The Italian Rugby Union technical sector recently announced the structure and guidelines for the National Championships for the 2002/23 sports season. After a useful first season – post-pandemic – to return to competitions of all categories and to adjust the organizational level of clubs, some important innovations are being introduced. The first relates to the relegation scores of each senior tournament to participate in sports titles, and the second relates to the restructuring of the U-19 and U-17 youth tournaments.
As just mentioned, the FIR press release details the structure of all national leagues, the dates of the matches and the composition of the groups, with the exception of the recent case of the First Division whose individual groups are managed. Regional committees will be announced at a later time.
The first rugby team Rovato as you know will participate in the Serie C National Championship, it follows that the opponents are not yet known but it is known for certain that the season will officially start on October 9, 2022, the start date of the “qualifying phase” which will end on November 13, 2022.
It’s a six-day regional barrage to determine which teams will be able to reach the next ‘Interregional Promotion Stage’ and which will have to continue the season with no further promotion ambition but only to compete for the Regional Consolation Cup.
The minimum target set by coach Pierangelo Ceretti and Paul Griffin is to reach the Interregional Stage group of eight teams that will compete for a place in the second division until the end.
We will start again on December 4th in Italian formula (with home and away races) and on May 28, 2023, fourteen days after the championship, the Queen’s team that will be able to make the leap into the category in the 2023/24 sports season will be crowned.
For the sake of completeness of information, it must be emphasized that in the second phase of the season (from December 4th) at the national level there are eight regional groups divided by geographical region, and therefore there will be many promotions in the second division.
The technical sector of the federation also evaluated the fundamental changes in the structure of the youth championships, and in this regard the most important changes were approved for the new competitive national rugby season. The goal is to ensure the safety of the participants, focus on homogenization of the different levels at which teams can compete and promote the personal and athletic growth of players.
As this is the renunciation of the youth national title (under-19s), it was necessary to raise the bar by deciding to group the youth rugby elite into two national groups of ten teams, a level which is indeed a major scrape compared to years past.
Therefore, each team will have to face a very difficult season (also from the point of view of away matches) which includes a dispute of eighteen high-level matches (the Italian group with home and away matches) for the task in the first two matches of each group .. the right to play the semi-finals The final for the national title.
However, to get to the elite, it is necessary to go through the regional bomb series scheduled for the period from September 25, 2022 to October 23, 2023.
Rugby’s stated goal is to become part of Italy’s top 20, who last season almost reached the quarter-finals to refer the youth national title, only losing in Asti in extra time after the original time ended in a draw.
Technical Director Pierangelo Cerretti intervened in the new format of youth tournaments and welcomed the innovations proposed by the International Aviation Forum.
“By examining the guidelines, it is clear what direction is being taken: Federal leaders rightly want to create homogeneous and meritocratic levels where there is real competition and therefore growth.
The first example is the under-19 tournament that is getting tougher: the elite group in the region (to be established after the first qualifying stage) will consist of the ten best teams in northern Italy (there were previously twenty teams) and this means a greater commitment to economic and field preparation. In particular, we want to push clubs to offer well-organized teams (it has always been for the best) made up of big teams or franchises.
The same applies to persons under 17, even if the obligation is lower than that of persons under 19, it will be equally higher than that of other years: in fact, after the qualification stage, there will be 6 regional groups in all Over Italy consists of 8 groups. difference.
Personally, I have always hoped for a change of pace by the Federation because only in this way can the movement grow.
At home, we are fortunate to be able to provide adequate preparation at this level but it is now up to individuals to seize the opportunity to make the best use of the means available.”