Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Serie B play-off and play-out dates

The Lega Calcio have approved the dates for the play-off and play-out matches that may be needed in Serie B at the end of the regular season.

Lega CalcioThe end-of-season promotion play-offs will only take place if the third-placed side in Serie B finish no more than nine points ahead of the team that finishes in fourth. If the difference is 10 points or more, the third-placed side will be automatically promoted to Serie A along with the league champions and runners-up.

If the play-off conditions exist, the competition will involve sides that finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the final standings.

Semi-finals will take place on Sunday 7 June with the return matches on Thursday 11 June. The winners will progress to the play-off final, which will also be played over two matches on Sunday 14 June and Saturday 20 June.

At the other end of the table, a play-out final between the teams placed in 18th and 19th will only take place if the club that finishes in 19th is no more than four points behind the club in 18th.

If the club in 18th is five points are more ahead, then the 19th-placed club will be automatically relegated to Lega Pro Prima Divisione along with the teams that finished in 20th, 21st and 22nd.

If the play-out conditions exist, the tie will be played over two matches on Saturday 6 June and Saturday 13 June.

The regular Serie B season concludes with Week 42 on Saturday 30 May.

2008-09 Schedule
Play-off Semi-Final, First Leg
Sunday 7 June 2009
[6th-placed team] v [3rd-placed team]
[5th-placed team] v [4th-placed team]

Play-off Semi-Final, Second Leg
Thursday 11 June 2009
[3rd-placed team] v [6th-placed team]
[4th-placed team] v [5th-placed team]

Play-off Final, First Leg
Sunday 14 June 2009
[?] v [?]

Play-off Final, Second Leg
Saturday 20 June 2009
[?] v [?]

Play-out Final, First Leg
Saturday 6 June 2009
[19th-placed team] v [18th-placed team]

Play-out Final, Second Leg
Saturday 13 June 2009
[18th-placed team] v [19th-placed team]

* Kick off times will be announced later.

Source: Lega Calcio

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