2019–20 Serie C

The 2019–20 Serie C was the sixth season of the unified Serie C division, the third tier of the Italian football league system. The season was scheduled to run from 24 August 2019 to 26 April 2020, however, on 9 March 2020, the Italian government halted the league until 3 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.[7] Serie C did not resume play on this date.[9] On 18 May, it was announced that Italian football would be suspended until 14 June.[10]

Serie C
Season2019–20
Dates24 August 2019 – 22 July 2020
ChampionsMonza
Vicenza
Reggina
PromotedMonza
Vicenza
Reggina
Reggio Audace
RelegatedSiena (bankruptcy)
Pianese
Gozzano
Arzignano
Rimini
Sicula Leonzio (bankruptcy)
Rende
Rieti
Picerno (match-fixing)
Matches played868
Goals scored2,017 (2.32 per match)
Top goalscorerMirco Antenucci
(21 goals)
Biggest home winPadova 6–1 Fano
(1 September 2019)
Casertana 6–1 Rieti
(14 September 2019)
Viterbese 6–1 Rende
(19 October 2019)
Vibonese 5–0 Catania
(20 October 2019)
Südtirol 5–0 Arzignano
(2 February 2020)
Biggest away winSicula Leonzio 2–7 Vibonese
(1 December 2019)
Highest scoringAvellino 3–6 Catania
(25 August 2019)
Sicula Leonzio 2–7 Vibonese
(1 December 2019)
Longest winning run11 games
Reggina[1]
Longest unbeaten run25 games
Bari[2]
Longest winless run22 games
Olbia[3]
Longest losing run8 games
Fano[4]
Highest attendance16,092
Reggina 1–1 Bari
(26 January 2020)[5]
Lowest attendance40
Pianese 2–2 AlbinoLeffe
(26 January 2020)[6][α]
Total attendance2,252,566[6][8][5]
Average attendance2,740[6][8][5]

On 8 June, the Italian Football Federation formally declared Monza, Vicenza, and Reggina as champions of their respective groups, thus awarding them promotion to Serie B, while also confirming the promotion and relegations playoff will take place as planned, based on the league standings by the time of the regular season suspension.[11]

TeamsEdit

The league was contested by 60 teams.

Relegated from Serie BEdit

Venezia was readmitted in Serie B after the bankruptcy of Palermo.

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ReadmissionsEdit

Following the disbandment of four Serie C clubs, Arzachena, Albissola, Lucchese and Siracusa, four relegated clubs were readmitted as members of Serie C.

RepecheagesEdit

Following the bankruptcy of Foggia (relegated from Serie B) and Palermo, FIGC chose two historic big clubs from Serie D to fill the vacancies.

Bisceglie readmission and Audace Cerignola caseEdit

On 12 July, the FIGC additionally excluded Arzachena from Serie C, but Bisceglie were not initially readmitted and were awaiting the result of court proceedings, along with Audace Cerignola. As a result, one vacancy remained in Group C that had not been filled, due to a lack of valid applications for Serie C readmissions.

On 23 July, the Court of the CONI overturned the original decision from the FIGC by declaring both Bisceglie and Audace Cerignola's readmission requests as valid, thus creating uncertainty on the new format and even opening doors to a potential 21-team Group C.[14]

On 25 July, the FIGC readmitted Bisceglie to Serie C, whereas, in spite of the ruling by the Court of the CONI, Audace Cerignola's request was rejected due to alleged stadium irregularities.[13] On August 5, however, CONI once again overturned the FIGC's decision not to admit Audace Cerignola to Serie C.[15]

On 10 September, Lazio's Regional Administrative Tribunal denied Audace Cerignola's appeal for readmission, by suspending the measures for which CONI had used to readmit the club into Serie C. A new hearing was set for February 11, 2020, at which time a repecheage would no longer be possible, which effectively left the club in Serie D.[16]

COVID-19 pandemic suspensionEdit

On 9 March 2020, the Lega Pro committee announced the suspension of the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.

On 8 May 2020, the league committee formally proposed the Italian Football Federation to end the season altogether and award promotion to the three league toppers (Monza, Vicenza and Reggina), plus Carpi for having the highest point-per-game ratio among all other teams by the time of the suspension, and block all relegations to Serie D.[17] This proposal was however rejected by the Italian Football Federation on 20 May, as they objected the Serie C season will have to end as planned, with 20 August as the formal deadline to complete it.[18]

On 8 June, the Italian Football Federation formally declared the end of the Serie C regular season; Monza, Vicenza and Reggina were awarded promotion to Serie B, while Gozzano, Rimini and Rieti were relegated to Serie D. Promotion and relegation playoffs will take place as planned, albeit on a voluntary basis.[11]

Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Pontedera,[19][20] Arezzo,[21][20] Modena, Pro Patria, Piacenza and Vibonese[20] announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Group A (North & Central West)Edit

8 teams from Lombardy, 6 teams from Tuscany, 5 teams from Piedmont and 1 team from Sardinia.

Club City Stadium Capacity
AlbinoLeffe Albino and Leffe Città di Gorgonzola (Gorgonzola) 3,766
Alessandria Alessandria Giuseppe Moccagatta 5,827
Arezzo Arezzo Città di Arezzo 13,128
Carrarese Carrara Dei Marmi 9,500
Como Como Giuseppe Sinigaglia 13,602
Giana Erminio Gorgonzola Città di Gorgonzola 3,766
Gozzano Gozzano Stadio Alfredo d'Albertas 1,510
Juventus U23 Turin Giuseppe Moccagatta (Alessandria) 5,827
Lecco Lecco Rigamonti-Ceppi 4,997
Monza Monza Brianteo 18,568
Novara Novara Silvio Piola (Novara) 17,875
Olbia Olbia Bruno Nespoli 3,200
Pergolettese Crema Giuseppe Voltini 4,100
Pianese Piancastagnaio Carlo Zecchini (Grosseto) 9,779
Pistoiese Pistoia Marcello Melani 13,195
Pontedera Pontedera Ettore Mannucci 2,700
Pro Patria Busto Arsizio Carlo Speroni 4,627
Pro Vercelli Vercelli Silvio Piola (Vercelli) 5,500
Renate Renate Città di Meda (Meda) 2,900
Siena Siena Montepaschi Arena 15,373

Group B (North & Central East)Edit

8 teams from Emilia-Romagna, 4 teams from Marche, 4 teams from Veneto, 1 team from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 1 team from Lombardy, 1 team from Trentino-Alto Adige and 1 team from Umbria.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Arzignano Arzignano Romeo Menti (Vicenza) 13,173
Carpi Carpi Sandro Cabassi 5,550
Cesena Cesena Dino Manuzzi 20,194
Fano Fano Raffaele Mancini 8,800
FeralpiSalò Salò Lino Turina 2,364
Fermana Fermo Bruno Recchioni 8,920
Gubbio Gubbio Pietro Barbetti 4,939
Imolese Imola Romeo Galli 4,000
Modena Modena Alberto Braglia 21,092
Padova Padua Euganeo 32,420
Piacenza Piacenza Leonardo Garilli 21,668
Ravenna Ravenna Bruno Benelli 12,020
Reggio Audace Reggio Emilia Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore 21,584
Rimini Rimini Romeo Neri 7,442
Sambenedettese San Benedetto del Tronto Riviera delle Palme 13,705
Südtirol Bolzano/Bozen Druso 3,500
Triestina Trieste Nereo Rocco 32,454
Vicenza Vicenza Romeo Menti 13,173
Virtus Verona Verona Gavagnin Nocini 1,200
Vis Pesaro Pesaro Tonino Benelli 4,898

Group C (Central & South)Edit

4 teams from Apulia, 4 teams from Calabria, 4 teams from Campania, 2 teams from Basilicata, 2 teams from Lazio, 2 teams from Sicily, 1 from Abruzzo and 1 from Umbria.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Avellino Avellino Partenio-Adriano Lombardi 10,215
Bari Bari San Nicola 58,270
Bisceglie Bisceglie Gustavo Ventura 5,000
Casertana Caserta Alberto Pinto 12,000
Catania Catania Angelo Massimino 20,266
Catanzaro Catanzaro Nicola Ceravolo 14,650
Cavese Cava de' Tirreni Simonetta Lamberti 5,000
Monopoli Monopoli Vito Simone Veneziani 6,880
Paganese Pagani Marcello Torre 5,093
Picerno Picerno Alfredo Viviani (Potenza) 4,977
Potenza Potenza Alfredo Viviani 4,977
Reggina Reggio Calabria Oreste Granillo 27,454
Rende Rende Marco Lorenzon 5,000
Rieti Rieti Manlio Scopigno 10,163
Sicula Leonzio Lentini Angelino Nobile 2,500
Teramo Teramo Gaetano Bonolis 7,498
Ternana Terni Libero Liberati 17,460
Vibonese Vibo Valentia Luigi Razza 6,500
Virtus Francavilla Francavilla Fontana Giovanni Paolo II 2,000
Viterbese Castrense Viterbo Enrico Rocchi 5,460

League tablesEdit

Group A (North & Central West)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Monza (C, P) 27 18 7 2 53 18 +35 61 Promotion to Serie B
2 Carrarese 27 12 9 6 47 36 +11 45 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Renate 27 11 10 6 34 22 +12 43
4 Pontedera[a] 27 11 9 7 38 35 +3 42
5 Alessandria 27 10 10 7 34 30 +4 40 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
6 Robur Siena[b] (D, R) 27 10 10 7 32 30 +2 39 Club dissolved
7 Novara 26 10 8 8 35 29 +6 38 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
8 AlbinoLeffe 27 10 9 8 29 24 +5 39
9 Arezzo[c] 27 8 13 6 33 28 +5 37
10 Juventus U23 27 8 12 7 30 34 −4 36 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
11 Pro Patria[d] 26 7 11 8 32 30 +2 32
12 Pistoiese 27 6 15 6 24 22 +2 33
13 Como 26 7 11 8 28 25 +3 32
14 Pro Vercelli 26 7 10 9 27 28 −1 31
15 Lecco 26 7 7 12 27 42 −15 28
16 Pergolettese (O) 27 6 9 12 21 36 −15 27 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
17 Giana Erminio 26 6 8 12 28 44 −16 26 Readmitted
18 Olbia (O) 27 5 10 12 28 44 −16 25 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
19 Pianese (R) 27 4 12 11 23 30 −7 24
20 Gozzano (R) 27 4 10 13 22 38 −16 22 Relegation to Serie D
Source: Lega Pro
Rules for classification: 1) Final score; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal per game difference; 5) Goals per game scored; 6) Fewer goals per game against; 7) Draw.[24]

Final score is calculated according to the formula  , where:

  •   is points;
  •   is home points per game;
  •   is number of home games left to play;
  •   is away points per game;
  •   is number of away games left to play.
    (C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
  1. ^ Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Pontedera announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.[22]
  2. ^ 1 point deduction for administral irregularities.
  3. ^ Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Arezzo announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.[23]
  4. ^ Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Pro Patria announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.[20]

Group B (North & Central East)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L.R. Vicenza (C, P) 27 18 7 2 41 12 +29 61 Promotion to Serie B
2 Reggio Audace (O, P) 27 15 10 2 45 25 +20 55 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Carpi 26 16 5 5 44 21 +23 53
4 Südtirol 27 15 3 9 43 24 +19 48
5 Padova 26 13 5 8 35 19 +16 44
6 Feralpisalò 26 12 8 6 34 31 +3 44
7 Piacenza[a] 26 10 11 5 32 24 +8 41
8 Triestina 27 12 4 11 36 32 +4 40 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
9 Modena[b] 27 11 7 9 29 25 +4 40
10 Sambenedettese 26 9 6 11 31 31 0 33 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
11 Fermana 27 8 9 10 22 33 −11 33
12 Virtus Verona 27 8 8 11 33 35 −2 32
13 Cesena 27 7 9 11 33 42 −9 30
14 Vis Pesaro 27 7 7 13 22 37 −15 28
15 Gubbio 27 5 13 9 23 31 −8 28
16 Ravenna 27 7 6 14 25 41 −16 27 Readmitted
17 Imolese (O) 27 4 11 12 20 35 −15 23 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
18 Arzignano (R) 26 4 10 12 18 32 −14 22
19 Fano (O) 27 5 6 16 24 42 −18 21
20 Rimini (R) 27 4 9 14 24 42 −18 21 Relegation to Serie D
Source: Lega Pro
Rules for classification: 1) Final score; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal per game difference; 5) Goals per game scored; 6) Fewer goals per game against; 7) Draw.[25]

Final score is calculated according to the formula  , where:

  •   is points;
  •   is home points per game;
  •   is number of home games left to play;
  •   is away points per game;
  •   is number of away games left to play.
    (C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
  1. ^ Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Piacenza announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.[20]
  2. ^ Following the deliberation from the Italian Football Federation, Modena announced they would not take part to the promotion playoffs.[20]

Group C (South)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Reggina (C, P) 30 21 6 3 54 19 +35 69 Promotion to Serie B
2 Bari 30 16 12 2 54 24 +30 60 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Monopoli 30 18 3 9 40 22 +18 57
4 Potenza 30 16 8 6 36 23 +13 56
5 Ternana 30 14 9 7 38 29 +9 51
6 Catania[a] 30 13 8 9 39 38 +1 45
7 Catanzaro 30 12 7 11 41 36 +5 43
8 Teramo 30 11 8 11 29 31 −2 41
9 Virtus Francavilla 30 10 10 10 39 36 +3 40
10 Avellino 30 11 7 12 34 38 −4 40
11 Vibonese 30 9 12 9 48 37 +11 39
12 Viterbese Castrense 30 11 6 13 37 38 −1 39
13 Cavese 30 9 11 10 24 36 −12 38
14 Paganese 30 8 12 10 35 34 +1 36
15 Casertana[b] 30 8 14 8 37 35 +2 36
16 Sicula Leonzio (O, D, R) 30 7 8 15 31 46 −15 29 Club dissolved
17 Bisceglie 30 3 11 16 21 40 −19 20 Readmitted
18 Rende (R) 30 3 9 18 19 50 −31 18 Qualification to the relegation play-offs
19 Rieti[c] (R) 30 5 5 20 29 64 −35 15 Relegation to Serie D
20 Picerno[d] (O, D, R) 30 8 8 14 29 38 −9 32
Source: Lega Pro
Rules for classification: 1) Final score; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal per game difference; 5) Goals per game scored; 6) Fewer goals per game against; 7) Draw.[26]

Final score is calculated according to the formula  , where:

  •   is points;
  •   is home points per game;
  •   is number of home games left to play;
  •   is away points per game;
  •   is number of away games left to play.
    (C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:
  1. ^ 2 points deduction for administral irregularities.
  2. ^ 2 points deduction for administral irregularities.
  3. ^ 5 points deduction for administral irregularities.
  4. ^ Picerno were originally the 16th-placed team and won the play-out over Rende, but were placed at the bottom of the league table for fixing the match against Bitonto during the 2018–19 Serie D on 5 May 2019, relegating them to Serie D.

Promotion play-offsEdit

First RoundEdit

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Alessandria Cancelled Pro Patria
Robur Siena Cancelled Arezzo
Novara 0–0 AlbinoLeffe
Padova 0–0 Sambenedettese
Feralpisalò Cancelled Modena
Piacenza Cancelled Triestina
Ternana 0–0 Avellino
Catania 3–2 Virtus Francavilla
Catanzaro 0–0 Teramo

Second RoundEdit

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pontedera Cancelled Novara
Alessandria 3–2 Robur Siena
Südtirol 0–1 Triestina
Padova 1–0 Feralpisalò
Potenza 1–1 Catanzaro
Ternana 1–1 Catania

Third RoundEdit

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Renate 1–2 Novara
Juventus U23 2–0 Padova
Carpi 2–2 Alessandria
Monopoli 0–1 Ternana
Potenza 1–0 Triestina

Fourth RoundEdit

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Carrarese 2–2 Juventus U23
Reggio Audace 0–0 Potenza
Carpi 1–2 Novara
Bari 1–1 Ternana

Final FourEdit

If tied after regular time, winner is decided by extra-time and eventually penalty shoot-out.

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
Reggio Emilia, 17 July 2020
 
 
Reggio Audace2
 
Reggio Emilia, 22 July 2020
 
Novara1
 
Reggio Audace1
 
Bari, 17 July 2020
 
Bari0
 
Bari (a.e.t.)2
 
 
Carrarese1
 

Reggio Audace promoted to Serie B.

Relegation play-outsEdit

Higher-placed team plays at home for second leg. If tied on aggregate, lower-placed team is relegated.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pianese 3–3 Pergolettese 0–0 3–3
Olbia 2–1 Giana Erminio 1–0 1–1
Fano 3–0 Ravenna 2–0 1–0
Arzignano 1–2 Imolese 1–2 0–0
Rende 1–3 Picerno 1–0 0–3
Bisceglie 0–2 Sicula Leonzio 0–1 0–1

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 22 July 2020[27][28][29]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Mirco Antenucci1 Bari 21
2   Giuseppe Fella Monopoli 17
  Saveriano Infantino1 Carrarese
4   Tommaso Biasci2 Carpi 16
5   Simone Corazza Reggina 14
6   Daniele Paponi Piacenza 13
7   Germán Denis Reggina 12
  Umberto Eusepi3 Alessandria
9   Aniello Cutolo Arezzo 11
  Francesco Galuppini Renate
  Augustus Kargbo2 Reggio Audace
  Facundo Lescano Sicula Leonzio
  Leonardo Pérez Virtus Francavilla
  Federico Vázquez1
  Emanuele Santaniello Picerno
  Simone Simeri1 Bari
Note

1Player scored 1 goal in the play-offs.
2Player scored 2 goals in the play-offs.
3Player scored 3 goals in the play-offs.

NotesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Starting 8 March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic in Italy, all matches have been played behind closed doors.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matchdays 9-19, including the forfeit win over Rieti on week 15.
  2. ^ Matchdays 6-30.
  3. ^ Matchdays 3-24.
  4. ^ Matchdays 10-17.
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