Italian football to trial increased video review as new rule changes proposed

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The Italian Football Federation has announced it will begin a two-year trial of increased video review ahead of proposed rule changes from the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The IFAB creates the rules of the game and is planning to move forward with some new laws after a recent meeting in London.

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With the success of goal-line technology throughout Europe, an increase in video review will start next season in Italy, with the hopes of the system going “live” for the 2017-18 season.

This new technology, known as a Video Assistant Referee, will only be used in certain cases throughout a match. These situations include goals scored, penalty decisions, red cards, and mistaken identity. It will not be used to determine offside.

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Another important rule change that will take effect next season is the elimination of the “triple-punishment rule.” Currently, a player who denies an obvious goalscoring chance in the box is immediately sent off and subsequently suspended, while also conceding a penalty. Next season, a similar play will no longer be a mandatory sending off and suspension, but rather just a yellow card depending on the severity of the foul.