The Italian football association is hoping that a new, stronger partnership between the country’s clubs and their governing body, the Diamanti, can help them get back on track.
The Diamante was founded in 2007 and has the power to grant or revoke the licence of clubs that don’t comply with rules that limit the number of foreign players in their squads.
The organisation’s mandate, however, is limited and clubs are allowed to sign as many as five foreign players each season.
The organisation has a mandate to keep the number and diversity of foreign talent in the Italian footballing system.
This is in stark contrast to the United States, where players from countries including China, Iran, Russia and Ukraine can be eligible to play for clubs, despite a ban on non-American players being enforced by FIFA.