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Football Queensland aims to tackle dissent by introducing the Sin Bin rule

Football Queensland have re-introduced the Temporary Dismissals or Sin Bin rule to grassroots football competitions across the state to reduce dissent and improve the match day experience for referees.

Sin Bin will apply to all grassroots competitions excluding First Grade NPL Men’s, NPL Women’s, FQPL and the FFA Cup.

How do you find yourself in the Sin Bin?

The Temporary Dismissal or Sin Bin, as of the 2020 season, is a mandatory ruling for all matters of dissent directed at the referee.

Players will only be sent to the Sin Bin for dissent caution offences.

Referees can send players to the Sin Bin when the players uses words or gestures that question or undermine the referees decisions. Some examples can include:

  • Shouting at the referee
  • Questioning the referees ability
  • Slamming the ball into the ground
  • Sarcastically clapping a decision

Duration of a Sin Bin

A player will be sent to the Sin Bin for 10 minutes for matches greater than 60 minutes in duration.

For matches of 60 minutes or less, a player will be sent to the Sin Bin for 5 minutes.

What if the Sin Bin period does not expire before half-time, full-time or extra-time?

  • If the Sin Bin period does not expire before the end of the first-half, the remainder of the Sin Bin will continue to the second-half.
  • If the Sin Bin period does not expire before the end of the second-half, the remainder of the Sin Bin will continue into extra-time.
  • If the Sin Bin period does not expire before the end of extra-time, the player can still participate in penalties.

To find out more about the Sin Bun rule, visit Football Queensland's website.

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