Serie A To Retain Same Number Of Teams In Topflight

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Serie A voted to remain a 20-team division after an attempt by Italy's biggest clubs to cut the number of participants to 18.

In a statement, Serie A said that "the league's current format of 20 teams has been confirmed", following the meeting at its Milan headquarters.

R eport s state that Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan and Roma were the only four clubs to vote in favour of the proposal, with the other 16 all voting against.

Serie A's top four from this season will take part in the Champions League which from next term will have a new format.

Teams will have to play two more matches before qualification to the knockout stages is decided, adding more games to an already crowded calendar.