Community Umpiring Week gets underway

From 6-13 May, we will celebrate Community Umpiring Week with the aim to encourage people to get involved in umpiring Australian football at the community level.

Throughout the week the AFL will be celebrating Community Umpiring Week across the country with:

  • – AFL Umpires attending community Club training sessions
  • – Umpires at each AFL match being led onto the ground by community umpires
  • – AFL Umpires officiating in junior community matches
  • – Current AFL players officiating in junior community matches
  • – Leagues and clubs will celebrate their local umpires with various initiatives run by the clubs.

Community Umpiring Development Manager, Brenton Sanderson said with more than 1.4 million people playing Australian Football, umpire numbers have never been more important.

“There are more than 15,000 umpires officiating in community football matches each week,” he said.

“Community Umpiring Week is designed to increase awareness of umpiring as a choice as an additional activity to playing or choosing umpiring as a sport of choice as an alternative way to participate in the game.

“More than 94 per cent of umpires currently play or have played junior football. You can play and umpire on the same day or on alternate days. It is a great way to keep fit, earn money, develop life skills and make life-long friends.”

For more information or to register your interest in umpiring community football visit