The 2012-13 Serie A season will begin on the weekend of August 25 and 26, Parma chief Tommaso Ghirardi has revealed.
The Lega Serie A made the decision today after previous suggestions that the season should kick off on August 19 or even on Wednesday 22 August.
The footballing authorities were considering an earlier start than usual in an effort to give Italian clubs a better chance in European competitions.
Italian sides generally struggle in Europe at the start of the campaign because championships in other countries get a head start.
This season’s Serie A should have begun on August 28, but Week 1 was postponed so the championship didn’t get underway until the second week in September.