Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)

The FA will change the regulations controlling the temporary dismissal of players (‘Sin Bins’) for on-field acts of dissent at the start of the 2024/25 season.

As of the 1 July 2024, any Sin Bin will be treated as a standard caution and incur a £12 administration fee (in addition to the player missing a period of the match). 

Additionally, a player receiving two yellow cards for dissent and/or other offences will be dismissed from the field of play and not permitted to return. 

This dismissal will result in a suspension and increased fine. 

More detailed information about these and other disciplinary rule changes coming into effect in the new season will be published by The FA over coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes – We want the player to avoid injury and the purpose of the Sin Bin is to remove the offender from play

For any match which lasts for a duration of 90 minutes, then the offending player will be placed in the Sin Bin for 10 minutes. For all other matches then the time in the Sin Bin will be 8 minutes. It is important to remember that the time served in the Sin Bin must be active playing time and the referee will therefore include any lost time (i.e. injury delay)

As long as the referee follows the correct procedure then there should be no issues. Referees will need to note down the time of issuing the Sin Bin when

As the use of Sin Bins is incorporated into the Laws of the Game, they will be mandatory across all Lancashire FA affiliated county leagues. In addition, Sin Bins will be mandatory in all Lancashire FA county cup competitions except for the Lancashire FA Senior Cup & Challenge Trophy.

If it is the player’s second sin bin and they are not permitted to return - the game will be abandoned.