Royals Launch Wheelchair Football Team

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 1:11 PM

The Royals are excited to be a foundation team in the inaugural WA Wheelchair Football League presented by WA All Abilities Football and the East Perth Football Club.

This first season of competition will initially include teams representing three WAFL clubs – East Perth, Swan Districts and Subiaco.

Played on a basketball court with goalposts at either end, WA Wheelchair Football involves teams of five facing off against each other with two defenders, two forwards, and one midfielder.

A handball in Wheelchair Football is equivalent to a ‘kick’ and an underarm throw equates to a ‘handball’ as per regular Australian Football rules.

Teams can be mixed gender, including a blend of players with, and without, a disability, ensuring the sport is attractive for everyone to participate. The competition is an opportunity for people with and without disabilities to play in a unified competition. 

The WA Wheelchair Football League is presented by the WA All Abilities Football Association and Manager, Hayden Marchetto says” It’s a blast, fun, tactical, and skilful game and we encourage everyone to give it a go with or without a disability.”

The WA Wheelchair Football League is a great fit for Australian Football in WA and will not only focus on delivering the best opportunity to play footy for people living with or without a disability but also works in the community to improve disability, understanding, and inclusion at community and WAFL Clubs.

The WA Wheelchair Football League will provide people living with a disability an opportunity to get involved in organised sport, which is great for their fitness and wellbeing, as well as providing a community and social environment. 

The WA Wheelchair Football League will host Come and Try sessions on Sunday, July 25 and Sunday, August 1, from 1 pm to 3 pm at HBF Stadium, Arena 2, 100 Stephenson Ave, Mount Claremont WA with sports wheelchairs available to borrow on the day. This will be the first of a number of opportunities in the coming months for people in our community to pull on the black and blue, as part of our growing inclusive sports program.

You can learn more about the WA Wheelchair Football League and register at