In March 2017 IFAB approved discretion for National Associations to use Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) for either all cautions or selected cautions. The FA approved for a pilot for dissent cautions only.
31 leagues were selected. Two of these were within Hertfordshire. The Herts Senior County League and the Hitchin Sunday League.
The aim was to support the respect programme, decrease dissent and improve match experience.
There was an overall 38% reduction across all leagues. The Herts Senior County League’s dissent decreased by 51% whilst the Hitchin Sunday League increased by 6%. The FA also carried out a survey of 1400 users. The results showed that 72% of players wanted to continue with Sin Bins. 84% of referees also wanted to continue.
The use of Sin Bins will become mandatory within grassroots football from season 2019/20 however some leagues have opted to operate them for the 18/19 season. In Hertfordshire we see two more leagues joining the scheme in the 18/19 season.
Phil Sharp, Referee Development Officer and Lauren Halsey, Football Services Manager, will be delivering training to all referees and clubs within Hertfordshire during the 2018/19 season in preparation for 2019-20.