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FIGC Election 2018
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FIGC Election

The FIGC election will take place on Jan. 29, 2018.

It was less than a year ago when Carlo Tavecchio was re-elected as FIGC President, beating former Serie B President Andrea Abodi with 54.03% of the votes.

Fast forward following the elimination of the Azzurri from the World Cup 2018 in Russia, the ‘apocalypse’ as Tavecchio called it, the pressure was on for him to resign which he did after initially being reluctant to do so.

This time, there will be a three-way battle in the election to replace Tavecchio.

The candidates

Damiano Tommasi, 43 years old. Former footballer who played the bulk of his career with Roma. Currently President of AIC – Associazione Italiana Calciatori (Italian footballers association).

Gabriele Gravina, 64 years old. Held several managerial positions in different clubs. Currently President of Lega Pro – Serie C (Italian third division)

Cosimo Sibilia, President of LND – Lega Nazionale Dilettanti (National amateur league)

How the voting works:

There are seven groups that are involved in the voting, each with an assigned number of delegates. Not all delegate votes are treated equal, however, as some of the votes of certain groups carry more weight, while others less so.

Voting Group Delegates % Delegates % Vote
Serie A 20 7% 12%
Serie B 21 8% 5%
Player’s Association 52 19% 20%
Lega Pro 60 22% 17%
Coach’s Association 26 9% 10%
Referee’s Association 9 3% 2%
Amateur League 90 32% 34%
Total 278

CHART – FIGC Delegation Breakdown

figc-voteAs you can see in the chart, although Serie A (with 20 delegates, one per team) has 7% of the delegates, its vote counts for 12%. On the opposite end, a vote from a Serie B (21 delegates, or 8%) only counts for 5%.

The new president is elected on first ballot only if he receives at least 75% of the vote. If not, votes are recast a second time, and victory is declared if the candidate receives at least 66% of the votes. Should that not occur, a final third ballot takes place, and only 51% of the votes are required to win.

Each candidate’s program can viewed on the FIGC site, link here: http://www.figc.it/en/204/2540543/2018/01/News.shtml