Serie A to implement video assistant referees for 2017-18 campaign

Serie A is set to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) for the 2017-18 season while scrapping its use of goal-line referees.

VAR has been tested in international friendlies and some tournaments, including the Under-20 World Cup and Club World Cup, and now Serie A is set to follow suit for the new campaign.

As a result, Serie A, which brought in goal-line technology for last season, will no longer require the use of goal-line referees.

Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio said FIFA has not yet approved the new plans but should do in time for the new season.

"We asked for a little understanding from the clubs as we introduce this new system into all the stadiums," Tavecchio told Corriere dello Sport.

"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, in the region of €2 million.

"Crotone will therefore play their first two games at home, allowing Cagliari to play theirs away so that they've got time to finish the stadium.

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