The Far West Football Association is facing a challenge to bridge the umpiring generation gap.
Ahead of the start of the 2017 football season this weekend umpire coordinator Paul Warmington said his hardest task was to get new umpires involved so the action on the field could continue.
He said there were enough umpires to cover the games but in the long term it was about developing the next batch of officials.
“The hard part is to get people involved,” Mr Warmington said.
“Some have umpired and gone back to playing, some were maybe scared off by vocal supporters and a few youngsters who have done it have gone off to study in Adelaide.”
He said new umpires would go through an accreditation process and once ready they would officiate one game per weekend.
Training only usually takes place at the start of the year and umpires will get together if new rules are implemented.
“There’s pocket money in doing this, which is good for students,” he said.
“It keeps you involved in the game and if you don’t think you would make a team then you can still be involved.
“You get that feeling of being out there in the middle and being involved in the action.”
Anybody wanting to become a Far West umpire can contact Mr Warmington on 0428 112 949, or their local club if they only want to umpire up to B grade.