The start of the season is an eventful time for everyone involved in football and our match officials are no exception, as they must familiarise themselves with the annual changes to the Laws of the Game and prepare to apply them on the field of play.
Whilst there are several minor changes to the Laws of the Game for this year, like at the kick-off the kicker is now permitted to stand in the opponent’s half to take the kick, it’s important to be aware of the two most significant changes to come into effect; the introduction of temporary dismissals (sin bins) for dissent offences and the showing of red and yellow cards to team officials within the technical area.
These changes are effective immediately across all Football Gold Coast competitions.
Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)
Players on the field of play, guilty of dissent will be shown the yellow card (as per the existing Laws of the Game), and now will also be required to leave the field for a period of:
- 10 minutes in matches greater than 60 minutes in duration; or
- 5 minutes in matches of 60 minutes or less in duration
A player who has been temporarily dismissed can return to the field, with the referees’ permission once the temporary dismissal period is over, but a second yellow card will result in the player being sent off.
The change is part of the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) ‘play fair’ initiative, which aims to make football fairer and more enjoyable, while promoting players and officials as positive role models for society.
Red and Yellow Cards for Team Officials in the Technical Area
The Laws of the Game state that occupants of the technical area must ‘behave in a responsible manner’, and until now have limited the use of the red card and yellow card to players and substitutes only.
As part of the ‘play fair’ initiative, from this season; if a team official behaves in an irresponsible manner the referee may issue a warning, show a yellow card (YC) to denote a caution, or show a red card (RC). Team officials are any non-playing occupants of the technical area listed on the team sheet.
Match officials will use their judgement when determining the severity warranted for the behaviour and continue to utilise the Ask-Tell-Remove approach for the management of technical areas which has been amended to incorporate the use of red and yellow cards.
- Ask – a warning
- Tell a yellow card/caution,
- Remove – a red card/dismissal
We anticipate that it may take some time to adjust to these changes and request that all coaches, managers, players and spectators respect the referees’ decision/s as final, while endeavoring to work together in the spirit of fair play.
Yours in refereeing,
Referee Development Coordinator