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Record-breaking ump notes shift in respect from players, fans could improve

On the eve of game 496 Shane McInerney says players are better and fans could be

12:19pm  Jul 5, 2019

Score review 'bunker' could be ready for finals: Hocking

Football operations boss exploring ways to improve decision-making

1:51pm  Jun 29, 2019

AFL to trial new four-umpire system during bye rounds

AFL will trial four field umpires rotating through the three on-field positions during the bye rounds

3:46pm  Jun 6, 2019


Talent Pathway

The umpiring talent pathway consists of three major AFL National Championships:

  • NAB National Under 18 Championships
  • NAB National Under 16 Championships
  • NAB AFLW U18 Championships

Umpires that show potential to officiate at AFL level are selected for these championships from State League umpiring groups.

Talent Identification Program

The next batch of potential AFL umpires is assessed under the Talent Identification Program.

The AFL Umpires National Talent Identification Manager observes State League umpires throughout Australia and short lists possible AFL umpires for the Umpires Combine held in October annually.

These umpires are tested physically and psychologically during the three day combine before the National Talent Identification Manager, in conjunction with the AFL Umpires Coaches, selects the next AFL umpires.

AFL Development Program

The AFL Development Program has been created to prepare the country’s best State League field umpires for the requirements of umpiring in the national competition. The program is a collaboration between the AFL and State Umpiring Departments and will underpin the Talent Identification program already in place. 

The program commences annually with a development camp followed by regular observations, teleconferences and communication between the AFL Umpiring Department, State Coaches and the umpires in the program.

The program will deliver education to the umpires in a wide variety of areas with a major focus on off-field skills and building high performance capability.