The majority of the grassroots football community have backed the introduction of sin bins in amateur football next season, a new Club Website poll has revealed.
Dozens of leagues across England have signed up to the new Football Association trial, which will see players found guilty of dissent sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes – less in youth football – rather than receiving a traditional caution.
More than six out of ten people (62%) have backed the FA’s decision to trial the use of temporary dismissals, with over a third of those (23% overall) believing this should be extended to more than cautions for dissent.
Almost four out of ten people (38%), taken from a poll of more than 1,000 Club Website members, felt the sin bin trial was a bad idea.
After the game’s lawmakers, IFAB, changed the Laws of the Game to allow national associations to trial sin bins in March, the FA wasted no time in opening up a trial to grassroots, youth and disability leagues.
They decided to focus the new rule change solely on improving behaviour, so that players guilty of dissent receive an immediate on-pitch sanction rather than the traditional caution and £10 fine. Dissent currently accounts for one in four cautions at grassroots level.
All football leagues at Step 7 of the National League System or lower were invited to take part in the FA’s pilot scheme during the 2017-18 season.