So... who can be an umpire, anyway?
Well, the answer to that question is simple: anybody! You just have to pull on a pair of runners and get down to your local umpires' training venue. There are roles for everyone, no matter your fitness level and no matter whether you've played the game since you were a kid or if you've never seen an oval-shaped ball in your life.
Umpiring Australian Rules Football is a fantastic way of keeping fit meeting new friends and being involved in the action of our great Australian game. You can be a field, boundary or goal umpire and by being involved you have the opportunity to achieve a level of fitness that maybe you have never thought was possible and get paid to do it!
Depending on your level of motivation and ambition, you can umpire for purely social and general fitness reasons, or treat it as a sport where you can aim to excel at the highest level.
There is no official minimum age, however we would recommend you don’t start until you reach secondary school.
You need NO experience to get started. We provide all the training both on and off the field and support you the whole journey with coaches, mentors and fellow umpires across all aspects of umpiring.
No matter what you decide to do, whether it's run around out in the middle to straddle the goal line, we can guarantee you one thing: you'll have the best seat in the house.
For those who enjoy running or want to learn about the game, boundary umpiring is ideal. Boundary umpires are responsible for making decisions to whether the ball is in play, as well performing the boundary throw-in. VFL State League Senior Squad boundary umpires officiate in all AFL Melbourne based matches. Read More