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Sin Bin Changes for 2024-25

The FA has implemented significant changes to Sin Bins ahead of the new season

What you need to know about the changes to the regulations from 1st July 2024

As part of The FA’s commitment to tackling poor behaviour in the game and creating a positive football environment, they have reviewed the regulations regarding Sin Bins and implemented significant changes ahead of the new season.

Sin Bins were first introduced to grassroots football from the start of the 2019-20 season to improve levels of respect and fair play across the game, with players committing dissent given a temporary dismissal.

The revised regulations simplify the processes around Sin Bins, meaning that in addition to being removed from the field of play, offences of dissent by word or action will be treated as a standard caution in all other respects.

As a result from the 1st July 2024 onwards:

  • A player receiving a yellow card for dissent will incur the same fee as any other yellow card (in addition to them being sent to the sin bin)
  • A player receiving two yellow cards for dissent and/or other offences will be dismissed from the field of play and not permitted to return

Further detailed guidance, including an extensive Q&A section on the match day process can be downloaded below.


In addition to this domestic change in the protocol, IFAB have also amended their 2024/25 Laws of the Game which can be found on their website.