IFAB recommend 10-minute sin bin trials in professional football

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved proposed trials whereby only the team captain may approach the referee and for sin bins to be tested at a higher level.

The measures aim to improve participant behaviour in football and increase respect for officials.

The proposals were supported at the IFAB's Annual Business Meeting (ABM) in London on Tuesday.

A proposed trial where only the team captain can approach the referee "in certain major game situations" was given the green light.

It was also agreed sin bins "for dissent and specific tactical offences" should be trialled at higher levels following their successful implementation in grassroots football.

Sin bins were introduced across all levels of grassroots football from the 2019/20 season in an attempt to to improve levels of respect and fair play in the game.

The rule change was implemented up to step five of the National League system and tier three and below in women's football.