The International Association Football Board (IFAB) the body responsible for the Laws of the Game hold their 131st Annual General Meeting at Wembley Stadium on the 3rd March 2017

One of the agenda items that is up for discussion is a proposal to allow temporary dismissals (sin bins) in youth, veterans, disability and grassroots football for yellow card offences.

This will be considered by the meeting following tests in UEFA’s development competitions over the last three

I would certainly like to be a fly on the wall to be privy to the discussion that will take place.

If someone is sent to the Sin Bin where will it be positioned and will there be more than one?

Will the sin bin replace yellow card sanctions?

I have always had the understanding that one of the main revenue streams for County Football Association administration costs is the amount of money they earn from the fines imposed on players, clubs etc.

On the basis that the amount of time in the Sin Bin is say ten minutes, who will manage this time and the behavior of the occupant/s?

I wonder if they vote to introduce this which league will have the opportunity to experiment with its use.

This may well be a league like the Evo-stik Northern Premier League where its use can be carefully monitored and reports on the results can be brought together and judged.

The voting for this idea to be advanced requires approval


– The Four British Associations shall have one vote each

– FIFA has four votes (they are the representative of the other 205 FIFA member associations which may be executed en bloc.)

If FIFA do not approve this possible change at the upcoming meeting then the idea will go sadly be binned!

What are your thoughts on this idea…..

Do you think it will work?

Keith Hackett

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