AFL Commentary: How to Call a Live Match


20 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


In this 4-week course learn the skills required to begin a sports commentary career in the fast-paced, exciting world of Australian Rules Football (AFL). Experience gained in this course will enhance your skills in both commentary and game day production roles, through the provision of hands-on experience. Current RMIT VE and HE students may also be eligible to participate in RMIT's production of the National Indigenous Radio Service in 2020. If you want to learn what it takes to be a professional AFL commentator, this course is for you.

Course content

  • Preparing to call: the skills and process of preparing your call
  • Research techniques: where to find the details that will enhance your performance
  • Learning from the pros: receive feedback from current and past AFL commentators
  • See what it takes firsthand: work with members of the National Indigenous Radio Service
  • Call your first match: prepare for and call your first AFL match. Students will call a Finals match replay from a monitor.



There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


Participants must be 18 years or older and must have a basic understanding of Australian Rules Football (AFL).

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course including team sheets and additional match information for commentary preparation will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. 

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note-taking. A phone or tablet would be beneficial.

Suited to

The course is for anyone with a desire to commentate the most exciting game on the planet.

Current RMIT students are eligible for a 15% discount. Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply. Current and former AFL and VFL players also welcome.

It is ideal for those who have ever wondered; how did the callers on tv get those jobs? Find out in this course!

Additional notes

JAM TV coordinator - Jay Mueller is a former Radio Executive Producer at 3AW and Triple M and former matchday producer for Channel 7's AFL Coverage. Andrew Underwood and Barry Denner from The National Indigenous Radio Service will provide professional feedback and guidance during the course. There will be a number of guest speakers from the industry throughout the course.


You will gain a broader understanding of the intricacies of commentating an AFL match by building the foundation of a commentary portfolio. Most of the work in calling an AFL match happens before the first bounce and you will be taught processes that will help to prepare for any future commentary opportunities. 
Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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