Friday, 5 February 2010

Dates set for 2010-11 Italian season

The Lega Calcio has announced the 2010-11 Serie A championship will kick off on the weekend of 28 and 29 August and will conclude on 22 May 2011.

The decision was confirmed after a general assembly meeting of Italian Football League officials and top-flight clubs in Milan today.

There will be four midweek rounds next season on 10 November, 6 January, 2 February and 2 March, with three breaks for 2012 UEFA European Championship qualifiers on 5 September, 10 October and 27 March.

The winter break will start after the last round of the calendar year on 19 December and will last until 6 January, so there will be no matches on the weekends of 26 December and 2 January.

As in previous years, there will be two Saturday games - one at 5pm UK time (+1hr for Italy/CET) and the other at 7.45pm, and the rest on Sunday - one at a new 11.30am time slot, six at the traditional 2pm slot and an evening game at 7.45pm.

However, there will be changes to the normal schedules during the summer months of August and May, La Befana public holiday on 6 January, the Easter weekend and on other matchdays - should Italian clubs progress to the latter stages of European competitions.

The 2010-11 Coppa Italia competition will commence with the First Round on 15 August and the single-match Final will take place in Rome on 29 May 2011, although that could be moved to 11 June should one or both of the finalists reach the UEFA Champions League final on 28 May.

Despite much criticism, the format of the cup remains unchanged with all the Serie B clubs entering in the Second Round on 22 August, while the first batch of Serie A clubs begin in the Third Round on 22 September and the top seeds enter in the Fifth Round. Only the two semi-final ties will be decided over two matches in April and May 2011.

The Supercoppa Italiana final - the traditional curtain raiser to the Italian football season - between the Serie A champions and the Coppa Italia holders will be held in China for the second consecutive year.
[+] The exact venue and date is yet to be announced but it is set to be played on either 8, 15 or 22 August.

Meanwhile, with the Serie A set to break away from Serie B and form an independent league in July, officials are currently in the process of relaunching the second tier, with details expected in the next few weeks.

Source: Lega Calcio

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