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Umpiring Roles

An increasing number of young people, male and female, are choosing to be part of our great game as field, boundary or goal umpires. Umpiring is exciting, fun, great for fitness, and offers the best seat in the house! Read More

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Training Locations

We encourage all umpires to train with the umpiring group as it develops great comradery and provides support to achieve your best, but the WRFL provides multiple training venues to allow all umpires to be involved. Read More



You don’t need to be fit to get started! Fitness is all relative to the level of football you wish to umpire. The higher level of football, the fitter you need to be!  Our umpires train just like other sports, so regardless of where you are starting from, you can achieve... Read More



Another great benefit of umpiring is that you will be paid for all the fun and fitness you have. Umpiring is a hobby, so it's considered tax-free, and on top of that you can do multiple games each week if you're feeling up to it! Read More

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Practice Matches

Practice matches are run by clubs at the start of most seasons. Nomination for practice matches is generally a process where you put your name down and, if a match is available, you're notified if you've been selected for that match. Read More

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Uniforms & Equipment

The WRFL Umpires are one of the few remaining umpiring bodies in Australia to wear the traditional white of Australian Rules Football umpires. While trainee umpires are provided with green uniforms by the league, second and subsequent year umpires can purchase their uniforms at... Read More


Injuries & Safety

Safety is the most important consideration in any workplace and the football field is arguably the most important place of all, since it's deceptively easy to injure yourself if you don't prepare properly. Read More

Get In The Game

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The AFL has launched a new campaign called "Get In The Game" to try to encourage more people to start umpiring. Watch this video to see what it's like for an AFL umpire to be in the centre of the paddock on gameday. Read More

Umpiring Academies



In 2009, the WRFL and AFL partnered to start the first Umpiring Academy in an effort to bring more youth into the game. Mackillop College is where this started, and in 2014 Mackillop Umpiring Academy provided over 50 junior umpires to the WRFL ranks, ensuring the many junior... Read More

In Profile

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Jody Richards


Always try your best and make an effort to keep learning. Most importantly, have fun and love what you do! Read More

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Cameron Terrill


Like many young umpires, Cameron began his career on the boundary, though circumstances tried to stop him getting on the field. Read More

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Dean McGowan


Dean's umpiring journey began under the watchful eye of Terry O'Donnell, and the experience in his debut match continues to propel his career. Read More

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Robert Hill


At just 14 years of age, Robert Hill remembers being extremely nervous before his first game and equally fatigued afterwards. Fast forward six years later and he's quite the opposite Read More


Stefan Bjelosevic


Our latest field umpire to taste state football tells us how he got there. Read More

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Adrian O'Donnell

Field Umpire

One of the most distinguished and longest serving umpires in the WRFL, Adrian O'Donnell is a name that, over the past 20 years, has become synonymous with senior football in the WRFL. He was inducted into the WRFL Umpires Hall of Fame in 2014 and became a Life Member in 2003. He... Read More

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Christian Brenner

Field Umpire

Christian joined umpiring via a rather unusual route. He started umpiring in Round 5, 2010 after spending 10 years in the Army Reserve as an infantry soldier. Read More

Who Can Be An Umpire?

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Field Umpiring

Field umpiring is a challenging and rewarding activity, field umpires take control of 36 players and call the shots on the big stage! Read More

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Boundary Umpiring

For those who enjoy running or want to learn about the game, boundary umpiring is ideal. Boundary umpires are responsible for making decisions to whether the ball is in play, as well performing the boundary throw-in. VFL State League Senior Squad boundary umpires officiate in... Read More


Goal Umpiring

The goal umpire decides on and records, all scores in an Australian football match. The goal umpire career path provides a chance to umpire at AFL level, as VFL State league Senior Squad goal umpires officiate in all AFL Melbourne based matches. Read More

Contact Us


Getting in touch with the WRFL umpires (and even becoming an umpire) is as simple as a phone call, an email, or the click of a button! Read More

Umpires Wanted

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The WRFL is seeking umpires for season 2016. Read More