Soccer rule-makers support sin-bin trial

Soccer's rulemakers have recommended the trialing of sin bins in the professional game as part of a groundbreaking bid to clamp down on player misbehavior.

Temporary dismissals of players for offenses such as dissent and tactical fouls were backed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at its annual business meeting in London on Tuesday.

Sin bins were introduced at grassroots level in England in 2019 in an attempt to improve levels of respect and fair play.

IFAB board members also supported a proposed trial that would mean only the team captain could approach the referee in certain game situations.

Proposals will be considered at the organization's annual general meeting in Glasgow in March.

IFAB board member Mark Bullingham, the chief executive of the English Football Association, said: "When we were looking at sin bins — protocol clearly has to be developed — the areas we were looking at were dissent, where it's worked very well in the grassroots game in England.

"We've also spoken about other areas, particularly tactical fouls.

"I think frustration for fans watching games when they see a promising counterattack that's ruined by that and the question of whether a yellow card is sufficient for that has led to us looking at whether that should be involved in the protocol as well."

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA referees committee, who sits on the IFAB's technical subcommittee, said the proposed trials would "very probably" involve professional soccer.

Subject to approval at the AGM in March, they could begin as early as next season.

"The trial was very successful in a grassroots competition," he said. "Now we are talking of a higher level, very probably professional or even high professional football.

"We need to draft something that works or is worthy for top football."


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6 comments about "Soccer rule-makers support sin-bin trial".
  1. Kevin Leahy, November 28, 2023 at 8:39 p.m.

    Allow the referee's to enforce the rules you already have! The dissent is a joke. Make players stay in the bench area/off the field after a goal. Intentional fouls are automatic yellow and there are plenty of them in a match so, a second yellow should be easy to give out.

  2. R2 Dad, November 28, 2023 at 8:45 p.m.

    Thanks for including this type of reporting. Unfortunately, everything IFAB has touched over the past 13 years or so has turned to sewage of the most offensive sort. Micromanaging of the LOTG where each year is worse than the previous, has left officials neutered in some cases and confused and disrespected in others. I'd like to rewind back to 2010 when the LOTG were very clear--back before the Henry handling call vs Ireland set everyone off in a tizzy and IFAB felt they had to do something instead of just giving referees better tools to do the decent job they had been doing. No one can say with a straight face that officiating implementation is better now than it was back then.

  3. Kevin Leahy replied, November 29, 2023 at 4 p.m.

    You are right R2! The made a mess of the offside rule.

  4. humble 1, November 28, 2023 at 10:08 p.m.

    This'll be real pretty in the Prem with PGMOL already stumbling with their implementation of VAR - imagine what they'll do with the sin bin. I won't be bothered to watch, exept when clubs play in Champions, but rest assured, that they have Rugby in UK doing this for very long time - counts for nothing, not one thing. They will do it their way - they will not consult with others - and they will make it opaque and non-transparent. Keep the stands full and the $s flowing is their motto.  

  5. Mike Lynch, November 30, 2023 at 6:23 a.m.

    Amen to sin bins or anything to reign in the constant dissent and tactical fouling which has become more detrimental to the good of the game than the growing pains of VAR or the confusion around handballs and offsides. I agree the referees could solve much of this by just enforcing existing LOTG but the flip side of that is the criticism of not letting the game play, stop getting too involved, etc. Perhaps the best path forward is both, enforce the current LOTG more while reigning in the rediculous and very disruptive non-stop dissent and tactical fouling. Sport is competitive play, requiring rules and enforcement. Something has to be done and if sin bins were effective in the trial leagues, then IFAB should continue the trial at the highest level. 

  6. Bob Ashpole, December 1, 2023 at 2:41 a.m.

    That the captain could ask the referee about a call was not a formal rule, but it was a custom. It seems that it is a forgotten custom, even 20 years ago. 

    Instead of the Information Age we should call our times the Age of Disrespect.

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