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A note from the Whistle

A note from the whistle – Blog

Stephen and Joe are your referees for Interbank Soccer 2016. Last years competition was great and the guys aim to improve the standard of refereeing every year.

Below is general observations that have been picked up on from last year by the referees and team managers need to understand the referee’s decisions and there approach to the league.

The referees are very well aware of the laws of the game and there job is to enforce the laws of the game. For the Interbank league, the referees will use discretion to ensure that the games continue to flow, but the following football association rules will be applied in each game:

The throw – in. The thrower at the moment of delivering the ball must

- faces the field of play
- has part of each foot either on the touch line or on the ground outside the touch line
- holds the ball with both hands
- delivers the ball from behind and over his head
- delivers the ball from the point where it left the field of play

All opponents must stand no less than 2 m (2 yds) from the point at which the throw-in is taken.

Please note, for the referee it can be difficult to strictly enforce this rule every time and it may slow the game down. As such, the referree will tend to make a judgement call at each play. If they think someone has taken an unfair advantage by not following the rules, the player will be pulled up on it.

The hand-ball rule. In the Inter-bank league, players are not as co-ordinated, as professionals, so bear in mind that sometimes even when someone’s hand is ‘away from their body’ as the pundits say, there can be no intent to the hand-ball. The referee will give the benefit of the doubt where possible, but again this will be a judgement call by the referee.

Footwear – for the benefit of everyone, please note that the referee will not allow anyone to play wearing studded boots or blades. Everyone knows what this means, but every year some players try to argue with us over them. Astro trainers are what we would personally recommend.

Shinguards. All the referees strongly feel that these should be mandatory equipment, but players who choose not to wear them should be aware that an incidental contact to their shin is not necessarily a free kick just because it hurts.

Slide tackles – as you know, slide tackles are not permitted in the Inter-bank league. There is always some question of when a block or a slip becomes a slide. The referees will always do his best to be consistent – the question of intent will be important, but this requires the referee to make a judgement call every time. Please note that a slide tackle will result in an indirect free kick unless the tackle is also a foul in which case we will award a direct free kick or a penalty as appropriate.

We strongly suggest that all teams get hold of one or two high quality footballs (these usually cost more than a fiver – look for the ‘Fifa approved’ logo) and that they keep them fully inflated. We will use the best footballs available to us for each game, but a poor quality ball can make a game considerably harder to referee. 

Finally, please remember that we are always doing our best, and none of the referees have any interest in who wins or loses. We know that you and your players will be respectful and understanding, and we thank you in advance for accepting our decisions without too much complaint.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and we look forward to seeing you on the pitch.

In sport,

Thomas, Stephen, and Joe

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