Prima Categoria

Prima Categoria is a level of football in Italy. It is the seventh level (since 2014–15) in the Italian football league system and is organized by the National Amateur League by the Regional Committees. Each individual league winner within the Prima Categoria level progresses to their closest regional league in the Promozione level. Depending on each league's local rules, a number of teams each year are relegated from each league, to the eighth level of Italian football, the Seconda Categoria.

Prima Categoria
Organising bodyLega Nazionale Dilettanti
Number of teams1,680
Level on pyramid7 (since 2014)
Promotion toPromozione
Relegation toSeconda Categoria

This level of Italian football is completely amateur and is run on a regional level.


Originally, the Prima Categoria was the equivalent of the Serie A, until 1922 this was in fact the official name of the Italian top division.

With the reform of the Lega Pro (ex-Serie C) before the 2014-2015 season in which the Lega Pro Prima Divisione (ex-Serie C1) and Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (ex-Serie C2) were unified restoring Serie C as the new third national level, Prima Categoria became the seventh national level, but remained the third highest regional competition.


Established recently in 1959, is organized by regional committees of the FIGC, and therefore does not have a predefined structure. The number of rounds in which the league is at the regional level varies, as does the number of teams participating in each league, today seconds (source) teams in the first category are 1686.


The promoted teams go in and promotion are the winners of their group. Varies from region to region, there is a mechanism that allows the playoffs to winning teams to be included in a list that would result (in case of vacancies) in Promozione.


The reduction relegated to the Seconda Categoria.

Prima Categoria by regionEdit

  • Prima Categoria Abruzzo - 5 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Basilicata - 2 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Calabria - 4 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Campania - 7 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Emilia–Romagna - 8 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Friuli – Venezia Giulia - 3 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Lazio - 9 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Liguria - 4 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Lombardia - 12 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Marche - 4 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Molise - 3 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Piemonte and Aosta Valley - 8 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Puglia - 3 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Sardegna - 5 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Sicilia - 21 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Toscana - 6 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol - 3 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Umbria - 3 Divisions
  • Prima Categoria Veneto - 8 Divisions

See alsoEdit


  • Carlo F. Chiesa, La grande storia del calcio italiano, Guerin Sportivo, 2012-