Big changes to the 2018-19 Serie A season, which runs from August 19 to May 26, with Winter rounds and an end to the transfer market on August 18.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò announced the developments this evening and there are several radical adjustments to the usual schedule.
“The next Serie A season will begin on August 19 and the Italian Super Cup is on August 12, with a location still to be confirmed.
“Next year, there will be two midweek rounds on September 26 and April 3, plus we have approved the formula of a Boxing Day schedule, so there will be games on December 22, 26 and 30 with the season resuming on January 20.
“The round on January 13 will be entirely about the Coppa Italia with a change to the format there too. It is no longer obligatory for the top seeded clubs to have the game on home turf, so it will all be done by open draw.
“As for the transfer market, we have made some important modifications. The summer session will close on August 18, 24 hours before the start of the Serie A season.
“The same will go for the January window, which is expected to close on January 19.”
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