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After being effectively used in amateur soccer, the use of sin bins will now be tested in higher levels of the sport, according to the governing body.
The annual business meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the temporary removal of players for offenses such as dissent and strategic fouls.
The members of the IFAB board also backed a suggested experiment in which only the captain of the team may communicate with the referee in specific significant moments during a game.
The meeting on Tuesday in London will determine the plans for the organization’s yearly general assembly, scheduled for March 2 in Glasgow. Any suggested modifications to the rules of the game will be reviewed for authorization at this meeting.
A process and framework for conducting trials will be created.
Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, stated that when considering the implementation of sin bins, proper protocol must be established. The focus was on addressing dissent, as it has proven to be effective in the grassroots level of English football.
“We have also discussed other aspects, specifically deliberate fouls.”
“I believe that fans become frustrated when they witness a potential counter-attack being hindered by a questionable yellow card. This has prompted us to consider including this issue in the protocol.”
We began by examining how players behave and show disagreement. Now, we are considering whether we should expand this to include other aspects, like strategic fouls.
Sin bins were introduced across all levels of grassroots football from the 2019-20 season in an attempt to to improve levels of respect and fair play in the game.
The new regulation was put into effect for levels five and below in the National League system, as well as tier three and lower in women’s soccer.