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Ump crunched: Whistleblower makes early exit after clash with Docker

Field umpire Alex Whetton left dazed after collision with Freo forward at Optus Stadium

9:25pm  Aug 17, 2019

AFL finds home for score review 'hub' in finals series

League's score review 'hub' will be based at Marvel Stadium, but its long-term location remains unclear

5:03pm  Aug 5, 2019

Love is in the air: Two umpires get engaged at the 'G

Boundary umpire Dillon Tee proposes to field umpire Eleni Glouftsis in the middle of the MCG

7:02pm  Jul 27, 2019

Talent

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.