Football’s rule makers are set to reveal how trials for sin-bins and other measures to improve player behaviour will work later today (Friday). The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is planning to publish protocols in an effort to improve the behaviour of players, including trials for a sin-bin.
Sin-bins have been successfully tested at grassroots level and are now ready to be trialled further up the football ladder. However, top-level competitions won’t be involved in the initial trial phase to avoid confusion among players.
That is because of the possibility of leagues trialling the new law while continental competitions, like the Champions League and Europa League, don’t. It remains unclear what level this will be stress-tested next. IFAB will provide more clarity on their plans today.
FIFA said yesterday: “Any such trials, if implemented, should be limited to testing in a responsible manner at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item is discussed as the IFAB IGM on 2 March.”
Referees will use blue cards to signal that a player must go to the sin-bin. Sin-bins will be used for two specific offences dissent and tactical fouls, like Giorgio Chiellini’s tug on Bukayo Saka in the Euro 2020 final. Players will be sent to the technical area for 10 minutes.
If a player has already been booked, a blue card will mean they are sent off. Two blue cards will also result in dismissal.