Australia: The First Female Football Umpire is Greek

Eleni Glouftsis

A young Greek woman was declared one of the leading personalities of the state of South Australia.

Eleni Glouftsis, 21-years-old, is the first woman umpiring a football game at state level. Her parents were both umpires and when Glouftsis was asked why she took up the sport, she said that it was in her blood, it was a great way to keep fit, to be a part of a game that she loved and to earn some extra money. Her partner, Dillon Tee, is also an Australian Football League (AFL) umpire which has helped her understand the commitment needed so as to reach league level.

Glouftsis used to watch many football games when she was a student in Adelaide High School and she has worked her way through the ranks of umpiring beginning in 2006, in the North Eastern Metro Football Association. In 2008, she began training at the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) as a boundary umpire, and as a field umpire in 2009.

Apart from umpiring, she is in her final year of a double degree in Human Movement and Education at the University of South Australia. She hopes that by next season, she will be a regular umpire in the SANFL.