Serie A spice things up with the introduction of the playoffs

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Serie A adds a bit of excitement to the Scudetto and relegation races as, from now on, it will be decided in single playoffs when two teams finish with the same number of points. The board of FIGC, the Italian Football Federation, approved the change on Tuesday. The presidents of the clubs had initially proposed it.

According Calcio and Finanza, the League will waive traditional tiebreakers in such a case. The two teams in question will face each other in an additional match. In the event of a tie after 90 minutes, it will end in a penalty shoot-out without extra time. If three or more teams finish the season on equal footing, only two of them will have access to the extra game based on the classifica avulsa decided by standard parameters such as points in head-to-head matches, goal difference, etc.

Serie A has had only one decisive qualifier in its history. It happened in 1964, when Bologna overtook Helenio Herrera Great Inter two to zero, winning the 7e and last Scudetto in their history. The Nerazzurri had beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League final four days before.

The body also approved the dates for the particular season 2022/2023. The top league will start on August 14e and end June 4e. He also ratified the permanent implementation of the five substitutions, as authorized by the International Football Association Board. It was originally a temporary measure introduced during the pandemic which was to last until Qatar 2022.

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