1909–10 Italian Football Championship

This was the first championship a girone unico (with only a group).

The division of the championship in two (federal and italian) wasn't formally cancelled. According to the article 2 of the Regolamento dei Campionati 1909-10 (Championship Rules):

« I Campionati Nazionali di calcio sono di I e II Categoria. Quello di I Categoria è suddiviso in Campionato Federale e Campionato Italiano. Al primo possono prendere parte anche giuocatori di nazionalità estera, residenti in Italia, il secondo è riservato esclusivamente ai giuocatori di nazionalità italiana. » ("The National Championships of soccer are: I and II Categoria (I and II Category/Division). The Prima Categoria Championship is divided in: Federal Championship and Italian Championship. In the first one foreign players (if they live in Italy), too, are allowed to play, in the second one only italian players are allowed to play.")

According to La Stampa in an article dated December 24, 1909:

«verrà proclamato campione italiano il Club meglio classificato fra le squadre pure italiane, e campione federale il Club meglio classificato tra le squadre spurie internazionali» ("[at the end of the season] the best placed team among the "pure italian teams" [teams composed only by italian players] will be proclaimed italian champions; the best placed team among the "not pure international teams" [teams composed by foreign players, too] will be proclaimed Federal Champion").

Foot-Ball, the official magazine of FIGC, in the classification considered US Milanese, Pro Vercelli, Ausonia and Doria as competing to "italian championship" since they were "pure italian teams"; the best placed among them at the end of the season would win the honorific title of "italian champions".

At the end of the season, there was a playoff between Inter and Pro Vercelli for the title of Federal Champion. The playoff was planned for April 24, but 3 players of Pro Vercelli had to play in a military tournament in that day. Pro Vercelli asked for the postponal of the match, but FIGC and Inter refused (since there weren't more other dates available because of the debut of the Italian National team, and because they thought the prorogation was a tactic to buy time to recover injured players). In order to protest, Pro Vercelli decided that the playoff would be played by Pro Vercelli Youth Team (players 11 years old). Result: Inter won easy the playoff 10-3, winning his first title. Pro Vercelli was accused of serious unsportsmanlike behavior by fans who saw the game.

The winner (and "Federal Champion") was Internazionale.

The "italian champion" (honorific title) was Pro Vercelli.

Final classification

Pos Team Pld Won Drw Lst Pts GF GA GD Notes
1Internazionale161213255526+29 Play-off required as level on points.
1Pro Vercelli161213254615+31
6U.S. Milanese16619133553-18
8Andrea Doria165110111839-21
9Ausonia Milano16051151652-36

Results table

Andrea Doria 30 30 13 01 17 20 31 42
Ausonia 00 33 26 22 22 04 02 14
Genoa 31 62 40 20 01 12 00 10
Internazionale 50 22 20 10 51 14 72 72
Juventus 40 60 02 20 53 00 30 12
Milan 20 21 10 05 01 03 01 10
Pro Vercelli 10 30 52 12 40 40 01 51
Torino 50 20 02 34 31 62 24 131
Milanese 50 51 33 25 02 21 36 32

Source: Almanacco Illustrato del Calcio - La Storia 1898-2004, Panini Edizioni, Modena, September 2005 (Italian)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Championship play-off

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Pro Vercelli 3-10 Internazionale


Italian Football Championship
1909-10 Winners
F.C. Internazionale Milano
1st Title






References and sources


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