Italy Tier 3
Serie C Lega Pro - Group A
League Guide & Facts
The third tier of Italian Football
20 teams play each other twice
1st place of each group automatically promoted
2nd place qualifies for Playoff Quarter Final
3rd place qualifies for Playoff Third Round
4th place qualifies for Playoff Second Round
5th - 10th qualify for Playoff First Round
Higher seeded teams go through to the next round of the playoffs in the event of a draw
Play off system explained below
9 teams are relegated from the 3 groups
Bottom team in each group is relegated automatically
Up to 6 teams are involved in a "Play-Out" explained below
Teams are not allowed to sign non-EU players from abroad.
Maximum of six domestic-based players allowed on loan at one time from clubs from Serie B and above
Juventus/Zebre Under 23's cannot be managed
Promotion Playoff Rules Explained
A total of 28 teams participate in the play-offs: 21 of them (7 for each group) play in the group play-offs, while the remaining 7 are admitted directly to the national play-offs.
First play-off round of the group
The 18 teams admitted (from 5th to 10th position in each group) face each other in a single match and at the home of the best classified, as follows:
The 5th faces the 10th of the same group;
The 6th faces the 9th of the same group;
The 7th faces the 8th of the same group.
In the event of a tie at the end of regular time , the best classified between the two is admitted to the next phase.
Second round play-off of the group
The 3 winning teams of the first round face each other together with the fourth classified of each group in a single match, as follows:
The 4th faces, at home, the worst classified;
The other two teams face off at the home of the best placed of the two.
In the event of a tie at the end of regular time, the best classified between the two will be admitted to the national stage.
First round national playoffs
The 6 teams that have passed the second round of the group play-offs take part in the first round of the national play-offs, the 3 teams ranked third in each group. In this round there are 5 matches in total, all in the round trip. The third classified, the winner of the Italian Serie C Cup and the "best classified" team (determined by applying the following criteria, in order: best placement in the final classification of their group; higher number of points in the final classification of their group; higher number of average goals per game scored in their own group; draw if there is still a tie) among the 6 teams admitted to the play-offs of the group are considered "seeded". The pairings with the other 5 teams are decided by drawing lots. Seeded teams have the advantage of playing at home. In the event of a tie at the end of regular time, the seeded team is admitted to the next phase.
Second round of national play-offs
In the second round of the national play-offs, the 3 second-placed teams in each group are added to the 5 winning teams of the previous round. In this round, a total of 4 rounds are played with a round trip. The 3 runners-up and the "best placed" team (determined by applying the same criteria used in the first round) are considered "seeded". The pairings with the other 4 teams are defined by drawing lots. Seeded teams play at home. In the event of a tie at the end of regular time, the seeded team is admitted to the "Final Four".
The 4 teams that have passed the second round of the national play-offs face each other in a mini-tournament, which includes the semifinals and the final, with a home and away match of the "best classified" team (determined by applying the same criteria used in the first round and in the second round) between the two facing each other. In the event of a tie at the end of the regular time, there will be two 15 ' extra times and, in the event of a further tie, penalty shots . The pairings of the semifinals are decided by free draw. The team that wins at the end of the final four is promoted to Serie B.
Relegation Play-Out Rules Explained
Teams placed 18th-17th qualify for Playout (if more than 8 points separate 17th and 18th)
Teams placed 17th and 18th qualify for Playout (if more than 8 points separate 16th and 19th)
Teams placed 16th-19th qualify for Playout (if fewer than 9 points separate 16th and 19th)
Bottom 3 teams are relegated to Serie D (if more than 8 points separate 17th and 18th)
Bottom 2 teams are relegated to Serie D (if more than 8 points separate 16th and 19th)
Bottom team is relegated to Serie D (if fewer than 9 points separate 16th and 19th)
The dispute of the play-outs between the teams ranked from the fifth last to the penultimate place takes place with the following combinations:
the fifth from last classified against the penultimate, with the first leg on the field of the penultimate;
the fourth from last against the third from last, with the first leg on the third from last field.
In the event of a tie after the second leg, the goal difference is taken into account. In the event of a further tie, the team best positioned in the group is considered the winner. There are no overtime, no penalty shots, or the use of the away goals rule . The team that loses the match is relegated to Serie D.
Location Of Teams
Suggested* Additional Nations To Load
All Bordering Countries
*As always this is only a suggestion, the leagues listed are in order of importance, feel free to run as many or as little leagues as you think your system can handle. The setup above gives a nice regional feel.
It is advisable however to run as many top tier leagues of major nations as you can to keep the continental club competitions competitive
Media Prediction, Board Expectations and Title Odds
*Your odds and board expectations may vary slightly from save to save
Football Manager 2022 - Italy Serie C Lega Pro
*Teams not listed have no specific club culture
Football Manager 2022 - Italy Serie C
The better the training facilities the more chance (already visible) players will develop.
Here are the facilities ranking from worst to best -
State of the Art
The training facilities available for Juniors (only).
Does NOT apply to visible players already at the club. All visible players currently at the club use Training Facilities regardless of age.
In theory the better these facilities the greater your players will be developed on the day of intake. But there are a lot of factors at play.
Here are the facilities ranking from worst to best -
State of the Art
The quality and quantity of unseen youth coaches that affects the quality of players in your youth intake
Junior coaching is ranked as follows from worst to best -
This determines how large a pool of players your team can recruit from. It is the size of your recruitment network. It increases your chances of getting the best young players from your area, nation and beyond.
Some clubs of course will have no youth recruitment at all, which means no youth intakes.
Recruitment is ranked as follows from worst to best -