|Current season, competition or edition:|
|Sport||Australian rules football|
|Owner(s)||WAFC & WAWFL|
|No. of teams||6|
|Most titles||East Fremantle (1 premiership)|
|TV partner(s)||Seven Network (Grand Final only)|
WAFL Women's (WAFLW) is an Australian rules football league based in Perth, Western Australia. The WAFLW is the premier women's football competition in Western Australia and is contested by six teams owned and operated by clubs in the men's West Australian Football League (WAFL).
The league was established in 2018 by the West Australian Football Commission and West Australian Women's Football League, the latter having been the leading body and league for women's football in the state from 1987 to 2018.The league runs from May to September, running concurrently with the WAFL and is the second primary women's football competition for West Australian footballers underneath the semi-professional AFL Women's competition.
Five of the ten WAFL clubs fielded teams in the inaugural 2019 season (Claremont, East Fremantle, Peel Thunder, Subiaco and Swan Districts). The following year South Fremantle joined the league.Neither of the West Australian AFLW teams (Fremantle and West Coast) field teams in the league, meaning some of their contracted players play for one of the WAFLW clubs.
|Club||Nickname||State||Home venue||Est.||First WAFLW|
|Claremont||Tigers||Western Australia||Claremont Oval||1906||2019||1||—||—|
|East Fremantle||Sharks||Western Australia||East Fremantle Oval||1898||2019||1||1||2019|
|Peel||Thunder||Western Australia||Rushton Park||1996||2019||1||—||—|
|South Fremantle||Bulldogs||Western Australia||Fremantle Oval||1900||2020||0||—||—|
|Subiaco||Lions||Western Australia||Leederville Oval||1896||2019||1||—||—|
|Swan Districts||Swans||Western Australia||Bassendean Oval||1932||2019||1||—||—|
The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Dockers, is a professional Australian rules football team that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). It was founded in 1994 in honour of the rich footballing history associated with the Western Australian port city of Fremantle, and entered the AFL the following year, making it the second team from the state after the West Coast Eagles to be admitted to the competition.
The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is an Australian rules football league based in Perth, Western Australia. The WAFL is the third-most popular league in the nation, behind the nationwide Australian Football League (AFL) and South Australian National Football League (SANFL). The league currently consists of ten teams, which play each other in a 20-round season usually lasting from March to September, with the top five teams playing off in a finals series, culminating in a Grand Final. The league also runs reserves, colts (under-19) and women's competitions.
The Claremont Football Club, nicknamed Tigers, is an Australian rules football club based in Claremont, Western Australia, that currently plays in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and WAFL Women's (WAFLW). Its official colours are navy blue and gold. Formed as the "Cottesloe Beach Football Club" in 1906, the club entering the WAFL in 1925 as the "Claremont-Cottesloe Football Club"', changing its name to the present in 1935. Claremont have won 12 senior men's premierships since entering the competition, including most recently the 2011 and 2012 premierships.
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The Subiaco Football Club, nicknamed the Lions and known before 1973 as the Maroons, is an Australian rules football club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and WAFL Women's (WAFLW). It was founded in 1896, and admitted to the WAFL in 1901, along with North Fremantle. The club is currently based at Leederville Oval, having previously played at Subiaco Oval.
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The Australian Football League stages the highest-level senior Australian rules football competition in the country. However, since the late 1980s, when the former Victorian Football League expanded interstate to become the modern Australian Football League, there has not been a league-wide reserves competition; and, since 2000, there has been no dedicated reserves competition of any kind. As a result, AFL-listed players who are not selected in their senior teams are made eligible to play in one of the second-tier state leagues: the Victorian Football League, South Australian National Football League, West Australian Football League, or North East Australian Football League. The system used to accommodate AFL-listed players within these leagues varies considerably from state to state.
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John Robert Dimmer is a former Australian rules football coach and player from Western Australia. He spent the majority of his playing and coaching careers in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), winning one premiership in the league as a player and four as a coach. He retired from state‐league coaching at the end of the 2011 season, during which he had coached the South Fremantle Football Club.
Marlion Pickett is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). At age 27 and after a six and a half season career with South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League which included a club best and fairest award, Pickett was drafted by Richmond with the 13th selection in the 2019 mid-season rookie draft. He won the Norm Goss Memorial Medal as best on ground during Richmond's reserves side's premiership in 2019 before making his debut in a victorious AFL grand final the following week. Pickett was the first player to debut in a VFL/AFL grand final in 67 years and the first to win a premiership in his debut game since 1926.
The Dhara Kerr Medal is awarded to the best and fairest player in the WAFL Women's (WAFLW) during the home-and-away season, as determined by votes cast by the officiating field umpires after each game. The award was part of the original West Australian Women's Football League competition and was carried over to the WAFLW when it commenced in 2019. Kerr was born in Warrnambool, Victoria in 1971 and died in Perth in 1995, three years after she had relocated to Western Australia and begun playing football for Innaloo.