Women's Football

Serie A Femminile will turn fully professional from 2022/23

Jamie Spencer
Top flight women's football in Italy is going fully professional next season
Top flight women's football in Italy is going fully professional next season / Pacific Press/GettyImages
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Serie A Femminile will turn fully professional from the 2022/23 season onwards, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed in its latest council meeting.

It means that Serie A joins the likes of England’s WSL and Spain’s Primera Division elsewhere in Europe as a fully professional women’s league.

Although certain clubs in both England and Spain already had professional status, the WSL turned fully pro in 2018, while the Primera Division followed suit in 2021.

The FIGC has ‘completed the regulatory changes’ necessary to transition to full professional status, having already invested €18m in Serie A over the last three years.

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina called it an ‘important day’. He said: “Finally there are the rules governing the activity and exercise of professionalism in women's football.”

Serie A has been dominated by Juventus since the club was formed in 2017, winning each of the last four league titles. They are currently on course for a fifth in the final season of the semi-pro era and sit five points clear of second place Roma with two games remaining.

Juventus knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League group stage this season, but Milan failed to make it beyond the qualifying rounds of the competition. Professional status should improve the Italian top flight across the board, as has been seen in England.

Meanwhile, the Italian national team is preparing to compete at Euro 2022 this summer, hoping to reach the knockout rounds of a second consecutive major tournaments after emerging as something of a surprise package at the World Cup in 2019.


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