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Umpiring Courses

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Level 2 Umpiring Accreditation Explained
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Umpire Accreditation Explained

It is mandatory for all umpires of Australian Football to be accredited. Accreditation provides the umpire with the knowledge required to ensure a match they are officiating in is conducted in a safe and enjoyable way.

There are two levels of accreditation for umpires of Australian Football. Level 1 (Introductory Accreditation) provides the umpire with the basic fundamentals, whilst Level 2 (Advanced Accreditation) advances the umpire’s skill development.


Level One Umpire Accreditation Course

The AFL provides this on-line course for umpires new to officiating Australian Football.

The course is the first step towards an umpire achieving their Level One (Introductory) Accreditation.


Club Umpire Program

The Australian Football League considers the role and performance of club umpires as important contributors to the presentation and conduct of the game at many levels across Australia.

The performance of club umpires contributes to the enjoyment of players on the day, and often, more broadly the retention of people in Australian Football.

This AFL Club Umpire Program is designed to enable people across the football community to gain knowledge and skills in umpiring and to have their competence in the role on match day confirmed.


Umpire AFL Assessor Program

The Australian Football League considers the role and performance of the Umpire and Coach, that is either an (Umpire’s Coach or football team Coach), as critical in terms of influencing the environment in which participants are involved with our game on both match day and non match day.

The performance of both Umpires and Coaches contribute to the enjoyment, and often the retention of people in Australian Football.

This AFL Assessor Program is designed to enable people across the football community to gain knowledge and skills in assessing so that they are able to observe Umpires and Umpire Coaches in action to determine their competence in the role.


AFL 9’s Umpiring Course

The AFL 9s Umpiring Course aims to outline the rules of the game and prepare you for umpiring AFL 9s matches. 

AFL 9s is the Australian Football League’s official alternative version of the game. It is easy to play, not too physically demanding and provides an environment whereby participation, enjoyment and safety are a priority. It enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in male, female or mixed competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet.


Umpires Coaching Academy

The AFL is committed to the education of our umpire coaches. The quality of our umpire coaches is critical to the long-term success of umpiring at grassroots level right up to the national competition.

It is clear that the experience an umpire has with their coach directly correlates with the successful recruitment and retention of our umpires.

The AFL understands that the vast majority of our umpire coaches are volunteers and complete full time work in addition to their umpiring commitments. Considering this, the AFL has been focused on providing a resource that will help coaches be successful in their role.

The AFL’s Umpires Coaching Academy is an online resource that hosts the National Umpire Coach Accreditation Scheme, National Umpire Accreditation Scheme, National Umpiring Curriculum, forums and workshops.

If you are already registered in the Umpire Coaching Academy visit

If you would like more information on umpire coaching or the Umpire Coaching Academy, email your local State Umpiring Contact. 

State Umpiring Contacts
Victoria Metro Neville Nash e:
Victoria Country Rod Threlfall e:
Victoria Country Russell O’Toole e:
New South Wales - Southern NSW Troy Mavroudis e:
New South Wales - Sydney Pierce Field e:
New South Wales - Northern NSW Jake Bateman e:
Queensland Nicholas Liparota e:
South Australia Barry Oates e:
Western Australia Darryl Sinclair e:
Tasmania Mike Brown e:
Northern Territory Mark Noonan e:
Australian Capital Territory Cameron Black e: