The Women’s Serie A has reached the halfway stage of the regular season before we get the split, and there are a number of teams who will be thrilled with how things have gone so far.
All 10 teams have played nine games, meaning after another nine after this international break, we will see the table split down the middle into the Scudetto Pool and the Relegation Pool. The teams will then only play sides from their mini-league to see who wins the league, who joins the winners in the Women’s Champions League, who goes into the relegation playoff against a Serie B side and who is going down straight away.
The very top and very bottom of the table almost look as though they are decided already, but there is plenty in between that could leave us guessing until Matchday 18.
The happy teams: AS Roma, Fiorentina, Como and Sampdoria
The obvious winners so far this season are AS Roma, in the most literal sense. From nine games, they have got 27 points. Despite having had to play two Women’s Champions League games as well this season so far, they have won all of their Serie A Femminile clashes.
The Giallorossi have just looked unstoppable and despite playing (and winning) in Europe midweek, they took on Fiorentina on Matchday 9 and still won. It may have only been a 2-1 win, but playing an in-form and impressive Fiorentina team with half the recovery time is not easy and it is yet another hurdle they have passed.
They are the reigning champions and right now, you’d be brave to bet against winning the league again.
They were in the top five last season but ended up behind AC Milan come the end of the campaign. With Sebastian de le Fuente now in charge, they seem to have gone up a level this season and after nine games, La Viola are third with a three-point lead over Inter and a five-point lead over Milan.
They are five points behind Juventus which means they can’t be written out of the discussion for a Women’s Champions League spot just yet, although the Bianconere are still the firm favourites to be taking that spot behind Roma if they don’t catch up.
Either way, Fiorentina have made a very solid case to say they are the third-best team in Serie A this season, which represents progress from 2022/23.
Como ended the 2022/23 season superbly and finished up second in the Relegation Pool, which was perhaps a sign of things to come. There may have been a change of coach, but Como have taken almost everything in their stride so far.
They have slipped to fifth just as we approach the halfway point of the regular season, but they were sitting above Inter and even Fiorentina for a short while early in the campaign. Losing Matilde Pavan and Chiara Beccari does not seem to have hindered them, as they have become incredibly difficult to beat. For a team not at all linked to the men’s side Como 1907, they have done incredibly well to become this good.
Considering Sampdoria’s new ownership did not even want to continue the existence of the women’s team in the summer, the fact that they are not rooted to the bottom of Serie A Femminile is very impressive.
Things started slowly, but they have managed to pick up seven points which means they are seven clear of Napoli at the bottom and two ahead of Pomigliano. It might not be many points, but it is seven more than many thought they might have at this stage.
The unhappy teams: AC Milan, Napoli
This was perhaps predictable. With Maurizio Ganz still in charge, Milan carried on in the same way as they were last season, and the year before. Uninspiring, inconsistent, and less than the sum of their parts.
Ganz was eventually dismissed, but only after Matchday 8’s 1-1 draw against Sampdoria. Davide Corti is now in charge and his first game was a 1-0 defeat against Inter. It wasn’t a good start, but he will have many more chances to prove himself.
There should be an improvement from Milan in the second half of the regular season, and they will need it, given they are currently destined for the Relegation Pool.
Whilst they were not expected to be anywhere near the top end of the table, Napoli have had a really awful start to their first season back in the top flight.
They have lost all nine of their games, conceded 21 times, and scored just three goals. There simply has to be a marked improvement in the second half of the season if they are to have a chance of staying up.
It is worth remembering, though, that once the division splits in two, Napoli will only be playing the teams around them and things can change quickly. That is what happened to Como in 2022/23.
Let’s wait and see: Juventus, Inter, Sassuolo, Pomigliano
It seems odd to not be raving about a team that is second in the league having won eight of their nine games, but that is the silly situation that Juventus and Roma have created.
Juventus have beaten everyone they have played, except for Roma, so their season cannot be viewed as successful right now. The stated aim is to win the title back off of the Giallorosse and as it stands, they’re not doing that.
What is clear is that they’ll keep the fight going for a long time and when the two sides meet again, the gap will probably still be three points and Juventus have what it takes to beat Roma.
Even though they somehow ended up fifth last year, the general feeling was that Inter were the third-best team in Serie A.
This season, they don’t appear to be as devastating going forward and that is mostly down to the absence of Tabitha Chawinga who was not kept on a permanent deal. Losing a player of her quality will damage any team and whilst there is still plenty of talent in Rita Guarino‘s squad, nobody is doing what Chawinga did.
Inter will certainly be in the top half come the split, but they are once again fighting to finish in third place.
It is hard to know what Sassuolo really are at times. For a while, they were punching above their weight and the memories of being Juventus‘ closest challengers means that seeing them in seventh after nine games doesn’t sit right.
In terms of budget, though, they shouldn’t really be anywhere near the top of the table but there are a lot of talented players in the team. With eight points from nine games, they won’t be thrilled, but getting into the top half is not impossible.
Having backtracked on their attempts to leave the division recently, Pomigliano have actually picked up four points from their past two games. That has given them a five-point buffer to Napoli at the bottom.
Their next task is to reel in Sampdoria. Who knows how this season will end for the Campanian side given the off-pitch chaos.
Women’s Serie A table after Matchday 9