Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
is the name of the fourth highest football
league in Italy
, the lowest with a professional status. Usually it consists of 54 teams, but in the season 2010–11
the teams are only 49 divided geographically into three divisions of 17, 16 and 16 teams each. Section A
covers northern Italy, Section B
covering central, north central Italy and Sardinia including the Sanmarinese
club San Marino
, Section C
covering southern Italy and Sicily.
Until the season 2007-08 the league was known as Serie C2
Before the 1978-79 season there were only three professional football leagues 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 from the start of the 1991-92 season.
During the regular season, teams only play the other teams in their division. Each opponent is played twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 32 (group A) or 30 (groups B, C) matches. Games are scheduled such that in the first 16 or 15 matches, every opponent is played once. In the last 16 or 15 matches, the same opponents are played in the same order with the only difference being that the venue changes.
Promotion and relegation
To the season 2009-10
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... Read More