The Lega Italiana Calcio Professionistico (Italian for Italian Professional Football League), commonly known as Lega Pro (Pro League), is the governing body that runs the third and fourth highest football divisions in Italy, the Prima Divisione and Seconda Divisione respectively. It also includes the sole professional club of San Marino. Its headquarters are in Florence.
Currently, Prima Divisione consists of two groups: Girone A and Girone B, respectively of 17 and 16 teams. At the end of the season, four teams (two from each group) go up to Serie B and six teams (three from each group) go down to Seconda Divisione.
Also Seconda Divisione consists of two groups: Girone A and Girone B, but both of 18 teams. At the end of the season, six teams (three from each group) go up to Lega Pro Prima Divisione and nine teams (four from each group plus the loser play-out from each division) go down to Serie D. In both the Seconda Divisione, teams are split by geographical criteria, with the exception of the Sicilian team Milazzo that plays in group A.
The Seconda Divisione, until the summer 2010 consisted of 54 teams, but in the season 2010–10 the teams were only 49 divided geographically into three divisions of 17, 16 and 16 teams each. At the end of the season, six teams (two from each group) went up to the Prima Divisione and four: two for the group A and one for each of the other two groups, went down to Serie D.
In the Federal Council of 29 April 2011 was decided, for the season 2011-12 to make repechages, only if register less than 76 clubs. In Lega Pro Prima Divisione the teams were 36 divided in two groups of 18 and the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione was formed of 41 clubs divided in two groups of 20 (A) and 21 (B). On 21 November 2012, it was announced the two divisions will be merged into a unique league composed by three groups of 20 teams of each from the 2014–15 season.
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