AFLNT Umpiring Academy

The AFL Northern Territory Umpiring Academy was officially launched at the pre-match function before the AFL NAB Cup match between Geelong and Port Adelaide on 3rd of March 2007, with junior umpires and mentor coaches from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek attending the launch after AFL Northern Territory identify four main areas of umpiring that needed urgent attention which were:

  • To increase the numbers of younger umpires
  • To introduce a structured NT umpiring pathway
  • To increase the retention of younger umpires
  • To increase the funding to develop local umpires

Aims of the AFLNT Umpiring Academy

The AFL Northern Territory Umpiring Academy is the first step in bridging the gap between the National “Green Shirt” Mentoring Program (U/10’s) and Senior Football within the AFL Northern Territory Umpiring Development Pathway (UDP) -please click on the link below. Its aims are to:

  • Develop each Umpire skills & abilities 
  • Create a peer group of umpires across the Northern Territory
  • Promote Umpiring to whole Community across the Territory especially to the youth in accordance with the National “Respect the Game, Respect the Umpire” model 
  • Introduce benefits (development & retention) of umpiring AFL to the youth of the Northern Territory and to increase numbers of junior umpires across the whole of the NT. 
  • Expose umpires to State League level – NTFL 
  • Encourage Umpiring as a career pathway to the AFL

Umpiring Development Pathway (UDP)

Umpiring Development Pathway (UDP) - Click Here to Download Pathway

Each year 25 young umpires between the ages of 14-20 are selected to make up the AFLNT Umpiring Academy. Members have come from many regions of the Territory including Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. We hope to incorporate junior umpires into the academy as a part of stage 2 of the Academy Program in the near future and these junior umpires will come from the following areas: Gove, Wadeye & the Tiwi Islands.

The Development of Skills and Knowledge in the Umpiring Academy

The academy continues to assist junior umpires develop their individual skills. This has been done by holding regular training sessions in preparation for the AFLNT Talent and School Sport NT Programs representative season. This includes events such as AFL Kickstart U/15 Country Championships, U/18 & U/16 Territory Thunder trials games, U/15 SSNT Championships and U/12 SSNT Exchange. The junior umpires also endure skill sessions, fitness testing including a 4km time trail, video, theory and recovery sessions, goal setting, nutritional and health talks and attend AFL Umpires guest speeches as a part of their development in the Umpiring Academy.

Sharing Expert Knowledge

Each year we invite Northern Territory umpiring coaches who are involved in the National AFL Umpiring Coach PD Program to share and pass on their knowledge and expertise to the Academy Umpires at events like the SSNT u/15 Championships.

For further Information about the Academy or Umpiring in the Northern Territory please contact: Mark Noonan Umpiring Development Manager AFL Northern Territory (08) 8980 4811 or