WAFL Little League was first introduced to WA in 1970 by Mr Alex Panton, a tireless and dedicated servant to junior football in Western Australia for 30 years. Alex saw his first game in 1969 being played in South Australia.
He believed the concept of Little League could work in WA and founded WAFL Little League in the following year in 1970.
WAFL Little League, now running for over 50 years, gives 12 year-old "stars of tomorrow" the opportunity to play at half time in front of WAFL club crowds.
Over the competition’s existence, over 150,000 players have pulled on a WAFL jumper to represent their WAFL club
160 junior players participate each week, that’s just over 3,500 children per year for the entire program.
Children from both Metropolitan and Country regions make up the Little League competition.
From 1970 to 1999, it was known as the Town and Country WAFL Little League, from 2000 to 2004, it became the ANZ WAFL Little League. The program is now proudly supported by locally owned and operated cinema chain Grand Cinemas.
During the WAFL final series, WAFL Little League teams play a round robin competition for the Alex Panton Memorial Cup.
The Little League Shield acknowledges excellence in participation in the program during the Home and Away season and is presented, as well as the Alex Panton Memorial Cup, at the WAFL Grand Final each season.