Member Profile – Jeff Persson
First Name: Jeffrey
Last Name: Persson
Home City, Country: Pleasant Hill, California, USA
Home Club: Nashville Kangaroos
Other Umpire Club membership: None
AFL Level 1 Online Certificate (document): on file
NFHS Concussion Protocol (Certificate): 2019
First year umpiring: 2001
Favorite AFL team: North Melbourne
Willing to travel, outside of Regional and National Tournaments: Yes
Proudest Umpire Moment: Umpiring the 2005 and 2011 AFL IC Men’s Grand Final matches in the MCG
Funniest Umpire Moment: TBD
USAFL International Cup Scholarship – 2002
Jeff is the current USAFL Umpire Coach and has served in this role since 2011. Jeff was the first international umpire to attend and umpire at the AFL International Cup in 2002, and has been involved as both a player (2008) and umpire (2002. 2005, and 2011) having umpired two International Cup Grand Finals (2005 and 2011).
Jeff started playing footy with the Nashville Kangaroos in 2000 and has played over 150 games for his club. He started his umpiring career in 2001 and has more than 300 total games and 30 international games to his credit. He served on the Kangaroos bard for 12 years, including 5 as president.
Jeff lives in Nashville, TN and travels extensively for work and vacation, having been to 49 states and 19 countries. He currently works for Xerox Business Services. He is known for doing the New York Times crossword in ink and and is a movie and theater buff.