Courses and Training

AFL Victoria offers a full range of umpiring courses to further educate members of our affiliated umpiring groups. Our highly qualified Umpiring Department can deliver and assist in the delivery of these courses to address the needs of our umpiring affiliates. 

AFL Basic Umpiring Course

The Basic Umpiring Course is an introductory course about umpiring Australian Football outlining the basic factors that are involved in being a field, boundary and goal umpire.   The course is not intended to fully equip a person to umpire a senior game of football but is seen as a way in which people who have a passion and an interest in football umpiring may be introduced to some of the specifics of this rewarding involvement in our great Australian game.

A registration form for students can be found by clicking here to download the 2017 AFL Basic Umpiring Course (Schools) – Registration Form. The course has been designed to include seven 90-minute modules all of which include some theory and some physical activity.   The seven modules included in the course are:

  • Introduction to umpiring
  • Positioning
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Boundary umpiring
  • Goal umpiring
  • Fitness and nutrition
AFL Umpire-Mentor Program

The AFL Umpire-Mentor Program allows more experienced umpires to be paired up with first-year umpires – on-field or off-field – to share their wisdom, knowledge and advice with regards to match-day umpiring. While the Umpire-Mentors assist the inexperienced umpires with advice with regards to positioning, decision making, effective communication and knowledge of the laws of the game, it is critically important that the inexperienced umpires be allowed to develop as they refine their skills and understanding of the game of Australian Football.

The AFL Umpire-Mentor Program training course is 90 minutes in duration and engages the participants and exposes them to different scenarios based on coaching the inexperienced umpires. The ability to know what to say and when to say it as a Mentor is of critical importance and can play a critical role in the retention of that umpire. To become trained as an AFL Umpire Mentor, please contact either of the staff listed below.


To find out more about the programs above please contact  our Umpiring department:


AFL Victoria Community Umpiring Manager

Russell O’Toole           Phone: 0409 130 100              Email:


AFL Victoria Umpiring Development Manager

Neville Nash                Phone: 0418 883 948              Email:

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