The Serie A has decided to scrap the traditional scheduling system in favour of the one used by the English Premier League, according to a report in the Italian media today.

As has been explained by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the old system of scheduling the first 19 matchdays and then simply using the same schedule again for the second half of the season will no longer be in place for the 2021/22 season.

Instead, all 38 matchdays will be decided all at once and fixtures will not follow any particular pattern. In the past, if Inter played Torino on matchday one, the Nerazzurri would know that Torino would be their opponent for the first game after the winter break. Now, it will be more random.

There has to be a gap of at least eight matches between when a team plays another for the first and second time. So if Inter faced Genoa on matchday 18, they would not then play them again on matchday 21, it would have to be later in the calendar.