Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett takes us through the new Sin-Bin laws that will be implemented in some leagues at step seven and below this season.
WILL THE SIN BIN BE OPERATING IN YOUR LEAGUE?
The IFAB the body responsible for the Laws of the Game will be operating an experimental use of the SIN BIN next season in those leagues in England that volunteered to be involved.
The Football Association of course have the responsibility for its operation and will be carefully monitoring and measuring the success or otherwise.
If you are a Coach or Administrator you will need to understand how the system will operate.
So here are some of the highlights for you to consider and prepare for in the coming weeks.
WHERE WILL THE SIN BIN BE POSITIONED?
There will be no designated area for the SIN BIN. (The FA want to avoid a “naughty step”) However my thoughts are that if this is positioned on the opposite side of the field of play to where an Assistant referee is patrolling then this can be a problem on offside decisions.
At the moment having no designated area will allow the player to go for a walkabout out of control.
RETURNING TO THE FIELD OF PLAY?
You can return to the field of play from any position once the referee has signalled to you to enter the field of play even though the game is in progress.
What offence will you have committed to be sent to the SIN BIN.
This at the moment is uncomplicated the referee can send you to the SIN BIN for DISSENT ONLY.
You will be reported to The FA as a YELLOW CARD SB not the current YELLOW CARD C2. through the whole game system.
HOW IS TIMEKEEPING LOOKED AFTER?
The referee will approach the two competing teams before kick off and request that each provide a volunteer to assist with the time keeping.
I think that this could create some operational difficulties for the referee, particularly on a cold and wet mid-winter match.
HOW LONG WILL PLAYERS GET IN THE SIN BIN?
Ten minutes for a ninety minute game
Eight minutes for an eighty minute game
WHAT IF THE PLAYER IN THE SIN BIN CONTINUES TO SHOW DISSENT?
This player will not be allowed back onto the field of play, but can be substituted at the end of the ten minute period.
WHAT IF A PLAYER HAS ALREADY BEEN ISSUED WITH A YELLOW CARD FOR OTHER OFFENCE THAN DISSENT?
If a player having received what is a normal yellow card before a SIN BIN Yellow card or one after then a Sin Bin Yellow card and a normal yellow card do not equal a red card.
It will be reported has two yellows.
One normal yellow card plus two sin bin yellow cards will result in dismissal and of course this player cannot be substituted.
WILL GOALKEEPERS WILL GET PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT?
I look forward to the start of the coming season to witness how this experiment is progressing and if any changes will be implemented during the course of this experiment.
I am sure that you will have a view on this one.