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AFL’s first female grand final ump reveals sexist treatment as report exposes harassment and abuse

A damning report into the treatment of girls and women in Aussie Rules footy ranks from grassroots to AFL level has highlighted a culture of sexual harassment, exclusion and racism.

The ‘Girls and women in Australian football umpiring: Understanding registration, participation and retention’ report, commissioned by the AFL and carried out by the University of Sydney, was never meant to be made public. It was released on August 21 and buried by the AFL, but has now been released in full.  

The 62-page document contains accounts from 26 female umpire and one non-binary umpire across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and ACT. 

As of 2019, female umpires accounted for 2.9 percent of AFL umpires and 10.8 percent on a national level.

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