The 2010 Italian Softball League will be played by 9 teams only. After the expansion (from 8 to 10) as the clubs requested, the Old Parma team withdrew from the league because of financial problems and no other club was ready to fill the spot.
"It is really a surprise" admitted FIBS Vice President Giovanni Antonio Sanna "And to me it shows that we need to count on a bigger number of players".
The Federation has already made it clear that teams will have to be based on players developed in Italy: "This season it will be mandatory to have 6 players developed in Italy on the field at all times and in 2011 every shortstop will have to be of the Italian School of Softball".
Some say that without Italian Americans the National Team is going to struggle: "Everybody has to realize that we are in the middle of a generational turn over. it's up to the clubs now: they have to be as brave as to put prospects on their rosters".
Totoni Sanna is also the First Vice President for the European Softball Federation (ESF)