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 Umpire Introductory Course

Released in March, 2018 is a new AFL Umpire Introductory Course that is designed for all Club Umpires, sibling umpires, parent umpires and umpires engaged in school football.

It is also the expectation that all first-year Community Umpires complete this training as it is designed to equip you with some basic knowledge to better prepare you for your next game.

Found at this course costs just $10.00 that is due whilst registering for the course and takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, you will be issued with a “Certificate of Achievement” that should be shared with your local Club or umpiring coach.

For questions about this course, please contact either Russell or Neville whose contact details are located on the bottom of this page.


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.

Compliant with Australian Curricula, the course is aligned with the competencies that can be seen by clicking here.

A registration form for students can be found by clicking here to download the 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


To find out more about the programs above please contact:

AFL Community Umpiring Manager – Victoria

Russell O’Toole           Phone: 0409 130 100              Email:

AFL Umpiring Growth & Development Coordinator – Victoria

Andrew Talbot            Phone: 0437 663 198              Email:

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