Serie A

FIGC President Talks Potential Serie A Reform, Reducing League from 20 to 18 Teams

John Solano

In a recent interview on RAI Radio 1, Gabriele Gravina, president of the FIGC (Italian FA), delved into various topics concerning Italian football. Among these discussions, Gravina acknowledged the potential transition of Serie A from 20 to 18 teams, shedding light on the reasoning behind such considerations.

Gravina admitted the challenges posed by congested schedules requires a thorough evaluation of Serie A’s format. Drawing parallels with other European leagues, he noted Germany’s transition and France’s upcoming expansion to 36 teams across their top two divisions. Although, Gravina expressed his hope that any changes to Serie A’s structure would stem from the collective decision-making of its stakeholders.

“I’ve been happy to entertain feedback from the likes of Milan, Juventus, Inter, and Roma,” he stated.

“Reducing the number of teams in Serie A is an important issue that requires evaluation. Sooner or later we’ll reach the point where the format of Serie A must be reviewed. Germany has already gone down to 18 teams and next year France will have 36 teams between the top two flights—however, I want us to reach an agreement on economic and financial reforms before going down this path.”

He continued, “The concept of reform requires willingness to change and change requires discussion and courage. Though, I’m firmly convinced that Italian football is finally doing an in-depth analysis of all that must change in order for us to bring stability and competitiveness. Reform is needed.”

Gravina also weighed in on the league’s implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology before lauding the performances of Italian referees.

He credited the introduction of VAR for significantly reducing refereeing errors to a mere 0.84% this season. Gravina also expressed gratitude towards referee designator Gianluca Rocchi for spearheading efforts to enhance transparency and communication amidst various internal and external pressures.

“Given all this, we’re led to a very positive evaluation of VAR,” confessed Gravina. “I also want to thank Gianluca Rocchi for helping this stable of young referees grow.”

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