They're family members, friends, volunteers and paid professionals. Their role does not include abuse of any sort. Showing respect for umpires is essential in promoting fair play and maintaining the integrity of our game
No matter what you do, who you are or what you think you know, umpires don't deserve a serve.
We are taking a stand against umpire abuse in football. We believe that football is more than just a game; it's a sport that brings communities together. To preserve the integrity and spirit of football, we are committed to eradicating umpire abuse and fostering a culture of respect and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Umpires play a vital role in ensuring fair play and upholding the rules of our game. They dedicate their time and effort to ensuring that games are conducted in a safe and fair manner.
Umpire abuse not only affects their well-being but also tarnishes the image of football as a sport that promotes respect and inclusivity.
It is time to put an end to this behaviour and build a community that values the contributions of all involved.
Umpiring is a great way to keep fit, make friends, give back to the game you love and earn some extra cash.
By becoming an umpire, you are ensuring the game is played in a fair manner according to the laws of the game with the best seat in the house!
While the level of fitness required depends on what discipline (Field, Boundary or Goal) you are interested in, umpires do need to be mentally and physically fit.
The level of fitness required also depends on what level of football you want to be involved with. Generally, the higher the grade the higher level of fitness required.
Umpires at all levels are encouraged to attend umpire training where they receive fitness programs tailored to your needs.
You can’t trust two opposing teams to make important decisions that could affect the outcome of the game. You need an independent, objective official who is unbiased and knows the laws of the game.
Without umpires, there is no one to ensure the game is played in a safe, controlled and fair manner.
1. It starts with you! Be mindful of your words and actions. Remember umpires are trying to do the best they can and need your support.
2. If you see or hear umpire abuse, call it out! Don’t be afraid to speak up and show up when you witness any form of abuse. Ask them how they would like it if it were their own son or daughter being abused in their workplace...?
3. Educate others. Refer them to our website for more information.
If you’re keen to put on the green shirt and have a go, that’s awesome!
It doesn’t matter who you are or your background. If you want to be involved in football, then umpiring can be a hugely rewarding experience that teaches you important life skills. There is a place for everybody in umpiring!
Check out this page and follow the steps. http://www.umpireafl.com.au