Serie A may have lost its allure and lustre in recent years, but it could be about to be given a boost.
Over the past few years, match-fixing, poor attendances and the falling of giants such as AC Milan have all seen a once great league become rather boring.
But Italian football may soon be on the rise again – meet Elena Tambini, a 25-year-old referee and part-time model who is receiving her fair share of attention around the continent.
On the rise: Female referee Elena Tambini could soon officiate in Serie A
Tough work: The 25-year-old currently officiates in the Italian lower leagues
On the side: As well as being an official in Italian football, Tambini is also a part-time model
Tambini currently officiates in the Italian minor leagues, but she could soon be on her way to Serie B and then Serie A – and maybe even international football.
Female officials at the highest level are incredibly rare.
Assistant referee Sian Massey is currently the only active female official in the Premier League.