The Coppa Italia (Italian for Italy Cup; officially known as TIM Cup because of its sponsorship) is an Italian football annual cup competition. Its first edition was held in 1922, but the second champions were not crowned until 1936. Juventus is the competition's most successful club with 12 wins, followed by Roma with 9. Roma and Juventus have contested the most finals with 17 each. The holder can wear a "tricolore" cockade (Italian: coccarda), like the roundels that appear on military aircraft, and qualifies for a UEFA Europa League spot for the next season.
The competition is a knockout tournament with pairings for each round made in advance; the draw for the whole competition is made before a ball is kicked. Each tie is played as a single leg, with the exception of the two-legged semi-finals. If a match is drawn, extra time is played. In the event of a draw after 120 minutes, a penalty shoot-out is contested. As well as being presented with the trophy, the winning team also qualifies for the UEFA Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup). If the winners have already qualified for the UEFA Champions League via Serie A, or are not entitled to play in UEFA competitions for any reason, the place goes to the next highest placed finisher in the league table.
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