V/Line Umpire Academy

Each year the AFL Victoria Country Umpiring Department invites  umpiring groups to nominate talented umpires to participate in the V/Line Umpire Academy Program. VLine Umpire Academies

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. 


V/Line Umpire Academy participants’ values 

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.


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 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 


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: russell.otoole@afl.com.au

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