Women and Girls in Umpiring


The AFL is committed to creating positive and enjoyable experience for Women and Girls (cis or trans), and non-binary umpires. Across the season, there will be a range of events to connect, upskill and make umpiring an enjoyable experience for all. 


UMPowered is an Umpire Coaching Conference for women (cis or trans) and non-binary umpire coaches. It aims to build the connections and networks of umpire coaches and those aspiring to take on a coaching role, while upskilling participants with technical umpire coaching strategies and tools. It's not just all content either! Attendees will get unfiltered access of what it's like to be an AFL Umpire Coach - with a matchday experience at the MCG and tour of the ARC.


When: Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st 2024

Where: Umpowered is two-day experience in Melbourne


Applications for 2024 have closed, but keep an eye out for applications for 2025 opening later in the year.

Multiple Experience Hubs across Victoria are launching this year to allow umpires the opportunity to connect, be motivated and learn from each other and inspiring guest speakers. Each Hub will host three sessions across 2024 (two in person and one online) on various dates based on umpire group locations.

When and Where:

Experience Hub 1: Face to Face - Complete

Experience Hub 2: May 6th, 2024 - Complete


Experience Hub 3: Secure your spot now!

Hub: Central Metro (1)

Date: Sunday 14th July, 2:15-4pm

Location: Ford Park, Bellfield

Umpire Groups: YJFL/ EFNL/ NFNL


Hub: Southeast Metro

Date: Monday 5th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Healthy Futures Hub, Seaford

Umpire Groups:  AFL South East/ AFL Outer East


Hub: Northwest Metro

Date: Monday 5th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Windy Hill, Essendon

Umpire Groups: EDFL/ WRFL/ Riddell


Hub: Central Metro (2)

Date: Wednesday 7th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick

Umpire Groups: VAFA/ SFNL/ SMJFL


Hub: Eastern Country (1)

Date: Monday 12th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Maryvale Reserve, Morewell       

Umpire Groups: LVUA/ GUA/ SGUA


Hub: Southwest Country (1)

Date: Wednesday 14th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Warrnambool

Umpire Groups: Warrnambool/ Western District


Hub: Northeast Country

Date: Sunday 18th August, 2:15-4pm

Location: Wangaratta Showgrounds, Wangaratta

Umpire Groups: AFL North East Border/ AFL Goulburn


Hub: Central Country

Date: Sunday 18th August, 2:15-4pm

Location: Bendigo

Umpire Groups: Bendigo/ Ballarat/ Sunraysia/ Wimmera Mallee/ Central Rivers


Hub: Southwest Country (2)

Date: Monday 19th August, 6:15-8pm

Location: Kardinia Park, Geelong

Umpire Groups: AFL Barwon (Geelong/ Colac)


Hub: Eastern Country (2)

Date: Sunday 25th August, 2:15-4pm

Location: Sale

Umpire Groups: Sale/ EGUA

Applications are now open.

All women and girls (cis or trans) and non-binary people who umpire are invited to attend any sessions of the Umpire Your Way program which provides opportunities for connection, umpiring skill and holistic development.



In Person

Skills Day

Want to take your umpiring to the next level this school holidays? Register for our Umpire Your Way Skills Day where you’ll develop your confidence, advance your discipline specific skills, and learn about the different ways to progress in umpiring.

Umpire Your Way Skills Day is open to your friends and family too, bring along a friend and show them just how great umpiring is.


When and Where:

VIC: University of Melbourne Oval, Parkville, Melbourne - Wednesday April 3rd, 2024

QLD: Yeronga Oval, Yeronga, Brisbane - Monday April 8th, 2024

NSW/ACT: North Sydney Oval, North Sydney, Sydney - Tuesday April 16th, 2024

SA: Prospect Oval, Prospect, Adelaide, Wednesday 17 April 2024

WA: EJ Oval, South Perth, Perth, Sunday April 21st, 2024

TAS: UTAS Stadium, Launceston, Wednesday April 24th, 2024 




AFLW Matchday Experience

Meet the AFLW Umpires pre-game at an AFLW Matchday Experience and learn through watching the match together with umpires and umpire coaches.

Registrations open soon.




Performance & Sport Psychology

Learn all about performance and Sport Psychology with Jacqui Sandland (AFL Umpires Psychologist) and physical high performance with Adam Veli (State League & Pathways High Performance Manager).

When: June 30th 8:00pm AEST

Registrations open soon.



Game Changing. Period

Join this workshop from Active Inclusion for an open, supportive and informed conversation on menstrual health in sport.

When: 28th May Tuesday 8:00pm AEST

Registrations open soon.

The National Women’s Umpiring Mentorship Program (NWMP) is aimed at supporting women and girls in umpiring as they make their way through their umpiring career, from community level football to the elite level. A mentor program to support holistic development, promote connection and voice challenges and opportunities that are shared by fellow umpire across all disciplines.

This is a smaller group of women and girls from each state who have been nominated to participate and opt into the program.
The program includes a range of in-person and online offerings including:

  • Attending an AFL Umpire Coaching Session
  • Q&A with a Panel of International Women Referees 
  • Social catch ups to enhance connection