THE AFL Umpires department has added another female goal umpire to its ranks, with West Australian Sally Boud the latest addition.
The 25-year-old has been rewarded for nine years of consistent form in all levels of the WAFL and has officiated the past two senior Grand Finals.
She joins Chelsea Roffey and Rose O'Dea as the only females in the senior squad.
"We all start umpiring to achieve the highest level and I had that realisation about a year ago it was possible," Boud told AFL.com.au.
"I tried all the disciplines but I knew if I wanted to go anywhere in the game goal umpiring was the best option to go the furthest.
"I've put the hard yards in."
Her English heritage saw her involved in soccer before a switch to Australia's indigenous game in her early teens.
"My math's teacher got me and my friend into it," Boud said.
"We started at amateur level, did that for a couple of years and then went into the WAFL system."
AFL umpires boss Wayne Campbell has been impressed with Boud's rise through the ranks and expects her to make her AFL debut in 2016.
"Like any new umpire on to the list Sally starts with a clean slate, and she'll be evaluated on her performances," Campbell said.
"There's no pressure on Sally and there's certainly no ceiling on her either.
"We had a first year umpire this season officiate finals, so if they perform they keep going through to finals."
Boud will vie with three other Perth-based goal umpires for a game each round and will get her first chance to impress during the NAB Challenge.