Football Federation Australia to trial yellow and red cards for coaches and team officials

Football Federation Australia (FFA) will conduct the trials for yellow cards and red cards for coaches and other team officials, it announced on Tuesday.

The top-flights Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League will be the first top-tier competitions in the world to receive approval from the International Football Advisory Board (IFAB) to conduct the experimental trial.

The Head of the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke, believes this trial will “help fans and viewers better understand the issues that match officials face”.

“Referees already have a process which is by way of conversation to coaches to warn them before removing them from the technical area after poor behavior,” said O’Rourke on Hyundai A-League official website.

“Essentially, this trial will visualize those steps and as such better communicate to fans that the Referees are giving the coaches and others formal warnings,” he added.

The trial will commence from this weekend, including round 5 of the Hyundai A-League and round 2 of the Westfield W-League.