Tuesday September 27 2011
Clubs propose reserves enter Serie B

The Italian League is reportedly considering a proposal put forward to allow reserve teams to compete at Serie B and Lega Pro level.

It is one suggestion put forward this week at a conference chaired by Arrigo Sacchi at Coverciano and attended by the heads of youth development at each of Serie A's teams.

Their aim at the meeting is to work towards improving the country's recent track record of producing young Italian footballers.

This particular initiative would be similar to that seen in Spain, where the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal have reserve 'B' teams competing as high as the Segunda Division, the equivalent to Italy's Serie B.

The idea is that clubs in Italy would then be able to give primavera players a taste of regular competitive football at the professional level.

Tuttosport reports that Fiorentina and Milan are the first to put their names to the proposal, and that Juventus are also in favour of the scheme.

Sacchi is also believed to support the idea, unlike Serie B President Andrea Abodi, who instead wants to develop FIGC's focus on improving infrastructure at clubs.