The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has agreed to test 10-minute sin-bins in top leagues like the English Premier League in an effort to curb dissent and dubious fouls from players.
Top-level football might be seeing a new rule that will change the way act on the pitch. This rule is called the sin-bins and it has been trialled in grassroots football to reduce dissent. The rule has been used in rugby over the years, and it involves a player leaving the pitch for a period of 10 minutes if found guilty.
What are sin-bins?
Introduced to Rugby Union in 2001, the sin-bin concept is currently being used at all levels of the game. The rule states that a player who receives a yellow card must leave the field of play for ten minutes.
A player who has been sin-binned may rejoin the game after ten minutes, which basically means he is temporarily suspended from the game. The rule is also used in hockey, where a player who receives a green card is instructed to leave the rink for two minutes, leaving the offending team is without a player at this time.
Following the introduction of sin-bins during the 2018–19 English season, the Football Association reported a 38 percent overall decrease in dissent across 31 leagues.
It was then extended to women's football tier three and below and step five of the English National League system.
IFAB to trial more new rules
There are other significant changes that are also been trialled alongside sin-bins.
There will be a trial run at another rule that would limit communication only between team captains and officials. In addition, changes will be made to the handball regulations so that a player will only be sent off for purposeful handballs that directly obstruct a goal.
The semi-automated offside update will be also be tested, where referees would receive a notification via the new technology as soon as a player is more than 50 centimetres offside. Lastly, penalty takers will also be subject to stricter regulations, which will guarantee that the ball must land in the centre of the spot rather than tipped forward before a kick is taken.
However, any possible adjustments won't happen until the next season, with more changes still in store.