Serie A is the top professional football league in Italy that has 20 teams fighting it out each season for the right to be known as Italian Champions.
The first ever season of the Serie A took place in 1929/30 and Internazionale were crowned as the first ever champions. Juventus are the current Serie A champions after winning the 2013/14 Serie A season finishing well ahead of second placed AS Roma.
Juventus also holds record for winning the Italian National Championship/Serie A the most number of times with 30 titles, 28 out of those 30 came after the formation of the Serie A.
Serie A has 20 teams competing in it since the 2004/05 season.
How the Italian championship works…
Serie A seasons run from August to May with all the 20 teams playing 38 matches each. Each team in the league plays against the other 19 teams twice a season (Once at home and once away).
A team gets three points for a win and a single point for a draw (No you don’t get anything for a loss!).
If two teams are tied with equal points at the end of the season here is what happens:
i.e. if two are tied on points and if they are needed to be separated to decide the league winner, the top 4 spots or the bottom three then the head to head records between the teams for the season are looked at. If both the teams still can’t be separated then their head to head difference for the season is looked at.
If both the teams still remain in a deadlock then one of the following methods are used in the order they are listed below:
- Total goal difference for the entire season
- Total goals scored by the teams in that season
- They toss a coin, draw straws or do something else as long as they can be separated. Just kidding, most probably a match between those teams is organized.
If more than two teams are involved in the deadlock then the same methods are used in the same order.
What does the winner of Serie win?
The team that finishes with the most points at the end of the season gets crowned as the Serie A champions. The winner along with the runner-up, gets an automatic qualification for the Champions League Group Stages for next season.
The 3rd placed team at the end of the season gets placed in the Champions League playoff rounds, and if they win the two-legged match then they will also be a part of the Champions group stages next season. If they lose the match then they will go to the Europa League group stages.
The 4th and 5th placed teams at the end of the season qualifies for the Europa league, There is one more spot available for the Europa league and that goes to the winner of the National Cup competition – Coppa Italia.
It the winner of the Coppa Italia has already qualified for Europe then the Europa League spot goes to the runner-up of the Coppa Italia. If they runners-up have also qualified for Europe then the Europa League spot goes to the next best finisher in the Serie A so the 6th placed team.
The bottom three teams at the end of the season will get relegated to the second-tier of Italian football – The Serie B.
Italian Serie A Facts
Juventus are the most successful team in the Serie A till date having 30 Italian National Championships with 28 of those in the Serie A.
Bitter rivals Internazionale and AC Milan are tied at second place with 18 titles each with Inter winning 15 of those after the formation of the Serie while AC Milan won 16 of those 18 in the Serie A.
Other Winners of the Italian National Championships/Serie A includes: – Genoa (9), Torino (8), Bologna (7), Pro Vercelli (7), Roma (3), Lazio (2), Fiorentina (2), Napoli (2), Cagliari (1), Casale (1), Sampdoria (1), Hellas Verona (1) and Novese (1).
Internazionale or Inter Milan is the only team to have played in every season of the Serie A till date.
Most Appearances in the league history – Paolo Maldini (647)
Top Scorer in the league history- Silvio Piola (274)
*Check out the complete list of Serie A teams
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