Thursday April 14 2016
Serie A to test video replays

The FIGC has announced that Italian football will test the use of video replays in officiating.

The International Football Association Board [IFAB] “agreed in principle” last month to test the use of video refereeing over the next two seasons.

Today it has been confirmed that Italian football will be one of the testers, starting from next season.

“The FIGC has been selected, along with other Federations, to test the use of the VAR [Video Assistant Referees] system,” the governing body of Italian football announced in a statement.

“In the meeting on Friday April 8 held in London to change the rules of the game, explain the project and get confirmation by trial by national associations, the FIGC reiterated its interest once again.

“To this end, President Carlo Tavecchio will hold a meeting with the Lega Serie A, Serie B and Lega Pro in order to convey all the technical and operational requirements necessary for the commencement of the trial next season.

“The aim is to arrive at the next meeting, scheduled for May, with the formalisation of the commitment according to the protocol drawn-up jointly with the IFAB and FIFA.

“The project submitted to the Federations is divided into two stages: the first ‘offline’ for the 2016-17 season, and the second ‘live’, probably for the 2017-18 season.”

FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio reacted positively to the news.

“We were among the first advocates for the use of video technology on the pitch,” Tavecchio noted.

“We believe we have all the requirements to offer our contribution in this important trial.

“In compliance with the fluidity of the game and the referee’s authority, this will improve the whole system, as has already been demonstrated by the introduction of goal-line technology.”

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