ROME -- Italian football leaders approved radical reforms on Thursday to give the national coach more options and promote homegrown players from next season.
The reforms include limiting Serie A sides to 25 players, four of whom must have grown up in Italy, and another four of whom must have come up through their youth systems.
The federation (FIGC) passed the reforms by a majority vote, despite the Italian Players' Association and managers' representatives voting against them.
According to a study...
The Italian football federation is planning to vote on Thursday on proposed reforms, which would require Serie A clubs to limit their first squads to 25 players, and stipulate that at least four come up through their youth systems.
A rule could also be passed to require that one of the maximum of two non-EU players in each club has a certain pedigree with his national squad.
The idea is to give the national coach more options and promote homegrown players.
The reforms come about after Italy saw...
Italy coach Antonio Conte hit back at his critics after a 1-0 friendly victory over Albania in Genoa on Tuesday.
The win came just days after a 1-1 draw against Croatia drew heavily criticism for the relatively new Italy boss, who took over for Cesare Prandelli after the World Cup.
Recent scorelines may not have been flattering, but Conte insisted only the results matter.
"We've won five and drawn one," Conte said. "We won five of our six games and drew one. Some might sneer, but my lads want...