The goal umpire decides on and records, all scores in an Australian football match. The goal umpire career path provides a chance to umpire at AFL level, as VFL State league Senior Squad goal umpires officiate in all AFL Melbourne based matches.
A WRFL goal umpire is responsible for making decisions about and recording all scores in a WRFL league match. They work in conjunction with boundary and field umpires to ensure the match is managed smoothly and have a complex task in ensuring that times are kept, scores are recorded accurately, and that they are always in the best position to make any scoring decision.
Goal umpires, like boundary umpires, may assist the field umpire in reporting any player they deem to have committed an offence.
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