Former FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio has revealed he wanted to cap the number of foreigners who could take the field in Serie A.
Tavecchio was forced out of his job last season after Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
He said, "The national team is our hope.
"I had proposed for the principle of the specificity of having five foreigners on the field, but needed a European and not local provision.
"If this had been imposed we would have found only five foreigners on the field for each team of A. Today there are teams with nine, ten or eleven foreigners, how do you find a player for the national team?"