The AFL believes that football players can be successful umpires at all levels of the game, either whilst they are still playing or once they conclude their playing career.

There is vast experience gained playing the game that will allow the player to umpire to make excellent decisions during matches.

Umpiring is also a great way to stay involved in the game you love.

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Trainee Umpire Pathway

The AFL has developed a Trainee Umpire support program that aims to assist someone learning the skills of umpiring to develop in a safe and welcoming environment.

Umpires will be supplied with a Trainee Umpire vest to wear on top of their umpiring uniform. This alerts players, coaches, officials and spectators that the umpire in learning.

Mentors from the trainee umpire’s community group will provide support so that they have someone to share their experiences and ask questions.

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SMJFL Umpires

Club umpires are responsible for officiating the younger (Under 8, Under 9, Under 10 and Under 12 Girls) matches within the SMJFL. This role being performed by an accredited adult whom the players know, makes it easier for them to play the game and learn the rules in a low stress environment. Club umpires also know how to apply the modified rules which these age groups play to.  FIND OUT MORE