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Sin Bins pilot to continue in 2018/19 season

The 'sin bins' will become mandatory for certain leagues respectively from the 2019/20 season

The Football Association has announced that select trials of Temporary Dismissals, more commonly known as ‘sin bins’ will continue during the 2018/19 season.

However, it will become mandatory for all leagues at Step 7 and below and female leagues at Tier 5 and below from the 2019/20 season.

The scheme was originally conceived following a decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) that gave National Associations the ability to implement Temporary Dismissals from 2017/18 at the grassroots level of the game.

Whilst given discretion whether to use the scheme for all cautions or selected cautions, The FA chose to focus on matters of dissent, which amounted to 25% of all cautions during the 2016/17 season. This directly supports the Respect programme which aims to ensure that football both on and off the pitch is an enjoyable, inclusive and a positive experience For All.

31 leagues from across the country at Step 7 and below of the National League System and Tier 5 and below of the Women’s Pyramid of Football took part and resulted in the following:

25 leagues showed an overall reduction in dissent 
38% reduction in dissent across all leagues
72% of players wanted to continue with the scheme 
77% of managers and/or coaches wanted to continue with the scheme 
84% of referees wanted to continue with the scheme   

In the 2018/19 season, all 31 leagues will continue to use Temporary Dismissals and will be joined by 61 other leagues across 16 counties that successfully applied to participate this coming season.

Within Sussex the following leagues will be using Temporary Dismissals for the 2018/19 season:

Arun & Chichester Youth Football League
East Sussex Football League
Horsham & District Youth Football League
Mid Sussex Football League (pilot 2017/18)
Mid Sussex Youth & Minor Football League (pilot 2017/18)
Southern Combination Football League (Division 2, Under-23s and Youth only)
Sussex Sunday Football League
Sussex Sunday Youth Football League

Please note we will not be using Sin Bins in any Sussex County FA County Cups for the 2018/19 season

From the 2019/20 season, all leagues at Step 7 and below in the men’s game will adopt Temporary Dismissals, as well as Tier 5 and below of the Women’s Pyramid of Football, which is the Women’s Regional League Premier Divisions.

Mark Ives, The FA’s Head of Judicial Services, said: "I am delighted with the overall response towards last season’s trial of Temporary Dismissals. Whilst the general fall in dissent across the leagues involved has been fantastic to see, it is the collective sentiment towards the scheme and desire to continue with it that have been particularly encouraging. 

"I would like to thank all of the County FAs, leagues, clubs, referees, coaches and players involved for their collective commitment and enthusiasm towards improving the grassroots game and I look forward to seeing the continued impact of Temporary Dismissals."  

For further information about Temporary Dismissals, please contact Football Services:

Football Services:
T: 01903 753547