Football is a big deal in Western Australia.
The state has produced some of the game’s greatest stars, and the WAFL is the premier competition in the country.
The WAFL’s season kicks off on Saturday, with the WA AFL season starting on August 16.
The top two teams from each state will then be seeded to play a best-of-three series in Perth.
In WA, a top two side is the best-placed team from each league.
WAFL commissioner Andrew Gillett said WAFL players were always encouraged to take part in all the local leagues in the state.
“We’d like to see a bigger participation of Western Australians, because we have a lot of talented players from around the state and the world,” he said.
“There are many more people who live in WA who would love to play football, and we’d like that more than anything.”
We’ve got some really exciting players, but we’ve got to find a balance between our desire to grow the game and the desire to get it out to a wider audience.
“The WAFL will always look to play its game to a broader audience.”