Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan ‘push to reduce Serie A from 20 clubs to 18’ to ease fixture pile-ups and boost quality… but other clubs are determined to stop them

  • Italy’s big three combined with the Italian FA to propose 18-team plan
  • Serie A itself and most of its 17 other clubs are set to resist their plans
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Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan have reportedly proposed reducing the number of clubs in Serie A from 20 to 18.

The three most historically successful clubs of the league backed a plan initially proposed by the president of the Italian federation (FIGC) Gabriele Gravina.

However, the majority of the other Serie A clubs are against the proposal.

Sky Sport Italia reports that Inter CEO Beppe Marotta, plus Juventus general manager Maurizio Scanavino and director Francesco Calvo met Gravina at the federation’s headquarters to discuss the matter.

The president of Milan, Paolo Scaroni, joined the meeting via video conference.

Inter Milan and AC Milan are backing a proposal to reduce Serie A from 20 clubs to just 18

Inter Milan and AC Milan are backing a proposal to reduce Serie A from 20 clubs to just 18

Juventus also backs the plan, which the big three say will increase the quality of the league

Juventus also backs the plan, which the big three say will increase the quality of the league

The discussions about reducing the size of the top division in Italy come ahead of an extraordinary FIGC meeting on March 11 when a restructuring will be debated.

Serie A expanded from 18 to 20 clubs ahead of the 2004-05 campaign and the big three argue that reducing it will ease the packed fixture list and increase the quality of football on offer.

The German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 have 18 clubs, while England’s Premier League and Spain’s LaLiga have 20.

Other Serie A clubs and the league itself will resist the big three and FIGC’s proposals.

Inter are currently top of the table, four points ahead of Juventus, with Milan a further four behind in third place. There is then a gap of 10 points to Atalanta in fourth position.

Before Napoli’s Scudetto win last season, you had to go back to 2001 for the last time either Juventus, Inter or Milan failed to win the title.

Juventus have 36 championship wins overall, while Inter and Milan each have 19.

Napoli's Scudetto win last season was a rare interlude in the dominance of Italy's big three

Napoli’s Scudetto win last season was a rare interlude in the dominance of Italy’s big three