1. Player in possession of the ball, to be given PRIOR OPPORTUNITY to dispose of the ball.
2. Charges (shirt front) are banned irrespective of ball proximity.
3. Player making the ball his object, to be given the utmost protection by the umpire.
4. Advantage rule applies.
5. 30 metre penalties apply not 50 metres.
6. Marking - Player in front of pack to be given every protection and opportunity to be paid the mark.  No raising legs when attempting to mark or spoil from behind shall be allowed.
7. RUCKING
  7.1 At all times the ball shall be thrown up and not bounced.
  7.2 Only one player from each team to contest all ruck knocks.
  7.3 Involvement in contest of a third or subsequent player shall result in a free kick against third or subsequent player.
  7.4 A free kick shall be awarded against any ruckman who raises his knee or leg against his opponent when contesting any ruck knock.
  7.5 At boundary throw ins only one player from each team to contest the ruck.  However if throw-in is poor or misdirected the umpire is to immediately call play on and not recall the throw-in.  If throw-in is satisfactory any third or subsequent player involvement in the rucking contest will result in a free kick against such player.
8. Centre square is operative at throw-ups.  Boundary umpires will control this.  Obviously this rule shall only apply when boundary umpires are available.
9. Umpires to advise both verbally and by sign what penalty kick is given for.
10. Umpires to strictly enforce against verbal abuse with a green card.
11. Umpires and teams to assemble in the centre of the oval prior to the start of each game.
12. When boundary umpires are available - throw-in is in force - when not available the following procedure is to operate;  field umpires to bring ball in 10 metres and throw up.
13. NEGATIVE TACTICS
  13.1 No player is to impede the path, touch or harass an opposition player when the ball is out side 5 metres.
    13.1.1 When any such act of harassment occurs one of the field umpires must immediately give a free kick
    13.1.2 This free kick is to be given, even if it is by the second umpire who is not in control.
    13.1.3 The free kick shall not disadvantaged the team offended against.
  13.2 If the player repeats the act of harassment, that player is to be carded according to the severity of the incident.
    13.2.1 The report shall be for misconduct in that the player committed a breach of the laws against an opponent in a deliberate and/or violent manner.
  13.3 Goal/Boundary umpires are instructed that they are to inform field umpires at the next appropriate break in play (after a score, // time), when these tactics are noticed by them.
14. BEHIND THE PLAY INCIDENTS
  Many time things happen on a football field that neither the umpires or officials have witnessed, although it is obvious that something untoward has occurred, with a player who has been hit and is in distress.

Previously, this act could not be reported by the umpire because it had not been witnessed.  Umpires having observed that such an incident has occurred are now required to list players in the vicinity and call for names of any witnesses.  Names of players remonstrating after the act are also to be included.

Umpires are request to recommend if they feel any action should be taken, but the Board reserves the right to call a hearing if they feel this course of action is necessary.

15. INSURANCE
  Umpires are covered by the National MAF Insurance Scheme, and the National Executive Director can supply relevant information.
16. PAPER WORK
  16.1

Team Sheets:

Officiating umpires must receive from each team a yellow copy of the team sheet which details a complete list of participating players signed by the respective team managers prior to commencement of play.  The yellow team sheets are to be handed to the National Umpires Coordinator at the completion of the game. 

  16.2

Correct Match Scores:

At the completion of the game field umpires must ensure the correct match score is agreed upon by goal umpires and that this is recorded on the goal scoring cards and handed to the National Umpires Coordinator after the game along with the yellow team sheets. 

 
  16.3

Best and Fairest Votes:

At the completion of the game field umpires are asked to consult each other before awarding votes on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis to the players who they believe deserve votes.  5 votes shall be for the best player and so on down the scale.  Votes are to be recorded on the vote cards provided and handed to the National Coordinator ASAP after the game. 

 
  16.4

Penalty Cards and Reports:

Officiating umpires must record the numbers of any players shown a green, yellow or red card during the game.  The names of players shown cards must be circled on the yellow sheet with card colour noted alongside their names.  If a player is shown a red card a separate written report is to be completed in readiness for a tribunal hearing.  The yellow sheets along with any red card reports are to be handed to the National Umpires Coordinator. 

 
  16.5

Communication:

Any concerns or issues relating to the carnival officiating are to be directed to National Umpires Coordinator.