Poll result: Sin bin trial splits opinion

Club Website readers are split down the middle when it comes to the possible introduction of sin bins in 11-a-side football.

Our poll on the issue followed the English FA’s announcement on new disciplinary measures for small-sided football, where the traditional yellow card caution has been scrapped.

In its place a blue card ’sin bin’ has been introduced, where a player is requested to leave the field of play for a short period of time.

Ask whether they would like to see a similiar system introduced to the 11-a-side game, 49% of Club Website readers voted in favour of such a move.

Advocates of changes in football have been calling for the use of sin bins for some time, following the successful implementation of similar systems in other sports, including hockey and rugby.

However, as with any proposal for changes to the beautiful game, such a proposal has met with firm resistance – as shown by the 51% of Club Website readers who voted against a trial of the sin bins.

Yellow and red cards were introduced in football at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico to help overcome language barriers and make it clear to all players and fans alike that a player had been cautioned or sent off.

This system is now recognised across the football world and the game’s governing bodies may be reluctant to make changes to such an accepted.

However, with the English FA introducing sin bins to small-sided football, such a change may have moved a step closer.

Poll result: In small-sided football yellow card cautions have recently been replaced by blue card sin bins. Should a similar system be trialled in 11-a-side football?

51.2% – No
48.8% – Yes

Poll size: 4,767

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Freelance writer, editor and copywriter, with a passion for grassroots sport. A right back turned football writer, Dan is the former editor of Club Website and has been lucky enough to work in the field of grassroots and community sport for the last 10 years.


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