Blue Card Introduction Into Football, Whats Your Take


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Feb 7, 2024
A new addition to football, the blue card, is set to be introduced as part of a sin-bin trial. Players who receive a blue card will be required to leave the field for 10 minutes, aimed at addressing dissent and tactical fouls.


IFAB, the governing body of football's laws, will announce further details today, including consequences for players shown multiple blue cards or a combination of blue and yellow cards, resulting in expulsion.

The Football Association is considering trialing sin-bins in the men's and women's FA Cups next season, while FIFA emphasizes that such trials should occur primarily at lower levels. The decision on specific competitions for trials will be made at IFAB's AGM on March 1.

Previous sin-bin trials in amateur and youth games in England and Wales targeted dissent and have seen limited use of blue cards. If implemented, the blue card would be the first new card introduced since the yellow and red cards at the 1970 World Cup.

Reactions to the concept have been mixed, with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin expressing concerns about its impact on the sport. He has ruled out its use in the upcoming European Championships and Champions League, while the Premier League is unlikely to conduct trials soon.

FIFA clarifies that reports of blue card trials at elite levels are premature and incorrect. Any potential trials should be conducted responsibly at lower levels, as discussed at the IFAB AGM.

According to FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, sin-bin trials have resulted in minimal use of blue cards, primarily acting as a deterrent in grassroots football.

The FA's rulebook outlines various offenses warranting a blue card in small-sided football, including unsporting behavior, dissent, delaying restarts, persistent fouls, unauthorized entry onto the field, and failure to maintain proper distance during set plays.

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