Temporary Dismissals – Pilot 2017/18 Season

Following the decision of IFAB to permit National Associations the ability to implement Temporary Dismissals (more commonly known as “Sin Bins”) at Grassroots level of the game, The Football Association has agreed to trial the system in selected leagues for the duration of the 2017/18 season.

This will be implemented for selected leagues at Step 7 of the National League System and below including a mixture of Saturday; Sunday male and female adult Leagues and Youth Leagues.

The use of Temporary Dismissals will be restricted for cautions of dissent only. As the intention of the temporary dismissal is to have an immediate impact on the behaviour of players at the time of the game it is anticipated that this step will reduce the level of dissent experienced by referees.

Dissent accounts for 24% of all cautions at the Grassroots level of the game. As mentioned, the intention is to change the behaviour and impose an immediate sanction on the player; so whilst referees will still be required to report the incident in order for the RESPECT sanctioning to continue and to record cautions for continual misconduct purposes; the caution administered will not attract the normal £10 administration fee as cautions for dissent currently do. This puts the focus on changing behaviour.

The system imposes an immediate sanction on the player for a caution for dissent who will then undertake a period of a 10 minute temporary dismissals (period amended for youth games accordingly).

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