Italian league sticks with late August kickoff

Next season’s Italian league will kick off in late August as

usual, despite calls from the Players’ Association to begin


Club presidents settled on a Serie A kickoff for the weekend of

Aug. 25-26 at a league meeting Monday.

Players’ Association president Damiano Tommasi recently proposed

an earlier start to avoid matches in the winter months, with

several games this season postponed due to snow. But the clubs

preferred to stick with their lucrative preseason trips and


Next season will include three midweek rounds – Sept. 26, Oct.

31 and May 8 – and the holiday break will last from Dec. 23 to Jan.