Sin bins to be introduced across grassroots football in Gloucestershire from 2019/20

Temporary dismissals also known as 'sin bins' will be introduced across all levels of grassroots football in Gloucestershire.


The Football Association [The FA] has today announced that temporary dismissals, also known as sin bins, will be introduced across all levels of grassroots football in Gloucestershire from the start of the 2019/20 season. 

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. Sin bins of 10 minutes will be issued by referees as a sanction for dissent in adult football, and will apply to all levels of grassroots football. Shorter sin bins will apply across youth football.

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. 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.

Take part in the interactive video below to learn more about how sin bins will used in the new season.

Mark Bullingham, The FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The introduction of sin bins is a positive step for grassroots football. They allow referees to address incidents of dissent quickly and effectively.

"Dissent is a key part of the game that needs to be tackled, and our pilot phase has proved that sin bins work well.  The trial showed a huge impact on behaviour that we want to roll out to the whole game and make it more enjoyable for everyone."

Results during the trial period showed:

  • 25 of 31 leagues showed an overall reduction in dissent
  • 38% total reduction in dissent across all leagues
  • 75% of players, 77% of managers and coaches, and 84% of referees said they wanted to continue with sin bins after the trial period

Sin bins will be indicated by the referee showing a yellow card and clearly pointing to the touchline. This will result in a temporary dismissal from the pitch during which time the player is not allowed to be substituted or involved in the game in any way. 

Unlike cautions, which will continue to be issued for unsporting behaviour and other offences, players will not be required to pay the £10 administration fee for a single temporary dismissal. A second temporary dismissal in a match will result in an exclusion from the game.

The FA has also launched an online portal for players, club officials and match officials designed to educate participants on the sin bins process ahead of the new season.

We have been running Sin Bin Workshops throughout the summer, to get club secretaries and referees throughout the county up to date with the new changes in the laws of the game. To find out more information regarding the upcoming Workshops head to Sin Bin Workshop 2019.

You can download an infographic detailing how the sin bin process will work this season.

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