FAQ

1. I’m thinking about umpiring. What do I need to do?
Taking the first step is often the hardest part about umpiring. Simply complete the ‘Become and Member’ form on our website, and we will be in contact with you shortly. You are under no obligation, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

2. I need someone to umpire at a match/competition/carnival. Can you help?
The New South Wales Australian Football Umpires Association (NSWAFUA) is the association of umpires who officiate in the Sydney Australian Football League (Sydney AFL).

All appointments to matches, including those to carnivals and competitions, are the sole responsibility of the Sydney AFL and the AFL NSW/ACT Commission. Please direct any requests for umpires to Graham Glassford, Umpiring Development Manager.

3. How old do I have to be to become an umpire?
There is no official minimum age or cut off to become an umpire. As a guide, we would usually recommend junior umpires be a minimum of approximately one to two years older than the age group in which they officiate – however this depends on the experience and maturity of the individual umpire.

4. How far do Field and Boundary Umpires run during an AFL game?
Across four quarters of play, an AFL Field Umpire usually averages 10-15 kilometres of running. Over the same period, an AFL Boundary Umpire would usually average 12-20 kilometres.

5. What is involved with the training to become a Field Umpire?
A Sydney AFL Senior Grade Field or Boundary Umpire trains at least twice a week. A Sydney AFL Senior Grade Goal Umpire trains at least once a week. During these sessions there is a focus on physical fitness (track running) and specific skills required to umpire (bouncing and positioning). There is also a theory component, ensuring that the umpire is equipped with all the knowledge needed to umpire each week.

6. I’m not much of a runner, does that mean I can’t umpire?
Not at all! Umpiring accommodates people of varying ages, experience and running ability.

7. What equipment am I provided with, and what do I need to purchase to become an umpire?
All AFL Sydney umpires are provided with a match day uniform:

  • Field and Boundary Umpires – shirts, shorts, socks and yellow/red cards
  • Goal Umpires – shirts, cap and flags

Equipment you can purchase at subsidised prices from the NSWAFUA:

  • Field and Boundary Umpires: whistle and sweatbands

Other equipment you will need to purchase include:

  • Field and Boundary Umpires: runners
  • Goal Umpires: black pants, boots

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