THE Football Association are to roll out the introduction of sin bins in football in England next season.
Players will be sent off the pitch for ten minute periods in a new trial that will come into force at the start of the new campaign.
Football’s lawmakers the IFAB agreed at their annual meeting earlier this year that the temporary dismissals could be trialled in football – but not at the highest level.
Keep up to date with ALL the latest football news, gossip and rumours
So the FA have opted to try out the new rule, which will be enforced in England’s seventh tier and below.
Sunday Leagues and Youth Leagues will also be involved, with the FA keen to hear how players, officials and managers believe the law has worked.
The sin-bins will only apply to yellow cards shown for dissent, and will leave teams playing a man down for a ten-minute period.
It is the same length of punishment that has proven to be such a success since being introduced in rugby union.
Governing bodies are keen to find a way to stamp out the growing incidents of abusing referees and their assistants by players and managers.
They believe a swift punishment of time off the pitch could force those responsible to clean up their acts and start showing more respect.
The rule opens up the possibility for particularly abusive teams to be reduced to eight-or-nine players if a group of footballers crowd and abuse an official.
The seventh tier of the game in England is the one below the National League North and South.
An email was circulated to more than 1,000 clubs over the weekend informing of the pilot scheme and asking if they would be willing to take part.
By way of an incentive, the FA say they will not impose the usual £10 administration charge for yellow cards for all those taking part.