The Football Association have announced that thirty two leagues from across the country will trial temporary dismissals during the coming season.

The ‘Sin-Bin’ system will be put into place in divisions below step seven of the National League system.

The FA confirmed that over 130 leagues had registered an interest in taking part in the pilot scheme.

From Step 7 of the National League system and below 130 grassroots leagues registered an interest in the pilot scheme and a mixture of male, female, adult, youth, Saturday and Sunday leagues across the country have been chosen to take part.

The International Football Association Board [IFAB] which gave National Associations the ability to implement sin bins at grassroots level and the Football Association have decided to focus on looking to discipline players to shows of dissent towards match officials.

Mark Ives, FA head of judicial services, said: “I am encouraged by the level of enthusiasm from County FA’s, leagues, clubs and referees and in their collective commitment to make a difference to our great game at a local level.

“I look forward to seeing a positive impact during the course of the season.”

A mixture of male, female, youth, adult and Saturday and Sunday leagues from across the country have been chosen to take part in the trial.

The leagues are:

• Anglian Combination League  
• Jersey Football Combination  
• Army Football League Massey
• JJ Jones Builders Duchy League
• Birmingham & District Football League
• Liverpool County FA Premier League
• Bolton, Bury & District Football League
• Mid Sussex Football League
• Chester & Wirral Football League
• Mid Sussex Youth & Minor Football League
• Cumberland County League
• Midwest Counties Female
• Devon and Exeter Football League
• North Staffs Youth League
• Dorset Premier League
• Nottinghamshire Senior Football League
• Durham County Women’s
• Notts. Amateur Alliance
• Evesham & District Sunday Football League
• Peterborough & District Football League
• Gloucestershire County Women’s League
• Potteries & District Sunday League
• Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
• Sevenoaks and District Football League
• Hertfordshire Senior County League
• Sheffield & District Junior Sunday League
• Hitchin Sunday League
• Southern Amateur League
• Surrey Primary Youth League
• Trelawny League
• Taunton & District Saturday League
• Warrington Sunday Football League

At the time the trials were announced, John Topping – Durham County FA secretary –  commented “If selected by The FA we will be trialling in our selected DCFA leagues for under 14,15,16,18,23 and Women’s league next season.

“The sin bin is to be used only for dissent offence at present, and this will allow the referee to send a player to the sin bin to cool down (he or she cannot be replaced) for a time period.  If a player receives two sin bin offences in a game then he or she is dismissed as what happens now. This would also save the team having to pay a £10 administration fee and therefore help teams financially.

“(Step seven and below was chosen) Because some step seven leagues have other divisions within their structure that are not part of the National League System.

“There will obviously be some teething problems such as those involving referees knowing how long a player has been in the sin bin, but that is the reason for the pilot”

Now the leagues have been announced and key figures in and around the game will be intrigued to see how they function in a match situation.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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