Community Umpiring Week gets underway!

This weekend AFL Sydney Juniors will be celebrating the start of Community Umpiring week.

The objective of Community Umpiring Week is to increase the awareness of umpiring as a choice & as an additional activity to playing. Community Umpiring week will promote the benefits of umpiring, which include; “get fit, get paid, have fun”, learning new skills, all while learning more about the game. This additional awareness aims to show recognition to all umpires (League based & Club based) as well as foster support of umpiring and in turn assist in the recruitment and retention of umpires at grassroots levels.

Community Umpiring Development Manager, Brenton Sanderson said with more than 1.4 million people playing Australian Football, umpire numbers have never been more important.

“There are more than 15,000 umpires officiating in community football matches each week,” he said.

“Community Umpiring Week is designed to increase awareness of umpiring as a choice as an additional activity to playing or choosing umpiring as a sport of choice as an alternative way to participate in the game.

“More than 94 per cent of umpires currently play or have played junior football. You can play and umpire on the same day or on alternate days. It is a great way to keep fit, earn money, develop life skills and make life-long friends.”

For more information or to register your interest in umpiring community football visit

The @Umpire AFL NSW/ACT team will be hosting two online information sessions on Wednesday May 18th & Wednesday May 25th for people who are interested in becoming an umpire, to register your detail please CLICK HERE