V/Line Umpire Academy

Each year the AFL Victoria Community Umpiring Department invites local 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. 


2019 V/Line Umpire Academy dates & venues

Region Program Manager Venue February March April May
AFL Barwon Jock Hillgrove Kardinia Park, Geelong Tuesday 5th Tuesday 5th Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 7th
AFL Central Victoria Sharon McColl Weeroona Oval, Bendigo Tuesday 12th Tuesday 12th Tuesday 9th Tuesday 14th
AFL Gippsland Nick Cullis Bellbird Park, Settlement Rd, Drouin Tuesday 19th Tuesday 19th Monday 15th Monday 13th
AFL Gippsland Nick Cullis Bundalaguah Oval, Sale Wednesday 20th Wednesday 20th Wednesday 17th Wednesday 15th
AFL Goldfields Roger Le Grand Ballarat Grammar School / City Oval Wednesday 20th Wednesday 13th Wednesday 10th Wednesday 8th
AFL Goulburn Murray Mark Bywater (temp) Kialla Reserve, Shepparton Monday 25th Monday 25th Monday 29th  TBC
AFL North East Border Mark Bywater Xavier High School, Albury Tuesday 26th Tuesday 26th Tuesday 30th Tuesday 14th
AFL Outer East Allan Grant Carlisle Park, Majestic Blvd, Cranbourne Wednesday 13th Monday 4th Monday 15th Monday 6th
AFL South East Carl Fletcher Carlisle Park, Majestic Blvd, Cranbourne Wednesday 13th Monday 4th Monday 15th Monday 6th
AFL Sunraysia Roger Le Grand No. 1 Oval, Twelfth Street, Mildura N/A Thursday 28th N/A N/A
AFL Western District Jock Hillgrove Deakin University, Warrnambool Monday 11th Monday 4th Monday 1st Monday 6th
AFL Wimmera Mallee Cam Pickering / Paul Clough Horsham Collage Dimboola Road, Horsham Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th Thursday 4th Thursday 16th


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 AFL Community Umpiring Manager – Victoria

Russell O’Toole           Phone: 0409 130 100              Email: russell.otoole@afl.com.au

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