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FIGC considers challenge-based VAR system

Referee Marco Di Bello gestures during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Torino (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has signalled his intention to step up the use of video assistant referees in the top-tier Serie A and revealed that a challenge system could be implemented in the future.

VAR was first introduced in Serie A at the start of the 2017-18 season, making Italy’s top tier one of the first major European leagues to adopt the technology.

In a statement released yesterday (Thursday), the FIGC revealed that, following requests from “numerous” Serie A clubs, it has informally notified Fifa, the sport’s global governing body, of its intention to experiment with the use of a challenge system.

This could allow teams a set number of challenges, which would be used to contest contentious decisions via an on-field review system.

The FIGC statement added: “The federation is convinced that by continuing on the path already taken, football can be brought into a dimension even closer to the millions of fans, without affecting the referee’s authority but by providing him with the concrete tools to help him.”

The introduction of VAR in Serie A back in 2017 resulted in the removal of goal-line assistants during matches. The league’s VAR technology is provided by Hawk-Eye.