D-Rod Umpiring Squads

The aim of the AFL Victoria Diversity Umpiring ‘D-Rod Squads’ is to increase number of Indigenous & multicultural male and female umpiring at community level.    

  • Earn MONEY
  • Keep HEALTHY & FIT
  • Umpiring looks very favourable on your CV
  • Make new FRIENDS
  • Learn new skills in a WELCOMING and SAFE environment

Umpiring is one the most important aspects of Australian football and offers fantastic avenues to be involved whilst enjoying numerous fitness benefits.

AFL Victoria, through the network of community leagues, is able to provide a significant amount of assistance for those seeking to become an umpire.

Whether you are seeking a career in umpiring, or just looking to keep fit, umpiring develops life skills such as: Leadership, critical and clear thinking, decision making, and effective communication.

AFL Victoria offers a range of accreditation courses as well as several programs targeted at young Metropolitian and Country Victorian umpires.

A number of leagues also run their own programs and accreditation.

Umpire Roles : What do each of the umpires do?


Field Umpires

A challenging and rewarding activity, field umpires take control of 36 players and call the shots on the big stage! The field umpiring career path involves three progressive stages, with the pinnacle being umpiring at AFL level.


Boundary Umpires

For those who enjoy running or want to learn about the game, boundary umpiring is ideal. Boundary umpires are responsible for making decisions to whether the ball is in play, as well performing the boundary throw-in. Boundary umpires are also expected to stand behind the point post at every shot at goal to assist the goal umpire and return the ball to the controlling field umpire when a goal has been scored.


Goal Umpires

The goal umpire decides on, and records, all scores in an Australian football match. Goal umpires are required to position themselves in the best position to judge the correct score and often adjust their position from behind-the-flight of the ball, to under-the-flight of the ball to astride the scoring line.

Crisp and confident signalling and flag waving are also an important requirements of goal umpires.


To find out more about our developing AFL Victoria Diversity Umpiring ‘D-Rod Squad’ Program please contact:

David Rodan
AFL Victoria Multicultural Engagement Coordinator/Current AFL Goal umpire
Email: david.rodan@afl.com.au


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