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Shaun Ryan

Shaun Ryan
Shaun Ryan Lions vs Swans pre-season 2018.jpg
Other occupation Barrister
Umpiring career
Years League Role Games
AFL Field umpire 281

Shaun Ryan is an Australian rules football field umpire in the Australian Football League.

Considered one of the league's best umpires of his time, he umpired in five Grand Finals between 2008 and 2011 (which included both the drawn Grand Final and replay in 2010) before temporarily retiring at the end of 2011 after 215 games.[1] He returned to senior umpiring in 2015 after three years hiatus, and umpired his sixth Grand Final in 2017 at the age of 42,[2] and his seventh in 2018.[3]

Outside football, Ryan works as a barrister. His twin brother Patrick Ryan is a horse trainer in his local Warrnambool area.[2]

Shaun also placed 6th in the 2014 Fiji International Triathlon overcoming injury and tough competition.

He is also favourite for the 2016 Riptide Triathlon - a triathlon named in his honour and run at Anglesea.


  1. ^ Ashley Browne (16 March 2015). "Senior umpire Ryan returns to the fray". Australian Football League. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Justine McCullagh-Beasy (30 September 2017). "Warrnambool export Shaun Ryan rates umpiring 2017 AFL grand final a career highlight". The Standard. Warrnambool, VIC. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ Davidson, Ryan (25 September 2018). "AFL chooses experience in picking Grand Final umps". Retrieved 2018-09-28.