Local umpires to take pay cut to help local clubs get the season started
In a media release sent by AFL Barwon on behalf of the Colac District Football Umpiring Association
Sport in Australia at both community and elite levels are currently navigating through unprecedented times as we deal with the impact of COVID-19. Recently, 80% of the AFL workforce was stood down due to a stoppage of work in response to the pandemic, and community leagues haven’t been immune to tough decisions either, including at AFL Barwon.
With our clubs and competitions face significant reductions in their revenue due to COVID-19, umpires across our region from the Colac District Football Umpiring Association (CDFUA) have agreed to a reduction in pay if there is a potential return to play. AFL Barwon thanks the umpiring association for its collaborative effort to limit our game’s financial losses and ensure we keep the industry going.
“Due to the current COVID-19 situation, AFL Barwon approached the CDFUA regarding rate of pay for umpires in the 2020 season. Considering players have had to take a 50% pay cut, it is only proper that umpires also reduce rates for 2020. “All stakeholders in the CDFNL need to band together in this time to make sure all clubs come through the other side. Reducing umpire fees will help clubs survive while still allowing our umpires to get out and do what they love" CDUA President Craig Kerr said
“The CDFUA Executive have come up with two Senior Grade pay structures for a 2020 season if it goes ahead, based on a two-umpire scenario and a three-umpire scenario. In the situation of matches with three umpires, these rates will reduce further per umpire. Reserve and Under 17 games will also be reduced rates. In addition, only two games per round will feature reserve goal umpires. This is to give all our goal umpires a game for the weekend so we do not lose members. Umpires love doing what we do and that is why we need to make sure we do our bit for the game we all love. It is to everyone’s benefit to make sure the CDFNL and its member clubs including the CDFUA come out of this situation as best as we possibly can. Let us all get back to playing, officiating, supporting the game we all love.”