(Reuters) - English football will trial temporary dismissals, also known as sin-bins, across 32 grassroots leagues in 2017-18 season, the Football Association announced on Friday.
The sin-bins will apply to selected divisions in England’s Step Seven - the lowest tier of National League system - and the leagues below.
The FA has chosen to focus on dissent, which has amounted to a quarter of all yellow cards last season. The pilot scheme is also expected to improve match day experiences of referees.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to reduce dissent across the grassroots of the game,” Mark Ives, FA head of judicial services, said in a statement.
”I am encouraged by the level of enthusiasm from County FAs, leagues, clubs and referees and in their collective commitment to make a difference to our great game at a local level.
“I look forward to seeing a positive impact during the course of the season.”
Men‘s, women‘s, adult, youth, Saturday and Sunday leagues have all been shortlisted for the pilot scheme.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Mark Heinrich