With the huge 91% growth in football participation rates over the last six years, WA football is in need of new umpires to keep up with the expanding competitions right around the State.
Last season, more than 7500 goal, field and boundary umpires were required each weekend to officiate in games, while 1000 club appointed umpires were also utilised.
Some umpire up to three games a weekend to cover the gap, which is expected to exceed 200 umpires this season in the metropolitan area alone.
"We are maintaining numbers but not covering the growth," said WAFC General Manager Umpiring Steve Hargrave.
"There is a good system in place to train umpires and encourage them to get better, we just need to recruit more poeple, especially juniors and potential umpires at a young age.
Umpiring is also an opportunity to earn some extra cash and offers a terrific experience for all - males, females, goal, field and boundary umpires.
"It is a really rewarding pursuit and takes a lot of good inner qualities to be succesful," Hargrave said.
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