AFL Europe is committed to the education of our umpires and the quality of our umpiring development is critical to the long-term success of Australian Football in Europe
No game can take place without the passionate men and women who don the fluro and govern the contest, and AFL Europe are always looking to expand its rich community of whistleblowers.
You do not need to have any prior knowledge or understanding of Australian Football to get involved with umpiring. Many of our current umpires came from other sports, had previously played the game or simply saw the game in passing and took an interest.
Join the AFL Europe Umpire Community on Facebook here, and if you have any questions about getting involved email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Umpiring Courses
Registration for AFL Europe’s 2021 Umpire Development Series with anzuk Education is now closed.
The four-week, online program, which begun in April, was free to join and is aimed at developing all current and aspiring Australian Football umpires from around the world.
The 2021 series covered a range of different topics, including the role of an umpire, communication, positioning, decision making and the laws of the game, with sessions delivered by some of AFL Europe’s most experienced and highly accredited umpires.
Stay tuned for information regarding the 2022 Umpire Development Series. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Test your knowledge of the rules and hone your craft by making a call on these scenarios
For the purposes of these Laws, a Player executes a Correct Tackle or a Player is Correctly Tackled if: (i) the Player being tackled is in possession of the football; and (ii) that Player is tackled below the shoulders and above the knees.
Deliberate Out of Bounds
This was correctly paid deliberate out of bounds. From the rule book; “Free kicks are awarded when a player kicks, handballs or forces the football over the boundary line and does no demonstrate sufficient intent to keep the ball in play”
Deliberate Out of Bounds – Ruck Contest
This was correctly paid deliberate out of bounds. From the rule book; “Free kicks are awarded when a player hits the football out of bounds on the full from a bounce or throw up by a field umpire, or a throw up by a boundary umpire”
“The application of a tackle may be considered rough conduct which is unreasonable in the circumstances. In determining whether the application of a tackle constitutes rough conduct, regard may be had to the following factors, whether:
- The tackle consists of more than one action, regardless of whether the Player being tackled is in possession of the ball;
- The tackle is of an inherently dangerous kind, such as a spear tackle or a tackle where a Player is lifted off the ground;
- The Player being tackled is in a vulnerable position (i.e. arms pinned) with little opportunity to protect themselves; - An opponent is slung, driven or rotated into the ground with excessive force.”
Goal Line Decision
“Subject to Law 12.2, a Goal is scored when the football is Kicked completely over the Goal Line by a Player of the attacking Team without being touched by any other Player, even if the football first touches the ground. The ball was deemed to have not travelled completely over the line in this situation.”
Kicking In Danger
“This situation refers to rule 15.4.5, where a field umpire shall award a Free Kick against a Player where they are satisfied that the Player has made Prohibited Contact with an opposition Player. In the example of the kicking in danger rule, a player makes prohibited contact with an opposition player by kicking or attempting to Kick the football in a manner likely to cause injury. On this occasion, it was deemed unlikely to cause injury.”