Non-League Football will enter a new era of football with the introduction of the Sin-Bin rule, as football takes a leaf out of Rugby’s book concerning on the field action.
The act will aim to see football clean up on the disciplinary front with regards to dissent towards referees. The temporary banning of a player will aim to clean up the game and, cut out any ill-discipline that currently exists within the game.
Going up to step five of the National League, this decision taken by the Non-League clubs looks to be a popular one. Only a few years back, it seemed football was making a positive step forward bringing in yellow cards for swearing at officials.
Now football is going a step further, meaning a player can be suspended from playing for up to 10 minutes in a game. This will be for dissent and dissent only, whereas normal fouls will result in yellow and reds cards only still.
It seems very clear the ability to sin bin a player will cut out the ugly side of the game and clean up football. Although the new rule will not go as far as penalising players for physical fouls, individual player behaviour should only improve with this rule introduction.
Various matches at grassroots level saw the use of the sin bin in the 2018/19 season. Reaction given gives the FA enough reason to believe this new rule change can only be good for the game going forward. There was a reduction in dissent of 38% in the games trailed, with nearly three-quarters of players wanting to continue with the sin-bin as did the vast majority of managers.
Non-League football may not represent the best football in terms of quality, yet it is certainly setting fresh examples when it comes to off-field matters.