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A ball sport played by two teams of seven players, the sport first began in England in the late 19th century, before steadily stretching to reach five continents. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end.

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The Basics

  • Comparisons can be drawn between netball and basketball. However, there are multiple differences which make this game its own, other than the uniquely shaped nets in which both teams attempt to score. 
  • During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for goal or passing to another player – with no bouncing of the ball or dribbling permitted. The team which scores the most shots in 60 minutes wins. 
  • Players wear bibs which assign specific positions on the court and there are various regulations to ensure that only a limited number of players are attacking or defending at the same time – or positioned in the marked circles on the court around the rings.


  • Netball is an Olympic recognised sport but has never featured at the Games themselves. With only a limited number of sports able to be included, there is a strong focus on sports played by both men and women, whereas netball is aimed primarily at the latter at elite level.
  • The Netball World Cup has been held every four years since 1963. The most successful team in the competition’s history are Australia, who has won on 11 occasions. New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago are the only other nations to win.
  • Netball has also been included at the Commonwealth Games since 1998. Australia and New Zealand have contested the final on all five occasions, with the Aussies leading the head-to-head 3-2. England has been bronze medallists three times.

Famous Competitors

  • Tracey Neville – despite being the twin sister of former professional footballer Phil Neville, as well as the younger sister of Phil’s fellow footballer Gary, she has enjoyed prominent success in her own right – helping England win its first major honour in the sport, with bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. She received an MBE in 2016 for services to the sport.
  • Laura Geitz – one of the stars of the Australian team which has dominated the sport in the 21st century, Geitz was part of the side which won gold at both the 2011 and 2015 World Championships, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She also helped her club side, the Queensland Firebirds, to an undefeated championship season in 2011.

National Governing Body

England Netball – please click here for more information.


  • Intra-School Primary: Competition Card
  • Intra-School Primary: Challenge Card
  • Intra-School Secondary 
  • Local Inter-School

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