Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has set a new date of Agust 20 for Serie A to finish with the possibility of playoffs in the case of another suspension.
A meeting of FIGC’s Federal Council stressed Italian football’s desire for the top league to return to action but confirmed that all amateur competitions will be stopped.
“The FIGC expressed its desire to restart and complete the national professional competitions by setting the last closing date of the Serie A, B, and C competitions to August 20,” the FIGC said in a statement.
The start o next season will be on September 1.
The Italian season has been on hold since March 9 amid the coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 32 000 people in Italy. The end of the season had already been pushed back from June 30 to August 2.
Football clubs were on Tuesday given the all-clear by the Italian government to resume group training, but competitions remain suspended until mid-June.
Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said that they would decide before competition resumes after a meeting with the bosses.
On Wednesday, the FIGC said that they would decide before competition resumes the rules to apply in the case of a new suspension.
The federation envisioned “brief phases of playoff and playout in order to define the result of competitions”.
If the season were stopped a system would be devised “which will in all cases provide for relegation and promotions”.
However, FIGC called time on its amateur leagues, including women’s competitions up to Serie B.
A decision on the women’s Serie A will be taken “in the coming days”.