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28th Nov 2023

Football to trial 10-minute sin-bins as ‘orange card’ rule shake-up confirmed

Callum Boyle

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The measures could be introduced as early as next season

Sin-bins are set to be introduced to football after the sports’ lawmakers approved the decision to trial what could prove to be a revolutionary move.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have agreed to trial the rugby-style approach in elite-level competitions such as the Premier League.

This trial could take place as soon as next season.

During the 2017/18 season, sin-bins were successfully trialled before being rolled out across 31 leagues throughout the 2018/19 season as part of their pledge to improve the match day experience.

They have proved to be successful in tackling dissent for many years at grassroots and youth level and the new trials could also see them used to punish tactical fouling.

Should players fall guilty of breaking these rules then they would be brandished an “orange card” as part of the new shake up.

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‘It can make a big difference if they know it means a tenth of the match off the pitch’

As per The Telegraph, the orange card would be used for offences deemed worthy of greater punishment than a booking, but not enough to warrant a second half, in order to reduce the number of tactical fouls and other punishments during a game.

Earlier this month Lukas Brud, the CEO of IFAB, told The Times: “We have identified participant misbehaviour as a major problem for football and it will be the main topic for IFAB for the upcoming years.

“We are looking at what we can do either via the Laws of the Game or recommendations and guidelines for additional measures.

“Sin-bins for dissent have worked well in grassroots football, and some believe these could also be tested at a higher level, with trials in more senior football.

“Players may not worry so much about getting a yellow card for saying something inappropriate to a referee, but it can make a big difference if they know it means a tenth of the match off the pitch.”

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