2020-2021 Serie A season to begin on Sept. 19

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The next Serie A season will start on Sept. 19, one week later than originally planned, the Italian league said in a statement on Monday.

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The league said the decision "confirms the preference already expressed ... by the majority of the clubs in a meeting dedicated to this topic."

The 2019-2020 season ended on Sunday, having been interrupted for three months between March and June by of the coronavirus pandemic. Juventus won their ninth consecutive league title.

There will also be a shorter Christmas break than usual and matches will be played on both Jan. 3 and Jan. 6.