Next season's Coppa Italia football tournament adopts new format
Saturday, July 16, 2005
A new format will be in place this year for the Coppa Italia (TIM Cup).
All but the 8 Serie A clubs participating in UEFA's European competitions will begin play in the first elimination round. Those 8 will not join until the Round of 16.
The clubs will be seeded 1 (Inter, as defending champion) through 72 with matchups determined accordingly (not through a random draw). So in the first round, #9 seed will play #72, #10 vs #71, etc.
The first three rounds will be just one match, at the field of the lower-seeded team. Overtime and penalties will resolve ties (not replays). From the Round of 16 on, ties will be home-and-away.
- Aug 7 - First elimination round
- Aug 14 - Second elimination round
- Aug 21 - Third elimination round
- Nov 30/Dec 8 - Round of 16, 1st leg
- Jan 5 - Round of 16, 2nd leg
- Jan 25 - Quarterfinals, 1st leg
- Feb 1 - Quarterfinals, 2nd leg
- March 22 - Semifinals, 1st leg
- April 12 - Semifinals, 2nd leg
- May 3 - Final, 1st leg
- May 11 - Final, 2nd leg
Press Release: "[ Serie A Press Conference]" — , July 16, 2005
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