New Referee added to the Interbanksoccer Team

Referees are an important part of the Interbanksoccer competition and as the popularity of football continues to grow across the Dublin financial services sector, the demand for match officials is increasing. It can be a very rewarding challenge while significantly contributing to the quality and development of the Interbank games.

We would like to welcome Philip to the Interbanksoccer team who was trained in FAI courses that are specifically designed for those who wish to actively participate as a referee in local Grassroots football and the The FAI Referees Development Plan, which was launched in 2007.




The World Cup starts on the 12th  June.  The interbank competition will be arranged around the playing fixtures in Brazil. see link for details


Quarter Final Draw - UCD - 06/06/2013


Draw conducted in the presence of the Boirussia, RCMU and Danske Captains in UCD after the last group 2 game.


Quarter Finals

Date & Kick off

QF 1

Danske v RCMU

Tues  June  11th   7 - 8

QF 2

Airselona v EBS

Tues  June  11th   8 - 9

QF 3

Dublin Central v Boirussa

Thurs June  13th   7 - 8

QF 4

Manchestair v Athletico

Thurs June  13th   8 - 9

Captains - If you have a problem meeting the above fixtures, please contact Tom at 086 2145222


5 a-side Tournament



Top Goal Scorer



Lads, in order to recognise your players efforts, can I ask you to complete the below table for the website. No doubt other banks and your management will be keen to see who your star players are!

At the end of the competition, there will be an award for Top Goal Scorer and Player of the Tournament.


Can I ask you to copy this table into a word doc and update as per example below. You can send it back to me after your 3rd game, then send an updated version for week 4 and 5 thereafter.



Team: x

Goal Scorer   Goals

Team Man of the Match

Game Week 1

John Smith      x

Joe   Smith      x

John Smith

Game Week 2



Game Week 3



Game Week 4



Game Week 5




Week 1

Good effort involved from all players and team managers in week 1. Thank you

Note: Top 4 teams in each group with go through to the Quarter Finals


First Game for 2013 kicks off this Tuesday at 6:15


Incredible - Leyes beats 7 players and scores - Cerro vs River Plate



The 11 a side astro pitch is located near the Clonaskeagh entrance which is the back gate to UCD. Changing facilities are available for Interbank players in UCD sports centre.

Teams are required to bring there own football to each game.




In order to avoid any Jersey Colour clashes during your Interbank soccer campaign. Green bibs will be available from the referee. If you think you may need them, please contact myself to ensure their availability on the night.

To note... Each team must wear a consistent set of colours for each game.




A note from behind the whistle 2013

Stephen, Eoghan and Seán, your referees, are back again to referee the Interbank league this year. Last year was a great competition, and the guys aim to improve the standard of refereeing every year.

Their goals are to be fair and consistent with all decisions made in each game.

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

All three 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 referee will try to use a bit of 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 may slow the game down. As such, the referree will tend to make a judgement 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, Eoghan and Sean.