NSFA are introducing a trial of the use of the “Sin Bin” in 2018.
Football NSW, via our referee partners KDFRA, has requested the trial. The philosophy behind the trial is that an ‘instant punishment’ can have a significant and immediate positive influence on the behaviour of the offending player and, potentially, the player’s team.
If the referee cautions (shows a yellow card) a player for showing “dissent by word or action”, the referee will also temporarily dismiss the player from the field (“sin bin”). During the trial phase, the “sin bin” only applies to select games and NOT all games.
During the trial phase of NSFA, the temporary dismissal (Sin Bin) is only applicable to the following competitions:
Boys U14 div 1
Boys U18 div 1
Men Premier League Reserve
Men Premier League
The “sin bin” period begins after the player has left the field and play has restarted. At the end of the period, the player may return to the field, from halfway, whilst the ball is in play ONLY WITH THE referee’s permission.
A sin-binned player cannot be substituted until the end of the “sin bin” period (for Premier League First Grade matches, provided the team has not used all its permitted substitutes).
- Temporary dismissals apply to all players (including goalkeepers) but not for cautionable offences (including dissent by word or action) committed by a substitute or substituted player
The referee will indicate a temporary dismissal by showing a yellow card (YC) and then clearly pointing with both arms extended with only two index fingers shown (and not all 10 fingers) to the temporary dismissal area (the player’s technical area)
The temporary dismissal period
The length of the temporary dismissal varies according to the period of play
Boys U14 div 1 5 min
Boys U18 div 1 10 min
Men Premier League Reserve 10 min
Men Premier League 10 min
- In Premier League matches, the referee should include in the temporary dismissal period any time ‘lost’ for a stoppage for which ‘additional time’ will be allowed at the end of the half (e.g. substitution, injury etc…). For all other competitions, there is no stoppage time.
- The referee may ask an assistant referee or a team official to help the referee time the dismissal period specially when multiple dismissals occurring concurrently.
- Once the temporary dismissal period has ended, the player can return from halfway with the referee’s permission, at a stoppage or while the ball is in play.
- The referee has the final decision as to when the player can return.
- In “finals series” matches, if a temporary dismissal period has not been completed at the end of the first half (or the end of the second half when extra time is to be played) the remaining part of the temporary dismissal period is served from the start of the second half (start of extra time).
- A player who is still serving a temporary dismissal at the end of a “finals series” match may take part in kicks from the penalty mark (penalties).
Temporary dismissal area
- A temporarily dismissed player should remain within the technical area (where one exists) or with the team’s coach/technical staff, unless ‘warming up’ (under the same conditions as a substitute)
Offences before/during/after a temporary dismissal
A temporarily dismissed player who commits a second cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offence during his temporary dismissal period will take no further part in the match and may not be replaced or substituted.
A player who is continuing to play after the expiry of temporarily dismissal period and then commits a second cautionable (YC) offence including “dissent by word or action”, will be sent off (RC) and will take no further part in the match and may not be replaced or substituted.