Each year the AFL Victoria Country Umpiring Department invites umpiring groups to nominate talented umpires to participate in the V/Line Umpire Academy Program.
Invitations are sent to young developing field, boundary and goal umpires to participate in Junior Football Programs, in addition to the more experienced umpires from local associations that are then considered for selection in a wide-range of umpiring appointments.
Read more by clicking 2017 Academy Program outline
2017 Academy dates
In an attempt to provide Academy participants with increased notification with regards to proposed Academy dates in 2017, the following dates have been identified to run Academy sessions. It is hoped that this early notification will maximise attendances.
|AFL Western District – Warrnambool
Walter Oval, Albert Park, Warrnambool
|AFL Barwon – Geelong
St Mary’s Football Club Oval
(Feb / March) –
Geelong Cricket Ground (April / May)
|AFL Goldfields – Ballarat
Ballarat Grammar School (Feb / March) –
City Oval (April / May)
|AFL South East & AFL Yarra Ranges –
Beaconsfield / Dandenong
Holm Park Rec Reserve Oval #3,
Holm Park Rd Beaconsfield (Feb / March) –
Shepley Reserve, Pultney Street, Dandenong
(April / May)
|AFL Gippsland – Drouin
Bellbird Park, Settlement Road, Drouin
|AFL Gippsland – Morwell
Morwell East Football Club, Vary Street, Morwell
|AFL Central Victoria – Bendigo
Weeroona Oval, Napier Street, Bendigo
|AFL North East Border – Albury
Xavier College, Fallon Street Albury
|AFL Goulburn Murray – Shepparton
GVFUA Headquarters, Packham Street, Shepparton
|AFL Wimmera Mallee – Horsham
City Oval, Horsham
|AFL Sunraysia – Mildura
No. 1 Oval Twelfth Street, Mildura
V/Line Umpire Academy participants’ values
The football programs for which we will be appointing umpires for the coming season can be found by clicking on 2017 Progams
A set of values, designed and written by 2013 – 14 members of the V/Line Umpire Academy, determine the standards members are encouraged to display at both Academy and local level.
2016 -17 Summer Training Program
An easy-to-follow summer training program has been designed for all Academy nominees to follow over the December – January phase of your pre-season training campaign. Based on your Rating of Perceived Exertion levels (RPE), this program caters for all disciplines and age groups.
It can be found here by clicking on 2016 – 17 Academy Summer Training Program
AFL Model Release Forms
For immediate access to an AFL Victoria Model Release form, please click on the following links
Community Umpire Prototype
Throughout 2013-14, Academy members compiled lists of skills / competencies possessed by experienced and talented community umpires and have established a Community Umpire Prototype.
Their exhaustive lists of traits and characteristics can be seen by clicking on Community Umpire Prototype
For more information about possible inclusion in the V/Line Umpire Academy Program contact :
AFL Victoria Country Umpiring Development Manager
Telephone: (03) 8341 6070