2017–18 Serie C

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Serie C
Season 2017–18
Champions Livorno
Padova
Lecce
Promoted Livorno
Padova
Lecce
Cosenza
Relegated Prato
Modena
Akragas
Gavorrano
Santarcangelo
Fondi
Reggiana
Mestre
Bassano Virtus
Fidelis Andria
Matches played 994
Goals scored 2,259 (2.27 per match)
Top goalscorer Daniele Vantaggiato
Simone Guerra
(19 goals)
Highest attendance 18,711
Catania 1–2 Trapani
(23 April 2018)
Lowest attendance 30
Akragas 0–3 Siracusa
(30 September 2017)

The 2017–18 Serie C was the fourth season of the unified Serie C (formerly Lega Pro) division, the third tier of the Italian football league system.

Teams[edit]

A total of 60 teams were expected to contest the league, including 4 sides relegated from the 2016–17 Serie B season, 47 sides who played the 2016–17 Lega Pro season, and 9 sides promoted from the 2016–17 Serie D.

On 24 May 2017 Latina, just relegated to Lega Pro from Serie B, was declared insolvent and excluded from the Italian football league system, thus creating a first vacancy in the league composition.[1][2]

Como did not obtain the necessary federal licence before 30 June 2017, the latest possible date to enrol in the 2017–18 league, and were subsequently excluded creating a second vacancy.[3][4]

On 6 July, FIGC's Co.Vi.So.C announced that Akragas, Maceratese, Mantova and Messina did not submit a copy of their bank guarantees.[5] Maceratese, Mantova and Messina chose not to file appeals and were excluded from the division,[6] however, Akragas, Arezzo, Fidelis Andria, Juve Stabia and Modena all successfully appealed the initial decision and on 20 July it was confirmed that they would all remain in the division.[7]

On 4 August, Triestina was declared the only eligible club to compete in Serie C as replacement for the excluded ones, this brought the number of clubs that will compete in the 2017–18 Serie C down from 60 to 56.[8]

On 11 August Rende was also declared eligible to compete in Serie C, so the final number of teams will be 57, divided in three groups of 19 teams each.[9]

On 6 November, Modena was officially excluded from the league and dissolved after failing to attend four consecutive matches due to financial irregularities.[10]

Relegated from Serie B[edit]

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Stadia and locations[edit]

Group A (North & Central West)[edit]

10 teams from Tuscany, 2 teams from Lombardy, 2 teams from Piedmont, 2 teams from Sardinia, 2 teams from Emilia-Romagna and 1 team from Lazio.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Alessandria Alessandria Giuseppe Moccagatta 5,827
Arezzo Arezzo Città di Arezzo 13,128
Arzachena Arzachena Biagio Pirina 3,100
Carrarese Carrara Dei Marmi 9,500
Cuneo Cuneo Fratelli Paschiero 4,000
Gavorrano Gavorrano Romeo Malservisi 2,000
Giana Erminio Gorgonzola Città di Gorgonzola 3,766
Livorno Livorno Armando Picchi 19,238
Lucchese Lucca Porta Elisa 7,386
Monza Monza Brianteo 18,568
Olbia Olbia Bruno Nespoli 3,200
Piacenza Piacenza Leonardo Garilli 21,668
Pisa Pisa Arena Garibaldi – Romeo Anconetani 25,000
Pistoiese Pistoia Marcello Melani 13,195
Pontedera Pontedera Ettore Mannucci 5,000
Prato Prato Lungobisenzio 6,750
Pro Piacenza Piacenza Leonardo Garilli 21,668
Siena Siena Montepaschi Arena 15,373
Viterbese Viterbo Enrico Rocchi 5,500

Group B (North & Central East)[edit]

4 teams from Emilia-Romagna, 4 teams from Veneto, 3 teams from Marche, 3 teams from Lombardy, 2 teams from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, 1 team from Abruzzo, 1 team from Trentino-Alto Adige and 1 team from Umbria.

Club City Stadium Capacity
AlbinoLeffe Albino and Leffe Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (Bergamo) 21,300
Bassano Virtus Bassano del Grappa Rino Mercante 2,952
Fano Fano Raffaele Mancini 8,800
FeralpiSalò Salò Lino Turina 2,500
Fermana Fermo Bruno Recchioni 9,500
Gubbio Gubbio Pietro Barbetti 5,300
Mestre Venice Francesco Baracca 2,000
Modena[11] Modena Alberto Braglia 21,151
Padova Padua Euganeo 19,740
Pordenone Pordenone Ottavio Bottecchia 3,000
Ravenna Ravenna Bruno Benelli 12,020
Reggiana Reggio Emilia Città del Tricolore 20,084
Renate Renate Città di Meda (Meda) 3,000
Sambenedettese San Benedetto del Tronto Riviera delle Palme 14,995
Santarcangelo Santarcangelo di Romagna Valentino Mazzola 3,000
Südtirol Bolzano/Bozen Druso 3,500
Teramo Teramo Gaetano Bonolis 7,498
Triestina Trieste Nereo Rocco 32,454
Vicenza Vicenza Romeo Menti 12,000

Group C (South)[edit]

5 teams from Sicily, 5 teams from Apulia, 4 teams from Calabria, 3 teams from Campania, 1 team from Lazio and 1 team from Basilicata.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Akragas Agrigento Esseneto 15,000
Bisceglie Bisceglie Gustavo Ventura 5,000
Casertana Caserta Alberto Pinto 12,000
Catania Catania Angelo Massimino 20,266
Catanzaro Catanzaro Nicola Ceravolo 14,650
Cosenza Cosenza San Vito 24,479
Fidelis Andria Andria Degli Ulivi 9,140
Fondi Fondi Domenico Purificato 2,500
Juve Stabia Castellammare di Stabia Romeo Menti 7,642
Lecce Lecce Via del Mare 33,876
Matera Matera Stadio XXI Settembre-Franco Salerno 8,500
Monopoli Monopoli Vito Simone Veneziani 6,880
Paganese Pagani Marcello Torre 5,900
Reggina Reggio Calabria Oreste Granillo 27,454
Rende Rende Marco Lorenzon 5,000
Sicula Leonzio Lentini Angelino Nobile 2,500
Siracusa Siracusa Nicola De Simone 6,870
Trapani Trapani Polisportivo Provinciale 7,000
Virtus Francavilla Francavilla Fontana Giovanni Paolo II 5,000

League Tables[edit]

Group A (North & Central West)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Livorno (C, P) 36 20 8 8 64 38 +26 68 Promotion to Serie B
2 Siena 36 20 7 9 41 30 +11 67 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Pisa 36 16 13 7 44 30 +14 61
4 Monza 36 16 10 10 40 26 +14 58[a]
5 Viterbese 36 16 10 10 46 35 +11 58[a]
6 Alessandria[b] 36 14 14 8 54 37 +17 56
7 Carrarese 36 15 10 11 57 47 +10 55
8 Piacenza[c] 36 14 10 12 43 41 +2 50
9 Giana Erminio 36 11 13 12 59 56 +3 46[d]
10 Pistoiese 36 10 16 10 44 47 −3 46[d]
11 Pontedera 36 12 10 14 38 49 −11 46[d]
12 Lucchese 36 10 14 12 35 42 −7 44
13 Olbia 36 12 7 17 39 52 −13 43
14 Pro Piacenza 36 11 8 17 38 43 −5 41
15 Arzachena 36 10 9 17 49 53 −4 39
16 Arezzo[e] 36 14 10 12 39 35 +4 37
17 Gavorrano[f] (R) 36 9 9 18 35 51 −16 34 Qualification to the relegation play-outs
18 Cuneo (O) 36 7 11 18 24 47 −23 32
19 Prato (R) 36 5 11 20 32 62 −30 26 Relegation to Serie D
Source: Livescore
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Monza is ahead of Viterbese on head-to-head points: Monza 0–0 Viterbese, Viterbese 0–1 Monza.
  2. ^ Alessandria qualified to the third round of promotion play-offs winning the 2017-2018 Coppa Italia Serie C.
  3. ^ Piacenza was deducted 2 points for financial reasons.[12]
  4. ^ a b c Head-to-head points: Giana Erminio 8 pts, Pistoiese 5 pts, Pontedera 2 pts.
  5. ^ Arezzo was deducted 15 points for financial reasons.[13]
  6. ^ Gavorrano was deducted 2 points for financial reasons.[14]

Group B (North & Central East)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Padova (C, P) 34 17 12 5 44 27 +17 63 Promotion to Serie B
2 Südtirol 34 15 10 9 37 28 +9 55 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Sambenedettese 34 14 11 9 38 31 +7 53[a]
4 Reggiana 34 14 11 9 41 35 +6 53[a] Club dissolved
5 Albinoleffe 34 13 10 11 36 31 +5 49[b] Qualification to the promotion play-offs
6 FeralpiSalò 34 13 10 11 47 43 +4 49[b]
7 Renate 34 12 12 10 34 31 +3 48[c]
8 Bassano Virtus 34 13 9 12 38 30 +8 48[c] Club dissolved
9 Pordenone 34 11 13 10 46 44 +2 46 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
10 Mestre[d] 34 12 10 12 40 36 +4 44 Club dissolved
11 Triestina 34 9 16 9 42 36 +6 43[e]
12 Ravenna 34 12 7 15 31 38 −7 43[e]
13 Fano 34 9 11 14 25 31 −6 38[f]
14 Fermana 34 8 14 12 27 36 −9 38[f]
15 Gubbio 34 9 9 16 34 46 −12 36
16 Teramo 34 6 17 11 33 42 −9 35[g]
17 Santarcangelo[h] (R) 34 9 11 14 33 52 −19 35[g] Qualification to the relegation play-outs
18 Vicenza[i] (O) 34 8 11 15 29 39 −10 31
19 Modena[j] (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club dissolved
Source: Soccerway
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Sambenedettese is ahead of Reggiana on head-to-head points: Sambenedettese 0–0 Reggiana, Reggiana 0–2 Sambenedettese.
  2. ^ a b Albinoleffe is ahead of FeralpiSalò on head-to-head points: Albinoleffe 3–1 FeralpiSalò, FeralpiSalò 1–2 Albinoleffe.
  3. ^ a b Renate is ahead of Bassano Virtus on head-to-head goal difference: Bassano Virtus 0–2 Renate, Renate 1–2 Bassano Virtus.
  4. ^ Mestre was deducted 2 points for irregularities. At the end of season the club didn't enroll in the next championship and will be relegated to a lower division.
  5. ^ a b Triestina is ahead of Ravenna on head-to-head points: Triestina 1–1 Ravenna, Ravenna 1–5 Triestina.
  6. ^ a b Fano is ahead of Fermana on head-to-head points: Fano 1–0 Fermana, Fermana 0–1 Fano.
  7. ^ a b Teramo is ahead of Santarcangelo on total goal difference.
  8. ^ Santarcangelo was deducted 3 points for irregularities.[15]
  9. ^ Vicenza was deducted 4 points for irregularities.[16]
  10. ^ Modena was excluded from the league and dissolved after failing to attend four consecutive matches due to financial irregularities.[17]

Group C (South)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lecce (C, P) 36 21 11 4 53 30 +23 74 Promotion to Serie B
2 Catania 36 21 7 8 65 31 +34 70 Qualification to the promotion play-offs
3 Trapani 36 19 11 6 60 35 +25 68
4 Juve Stabia 36 14 13 9 49 35 +14 55
5 Cosenza (O, P) 36 14 12 10 41 35 +6 54
6 Monopoli 36 14 11 11 46 35 +11 53
7 Casertana 36 13 11 12 37 32 +5 50[a]
8 Rende 36 14 8 14 31 35 −4 50[a]
9 Virtus Francavilla 36 10 16 10 35 43 −8 46[b]
10 Sicula Leonzio 36 11 13 12 37 37 0 46[b]
11 Bisceglie 36 11 12 13 39 46 −7 45
12 Matera[c] 36 15 10 11 40 37 +3 42[d]
13 Siracusa[e] 36 14 10 12 37 29 +8 42[d]
14 Catanzaro 36 11 9 16 35 45 −10 42[d]
15 Reggina 36 9 14 13 29 38 −9 41
16 Fidelis Andria[f] 36 8 17 11 36 40 −4 38 Club dissolved
17 Paganese (O) 36 7 12 17 36 56 −20 33 Qualification to the relegation play-outs
18 Fondi (R) 36 7 9 20 33 52 −19 30
19 Akragas[g] (R) 36 3 6 27 18 66 −48 0 Relegation to Serie D
Source: Soccerway
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Casertana is ahead of Rende on head-to-head points: Casertana 0–0 Rende, Rende 0–1 Casertana.
  2. ^ a b Virtus Francavilla is ahead of Sicula Leonzio on head-to-head points: Virtus Francavilla 2–1 Sicula Leonzio, Sicula Leonzio 2–2 Virtus Francavilla.
  3. ^ Matera was deducted 13 points for irregularities.[18]
  4. ^ a b c Head-to-head points: Matera 12 pts, Siracusa 3 pts, Catanzaro 3 pts. Siracusa is ahead of Catanzaro on overall goal difference.
  5. ^ Siracusa Calcio was deducted 10 points for irregularities.[18]
  6. ^ Fidelis Andria was deducted 3 points for irregularities.[18]
  7. ^ Akragas was deducted 15 points for irregularities.[18]

Promotion play-offs[edit]

First Round[edit]

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Viterbese 2–1 Pontedera
Carrarese 5–0 Pistoiese
Piacenza 4–2 Giana Erminio
Albinoleffe 2–2[19] Mestre
FeralpiSalò 3–1 Pordenone
Renate 0–2 Bassano Virtus

Cosenza 2–1 Sicula Leonzio
Monopoli 0–1 Virtus Francavilla

Casertana 2–1 Rende

Second Round[edit]

If tied, higher-placed team advances.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Monza 0–1 Piacenza
Viterbese 2–1 Carrarese
Reggiana 1–0 Bassano Virtus
Albinoleffe 0–1 FeralpiSalò
Juve Stabia 4–3 Virtus Francavilla
Cosenza 1–1[20] Casertana

Third Round[edit]

If tied on aggregate, higher-placed team advances

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Viterbese 4–2 Pisa 1–0 3–2
Piacenza 3–4 Sambenedettese 2–1 1–3
Cosenza 4–1 Trapani 2–1 2–0
FeralpiSalò 5–4 Alessandria 2–3 3–1
Juve Stabia 1–1[A] Reggiana 0–0 1–1
Notes
  1. ^ Reggiana advance due to better regular season point-per-game coefficient (1.56 vs. 1.53)

Fourth Round[edit]

If tied on aggregate, higher-placed team advances

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Reggiana 3–3[21] Siena 2–1 1–2
Viterbese 2–4 Südtirol 2–2 0–2
FeralpiSalò 1–3 Catania 1–1 0–2
Cosenza 4–1 Sambenedettese 2–1 2–0

Final Four[edit]

No away goal rule applies. If tied after regular time, semifinal winner decided by extra-time and penalty shootout

  Semi-finals Final
                     
Siena 1 1 2 (4)  
Catania 0 2 2 (3)  
    Siena 1
  Cosenza 3
Südtirol 1 0 1
Cosenza 0 2 2  

Cosenza promoted to Serie B.

Relegation play-outs[edit]

Loser on aggregate is relegated. Higher-placed team plays at home for second leg. If tied on aggregate, lower-placed team is relegated.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cuneo 1–0 Gavorrano 1–0 0–0
Vicenza 3–2 Santarcangelo 2–1 1–1
Fondi 3–4 Paganese 2–2 1–2

References[edit]

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  19. ^ Albinoleffe advances due to higher placed finish
  20. ^ Cosenza advances due to higher placed finish
  21. ^ Siena advances due to higher placed finish