Become an Umpire

Do you have what it takes to become an umpire?

Umpiring is a great way to get fit, meet new people, earn some cash and learn more about the great game of Australian Rules Football. It doesnít matter if your 13 or 65, or male or female. Anyone can have a go at umpiring in either the field, on the boundary or in the goals. All you need is a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Umpiring is very rewarding and provides exciting challenges. Just ask yourself, are you up for a new challenge?

Benefits of Umpiring

Although Umpires umpire football because they love the game there are also some financial benefits to umpiring. Umpires can earn anywhere between $25-$135 a game. Uniforms are provided free-of-charge to the majority of AFLNT umpiring groups and consist of a shirt, shorts, socks, hat, wrist bands, and whistle. Umpiring is also a great way to improve your fitness, meet new people and increase your knowledge of the game. You also could get the opportunity to represent the Territory at the national U/12s and U/15s schoolboy championships, at the AFL NAB U/16s and U/18s national championships or in the QAFL State League.


The majority of games are played on Saturday and Sundays, and possibly Friday nights. Contact your local umpiring advisor for a full list of game times.


The AFLís Umpire Mentoring Program

The AFLís Umpire Mentoring Program is an umpire education and development program that provides experienced umpires to mentor and share knowledge with inexperienced umpires. Under this program, new and inexperienced umpires wear a green coloured shirt to signify that they are learning their craft and are supported by a senior mentor. As a Cadet Umpire, you get paid cash for your umpiring services at every fortnightís training session (April to August). You receive mentoring from a senior umpire and receive an AFL Basic Umpires Course Benefits Pack. There are also opportunities to umpire a NAB Auskick Little League Game at an AFL Fixture Event at TIO Stadium or Traeger Park, Alice Springs, and the chance to win a trip to represent the NT on AFL Grand Final day umpiring a NAB AFL Auskick Grid Game.

Umpires can climb the football ladder too!

The AFL Northern Territory now has a structured pathway for umpires aiming to progress through the ranks form Auskick to the AFL. Refer to back of this brochure for the AFLNTís latest umpiring development pathway.


Training caters for all ages and fitness levels, so it does not matter if you are just a beginner or an elite athlete we will accommodate your fitness needs. Field, boundary, and goal umpires all train together as a group so there is always a friendly atmosphere at training with plenty of encouragement on offer. The NTFL umpires train every Monday and Wednesday night from 5.30pm onwards during the NTFL Premiership Season (September to March) at TIO Stadium. AFLNT Affiliated League Umpiring Groups train weekly, from March to September. Please contact your local League for venue and session times.

Are you interested in becoming an umpiring?

Contact Mark Noonan - AFL NT Umpiring Development Manager or 08 8980 4811

AFL Northern Territory