Get into Umpiring
Get into Umpiring and see another side to life...
Who can become an umpire?
Almost anyone can become an umpire. Old or young, male or female, it doesn’t matter. Women are making significant steps in the higher levels of the game and are now common place at local levels.
Have an active involvement in football
If you take an interest in the game of football, umpiring can be the perfect way to make that interest effective. You can be involved in how a game is handled and have an input into administering the rules of the sport.
Be part of a team
In any given match of football there can be as many as 9 umpires on the field. This provides a team environment with everyone working together to give their overall best. Within any umpiring association there are coaches and mentors whose role is to improve all umpires’ performances in the team environment.
Increase your social scene
Umpiring groups are the same as any football club or other special interest group. They are made up of many interesting people from many varied backgrounds. Getting involved with your local panel or association is a terrific way to meet new people and experience a different side of life.
Keep yourself fit
All umpiring groups have a structured fitness program. You can keep yourself in tip-top condition whilst having fun with others.
Develop your personal skills
Umpiring can improve your confidence and help you to make quick decisions whilst under pressure. Developing your communication within a team environment is also an added benefit of becoming an umpire.
Climb the career ladder to the top!
If you are a fit, dedicated and hard-working individual there is a clearly defined career ladder with ample opportunities for you to reach the top.
If you show promise at country or local level, you may be invited to join the SANFL Umpiring Academy. From here there will be opportunities to improve and excel throughout an exciting career at the elite levels.
Earn some extra cash
All umpires get paid. Payments begin at about $20 and increase as your level increases with the top umpires in the AFL being able to earn more than $90 000 in a year. Not bad for a part time interest.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure you enjoy umpiring and all that it offers. You can meet friends, improve your fitness and your skills and experience a whole new, fantastic world within footy. Remember, there is no better place from which to watch a game of football.
For more information please contact:
Umpiring Services Manager
Ph: (08) 8440 6955
Umpiring Recruitment Officer
Ph: (08) 8440 6956