The Coppa Italia is the annual domestic cup competition in Italian football. A knockout competition, it was organisied by the Italian football federation till the 2009-10 campaign and has been organised by Lega Serie A ever since.
The Coppa Italia’s first edition was held in 1922 and it was won by FC Vado. After the first edition, the tournament was not held or scrapped halfway through due to World War 2. The following few editions took place at sporadic intervals.
The tournament eventually resumed in a proper manner in 1958 and it has been played in an annual or seasonal manner ever since.
Juventus with 14 triumphs is the most successful team in the history of the competition, while AS Roma with nine wins is second.
The winner of this competition gains automatic qualification to the UEFA Europa League, which is Europe’s second-tier tournament.
The winners of Coppa Italia also qualify for the Supercoppa Italiana, which is the curtain-raiser for the Italian football season between the holders of this trophy and the Serie A champions.
There are a total of seven rounds in the Coppa Italia. All of these are knockout rounds played over one leg with the exception of the semi-finals which takes place over two legs.
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Clubs based in Serie B – Italy’s second flight – begin competing in the first round of Coppa Italia along with the 12 lowest-ranked sides from the previous season’s Serie A.
The top eight sides in Serie A join the competition from the third round, which generally takes place during January.
Coppa Italia winners list