AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone, Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett and female football champion Jan Cooper are adamant that the AFLW should stand alone as a sport played differently to that of their male counterparts.
Today's opposing captains, Fremantle's Kara Antonio and West Coast's Emma Swanson, said that women were set on creating their own history.
"It's grown in leaps and bounds and we see that in the number of young girls picking up a footy," Antonio said.
"Playing the game at a grass-roots level, they can now see a game that's right there and it's real. It's a product we're excited to be a part of and being the pioneers laying the foundation for the next generations."
Swanson agreed that the women's game should have an identity all of its own.
"It's really important that it stands for equality and that it's in view for young girls that they can play the game," she said.
Ms Livingstone, who will attend today's derby and expected it to have "extra spice", said the AFLW would unashamedly promote and celebrate the differences between it and the men's game.
"I'm proud of the character that AFLW has created in the first four years," she said.
"Many sports spend a lot of time not wanting a point of difference with their men's and women's programs but we're not afraid to say that AFLW is the same, but different. We're really proud of what we're doing."
"It's really important to compare women's football with women's football, rather than comparing it with men's football that's been around for a century and a half."
Livingstone also said she spent little time worrying about critics of the on-field standard of the start-up competition.
"I'm more focused on those who are still making up their mind and are open to women's football to get them to come along and have a look," she said.
"We are on the right path and it's getting better with every year. So let's focus on the contest and know that if you go to women's football, you'll still get lost in the romance of seeing your club's guernsey out there."
Mr Nisbett said West Coast's 3000 AFLW members, many of them new to the club, was an enormous result.
"It's created an opportunity for something really new that people didn't think was ever going to happen," he said.
"Some of the women who are getting the opportunity to play will be role models for the young girls who want to experience our sport."
"I hope there is more acceptance that AFLW is here to stay and some of our members are a little more forgiving than they have been because anything that's new takes time."
Cooper said the women's different style compared to the men allowed players from other sports, such as Ireland's Gaelic football, to code-hop more successfully and wanted fans to embrace it.
"I get a bit annoyed when people say, 'It's not like the men'," Cooper said.
"I proudly go, 'No, it's not. Can we stop the comparison now because it will never be like the men and the women never wanted to be able to play the game like the men because, anatomically, we haven't got that power.
"They are doing it in their own way, so let them develop their own style of play, which is a bit more run and stun."
Livingstone said WA's explosion in participation in women's football had proven AFLW was filling a void in the sporting market.
"Given it's a football State, we're preaching to the converted and now the barriers are no longer, girls are coming to football like never before," Livingstone said.
"It's transforming football clubs. Some of these clubs were starting to decline and they were wondering how they were going to make ends meet and suddenly there has been this resurgence for them with women and girls being part of their ecosystem, which is wonderful.
"Now another opportunity to play in a big arena gives us another chance to showcase to more of an audience and let them fall in love with AFLW."