THE Central Wales League is one of six grassroots football leagues across Wales selected to trial temporary dismissals, commonly known as ‘Sin Bins’, in a move to reduce dissent and abuse towards match officials.

During the trial, on-field players will be shown a blue card for dissent and must leave the pitch for a 10 minute period.

Sanctions for all offences other than dissent by on-field players will remain unchanged.

The decision to implement the temporary dismissals trial was approved by the Football Association of Wales’s Community Game Board following consultation with representatives of the six Welsh Area Associations and discussion with the English Football Association where the system has been in place for several seasons at grassroots level.

The FAW will monitor the impact throughout the season to determine whether the policy should be rolled out across all grassroots football in Wales.

Noel Mooney, CEO of the FAW said: “Our mission is to make football the most inclusive, accessible and successful sport in all parts of Wales.


"The temporary dismissals trial will help us achieve our aim by encouraging fair and respectful behaviour in grassroots football which will only increase participation and strengthen the game as a whole.”

Chairman of the FAW Community Game Board Mark Adams added: “We have an ambitious plan to increase the number of match officials across Wales to service the incredible growth of grassroots football.

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"However, dissent and abuse towards match officials has been identified as a key reason for referees leaving the game. A similar trial period in England saw a 38 per cent reduction in cautions for dissent.

"By introducing temporary dismissals, we hope to reduce dissent and abuse towards match officials and therefore increase the number of referees available to help develop grassroots football in Wales.”

The scheme was also backed by Lee Evans, FAW national match officials manager.

He said: "Temporary dismissals empower match officials by enabling them to take stronger action to prevent dissent in games.

"Once players realise they will be off the pitch for ten minutes they will be less likely to give dissent.

"In England, teams now often take it upon themselves to self-police dissent to avoid the disadvantage of losing a player temporarily. Over the long-term temporary dismissals will therefore not only benefit referees but also benefit players as they learn to avoid accumulating needless cautions and suspensions."

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