Australian Rules Football has a total of 10 referees,
although we call them umpires
They are wearing green trousers, or shorts with a yellow shirt.
For the AFL (Australian Football League games) this year
there are 4 field umpires on the ground during play.
A goal umpire at either end and 4 boundary umpires
whose task it is to stop play when the ball
goes over the white boundary line.
As the speed of our game has increased
so too has the number of umpires.
Our playing areas can be 150-200 yards
long by 120-170 yards wide.
This ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground
(MCG) is 187 yards long by 160 yard wide.
When I was 17, I was boundary umpire
for my local team for half a season.
Our ground was said to be 3 laps to a mile
around the boundary line which means
it would be around 210 yards long
by around 155 yards wide.
In those days we only had one field umpire
and two boundary umpires…one either side.
As play see-saws back and forth boundary umpires
were/are expected to be where the ball is
when/if it goes out of play.
The team I have followed all my life
is Collingwood…black shorts and
black and white vertical stripes in this shot.
We have had Texan born Mason Cox
playing and starring with us for several years now.
This is a Collingwood vs Geelong game.
Finally apologies for my photos,
they were taken with a ten year old phone.