Italian football will return to Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom secured the hosting rights for four of the next six editions of the Supercoppa Italiana competition.
It was also announced by the Supercoppa governing body, Lega Serie A, that a meeting with the 20 top-tier Italian clubs has concluded to restructure the tournament to a four-team showdown instead of the previous format that saw two teams face off in a single match.
According to Lega Serie A Chief Executive Luigi De Siervo, the next season’s change to a four-team tournament will rake in additional €23m (£20.3m) in revenue.
Fans can expect the next Supercoppa to feature the first and second ranked teams at the end of the Serie A league, as well as the finalists from Coppa Italia.
Saudi Arabia has already established itself as one of Serie A’s preferred locations for the Supercoppa, with a deal struck back in June 2018 that guaranteed the Kingdom’s tournament hosting rights for three out of the next five years.
The most recent edition landed at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh this January. The other two times the Kingdom hosted Italian football were in January and December 2019.
For the 2021-22 Supercoppa the event took place at the San Siro in Milan, while the 2020-21 edition returned to a domestic audience at the Mapei Stadium – the home of Italian side Sassuolo.