Between Round 8 and 9 of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season the Yarra Junior Football League will celebrate Community Umpiring Week with the aim to encourage people to get involved in umpiring Australian Football at the community level.
Throughout the week, May 6 – May 13, the YJFL & AFL will be celebrating Community Umpiring Week through a number of initiatives:
AFL Umpires will attend community training sessions
Umpires at each AFL match this weekend will be led onto the ground by community umpires
AFL Umpires will officiate in junior community matches
Current AFL players will officiate in junior community matches
Across the country, leagues and clubs will celebrate their local umpires with various initiatives run by the clubs.
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 over 15,000 umpires officiating in community football matches each week and over 12% are female, a significant increase in line with the expansion of female football”, 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.
“Over 94% 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 on YJFL Umpiring visit: https://www.yarrajfl.org.au/umpire-registration/
For more information or to register your interest in umpiring community football visit https://umpire.afl