SMJFL Umpire Academy officially the biggest

The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) Umpire Academy is officially the biggest umpiring group in the state!

The latest registration figures from AFL Victoria show not only an increase in umpire numbers across the state but the continued increase for the SMJFL Umpire Academy as the largest in the state at 606 registrations.

In a statement sent earlier this week to all Umpiring bodies in Victoria, AFL Victoria announced the positive figures.

“AFL Victoria is delighted to announce that state-wide umpiring numbers are nearing record levels”.

“For the second year in a row, umpiring numbers in AFL Victoria Country Umpiring Groups have exceeded 3,000 whilst numbers in Melbourne Umpiring Groups have exceeded 4,000.

This is an exceptional result that demonstrates the collective hard work and dedication by our Umpiring Managers and Coaches, the many people associated with the tasks of the day-to-day administration of our Community Umpiring Groups and the many volunteers who contribute to the “umpiring environment” – ensuring it remains so vibrant, diverse, inclusive and positive”, the statement read.

SMJFL Umpire Academy Manager Cameron Watts was also pleased with results after a successful campaign to recruit and retain umpires in the region.

“It is overwhelming and truly exciting to see SMJFL havie the most umpires in all of Victoria.

It is testament to our skilled coaches, who make training entertaining and applicable, who are certainly a major reason why our retention percentage has increased.

Thank you to Monash University, our 26 SMJFL Clubs, and local community groups who we looked to for numbers on our recruitment drive.”

 

Latest Umpire Figures – AFL Victoria

Umpiring Group – Vic Country 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Mar-18 Apr-18 May-18 Jun-18
AFL Barwon 343 381 455 422 484 388 429 461 478
AFL Central Rivers Umpires 86 48 74 80 110 51 87 92 109
AFL North East Border Ump. Dep’t 192 193 174 182 182 143 153 165 170
Ararat & District UA 7 8 10 8 7 0 0 3 5
Ballarat FUA 224 230 252 263 311 258 297 316 318
Bendigo UA 180 161 170 136 218 175 212 228 230
East Gippsland UA 40 32 55 23 91 60 66 71 72
Gippsland UA 97 100 125 117 120 114 129 136 138
Goulburn Valley FUA 194 211 198 194 187 156 189 199 193
Latrobe Valley UA 53 90 122 106 147 122 143 152 155
Mornington Peninsula Junior FL Umpires 0 0 0 38 47 51 58 60 60
Rochester & Echuca FUA 69 56 58 67 86 56 67 65 66
Sale UA 106 119 111 119 127 91 103 108 109
South Gippsland UA 84 64 74 89 85 69 74 80 84
South West DFLUA 22 18 19 15 23 14 21 27 31
Southern UA 312 360 353 334 370 311 373 422 442
Sunraysia FUA 121 54 85 87 91 32 67 76 79
Warrnambool & DFUA 86 81 107 104 108 38 67 79 82
Western District UA 47 49 48 52 52 49 56 63 62
Wimmera & District Football Umpires 0 0 0 51 85 23 42 47 56
Yarra Ranges UA 129 129 150 134 144 98 130 132 138
TOTALS – AFL Victoria Country 2392 2384 2640 2621 3075 2299 2763 2982 3077
Umpiring Group – Vic Metro 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Mar-18 Apr-18 May-18 Jun-18
Eastern Football League Umpires 0 0 422 495 502 424 467 493 507
Essendon District Football League Umpires 413 445 500 471 445 480 502 495 499
Northern Football Netball League 364 393 398 431 457 368 401 425 432
Riddell Umpires 157 171 163 164 154 147 156 160 162
South East Juniors Umpires 186 202 275 307 298 226 252 262 273
South Metro Junior FL Umpires 551 413 416 486 562 462 541 579 606
Southern Football League 253 251 289 313 318 255 298 315 322
Victorian Amateur Football Association 427 625 565 560 610 433 516 548 559
Western Region Football League Umpires 321 323 323 366 371 298 337 353 363
Yarra Junior Football League Umpires 278 306 355 363 404 325 364 379 385
TOTALS – Melbourne Metropolitan 2950 3129 3706 3956 4121 3418 3834 4009 4108
AFL Victoria (VFL) Umpires 211 197 159 154 154 150 150 150 150
TOTAL  5553 5710 6505 6764 7378 5881 6763 7157 7343