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10 Minute Sin Bins Will Be Introduced In Non-League Football Next Season

Josh Lawless

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10 Minute Sin Bins Will Be Introduced In Non-League Football Next Season

In a radical change for the sport, 10 minute sin bins for dissent will be introduced in Non-League football below step four and it could well spark absolute chaos.

Temporary dismissals have been key part of Rugby for a number of years and were trialed in a total of 31 football leagues in 2017/18, with a 38% reduction rate in dissent recorded according to the BBC.

61 other leagues were included in the process last season and now it will make its way below step four next term.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The sin bins will see players shown a yellow card and asked to sit on their own substitutes' bench by the referee, though they are able to warm up in this period.

Once the 10 minutes is served, the player is then waved back onto the pitch in the same way an injured player is after receiving treatment.

But when you factor goalkeepers, that is when it gets all kinds of crazy. If a 'keeper abuses a ref, they are required to enter the sin bin. Simple enough, right?

However, while they are on the sidelines for 10 minutes of the game, an outfield player must take the gloves and shirt and do a quick stint in net.

Then, when the goalkeeper is allowed to head back onto the pitch, he/she must play as an outfield player until a stoppage in play commences and then the position swap can take place.


Mark Ives, head of judicial services, told The Non League Paper in August that there is the option to branch out to other offences in the future but now the focus is on eliminating dissent from the grassroots up.

"Everyone has a part to play in it. Sin bins are part of the solution but they aren't the complete solution. Clubs have to take their responsibility in educating their players to not argue with the referees.

"What we've found with sin bins is that is exactly what clubs are doing. They are policing it themselves, either the managers or the players, by seeing it impacts their enjoyment and their ability to compete with 11 players on the park."

Are you in favour of sin bins or do you think it's a case of not needing to change a winning formula?

Sound off in the comments.

Topics: Rugby, Football News, Football, Non-League, English Football, Sin bin, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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