Four clubs have been awarded spots in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2009-10 season by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) today.
The vacancies in the third tier were created by the bankruptcy of Avellino, Pisa, Treviso and Venezia earlier this month.
In their places, Potenza, who get a reprieve despite getting relegated last season, are "promoted" along with Alessandria, Andria and Viareggio, who all contested the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione play-offs last term.
On top of the four clubs moving up to Lega Pro 1, the fourth tier suffered its own bankrupticies this summer with Biellese, Ivrea and Sambenedettese going out of business, while Pistoiese, who delayed the confirmation of their fate by going through the appeals process, were also thrown out.
As a result, the FIGC's Federal Council have had to fill the eight vacancies. Fano and Spezia were selected from Serie D along with the Serie D play-off finalists Nocerina and Vico Equense.
Isola Liri, Poggibonsi and Valenzana, all of whom originally relegated after losing the Lega Pro 2 relegation play-outs last season, get a reprieve. The final club confirmed were Feralpisalo after Pistoiese failed with their appeal to get reinstated.
All the clubs rewarded in this process had to pass a set of criteria and submit their candidacy to the Federal Council to take the vacant positions left by the bankrupt clubs.
Following the announcements, the Lega Pro confirmed the formation of the groups for the 2009-10 season, which is scheduled to kick off on 22/23 August. The clubs are divided into each group, consisting of 18 each, mainly according to geographical principles. The fixtures are set to be released on 13 August.
Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Lega Pro 1)
Girone A: Alessandria, Arezzo, Benevento, Como, Cremonese, Figline, Foligno, Lecco, Lumezzane, Monza Brianza, Novara, Paganese, Pergocrema, Perugia, Pro Patria, Sorrento, Varese, Viareggio.
Girone B: Andria Bat, Cavese, Cosenza, Foggia, Giulianova, Pescara Delfino, Pescina Valle Giovenco, Portogruaro Summaga, Potenza, Ravenna, Real Marcianise, Reggiana, Rimini, Spal, Taranto, Ternana, Verona, Virtus Lanciano.
> Two teams are promoted from each group to Serie B at the end of the season. The champions go up automatically, while the four teams below them (2nd to 5th) will take part in the play-off tournament for the final spot.
> Three teams are relegated from each group to Lega Pro 2 at the end of the season. The bottom team go down automatically, while the four clubs above them (14th to 17th) will take part in the relegation play-outs for the remaining two relegation spots.
Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (Lega Pro 2)
Girone A: Alghero, Canavese, Carpenedolo, Crociati Noceto, Feralpisalo, Legnano, Mezzocorona, Olbia, Pavia, Pro Belvedere Vercelli, Pro Sesto, Pro Vercelli, Rodengo Saiano, Sambonifacese, Spezia, SudTirol, Valenzana, Villacidrese.
Girone B: Bassano Virtus, Bellaria Igea Marina, Carrarese, Celano Olimpia, Colligiana, Fano, Giacomense, Gubbio, Itala San Marco, Sporting Lucchese, Nocerina, Poggibonsi, Prato, Pro Vasto, Sacilese, San Marino, Sangiovannese, Sangiustese.
Girone C: Aversa Normanna, Barletta, Brindisi, Cassino, Catanzaro, Cisco Roma, Gela, Igea Virtus Barcellona, Isola Liri, Juve Stabia, Manfredonia, Melfi, Monopoli, Noicattaro, Scafatese, Siracusa, Vibonese, Vico Equense.
> Two teams are promoted from each group to Lega Pro 1 at the end of the season. The champions go up automatically, while the four teams below them (2nd to 5th) will take part in the play-off tournament for the final spot.
> Three teams are relegated from each group to Serie D at the end of the season. The bottom team go down automatically, while the four clubs above them (14th to 17th) will take part in the relegation play-outs for the remaining two relegation spots.
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Source: FIGC / Lega Pro