Congratulations to AFL Rookie Michael Pell, who was promoted to the AFL Field Umpires List for season 2022!

Starting off umpiring at a young age with the Essendon District Football League, Michael has since recorded several milestones along the way.

With the 2017 TAC Cup Grand Final and the 2019 VFL Grand Final under his belt, he was selected as part of the officials’ contingent to umpire in the 2021 AFLW Grand Final.

Michael has umpired in 23 AFLW matches so far. He made his AFL umpiring debut in 2021 as Hayden Gavine’s replacement in the third quarter of the Round 21 match (Richmond v North Melbourne) at the MCG.

Well done, Michael, on your promotion. We wish you the best for the year ahead. 


Image: Michael Pell during the 2021 AFLW Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval (April 17, 2021).
(Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos)

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