The 2023/24 Women’s Serie A season may not live long in the memory when it comes to drama late in the campaign, but there were plenty of fascinating stories up and down the table and some wonderful individual displays.

The headline is that AS Roma are the champions again, following up their first-ever title with another straight away. They were given less of a fight this time by a Juventus side that experienced a coaching change towards the end of the season.

At the other end, Pomigliano were relegated, having tried to pull out of the competition earlier in the season. They were beaten to the relegation play-off spot by Napoli Femminile, who went on to beat Ternana over two legs and stay in Serie A.

2023/24 Women’s Serie A Poule Scudetto

1. AS Roma – Champions

AS Roma Women lift the 2023/24 Serie A Femminile title. (@ASRomaFemminile)

It can be mentally taxing to come into a season knowing that, at least in terms of the league table, you can only stay the same or move down. Roma were in unchartered waters as they were now the team to beat, with Juventus hoping to swiftly put the Giallorosse back in their place.

The major departure from the team saw Andressa Alves move on, but the incredible performances of Manuela Giugliano and Giada Greggi in the midfield meant the Brazilian was quickly forgotten. Winning the first 12 league matches made it clear that this Roma was even better than 2022/23, and had far more depth off of the bench.

They had shopped well with the likes of Saki Kumagai and Evelyne Viens quickly becoming undroppable, and their second consecutive scudetto was almost never in doubt once things got underway.

Away from Serie A, Juventus did get some sort of revenge by winning the Supercoppa Italiana Femminile in impressive fashion against Roma, whilst Alessandro Spugna‘s side could not get out of their UEFA Women’s Champions League group. It wouldn’t just be the one trophy, though, as Roma beat Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia final on penalties.

2. Juventus – Women’s Champions League qualification

Juventus Women Echegini
Juventus Women’s Joe Echegini and Cristiana Girelli celebrate against Fiorentina Women. [Photo:juventus.com]

It isn’t unfair to say that this was Juventus‘ worst-ever season, but it is also important to remember that the bar has been set ludicrously high. They won five titles in a row from the moment the team was formed and then lost the crown in 2022/23.

Finishing 11 points behind Roma is not at all what was planned for the Bianconere, though, and they also failed to make it into the Women’s Champions League group stage. That and a Coppa Italia semi-final failure against Fiorentina which saw Joe Montemurro lose his job means that Juventus only won the Supercoppa this season.

Getting silverware is the bare minimum, but that tournament is the lowest priority out of the four. Injuries have been a problem for Juventus with some key players missing for notable spells, but they just haven’t been on Roma‘s level for the majority of the season.

The team could look a bit different next season and you’d think that Joe Echegini, who got 10 goals in half a season, will be central to their plans of toppling Roma. They have already confirmed the exits of three big players in Julia Grosso, Lineth Beerensteyn and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir.

3. Fiorentina – Women’s Champions League qualification

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Fiorentina Women’s Veronica Boquete celebrates. [acffiorentina.com]

The phrase ‘season of two halves’ has perhaps never been more applicable. Sebastian De la Fuente was a serious contender for coach of the season when the regular season ended. Fiorentina were third, just four points behind Juventus and looking good to climb above the Bianconere.

In the Poule Scudetto, though, they did not win a single game. It seems implausible but they just stopped winning. They got three draws and lost the rest, so serious questions have to be asked about what went on there. Of course, the matches against the poorer sides in the league stopped, but they didn’t even beat Sassuolo and Inter who started the Poule Scudetto 13 points behind them.

The Coppa Italia run became the real focus and the way they knocked Juventus out was impressive. The likes of Madelen Janogy, Veronica Boquete, Emma Severini and Michela Catena have been very impressive overall, as have others. Unfortunately, they couldn’t press home their advantage in the final and ended the season without a trophy.

Women’s Champions League qualification is great news, but they need to ensure they don’t play like they did in the Poule Scudetto.

4. Sassuolo

Sassuolo Women players celebrate a Lana Clelland goal. (Photo: US Sassuolo)

Sassuolo have become a hard team to judge. Overall, finishing fourth is a good return and there is something to build on next season, albeit without Gianpiero Piovani at the helm as his exit has been confirmed by the Neroverdi.

The season started poorly with the prospect of finishing in the bottom half being a very real one, but a surge in form before the split ensured they would be in the Poule Scudetto. The aim was always to finish fourth given the points gap, and that is what they did.

The Neroverdi became the entertainers in the final weeks as they drew 4-4 with Fiorentina, lost 6-5 to Roma, beat Inter 4-2 and lost 3-2 against Juventus. Despite all that, they were the sixth-lowest scorers in the division.

5. Inter

Inter Women’s Lisa Alborghetti and Agnese Bonfantini. [@Inter_Women]

What may be Rita Guarino‘s final season in charge of Inter was very unusual and ultimately disappointing. This team can look superb at times and has some incredibly good players, but inconsistency sees them fade away from the three teams at the top.

The likes of Michela Cambiaghi and Agnese Bonfantini have had positive campaigns, and Lina Magull has been a class act in the midfield at times. Should Guarino depart and Piovani come in, the former Sassuolo boss is going to be inheriting a very good squad if they can keep the bulk of it together, but he must deliver more consistent results and performances than the Nerazzurre showed this season if they are to push for a Champions League place.

2023/24 Women’s Serie A Poule Salvezza

1. AC Milan

AC Milan Women players celebrate. (Photo: AC Milan)

They shouldn’t be down here. This was the year when Maurizio Ganz finally lost his job as AC Milan coach, but it happened far too late. They were far less than the sum of their parts for the entire campaign, and playing weaker opposition for the final eight games only acted as a cover-up for their many shortcomings.

Little has changed under Davide Corti and there should be a new coach in place for next season. They will likely lose the experience and quality of Kosovare Asllani, but there are some great elements of the squad like Chante Dompig, Evelyn Ijeh, Julie Piga and Valentina Bergamaschi who can have a team built around them that ends the regular season in the top half. That should be the bare minimum.

2. Como Women

Oona Sevenius celebrates scoring with Margherita Monnecchi for Como Women against Inter. (Photo: FC Como Women)

Como Women is a club that many others will try to copy. They are not affiliated with the Como 1907 men’s side that have just been promoted to Serie A. They are independent and cementing themselves as a top-flight side that can grow and grow.

There is a very talented squad there, an ambitious ownership, and they very nearly got themselves into the top half after a storming start to the season. Things settled down as the campaign progressed and Marco Bruzzano ended up losing his job, but overall it was a very successful campaign.

3. Sampdoria

Sampdoria Women’s players, including Elena Pisani and Nora Heroum, celebrate. [@sampdoria]

This has been a remarkable effort from the players, emphasis on ‘players’ rather than the whole club. Sampdoria released a statement in July 2023 saying they would pull the funding for the women’s team. The players were left for well over a month not knowing whether they had a club (or a livelihood), and they had to release an open letter to explain their plight.

Eventually, they did take their place in the league and have done remarkably well to stay in the division, let alone to stay up without any real fight at all. Sampdoria were 12 points ahead of Napoli in the relegation playoff spot when the league split, so it was pretty clear that survival was on the cards.

4. Napoli Femminile – Survived relegation with Playoff win over Ternana

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Napoli Femminile celebrate staying in Women’s Serie A. [Photo: napolifemminile.it]

Having come up from Serie B, Napoli were perhaps the favourites to finish bottom of the table. Their first point did not come until December 2023 against Como, and the first win was not until they beat Pomigliano in February 2024. That is why they had just six points when the league split.

They did what they needed to do in the Poule Salvezza, though, picking up enough points to ensure they stayed ahead of Pomigliano and then beat Ternana in the relegation playoff. The Azzurre achieved their aim of staying up, and will now look to work their way up the table as another independent side like Como.

5. Pomigliano – Relegated to Serie B

Pomigliano players celebrate a goal. (@pomiglianowomen)

What a farce Pomigliano‘s 2023/24 season was. They were always expected to be fighting at the bottom, but the fact they have gone down isn’t really the headline of their campaign.

It is that they tried to withdraw from the league in November 2023 following a match against Sampdoria. They cited a decision by the referee to award Samp a penalty as one of the reasons for their withdrawal.

These were the actions of an unhinged president who later rowed back on his decision. The players deserve credit for keeping the fight going until the penultimate matchday, but who knows what happens to Pomigliano next.

2023/34 Women’s Serie A regular season table

PosClubMPPts
1AS Roma1851
2Juventus1843
3Fiorentina1839
4Sassuolo1826
5Inter1826
6AC Milan1821
7Como W.1821
8Sampdoria1818
9Napoli F.186
10Pomigliano186

2023/24 Women’s Serie A Poule Scudetto: Final table

PosClubMPPts
1AS Roma (C)2670
2Juventus (UWCL)2659
3Fiorentina (UWCL)2642
4Sassuolo2636
5Inter2634

2023/24 Women’s Serie A Poule Salvezza: Final table

PosClubMPPts
1AC Milan2641
2Como W.2632
3Sampdoria2628
4Napoli2613
5Pomigliano (R)2612