Serie D is the highest non-professional football league in Italy. Ranking below Lega Pro Seconda Divisione - the fourth and last professional league, Serie D is considered as the fifth tier in the Italian football league system.
This page rounds up all the latest news from Serie D as teams chase automatic promotion and fight for survival. We will update all of the main verdicts as the 2009-10 season comes to an end.
LAST UPDATED: Saturday 19 June 2010.
> Serie D Background information
The 2009-10 Serie D season consists a total of 167 teams split into 9 regional divisions (Girone), usually formed of 18 teams each (but also 19 or 20 in some). Only the champions of each division are promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione (Lega Pro 2) each year, replacing the 9 teams that are relegated.
Four teams from each division are relegated each year to the Eccellenza - the regional amateur leagues directly below Serie D. The bottom two teams are relegated automatically, while the four teams ranked directly above them play a two-legged play-out tie, with the two losers relegated as well.
(Below the Eccellenza, there are four other regional amateur divisions in the Italian football league pyramid. The Promozione is the seventh level, with the Prima Categoria and Seconda Categoria following and the Terza Categoria is the tenth and lowest level in Italian football.)
> Serie D Promotions & Relegations
Serie D Girone A
Savona won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 30 after a 1-1 draw at Acqui with four games to go on April 18. At the end, Savona finished 18 points clear of second-placed Virtus Entella.
Valle d'Aosta Sarre, Sestrese and Derthona were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone B
Tritium won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 29 after a 2-1 win at Darfo Boario with five games to go on April 11. At the end, Tritium finished 25 points clear of second-placed AlzanoCene.
Oltrepo and Caravaggio were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone C
Montichiari won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 34 after a 3-1 win at home to Montebelluna with four games to go on April 18. At the end, Montichiari finished eight points clear of second-placed Este.
Montecchio Maggiore, Porfido Albiano, Manzanese and Palazzolo were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone D
Pisa won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 34 after a 1-0 win at home to Pontedera with four games to go on April 18. At the end, Pisa finished 17 points clear of second-placed Carpi.
Castellarano, Boca Pietri Carpi and Adriese were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone E
Gavorrano won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 33 despite a 3-2 win against Calenzano on May 9 being overturned to a 3-0 defeat by the authorities as they were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in their penultimate game of the season, but other results went their way as they secured promotion. At the end, Gavorrano finished five points clear of second-placed Guidonia.
Sangimignano and Calenzano were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone F
Chieti won promotion to Lega Pro 2 on the final day of the season in Week 34 after a 2-1 win at Real Montecchio on May 16. At the end, Chieti finished only four points clear of second-placed Santegidiese and third-placed Atessa Val di Sangro.
Real Montecchio and Elpidiense Cascinare were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone G
Fondi won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 33 after a 2-2 draw at home to Boville Ernica with just one game to go on May 9. At the end, Fondi finished only four points clear of second-placed Gaeta.
Morolo and Rieti were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone H
Sangiuseppese Neapolis won promotion to Lega Pro 2 in Week 35 after a 1-0 win at home to Matera with three games to go on April 24. At the end, Sangiuseppese Neapolis finished nine points clear of second-placed Pianura.
Fasano and Francavilla were relegated to the Eccellenza.
Serie D Girone I
Milazzo won promotion to Lega Pro 2 on the final day of the season in Week 34 after a 3-2 win at Mazara on May 16. At the end, Milazzo finished only one point clear of second-placed Trapani.
Adrano, Acicatena and Castrovillari were relegated to the Eccellenza.
> Scudetto Dilettanti
The nine champions of each division enter an end-of-season tournament to determine the overall Serie D champion and is awarded the Scudetto Dilettanti. They take part in an initial two-match triangular group tournament before the semi-final and the final.
Triangular Group 1: Tritium 0-0 Montichiari (May 30), Savona 4-1 Tritium (June 6), Montichiari 0-0 Savona (June 13).
Triangular Group 2: Gavorrano 0-1 Pisa (May 30), Chieti 1-1 Gavorrano (June 6), Pisa 3-1 Chieti (June 13).
Triangular Group 3: Milazzo 1-1 Fondi (May 30), Neapolis 3-2 Milazzo (June 6), Fondi 0-2 Neapolis (June 13).
Semi-finals: Montichiari 3-1 Neapolis (June 17), Savona 3-1 Pisa (June 17).
Final: Savona 0-3 Montichiari (June 19, Montichiari win Scudetto Dilettanti).
> Coppa Italia Serie D
The Serie D Coppa Italia is a knock-out based competition involving teams from Serie D. All games, including the final, are on a home and away basis.
Matera won the Serie D Coppa Italia after beating Voghera 3-1 on aggregate. Matera won the away first-leg match 2-1 on April 14 before wrapping up the trophy with a 1-0 win on home soil on April 28.
> Promoted to Serie D
A total of 36 teams will win promotion from the Eccellenza regional amateur leagues with 28 league champions, seven play-off winners and the winner of the Coppa Italia Dilettanti.
Eccellenza league champions (28): Teramo (Abruzzo), Fortis Murgia (Basilicata), Omega Bagaladi (Calabria), Atletico Nola (Campania A), Battipagliese (Campania B), Bagnolese (Emilia-Romagna A), Forli (Emilia-Romagna B), Torviscosa (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Fidene (Lazio A), Zagarolo (Lazio B), Sanremese (Liguria), Saronno (Lombardia A), Seregno (Lombardia B), Rudianese (Lombardia C), Sambenedettese (Marche), Venafro (Molise), Saint-Christophe (Piemonte A), Asti (Piemonte B), Nardo (Puglia), Porto Torres (Sardegna), Marsala (Sicilia A), Acireale (Sicilia B), Tuttocuoio (Toscana A), Pianese (Toscana B), Trento (Trentino-Alto Adige), Todi (Umbria), Legnago Salus (Veneto A), Opitergina (Veneto B).
Eccellenza play-off winners (7): Caperanese (Liguria), Castiglione Savoia (Lombardia C), Kras (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Cesenatico (Emilia-Romagna B), Anziolavinio (Lazio A), Ebolitana (Campania B), Fortis Trani (Puglia).
Coppa Italia Dilettanti winner/runner-up (1): Tuttocuoio (Toscana) won the Coppa Italia Dilettanti after beating Capriatese (Molise) 3-1 in the final at the Stadio Flaminio in Roma on May 12. As Tuttocuoio already earned promotion via their regional Tuscan Eccellenza league, the cup promotion spot went to the runners-up Capriatese.
Source: Serie D / LND