Thursday, February 2, 2023

Essex County FA Roll-Out Sin Bin Training Programme

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FOLLOWING a successful two-year pilot period, The FA have sanctioned the use of Temporary Dismissals (more commonly known as ‘Sin Bins’) for dissent offences in grassroots football from season 2019/20.

Four leagues in Essex implemented Sin Bins for cautions shown for dissent in season 2018/19, with three Adult Saturday leagues (ProKit UK Essex Olympian League, County Motor Works Vauxhall Mid Essex League and the Southend Borough & District Football Competition) joined in participation by the Braintree & North Essex Sunday League.

For the start of the 2019/20 season, in accordance with the laws of the game as determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), Sin Bins will become mandatory across all leagues within the country at Step Five of the FA National League System and below. County FAs will have responsibility for training participants at Step 7 and below.

This change will have a direct impact on referees, players, clubs and leagues throughout Essex and, as such, a number of essential training sessions have been arranged to allow participants to understand the process of Sin Bins and how they will operate on a matchday.

All training sessions will be free of charge and have been restricted to 100 attendees only to allow individuals to engage and ask any relevant questions. A range of venues have been booked throughout the county, with sessions taking place across different weekday evenings and on weekend mornings to provide a range of options for attendance.

The training is aimed to be delivered to match officials and team managers (or captains) as these individuals will be directly affected by the change, and the Essex County FA encourage participants to book onto a session as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Links to the booking platform for the following sessions can be found at

Monday 15th April: Skylark Hotel (Southend) (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 17th April: Coventry University London (Dagenham) (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 18th April: University of Essex (Colchester) (7:00-9:00pm)

Tuesday 23rd April: Holiday Inn (Basildon) (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 24th April: University of East London Sportsdock (Royal Docks) (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 25th April: Chelmsford City FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 2nd May: Frenford Clubs (Ilford) (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 8th May: Holiday Inn (Basildon) (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday 11th May: Chelmsford City FC (10:00am-12:00pm)

Monday 13th May: Harlow Town FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Tuesday 14th May: University of East London Sportsdock (Royal Docks) (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 15th May: University of East London Sportsdock (Royal Docks) (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 16th May: Skylark Hotel (Southend) (7:00-9:00pm)

Monday 20th May: Holiday Inn (Basildon) (7:00-9:00pm)

Tuesday 21st May: Chelmsford City FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 22nd May: University of Essex (Colchester) (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 23rd May: Aveley FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 29th May: Skylark Hotel (Southend) (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 30th May: Harlow Town FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Tuesday 4th June: University of Essex (Colchester) (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday 8th June: Harlow Town FC (10:00am-12:00pm)

Sunday 9th June: Skylark Hotel (Southend) (10:00am-12:00pm)

Tuesday 11th June: Harlow Town FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Thursday 13th June: Frenford Clubs (Ilford) (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday 15th June: University of Essex (Colchester) (10:00am-12:00pm)

Tuesday 18th June: Aveley FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday 19th June: Chelmsford City FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday 22nd June: Aveley FC (10:00am-12:00pm)

Sunday 23rd June: Chelmsford City FC (10:00am-12:00pm)

Monday 24th June: Frenford Clubs (Ilford) (7:00-9:00pm)

Tuesday 25th June: Venue TBC (Group 4) (7:00-9:00pm)

Friday 28th June: Chelmsford City FC (7:00-9:00pm)

Saturday 29th June: Venue TBC (Group 4) (10:00am-12:00pm)


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