Grassroots Football is Heading into a New Future with the Introduction of Sin Bins

From the start of the 2019/2020 season, ‘Sin Bins’ will be making a permanent appearance in football.

The change will take place at the grassroots level of the English game, at tier seven and below of the football pyramid as well as tier five and below of the women’s game.

The dismissals only apply to yellow cards in the game which are towards dissent, with players leaving the field for 10 minutes.

Studies have shown that 25 leagues have had a reduction in dissent.
Photograph: Michael Fox

Grassroots player Jack Fuller is a fan of the introduction of the new system and looks forward to it being implemented in the upcoming season.

“If you give that player that Sin bin and they go off, they are going to learn from what they have done and they are going to sit on the side and watch their team struggle.

“When they come back on, the behaviour is going to less likely occur and also for their teammates when they are 10 men down, as they are going to think that they don’t want that to happen to them.”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) offered the National Associations the ability to use this system in grassroots level in 2017.

The past two years since then, the FA has been testing and trialling it across 31 leagues in the country in preparation for it to be used in the 2019/2020 season.

Sin bins are one of the many law changes that are due to be introduced into football for the new campaign.

In the study after the trials for the past two years, 72% of the players want to continue with the scheme.
Photograph: Michael Fox

Sin Bins have so far proved to be a success in tackling common problems on the football pitch such as dissent towards players and coaches as well as referees.

Find out what coaches of grassroots teams think of the new rule and how it effects their game plans for next season.