The pressure is higher for the umpire

The Australian Football League season hits its climax tomorrow afternoon with the highly anticipated grand final match up between Hawthorn and Sydney set to take place in front of up to 100,000 screaming fans.

Whether you like it or not, we are all couch umpires who think we can do a better job. But the reality is it’s not just a walk in the park for those officiating the national game that we live and breathe.

In high pressure situations umpires are required to keep a calm head and make the decision that they believe is correct; with thousands of fans and players breathing down their neck trying to influence their call.

Bill Walter spoke to former AFL umpire Michael Vozzo, who officiated the 2006 and 2008 Grand Finals, to gain an insight into the pressures of the job.

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Producer: Chris Komorek

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