The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is set to decide on whether to grant the right to televise professional football matches on the big screens in Italy for the first time.
The decision is likely to be taken by the end of the year and could be made public as early as next month.
It has been a long-term dream for the FIGC, and the association’s president Andrea Bertolucci told La Repubblica newspaper that the organisation will “take decisions as quickly as possible”.
The decision was made as part of the new, high-definition TV standard called Ultra HD (UHD), which will be introduced in 2019, which will allow football matches to be seen from multiple angles.
However, the move could cause delays in the introduction of the standard as it will require the approval of the football clubs.
The current law requires all clubs to display their stadiums and stadiums of their opponents, which means that the new TV standards will need to be approved by all clubs as well as the Football Association of Italy (FIFA).
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he hopes to see the new standard introduced before the end to 2022.
“I’m optimistic that we will be able to get it through the Congress in the middle of 2022,” Infantini told Sky Sport Italia.
“There is a lot of pressure for this, and FIFA has the power to veto any proposal, so I am confident that we can get it passed.”
The new TV standard will come into effect in 2020, with the introduction to take place at the start of 2021.
The new standard will replace the current Ultra HD standard and will require all teams to have their own HD screens in their stadiums.
The introduction of Ultra HD will allow the football games to be shown on multiple angles, which could be particularly useful in developing countries like the Philippines, where a large number of fans prefer watching their football on television.
Fifa President Gianni “Gian” Infantiani, pictured in 2013, wants to see Ultra HD introduced by 2021.