What is the Coppa Italia?

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What is the Coppa Italia?

The Coppa Italia, or Italian Cup, is the domestic soccer cup competition in Italy. You can think of it as the FA Cup of Italy, but there are some important and interesting differences.

Coppa Italia History

The Coppa Italia was first played in 1922, but it didn’t happen again until 1935. It then ran through 1943, when World War II interrupted it. It then picked up again in 1958, and it’s run ever since.

Juventus lead with 14 wins from 20 Final appearances; Roma are second with nine from 17. Lazio, also from Rome, have become something of a Cup specialist in recent years; they haven’t won Serie A since 2000, when they did the league-and-cup double, but since then they’ve added four Cup wins, most recently in 2018-19.

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Coppa Italia Format

The Coppa Italia has two big differences from England’s FA Cup and League Cup.

The first is that in Italy, the tournament actually has a bracket starting with the Round of 16, whereas in England each round is determined by a random draw.

The Coppa Italia also, in its new format, which was introduced in 2021, includes just 44 teams: 20 each from Serie A and Serie B, then only the top four from Serie C. In the past it was all 78 from the top four divisions, and a proposal had been made to eliminate Serie C and D entirely; picking four from Serie C, in a random draw, was the compromise solution.

Each leg is a single knockout, except for the semifinals, which is one leg at each club’s ground. The Final is always held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Coppa Italia Schedule

Preliminary Round: August 6, 2023

In this round, the top 4 teams from Serie C, and the bottom 4 teams from Serie B enter the competition.

First Round: August 13, 2023

In this round, the remaining 16 teams from Serie B and 12 teams from Serie A enter the competition.

Second Round: November 1, 2023

No new clubs enter this round, just the 16 winners playing 8 games.

Round of 16: December 6 and 20, 2023, and January 10 and 17, 2024

In this round the last clubs enter the competition, the top 8 clubs in Serie A.

Quarterfinals: January 31, 2024

No new clubs enter this round, just the 8 winners in 4 games.

Semifinals: April 3 and 24, 2024

The semifinals will be played in two legs, with each team having a home game.

We will have tickets for both legs of the Juventus v. Lazio semifinal. Click the ticket links to learn more.

Coppa Italia Final: May 15, 2024

The Coppa Italia Final will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Coppa Italia Winners: Wearing the Cockade of Italy

Another unique feature of the Coppa Italia is that the winners get to wear, for the entire next season, the Cockade of Italy on their kits. The cockade, in the three national colors of Italy, has been a national symbol since the 19th century.

Similarly, the winners of the Serie A title each season wear a tri-color scudetto for the entire next season.

Wearers of the Cockade during the 2023-24 season? Inter, after beating Fiorentina in the 2023 Final.

Supercoppa Italiana

The Supercoppa Italiana or Italian Super Cup is the equivalent of the Community Shield in English football. It was historically one match between the winners of Serie A and the Coppa Italia, however, it has been changed starting in 2024 to now be a 4 team tournament also including the Serie A and Coppa Italia runners-up. Historically taking place in the summer just before the start of the Serie A season, in recent years it has been scheduled during the winter.

With the new format Serie A winners Napoli, Coppa Italia winners Inter Milan, Serie A runners-up Lazio, and Coppa Italia runners-up Fiorentina will all participate in the first tournament with this format. Games will be played in Saudi Arabia in January, with the Supercoppa Italiana Final on January 8, 2024.

Written By Paul Gerald
Paul Gerald, Owner and Founder of Groundhopper Soccer Guides · Profile
Paul is a traveler, writer, publisher and soccer freak. He started Groundhopper Soccer Guides as EnglishSoccerGuide.com in 2014. When he's not kicking around England working on this site and his book, you can find him at Providence Park in Portland, cheering on the Portland Timbers.

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