Eleni Glouftsis

AFL Umpire, Health Science and Physical Education Teacher

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Eleni is an Australian Football League field umpire.

She is notable as the first female field umpire to officiate in a match sanctioned by the AFL, which occurred in the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club, in February of 2016 at Princes Park.

Eleni became the first female to be appointed field umpire for an AFL Premiership season match, when she was selected to officiate the Essendon and West Coast match in Round 9 of the 2017 AFL season.

Eleni commenced umpiring in 2006 with the North Eastern Metro Junior Football Association in Adelaide, South Australia, before commencing to umpire in the South Australian National Football League. She umpired her first senior SANFL match in August 2013, being the first female to officiate as a field umpire in a State League match nationally.

She then moved to Melbourne on a three-year AFL Female Field Umpire Pathway scholarship at the end of 2014, where she umpired in the VFL throughout the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Eleni was elevated to the AFL Field Umpire Senior list in 2017.

Outside of umping Eleni is a Health and Physical Education and Science teacher.  As an Educator and role model she enjoys sharing her journey and lessons from her career through corporate and public speaking as well as panel discussions.  Her presentations have empowered young athletes, inspired and motived workplaces and businesses.