The VFUA places great importance on the recognition of its members and their significant achievements. Past award winners can be found according the awards below:

Life Membership

Special Award – for outstanding contribution by a life member

John Russo Trophy – in recognition of on-field excellence and off-field commitment to the association

Frank Leverett Shield – Best first year umpire from all disciplines (former VFLUA award, since 1983)

Best first year umpires – one in each discipline (since 2012)

Most Improved – Development (former VFLUA award since 1987, discontinued 2011)

Most Improved – Senior (former VFLUA award, since 1982)

Courage Award – Recognising significant battle during the year (former VFLUA award since 1977)


Paul Anderson Shield – Mini-Olympics