Serie A’s outdated stadiums are filled with empty seats for far too many of their matches. This has a direct effect on the value of rights to TV, which can in turn affect Serie A’s popularity in the international market.
What is the time frame to stop this trend? We’ll look at some of the reasons behind this and some possible solution.
The Serie A standings reflect the twenty teams currently competing in the top division in Italian football. It was founded in 1929 and is among the oldest of Italy’s national leagues. A team that is first in the Serie A table is crowned champions of Italy and receives the prized Scudetto. The league was briefly transformed into an asymmetrical structure following World War II before returning to its current format.
Top four teams from Serie A qualify directly for the Champions League group stage. The fifth-placed team as well as the winners of Coppa Italia (if you are not is a Serie A participant) also qualify for this stage.
It is well-known for its tactical style of play and the emphasis it places on defense However, many have accused it of having too much physicality and not producing top athletes on the planet. Yet, it’s attracted many of the most renowned names in football such as Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, and Marco Van Basten.
Impact of Standings on Fan Attendance
The 2022-2023 season of the Serie A (officially Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) which was played in Italy was the highest-level league tournament for Italian football clubs. The winner of the league gets the highly sought-after scudetto trophy and qualifies for qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. The teams that are bottom of the pile are automatically relegated back to Serie B.
Aside from scudetto and relegation, there are many factors which influence fan-attendance throughout the league. Some of the factors mentioned are more significant than others.
One notable instance is the impact of the home win probabilities on the attendance of fans. This effect is evident for the East/West, Ultras and Away areas, suggesting that local fans will be drawn to games with better odds to win at home.
Serie A Title Races
This season, Serie A produced one of the tightest, most dramatic championship races ever seen of European soccer. As champions were awarded early in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1, Milan, Inter and Napoli were among the legitimate contenders to win the Scudetto during the course of the season.
Inter are two points clear of reigning champions Juventus after a strong start to the season, vo dich quoc gia y which includes a 5-1 win over their city Rivalries Milan last Sunday. The victory has prompted reports in Italy’s top-flight papers saying that the league could be going to be a close race between Inzaghi’s team and Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve.
The top four teams in Serie A qualify directly for the Champions League, while the team in fifth place and the winner of the Coppa Italia or a sixth-placed team (depending the UEFA ranking method) will be eligible to play in the Europa League group stage. Teams which finish less than zone of relegation are sent into Serie B. Until 2022-23, playoff games were played in the event that teams were tied on points in positions that would decide whether they would be promoted or not.
Challenges in Serie A Fan Attendance
While the idea of a Super League has been mooted as a possible solution to the ailing Serie A but it could be more harmful than helpful. The result would be devastating for the remaining clubs, reducing their valuation and eventually causing them to make even more losses.
The issue is not limited the area of Serie A, however. The situation is common throughout Europe and can be linked to a range of difficulties. Like former Italy director Arrigo Sacchi pointed out in his article in the Gazzetta Dello Sport, the issue is far from simple to attribute it to a specific reason. Sacchi mentions stadiums that are “tired, obsolete, inhospitable and structured like the Colosseum” as well as an increasing presence of racist, violent Ultras who make life miserable for moderate fans and would “never have a place in civilized Europe”.
In the end, the most fans are turning away to Italian football. This is a major scandal, and major setback to the league’s standing.