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Bucks' FA welcomes introduction of 'sin bins'

They say the move will improve the game in the long run.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:40pm 8th August 2019. 4-minute read.

Bucks' FA welcomes introduction of 'sin bins'

Grassroots football teams in Buckinghamshire are now using sin bins - a move the county's FA has welcomed.

The Berks and Bucks Football Association say the short time-outs for players are a 'positive move', as they can create a more enjoyable game for everyone.

The group have worked with clubs across the area to implement the new rules.

The mandatory rule change will be implemented up to Step 5 of the National League System and Tier 3 and below in women's football. Sin bins of 10 minutes will be issued by referees as a sanction for dissent in adult football, and will apply to all levels of grassroots football. Shorter sin bins will apply across youth football.

The FA successfully piloted sin bins during the 2017/18 season, and then extended this to a total of 31 leagues throughout the 2018/19 season as part of its commitment to improve the match day experience for all.

After gathering positive feedback from players, referees and coaches, sin bins will now be rolled out across all leagues at grassroots level in a bid to increase participation and to continue improving match day experiences.

Mark Bullingham, The FA's Chief Executive Officer, said:

"The introduction of sin bins is a positive step for grassroots football. They allow referees to address incidents of dissent quickly and effectively.

"Dissent is a key part of the game that needs to be tackled, and our pilot phase has proved that sin bins work well.  The trial showed a huge impact on behaviour that we want to roll out to the whole game and make it more enjoyable for everyone."

Alastair Kay, Berks & Bucks FA, Football Services Manager, said:

"This is an exciting and positive move for grassroots football and a huge step towards improving the playing experience for everyone involved in the game locally.

"It's a big change and one that will take some getting used to but we've been working closely with our local Leagues, Clubs and Referees across for the County for the past six months to ensure everyone is ready for the introduction of Sin Bins.

"We're looking forward to seeing the positive impact temporary dismissals will bring to the game and its impact on behaviour which will contribute to creating more enjoyable environments in football for all across Berks & Bucks."

Results during the trial period showed a 38% total reduction in dissent across all participating leagues.

Meanwhile, 72% of players, 77% of managers and coaches, and 84% of referees said they wanted to continue with sin bins after the trial period.

Sin bins will be indicated by the referee showing a yellow card and clearly pointing to the touchline. This will result in a temporary dismissal from the pitch during which time the player is not allowed to be substituted or involved in the game in any way.

Unlike cautions, which will continue to be issued for unsporting behaviour and other offences, players will not be required to pay the £10 administration fee for a single temporary dismissal. A second temporary dismissal in a match will result in an exclusion from the game.

County FAs will offer training to referees while all participating club secretaries and players will receive a guide. Meanwhile, The FA has also launched an online portal for players, club officials and match officials designed to educate participants on the sin bins process ahead of the new season.

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