Being an Umpire

Umpiring the game of Australian Football is a challenging and rewarding experience and a great way to stay in touch with the game. There are three umpiring duties on game day:

Field Umpires

There can be either one or two field umpires who are generals on game day. They enforce the rules of the game and ensure that the game is played in the correct spirit. To be a field umpire you need to be extrememly fit to ensure you are able to get into the correct position to view every contest and make the correct decision. It is a great way to keep fit and learn a new sport, with many of the best umpires having backgrounds in athletics and endurance sports.

Field umpiring in Ontario is a paid position.

Boundary Umpire

Boundary umpires patrol the sidelines during a game. Should the ball go ‘out of bounds’, the umpire will throw the ball back into play allowing both teams an equal chance to win the next possession. To be a boundary umpire you also need to be very fit as the ground is up to 160 meters long and the ball can move very quickly.

Goal Umpire

The Goal umpire is responsible for indicating whether a shot on goal is actually a goal, a behind, or even a score at all. The goal umpire is famous for wearing the white jacket and waving the two flags which are used to indicate to the other goal umpire at the other end of the field that there has been an official score.


Contact the Director of Umpiring at and check out the Become an AFL Ontario Umpire page.

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