I was interested to read that the International Football Association Board the body responsible for the laws of the game are going to experiment with the use of Sin Bins at grassroots level.
Subject to the approval of the competition the experiment will cover, youth, veterans, disability and grassroots football.
They have agreed that the Sin Bin experiment will take place subject to appropriate approval.
I have watched with great interest how the Sin Bin is used successfully in Rugby Union.
It is of course an immediate punishment for the player and for his team who have to play with one man short for the ten minutes, which is the current length of the suspension imposed by the Rugby Union authorities.
They intend running two schemes.
Scheme One – the Sin Bin will be used for all yellow cards, with the referee indicating to the player who has offended that he will spend ten minutes in the Sin Bin
The referee will signal removal to the Sin Bin by pointing with both arms towards the Technical Area.
Scheme Two – will operate in similar manner but removal to the Sin Bin will only apply to a selected number of yellow card offences.
The temporary dismissal period
• The length of the temporary dismissal is the same for all offences
• The length of the temporary dismissal should be between 10-15% of the total playing time (e.g. 10 minutes in a 90-minute match; 8 minutes in an 80-minute match)
• The temporary dismissal period begins when play restarts after the player has left the field of play
• The referee should include in the temporary dismissal period any time ‘lost’ for a stoppage for which ‘additional time’ will be allowed at the end of the half (e.g. substitution, injury etc…) Competitions must decide who will help the referee time the dismissal period – it could be a team official
• Once the temporary dismissal period has been completed, the player can return from the touchline with the referee’s permission, which can be given while the ball is in play
• The referee has the final decision as to when the player can return
• A temporarily dismissed player can not be substituted until the end of the temporary dismissal period
• If a temporary dismissal period has not been completed at the end of the first half (or the end of the second half when extra time is to be played) the remaining part of the temporary dismissal period is served from the start of the second half (start of extra time)
• A player who is still serving a temporary dismissal at the end of the match is permitted to take part in Kicks from the Penalty Mark (penalties)
Temporary dismissal area
• A temporarily dismissed player should remain within the technical area (where one exists) or with the team’s coach/technical staff, unless ‘warming up’ (under the same conditions as a substitute)
Offences before/during/after a temporary dismissal
• A temporarily dismissed player who commits a cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offence during their temporary dismissal period will take no further part in the match and may not be replaced or substituted
Further disciplinary action
• Competitions/national FAs will decide if temporary dismissals must be reported to the appropriate authorities and whether any further disciplinary action may be taken e.g. suspension for accumulating a number of temporary dismissals, as with cautions (YCs)
If you want to know more about this then take a look at the IFAB.com website.
So what are your views of this experiment are would you like to see it introduced in your league?