Umpires Interpretation

Law 13 - Kicking the football in to play after a behind has been scored.

I have posted this article in response to a number of coaches and players who have approached myself or other umpire panel members, seeking a clarification of the kick in, especially when the fullback, plays on to himself.

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Free kicks - Deliberate Out Of Bounds

Some questions have been raised recently by players and coaching staff about umpires paying free kicks for what is deemed ‘deliberate out of bounds’. Read on!

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Free kicks against officials.

Queries are raised on a number of occasions about whether umpires are allowed to award free kicks against runners, officials and waterpersons during a game, if those people appear not to be carrying out their specified duties. I have broken down the full law as it appears in the law book and highlighted the relevant portions.

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Umpire Training Schedule

Umpires training is ongoing. If you are interested in becoming an umpire, the training schedule is included for your information. We encourage you to consider umpiring, particularly as a means of staying involved with football once you finish playing.

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Rule changes for 2011

There have been a number of rule changes that you need to know about for the 2011 season. Darren HINCKS explains the changes that you will need to be aware of.

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Umpiring is everyone's business!

The AFL's ‘Umpiring is Everyone’s Business’ campaign aims to communicate the following key messages. Please read and consider the content of the article.more

Law 15.2 - Free kicks in relation to possession of the football (Part 1)

We are going to start looking at Law 15, which relates to free kicks over the next couple of weeks. This week we will focus on Law 15.2 which relates to free kicks relating to possession of the football.more

Law 15.2 - Free kicks in relation to possession of the football (Part 2)

We continue with the final parts of Law 15.2 this week as this should and often does, create many a discussion amongst players, coaches and supporters.more

Law 19.2 - Reportable Offences

Last week we looked at the first part of Law 19 and part 1 of that Law and the Obligation to Report. This week we will look at some of the specific reportable offences and their interpretations. However before we do so please note the next part of Law 19, which should create interesting conversations amongst people.more

Reporting Players and Officials - Obligation to Report

As an umpiring group, we are asked many times during the season about reportable offences and reporting players during games.more

Prohibited contact and related free kicks.

What is "Prohibited Contact" and when are free kicks given by the umpire? Umpires Coach Darren HINCKS explains.more

Awarding free kicks against runners and Waterpersons during a game

Queries are raised on a number of occasions about whether umpires are allowed to award free kicks agains runners and water persons during a game. Umpires Coach, Darren HINCKS responds.more
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