Thursday, February 29, 2024

Football to trial blue cards for 10-minute sin bins

A new “blue card” will be introduced as part of 10-minute trials in football.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will publish detailed protocols on Friday as football attempts to crack down on abuse of match officials and cynical misconduct.

Blue cards will be part of the trial involving sin bins and are intended to give greater protection to referees and could be trialled by the Football Association (FA) during next year’s men’s and women’s FA Cups.

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Bins for dissent are already in place in amateur and youth football in England and Wales, but referees use yellow rather than blue cards. The IFAB agreed for the first time in November to test it further up the football pyramid.

The IFAB is expected to give the green light for the trial at the higher levels of the game at its upcoming annual general meeting in Loch Lomond, Scotland, on March 2.

Other items on the agenda include testing “cooling off periods” after disputes between players, punishing goalkeepers who waste time by awarding a corner and only allowing a team captain to approach the referee.

The IFAB is made up of the four British associations, which each have one vote, and FIFA, which has four.

Any decision requires at least six votes to be adopted.

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On Thursday, FIFA reiterated that while the issue will be discussed at the IFAB AGM in March, there are no immediate plans to introduce it into elite football.

“FIFA would like to clarify that reports of the so-called ‘blue card’ at elite levels of football are incorrect and premature,” football’s international governing body said in a statement.

“Any such testing, if implemented, should be limited to responsibly conducted testing at lower levels, a position that FIFA intends to reiterate when this agenda item will be discussed at the IFAB AGM on March 2.”

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Trash cans: how do they work in grassroots football?

By Adam Leventhal

The FA introduced bins as a punishment for dissent at all levels of grassroots football during the 2019-20 season, following a pilot in 31 leagues over the previous two terms. According to FA figures, these trials resulted in a 38 per cent reduction in dissent in the leagues, with 72 per cent of players, 77 per cent of managers and 84 per cent of referees wanting to continue the change.

How it works?

The trash cans are indicated by the referee who shows a yellow card and points both arms towards the sidelines.

In a 90-minute match, players guilty of dissent were fined for 10 minutes – and for eight minutes in shorter matches.

There is no physical trash can for sin; the player must either go to their team’s technical area or leave the field and watch from the sidelines with other non-playing personnel.

Just like a player who has left the field to treat an injury, a player may be brought back onto the field by the referee during play.

A second temporary suspension during a match results in the offending player being excluded for a further 10 minutes, after which he may no longer rejoin the match, but may be replaced if the team has any replacements left.

The FA’s basic guide to bins states that goalkeepers are covered by the same law as other players and can be binned. The guide states: “As when a goalkeeper is sent off, any other player must enter the goal but the team must remain at 10 players. On his return, if during the game, the goalkeeper can become a field player, then become a goalkeeper again during the next stoppage of play.

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