Coloured Shirt Program

The aim of the Coloured Shirt Program is to make all beginner or inexperienced officials easily recognisable therefore educating all participants (including players and spectators) to understand the demands, pressures and support needs of beginner officials. The program aims to increase retention, value and appreciation of all officials.

The Office for Recreation and Sport developed the Coloured Shirt Program based on the successful SANFL “red shirt” program that was introduced to address the issue of umpire retention at the grass roots level.

Our new officials wear green shirts. Please support and respect them through your positive sideline behaviour.
If you see officials and umpires wearing the green shirt, then it’s important for you to know they are beginners. As with any learner, they may make mistakes.

Without officials, sport would not survive, so it is up to our clubs and associations to build a positive culture of support for officials.
Further information can be found on the Office for Recreation & Sport website -