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Sports Umpires officiate at sporting events, such as netball, hockey, football, basketball, cricket, boxing and wrestling matches, by interpreting and enforcing match rules.


  • officiates at sporting events to enforce rules
  • co-ordinates and directs sporting activities, and liaises with other officials to interpret and enforce rules and regulations relating to sport.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Sports Umpire

  • You need a high level of knowledge of your sport specialisation to work as a Sports Umpire. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Courses in officiating are often available through the relevant sporting association.

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