Football in Italy
Italian football championship is one of the toughest in Europe, and their national team is one of the few in the world who have won four times World Cup. For all these reasons it won`t be surprise for anyone that football is most watched sport in the country. Italy takes 3rd place in FIFA all-time table. As we already write the national team won 4 times FIFA World Cup, but they also finished the tournament 2nd two times and third 1 time. The other achievement of the national team are one 1st place, two 2nd and one 3rd place in UEFA European Championship. The professional football teams in Italy are in 3 divisions named Serie A – highest football division in Italy compiled from 20 teams, Serie B – built by 19 teams and Serie C – which is split in 3 regional divisions each with 19 teams. The other divisions in Italian football league system are non-professional. According rules in Italy, in each division clubs are ranked in table by points won, head-to head records, goal difference of head-to-head matches, goal difference in the season, goals scored and draw results. Two football tournaments are started each year. These tournaments are Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. Coppa Italia is a knockout tournament where participate teams from professional legues and from non-professional leagues too. All the rounds of Coppa Italia are single knockout matches, excluding the semi-finals which are played in two matches (one “home” and one “away”). Supercoppa Italiana is a single match football tournament between champion of Italia and the winner of Coppa Italia.