The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico
for Italian Professional Football League
), commonly known as Lega Pro
), is the governing body that runs the third and fourth highest football
divisions in Italy
, the Prima Divisione
and Seconda Divisione
respectively. It also includes the sole professional club of San Marino
. Its headquarters are in Florence
In turn, Prima Divisione
consists of two groups: Girone A
and Girone B
, both of 18 teams. At the end of the season, four teams (two from each group) go up to Serie B
and six teams (three from each group) go down to Seconda Divisione.
The Seconda Divisione
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. At the end of the season, six teams (two from each group) go up to the Prima Divisione and four: two for the group A and one for each of the other two groups, go down to Serie D
. In both the Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione, teams are split by geographical criteria.
In the Federal Council of 29 April 2011 it was decided, for the season 2011-12 to make repechages, only if register less than 76 clubs. In Lega Pro Prima Divisione
will be always 36 the teams divided in two groups of 18 and the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione
will be formed of 40 clubs divided in two groups of 20.