Expansion means more Umpires needed

The 2021 AFL North Coast season will see more clubs and teams playing more matches each weekend, which means that more Umpires are needed for all age groups and grades.

Growth in the umpiring ranks is needed in both Seniors and Juniors from Taree to Grafton and all major towns in between. The inclusion of the Lismore Swans and Casino Lions into the Senior Competition means that umpires are also needed in this part of the region too. There’s a particular need for umpires over the age of 18 to officiate in matches in the Under 15 and Youth Girls age groups as well as all grades in the Senior Competition.

Umpiring is a tax free, paid role that provides individuals with the scope to earn several hundred dollars per weekend depending on the number of matches officiated.

If you love footy, you’ll love being an umpire. Not only do you get the best view of the action, you also get paid for the privilege. Keep fit, be part of a team, and learn leadership skills for both on and off the field.

Whether you’re a teenager looking to earn money, or are retired from playing footy but want to stay involved and keep fit, then umpiring is the option for you!

People interested in taking up umpiring need to complete an online Laws of the Game course, then can access coaching that is delivered within the region.

To umpire in the AFL North Coast Competition an individual must be a minimum of 12 years of age.

Umpiring is a great way for players to learn the rules of the game which helps greatly with their own development as players.

An introduction to Umpiring will be conducted as part of the AFL North Coast Education Roadshow, comprising sessions on both the Laws of the Game and practical aspects such as positioning, signalling, and match management. This session will be held on Sunday 14 March.

Please go to Umpire AFL to indicate your interest in umpiring in 2021, or contact Paul Taylor (paul.taylor@afl.com.au) for more information.