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From SuperLeague to Dallas

 Former UCD AFC SuperLeague Referee selected to officiate at Dallas Cup

Sean OConnor

UCD AFC has always had a reputation for developing some of the best young players in the country, however now they have helped to develop one of Ireland’s top upcoming referees.

Having began his career as a referee in the UCD AFC SuperLeague, Sean O’Connor has now progressed on and has recently been invited to be the first ever Irish Referee in the Dallas Cup featuring youth teams from all around the world including; LA Galaxy, Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Dallas.

Sean still remembers how it all began for him back in 2008 when he took charge of his first SuperLeague game in the Division 1 Saturday and believes the SuperLeague game him a great grounding to progress in the game,

I caught a bug from a great league that toughened me up. I learned the ropes in the SuperLeague before going to the DDSL and have worked my way up now to where I've been invited to referee the Dallas Cup in the States. The first Irish referee ever to do so.

Sean believes that none of this would have been possible without the support of Diarmuid McNally and the opportunity given to him to begin his career refereeing in the SuperLeague. He still remembers a player off one time SuperLeague greats, Bean FC, saying, "when this lad refs it's like Christmas. Everyone gets a card".

Everyone at UCD AFC would like to wish Sean the very best of luck with the tournament and hope to see him back in Belfield when he returns.