pro.

These changes will be discussed tomorrow and could be enacted for the 2023-24 season.

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