Thursday, 19 July 2007

New date set for 2007-08 fixtures

Lega Calcio President Antonio Matarrese & FIGC President Giancarlo Abete

The Serie A and Serie B fixture lists will be drawn up on Tuesday 31 July, as no clubs have failed the annual financial inspections.

"I am proud to say that for the first time in many years, there are no problems registering clubs for Serie A and B," said Lega Calcio President Antonio Matarrese. "The fixture lists will be drawn up on July 31 and I wanted this ceremony to return to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) headquarters."

All club's in Italy must first pass strict financial inspections to ascertain their stability before being allowed to register for a new season.

Failure sees them excluded and demoted to a lower Division. Recent years have seen giants like Fiorentina, Torino and Napoli drop down after bankruptcy and other financial scandals, but all the top sides seem to be in good shape this year.

Even in Serie C there are no real problems, as only Tempio have so far failed to earn their place in Serie C2 following Covisoc's investigations.

The fixture lists for the 2007-08 campaign will be drawn up in the Salone d'Onore room at CONI's Foro Italico headquarters at 1800 UK time (+1 Italy). The Serie A season kicks off on the weekend of August 26, while Serie B begins a week earlier.

Matarrese also confirmed that the Serie B play-off system will remain in place next season. This means that the top two are promoted automatically, while the next four enter the play-offs, but only if the gap between third and fourth is less than 10 points.

Last term, in fact, play-offs were not required because third-placed Genoa had a 10-point advantage over Piacenza in the Serie B final standings.

[2007-08 Schedule revealed]

Source: C4 Football Italia, Alice Sport & La Gazzetta dello Sport

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