In 2009 the WRFL, in conjunction with the AFL, launched the very first AFL Umpires Academy, run out of Mackillop Catholic College in Werribee, Victoria. After 4 years in operations, the number of umpires coming into the system at the school has tripled, with over 100 field, boundary and goal umpires joining the umpiring ranks through this channel. Read More
Field umpiring is a challenging and rewarding activity, field umpires take control of 36 players and call the shots on the big stage! The field umpiring career path involves three progressive stages, with the pinnacle being umpiring at AFL level.
The field umpire is responsible for the daily running of the match, including (but not limited to):
- Ensuring all match paperwork is completed correctly
- Ensuring teams follow all AFL laws and WRFL bylaws
- Ensuring the match is conducted in the spirit of the game and according to all relevant laws
- Ensuring a safe environment for all players
- Umpiring the game during general play
- Assisting the other umpires in their jobs where applicable and necessary
- Being fair, unbiased and consistent at all times with his or her decisions
The field umpire must be fit and have an excellent understanding of the laws of the game. They must be fair, calm and collected under pressure and must not take things to heart. They must know how to work as part of a team of umpires on the day but also be able to manage themselves as an individual and know how to get the most out of themselves, even when things aren't going well on that particular day.