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Serie A puts faith in VAR

Italian soccer’s top flight introduces video assistant referees for 2017/18 season.

by Sam Carp

Serie A puts faith in VAR

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed plans for Serie A, Italian soccer’s top flight, to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) for the 2017/18 campaign.

The decision means that the league will no longer require additional goal-line referees, but will continue with its use of goal-line technology which was introduced last season.  

The announcement comes after extensive VAR testing was carried out during international friendlies and the 2016 Fifa Club World Cup knockout tournament. The system was also successfully implemented in Sunday’s 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup final, when on-field referee Björn Kuipers used the technology to review his decision to award a penalty to Venezuela against eventual champions England.

Speaking to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio said: “We asked for a little understanding from the clubs as we introduce this new system into all the stadiums. We're going to need a separate room for the video assistant referees and at least eight television cameras following the action. The Lega Serie A will cover the costs, which are in the region of €2 million.

“Fifa have not given full authorisation yet, but all the signals are clear and say we'll begin at the start of the season.”

Juventus were crowned champions of Serie A in 2016/17, and the new season will get underway on 20th August.