The “Secret” Signals Between Umpires in Australian Football

The “Secret” Signals Between Umpires in Australian Football

In the National Australian Football (AFL) competition, each game has nine umpiring officials who act as a team to adjudicate the rules of the game. There are three field umpires, four boundary umpires and two goal umpires. To create a successful game from their perspective, they must work as a team during the game. At different points in the game, the field and boundary umpires; the field and goal umpires and lastly the goal and boundary umpires work as small teams within the game. This article reveals the many signals that occur between each group of umpires during different segments of a game of Australian Football.

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