About the WAFC

The West Australian Football Commission is responsible for the overall development and strategic direction of football in Western Australia and ensuring it continues to be a crucial part of our community and culture.

The WAFC was established in 1989 as a not-for-profit sports association and is governed by a voluntary board of Commissioners to lead and develop the game for the benefit of the community by delivering the following objectives:

  • Promote, encourage and oversee the growth and development of football.
  • Provide guidance, planning and leadership to all levels of the football industry.
  • Promote, develop and ensure the effective management of football matches at all levels of the football industry and recognise the WAFL as the pre-eminent league in the state of Western Australia.
  • As owners, to oversee and ensure the effective management of the AFL Clubs (West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Football Club) and to promote, develop and encourage the AFL Clubs in Western Australia, and football matches, in football competitions conducted by the AFL.
  • Manage Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval) or other sporting stadiums and provide guidance and planning for the efficient use of other football facilities.

The WAFC is currently transitioning its business model and core services away from stadium management as a result of the new Perth Stadium, to a more direct focus on football, whilst also being responsible for leading the industry through the dynamic changes, demands and growth of football across the State.

The pre-eminent WAFL competition is supported by WA Football’s District Model and a broad range of affiliated Leagues and competitions from Auskick through to Masters that provide a complete pathway not only for players but coaches, administrators and support staff.

These include:

  • District Football Development Councils
  • Regional Football Development Councils
  • Community Football Advisory Council
  • WA Women’s Football League
  • WA Amateur Football League
  • WA Country Football League
  • Youth and Junior Club Competitions
  • School based Competitions and Programs
  • AFL Masters
  • AFL 9s
  • AFL Auskick

The WAFC recognises that the future success of football in Western Australia depends on strong partnerships, good governance, a focus on fans and participants and importantly aligned industry objectives. The foundations of football are strong and the WAFC is committed to growing and enhancing these to meet community needs today and into the future.

This includes engaging with football fans and stakeholders across a variety of platforms, from physical attendance at matches to television viewers, radio listeners, print and online consumers, as well the ever-increasing social media audience.  

The rich history of football in the community of Western Australian stretches back to 1885 and today it is the most popular sporting code in Western Australia with more than 224,000 active participants during the season and many thousands more involved as volunteers and fans.

This results in a significant social benefit and the creation of better communities through active participation in football.