Life Membership Nominations

Nominations for Life Membership of the VAFAUA are now open.

Applications must be in writing, and be nominated & seconded by current members of the association. Nominations should address the eligibility criteria, and explain why the person should be considered for Life Membership. Nominations must be received by the Secretary ([email protected]) by midnight on 10 July.

Eligibility criteria:

The following persons are eligible for election as a Life Member:

(i) A member who has met two of the three following criteria: 

A – completed at least 10 years of service as an umpire with VAFA;

B – been a Committee Member of the Association for 3 years or more; 

C – in the opinion of the Committee, in its absolute discretion, has upheld the purposes of the Association and rendered conspicuous service.


(ii) completed 20 years service umpiring with the VAFA, and in the opinion of the Committee, in its absolute discretion, has upheld the purposes of the Association


This year’s AGM will take place after training on Wednesday (May 8) at Elsternwick Park from 7:15pm.

All members are expected to attend, and dinner will be provided as usual!

Get down and hear all the latest about the UA.

VAFA Umpires Round

VAFA Umpires Round is this Weekend – Celebrating Umpiring in the VAFA!

Click to read an editorial regarding Umpiring in the VAFA by Umpire Operations Manager, Haydn O’Connor.

Pick up a copy of the VAFA Umpires edition of the Amateur Footballer (shown above) at your match on the weekend.

Also, head to the VAFA website and check out the ‘For the Love of the Game’ Podcast and VAFA Tragics episodes featuring our very own Gavin De Kretser and Matt Oakley!

#goGreen đŸ’š

Season Launch 2019

This Wednesday (April 3rd) we will be hosting our season launch for 2019!

Round 1 is this Saturday (April 6th), so this is a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the season with all umpires.

Drinks & dinner will be provided, starting from 6.30pm upstairs at Elsternwick Park. All umpires are encouraged to attend, and families & friends are more than welcome. See you there!

Andrew Heffernan joins the AFL!!!

The VAFAUA sends a huge congratulations to Andrew Heffernan, who has joined the AFL Field Umpire list for 2019!

Andrew started umpiring on the Boundary as a 12 year old at the Yarra Junior FL, before switching to the Field. He came to the VAFA as a Field Umpire in 2010, going on to officiate our Premier Grand Final in 2012. He joined the VFL Development list in 2013, and has gone from strength to strength, including umpiring the VFL Development League Grand Final in 2016.

Andrew was ‘Rookie Listed’ with the AFL in 2017, and has acted as Emergency umpire for many AFL games over the last 2 seasons. He had a very successful AFL Womens season this year, and will officiate the AFLW Grand Final this coming Sunday.

Andrew is a great example of the YJFL/SMJFL – VAFA – VFL – AFL pathway, and has previously acknowledged the significant influence of our Premier Squad coach Tony Hales, along with our own Brian Goodman and Geoff Deveson from the YJFL, on his umpiring career.

Andrew joins a number of former VAFA Umpires at the AFL, including Nick Brown, Chris Donlon, Cameron Dore, Leigh Fisher, Andre Gianfagna, Simon Meredith, Rob O’Gorman and Brent Wallace.

Congratulations Heff, and we look forward to seeing you out on the big stage!

Andrew Heffernan in VFL Orange