2020–21 Serie C

The 2020–21 Serie C was the seventh season of the unified Serie C division, the third tier of the Italian football league system.

Serie C
Season2020–21
DatesRegular season:
26 September 2020 – 2 May 2021
Play-offs and play-outs:
9 May 2021 – 17 June 2021
PromotedComo
Perugia
Ternana
Alessandria (via play-off)
RelegatedNovara (excluded)
Livorno
Sambenedettese (excluded)
Carpi (excluded)
Fano
Ravenna
Arezzo
Casertana (excluded)
Bisceglie
Cavese
Trapani (excluded)
Matches played1,102[1]
Goals scored2,604 (2.36 per match)[2]
Top goalscorerJacopo Manconi
(15+3 goals)
Anthony Partipilo
(18 goals)
Biggest home winPiacenza 6–0 Pro Sesto[3]
Juventus U23 6–0 Livorno[4]
Padova 6–0 Carpi[5]
Biggest away winMantova 0–6 Padova[6]
Highest scoringLucchese 4–5 AlbinoLeffe[7]
Ternana 7–2 Cavese[8]
Longest winning run11 matches
Ternana[9]
Longest unbeaten run24 matches
Ternana[10]
Longest winless run18 matches
Ravenna[11]
Vibonese[12]
Longest losing run10 matches
Cavese[13]
Imolese[14]

TeamsEdit

The league was initially to be contested by 60 teams, but was reduced to 59 following the exclusion of Trapani.

Relegated from Serie BEdit

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ReadmissionsEdit

Following the disbandment of Sicula Leonzio and Siena, two relegated clubs were readmitted as members of Serie C.

During the seasonEdit

On 4 October 2020, Trapani was excluded from the league after failing to play two consecutive matches.[17]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Group A (North & Central West)Edit

8 teams from Lombardy, 6 teams from Tuscany, 4 teams from Piedmont, 1 team from Emilia-Romagna and 1 team from Sardinia.

Club City Stadium Capacity
AlbinoLeffe Albino and Leffe Città di Gorgonzola (Gorgonzola) 3,766
Alessandria Alessandria Giuseppe Moccagatta 5,926
Carrarese Carrara Dei Marmi 9,500
Como Como Giuseppe Sinigaglia 13,602
Giana Erminio Gorgonzola Città di Gorgonzola 3,766
Grosseto Grosseto Olimpico Carlo Zecchini 9,988
Juventus U23 Turin Giuseppe Moccagatta (Alessandria) 5,926
Lecco Lecco Rigamonti-Ceppi 4,997
Livorno Livorno Armando Picchi 14,267
Lucchese Lucca Porta Elisa 12,800
Novara Novara Silvio Piola (Novara) 17,875
Olbia Olbia Bruno Nespoli 4,000
Pergolettese Crema Giuseppe Voltini 4,095
Piacenza Piacenza Leonardo Garilli 21,668
Pistoiese Pistoia Marcello Melani 13,195
Pontedera Pontedera Ettore Mannucci 2,700
Pro Patria Busto Arsizio Carlo Speroni 5,000
Pro Sesto Sesto San Giovanni Breda 4,501
Pro Vercelli Vercelli Silvio Piola (Vercelli) 5,500
Renate Renate Città di Meda (Meda) 2,500

Group B (North & Central East)Edit

5 teams from Emilia-Romagna, 5 teams from Marche, 3 teams from Veneto, 2 teams from Lombardy, 2 teams from Umbria, 1 team from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 1 team from Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and 1 team from Tuscany.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Arezzo Arezzo Città di Arezzo 13,128
Carpi Carpi Sandro Cabassi 5,510
Cesena Cesena Dino Manuzzi 20,194
Fano Fano Raffaele Mancini 8,880
FeralpiSalò Salò and Lonato del Garda Lino Turina (Salò) 2,364
Fermana Fermo Bruno Recchioni 8,920
Gubbio Gubbio Pietro Barbetti 4,939
Imolese Imola Mario Gavagnin-Sinibaldo Nocini[18] (Verona)
Romeo Galli[19]
1,500
4,000
Legnago Legnago Mario Sandrini 2,152
Mantova Mantua Danilo Martelli 14,884
Matelica Matelica Helvia Recina (Macerata) 4,315
Modena Modena Alberto Braglia 21,092
Padova Padua Euganeo 32,420
Perugia Perugia Renato Curi 23,625
Ravenna Ravenna Bruno Benelli 12,020
Sambenedettese San Benedetto del Tronto Riviera delle Palme 22,000
Südtirol Bolzano Lino Turina[20] (Salò)
Druso[21]
2,364
3,000
Triestina Trieste Nereo Rocco 26,500
Virtus Verona Verona Mario Gavagnin-Sinibaldo Nocini 1,500
Vis Pesaro Pesaro Tonino Benelli 4,898

Group C (Centre & South)Edit

6 teams from Campania, 5 teams from Apulia, 3 teams from Sicily, 2 teams from Calabria, 1 team from Abruzzo, 1 team from Basilicata, 1 team from Lazio and 1 from Umbria.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Avellino Avellino Partenio-Adriano Lombardi 26,308
Bari Bari San Nicola 58,270
Bisceglie Bisceglie Gustavo Ventura 3,200
Casertana Caserta Alberto Pinto 12,000
Catania Catania Angelo Massimino 20,016
Catanzaro Catanzaro Nicola Ceravolo 14,650
Cavese Cava de' Tirreni Simonetta Lamberti 5,200
Foggia Foggia Pino Zaccheria 25,085
Juve Stabia Castellammare di Stabia Romeo Menti 7,642
Monopoli Monopoli Vito Simone Veneziani 6,880
Paganese Pagani Marcello Torre 5,093
Palermo Palermo Renzo Barbera 36,365
Potenza Potenza Alfredo Viviani 4,977
Teramo Teramo Gaetano Bonolis 7,498
Ternana Terni Libero Liberati 22,000
Trapani Trapani Polisportivo Provinciale (Erice) 7,608
Turris Torre del Greco Amerigo Liguori 3,566
Vibonese Vibo Valentia Luigi Razza 5,000
Virtus Francavilla Francavilla Fontana Giovanni Paolo II 2,137
Viterbese 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 Como (C, P) 38 23 6 9 59 44 +15 75 Promotion to Serie B
2 Alessandria (O, P) 38 20 8 10 48 29 +19 68 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Renate 38 19 8 11 47 36 +11 65
4 Pro Vercelli 38 17 12 9 48 35 +13 63
5 Pro Patria 38 16 13 9 37 28 +9 61
6 Lecco 38 16 12 10 50 36 +14 60
7 AlbinoLeffe 38 14 15 9 43 36 +7 57
8 Pontedera 38 14 13 11 47 40 +7 55
9 Grosseto 38 14 12 12 43 41 +2 54
10 Juventus U23 38 14 10 14 52 50 +2 52
11 Novara (D, R) 38 12 13 13 48 49 −1 49[a] Excluded and relegated to Serie D
12 Piacenza 38 12 13 13 47 48 −1 49[a]
13 Olbia 38 10 17 11 47 47 0 47
14 Giana Erminio 38 11 11 16 36 45 −9 44[b]
15 Pergolettese 38 12 8 18 45 52 −7 44[b]
16 Carrarese[c] 38 11 11 16 34 40 −6 44[b]
17 Pro Sesto[d] 38 10 13 15 31 45 −14 43
18 Pistoiese[d] 38 8 7 23 27 52 −25 31[e] Readmitted
19 Lucchese[c] 38 6 13 19 36 60 −24 31[e]
20 Livorno[f] (R) 38 7 13 18 41 53 −12 29 Relegated and disbanded
Source: Lega Pro (in Italian), Soccerway (in English)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Lower goals against; 7) Wins; 8) Lower losses; 9) Away wins; 10) Lower home losses.[22]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Novara finished ahead of Piacenza on head-to-head points: Piacenza 3–3 Novara, Novara 2–0 Piacenza.
  2. ^ a b c Giana Erminio and Pergolettese finished ahead of Carrarese on head-to-head points: Giana Erminio 7, Pergolettese 7, Carrarese 3. Giana Erminio finished ahead of Pergolettese on head-to-head points: Giana Erminio 2–0 Pergolettese, Pergolettese 0–0 Giana Erminio.
  3. ^ a b Since Carrarese finished more than 8 points ahead of Lucchese, the relegation play-out was not played and Lucchese were originally relegated directly.
  4. ^ a b Since Pro Sesto finished more than 8 points ahead of Pistoiese, the relegation play-out was not played and Pistoiese were originally relegated directly.
  5. ^ a b Pistoiese finished ahead of Lucchese on head-to-head goal difference: Pistoiese 2–0 Lucchese, Lucchese 1–0 Pistoiese.
  6. ^ Livorno have 5 points deducted due to financial irregularities

Group B (North & Central East)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Perugia (C, P) 38 23 10 5 67 30 +37 79[a] Promotion to Serie B
2 Padova 38 24 7 7 68 26 +42 79[a] Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Südtirol 38 21 12 5 66 29 +37 75
4 Modena[b] 38 21 7 10 51 28 +23 70
5 Feralpisalò 38 17 9 12 54 46 +8 60
6 Triestina 38 15 14 9 48 40 +8 59
7 Cesena 38 15 12 11 51 42 +9 57
8 Matelica 38 16 8 14 59 62 −3 56
9 Sambenedettese[c] (D, R) 38 14 12 12 43 43 0 50 Excluded and relegated to Serie D
10 Mantova 38 12 13 13 47 49 −2 49[d] Qualification to the promotion play-offs
11 Virtus Verona[b] 38 11 16 11 43 44 −1 49[d]
12 Gubbio 38 12 12 14 40 45 −5 48
13 Fermana 38 9 15 14 31 44 −13 42
14 Vis Pesaro 38 11 8 19 41 57 −16 41[e]
15 Carpi (D, R) 38 10 11 17 45 62 −17 41[e] Excluded and relegated to Serie D
16 Legnago (O) 38 8 14 16 35 47 −12 38 Qualification to the relegation play-outs
17 Imolese (O) 38 9 8 21 34 55 −21 35
18 Fano (R) 38 5 18 15 32 47 −15 33
19 Ravenna (R) 38 6 12 20 32 62 −30 30
20 Arezzo (R) 38 5 14 19 37 66 −29 29 Relegation to Serie D
Source: Lega Pro (in Italian), Soccerway (in English)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Lower goals against; 7) Wins; 8) Lower losses; 9) Away wins; 10) Lower home losses.[24]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Perugia finished ahead of Padova on head-to-head goal difference: Perugia 3–0 Padova, Padova 1–0 Perugia.
  2. ^ a b Virtus Verona qualified to the Promotion play-offs since Modena was the best fourth-placed team based on points per game: Modena 1.842, Bari 1.750, Pro Vercelli 1.657.
  3. ^ Sambenedettese have 4 points deducted due to financial irregularities.[23]
  4. ^ a b Mantova finished ahead of Virtus Verona on head-to-head points: Virtus Verona 1–1 Mantova, Mantova 3–2 Virtus Verona.
  5. ^ a b Vis Pesaro finished ahead of Carpi on head-to-head points: Vis Pesaro 3–2 Carpi, Carpi 0–2 Vis Pesaro.

Group C (Centre & South)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ternana (C, P) 36 28 6 2 95 32 +63 90 Promotion to Serie B
2 Catanzaro 36 19 11 6 44 29 +15 68[a] Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Avellino 36 20 8 8 53 33 +20 68[a]
4 Bari 36 18 9 9 52 34 +18 63
5 Juve Stabia 36 18 7 11 51 39 +12 61
6 Catania[b] 36 17 10 9 50 38 +12 59
7 Palermo 36 14 11 11 44 40 +4 53
8 Teramo 36 13 13 10 38 34 +4 52
9 Foggia 36 14 9 13 36 39 −3 51
10 Casertana (D, R) 36 13 6 17 47 59 −12 45 Excluded and relegated to Serie D
11 Monopoli 36 10 11 15 43 51 −8 41
12 Viterbese 36 9 13 14 36 42 −6 40
13 Potenza 36 10 9 17 38 52 −14 39[c]
14 Turris 36 9 12 15 40 56 −16 39[c]
15 Virtus Francavilla 36 9 11 16 32 44 −12 38
16 Vibonese[d] 36 6 18 12 34 37 −3 36
17 Paganese (O) 36 7 11 18 26 49 −23 32 Qualification to the relegation play-outs
18 Bisceglie (R) 36 7 9 20 28 51 −23 30
19 Cavese[d] (R) 36 5 8 23 27 55 −28 23 Relegation to Serie D
20 Trapani[e] (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 −1 Excluded and disbanded
Source: Lega Pro (in Italian), Soccerway (in English)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Lower goals against; 7) Wins; 8) Lower losses; 9) Away wins; 10) Lower home losses.[26]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Catanzaro finished ahead of Avellino on head-to-head goal difference: Avellino 1–3 Catanzaro, Catanzaro 0–1 Avellino.
  2. ^ Catania have 2 points deducted due to financial irregularities.
  3. ^ a b Potenza finished ahead of Turris on head-to-head points: Turris 0–2 Potenza, Potenza 2–1 Turris.
  4. ^ a b Since Vibonese finished more than 8 points ahead of Cavese, the relegation play-out was not played and Cavese were relegated directly.
  5. ^ Trapani had 1 point deducted for deserting home match against Casertana, then they were excluded from league after failing to attend a second consecutive match.[25]

Promotion play-offsEdit

A total of 28 teams qualified for the promotion play-offs. The winner of the play-offs earns promotion to Serie B.[27]

First preliminary roundEdit

The fixtures pair the 5th vs 10th, 6th vs 9th and 7th vs 8th-placed teams. In the group with the best 4th-placed team, the 5th placed team advances automatically to the second preliminary round and the revised fixtures are 6th vs 11th, 7th vs 10th and 8th vs 9th. If teams are tied after regular time, the higher-placed team advances.

Matches were played on 9 May 2021. The Triestina vs Virtus Verona game, originally scheduled to be played on 9 May 2021, was delayed due to eight cases of COVID-19 infection involving the latter club.[28] Match was later played on 16 May 2021.[29]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pro Patria 1–3 Juventus U23
Lecco 1–4 Grosseto
AlbinoLeffe 1–0 Pontedera
Triestina 0–1 Virtus Verona
Cesena 2–1 Mantova
Matelica 3–1 Sambenedettese
Juve Stabia 1–1 Casertana
Catania 1–3 Foggia
Palermo 2–0 Teramo

Second preliminary roundEdit

The fixtures pair the 4th-placed team vs the worst-placed team and the best-placed team vs the 2nd best-placed team from the first preliminary round. The best 4th-placed team in regular season advances automatically to the first national round and their berth is transferred to the 5th-placed team of the same group. If teams are tied after regular time, the higher-placed team advances.

Matches were played on 19 May 2021.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pro Vercelli 1–0 Juventus U23
AlbinoLeffe 2–1 Grosseto
Feralpisalò 1–1 Virtus Verona
Cesena 2–3 Matelica
Bari 3–1 Foggia
Juve Stabia 0–2 Palermo

First national roundEdit

The three 3rd-placed teams, the best 4th-placed team and the best-placed team from the second preliminary round (Bari) are seeded and host the second leg. No away goal rule applies. If teams are tied on aggregate, the seeded team advances.

The draw for the first national round was held on 20 May 2021, 11:00 CEST (UTC+2). The first legs were played on 23 May 2021 and the second legs were played on 26 May 2021.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Matelica 2–2 Renate 1–1 1–1
Pro Vercelli 3–3 Südtirol 2–1 1–2
Palermo 1–1 Avellino 1–0 0–1
AlbinoLeffe 2–1 Modena 0–1 2–0
Feralpisalò 1–0 Bari 1–0 0–0

Second national roundEdit

The three 2nd-placed teams and the best-placed team from the first national round (Südtirol) are seeded and host the second leg. No away goal rule applies. If teams are tied on aggregate, the seeded team advances.

The draw for the second national round was held on 27 May 2021, 11:00 CEST (UTC+2). The first legs were played on 30 May 2021 and the second legs were played on 2 June 2021.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Feralpisalò 1–1 Alessandria 1–0 0–1
Renate 4–4 Padova 1–3 3–1
AlbinoLeffe 2–1 Catanzaro 1–1 1–0
Avellino 2–1 Südtirol 2–0 0–1

Final FourEdit

No away goal rule applies. If teams are tied on aggregate, the winner is decided by extra-time and a penalty shootout if required.

The draw for Final Four was held on 27 May 2021, 11:00 CEST (UTC+2), after the second national round draw. The semi-finals legs were played on 6 and 9 June 2021 and the final legs were played on 13 and 17 June 2021.

  Semi-finals Final
                         
Padova 1 1 2  
Avellino 1 0 1  
    Padova 0 0 0 (4)
  Alessandria (p) 0 0 0 (5)
AlbinoLeffe 1 2 3
Alessandria (a.e.t.) 2 2 4  

Alessandria promoted to Serie B.

Relegation play-outsEdit

A total of 6 teams qualified for the relegation play-outs. The fixtures pair the 16th vs 19th and 17th vs 18th-placed teams, with higher-placed team playing at home for second leg. No away goal rule applies. If teams are tied on aggregate, the lower-placed team is relegated to Serie D.[27]

The first legs were played on 15 May 2021 and the second legs were played on 22 May 2021. The Fano vs Imolese game was postponed due to a cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases involving the former team.[30] Match was played on 22 May 2021, whilst the second leg was played on 29 May 2021.[31]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ravenna 0–4 Legnago 0–1 0–3
Fano 1–1 Imolese 0–0 1–1
Bisceglie 4–4 Paganese 2–1 2–3

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[32][33][34]
1   Jacopo Manconi3 AlbinoLeffe 18
  Anthony Partipilo Ternana
3   Daniele Casiraghi3 Südtirol 17
  César Falletti Ternana
5   Mattia Bortolussi Cesena 16
6   Filippo Guccione Mantova 15
7   Mirco Antenucci Bari 14
  Luigi Cuppone Casertana
  Alessio Curcio1 Foggia
  Massimiliano Gatto Como
  Andrea Magrassi Pontedera
  Daniele Ragatzu Olbia
  Fabio Scarsella1 Feralpisalò
  Emilio Volpicelli Matelica
Note

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

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  2. ^ 2,703 including play-offs and play-outs.
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