Lega Pro Prima Divisione (Lega Pro 1) is the third highest football league in Italy. It ranks below Serie B and above Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (Lega Pro 2).
This page rounds up all the latest news from Lega Pro 1 as teams chase automatic promotion and for play-off spots, while at the other end of the table, teams fight for survival. We will update all of the verdicts until the end of the season.
LAST UPDATED: Sunday 13 June 2010.
> Lega Pro 1 Background information
The 2009-10 Lega Pro 1 season consists a total of 36 teams split into two divisions (Girone), formed of 18 teams each. At the end of the season, four teams go up to Serie B and six teams go down to Lega Pro 2.
In each of the two divisions, two teams are promoted and three teams are relegated. The first-placed team is automatically promoted, while the next four teams (2nd-5th) enter a play-off tournament to determine the second team that will be promoted. In the relegation zone, the last placed team (18th) is automatically relegated. The teams placed 14th down to 17th enter a play-out round. The two losing teams from the ties go down.
> Lega Pro 1 Promotions & Relegations
Lega Pro 1 Girone A
Novara won promotion to Serie B in Week 32 after a 3-3 draw at home to Cremonese on April 25. At the end of the regular season, Novara finished five points clear of second-placed Varese.
Varese will now have to contest the end-of-season promotion play-offs, alongside Cremonese, Arezzo and Benevento for the final promotion spot to the second division. Full play-off fixtures and results are posted below.
At the other end of the table, bottom-club Lecco were relegated automatically to Lega Pro 2 while Paganese, Pro Patria, Pergocrema and Viareggio will hope to avoid the final two relegation spots by winning their end-of-season two-legged relegation play-out ties. Full play-out fixtures and results are posted below.
Lega Pro 1 Girone B
Portogruaro-Summaga won promotion to Serie B in Week 34 after a stunning 1-0 win at promotion rivals Verona on the final day of the season on May 9. At the end, Portogruaro finished just one-point clear of second-placed Pescara, who also had a mathmatical chance of winning automatic promotion, and four points clear of Verona.
Pescara and Verona will now have to contest the end-of-season promotion play-offs, alongside Rimini and Reggiana for the final promotion spot to the second division. Full play-off fixtures and results are posted below.
At the other end of the table, with seven matches still to play and with a mathmatical chance of staying up, Potenza were punished with demotion on March 20, which was then confirmed on an appeal on April 1, for match-fixing. They were forced to play all their remaining games, but will automatically end the season bottom of the table and with relegation to Lega Pro 2. Therefore, Giulianova, who finished with two points less than Potenza at the end of the regular season, will now be able to avoid the final two relegation spots by taking part in the end-of-season two-legged relegation play-out ties, alongside Pescina, Foggia and Andria. Full play-out fixtures and results are posted below.
> Lega Pro 1 Play-offs & Play-outs
Fixtures, results and news from the Lega Pro 1 play-offs and play-outs.
Girone A Play-off Semi-Finals
First Legs (May 23): Arezzo 0-2 Cremonese, Benevento 2-2 Varese.
Second Legs (May 30): Cremonese 1-2 Arezzo (Agg: 3-2), Varese 2-1 Benevento (Agg: 4-3).
Girone A Play-off Final
First Leg (June 6): Cremonese 1-0 Varese.
Second Leg (June 13): Varese 2-0 Cremonese (Agg: 2-1, Varese promoted).
Girone A Play-out Finals
First Legs (May 23): Paganese 1-1 Viareggio, Pro Patria 2-2 Pergocrema.
Second Legs (May 30): Pergocrema 1-1 Pro Patria (Agg: 3-3, Pro Patria relegated), Viareggio 1-1 Paganese (Agg: 2-2, Paganese relegated).
Girone B Play-off Semi-Finals
First Legs (May 23): Reggiana 0-0 Pescara, Rimini 0-1 Verona.
Second Legs (May 29): Verona 0-0 Rimini (Agg: 1-0). (May 30): Pescara 2-0 Reggiana (Agg: 2-0).
Girone B Play-off Final
First Leg (June 6): Verona 2-2 Pescara.
Second Leg (June 13): Pescara 1-0 Verona (Agg: 3-2, Pescara promoted).
Girone B Play-out Finals
First Legs (May 23): Giulianova 1-1 Andria, Pescina 1-2 Foggia.
Second Legs (May 30): Andria 1-0 Giulianova (Agg: 2-1, Giulianova relegated), Foggia 1-2 Pescina (Agg: 3-3, Pescina relegated).
> Lega Pro 1 Supercoppa
The two Lega Pro 1 champions enter an end-of-season two-legged play-off final to determine the overall Lega Pro 1 champions.
First Leg (May 19): Portogruaro-Summaga 1-3 Novara.
Second Leg (May 23): Novara 2-3 Portogruaro-Summaga (Agg: 5-4, Novara win Lega Pro 1 Supercoppa).
> Coppa Italia Lega Pro
The Lega Pro Coppa Italia is a group stage and knock-out based competition involving mainly teams from Lega Pro 1 and Lega Pro 2. The semi-finals and the final are played on a home and away basis.
Lumezzane won the Lega Pro Coppa Italia after beating Cosenza 5-2 on aggregate. The final was all but decided in the first leg on April when Lumezzane won 4-1 on home soil. The return match on April 28 ended 1-1.
Source: Lega Pro