‘Sin bins’ to be enforced at grassroots level in England

Source:Reuters Published: 2019/7/30 17:48:41

Temporary dismissals, popularly known as "sin bins" in other sports, will be introduced across all levels of grassroots soccer in the 2019-20 season, England's Football Association (FA) said Tuesday.

The rule change allows referees to dismiss a player from the pitch for 10 minutes, with the FA saying they saw a 38 percent reduction in dissent following a testing phase.

"The FA successfully piloted sin bins during the 2017-18 ­season, and then extended this to a total of 31 leagues ­throughout the 2018-19 season as part of its commitment to improve the match day experience for all," the FA said in a statement.

"After gathering positive feedback from players, referees and coaches, sin bins will now be rolled out across all leagues at grassroots level in a bid to increase participation and to continue improving match day experiences.

"The mandatory rule change will be implemented up to Step 5 of the National League System and Tier 3 and below in women's football."

Players who show dissent will be shown a yellow card while the referee points to the touch line to indicate a player has been sent to the sin bin. Two such temporary dismissals will result in the player being sent off.

"Dissent is a key part of the game that needs to be tackled, and our pilot phase has proved that sin bins work well," FA Chief Executive Officer Mark Bullingham said.

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