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Netball is an international sport, played by two teams of seven players and based on throwing and catching. Traditionally it is played by women but mixed and men's netball is becoming increasingly popular.

The game is based on each team attempting to score as many goals as possible whilst, at the same time, preventing the opposition from scoring. Goals are scored from within a defined area, by throwing the ball into an open ended net, attached to a 3.05 metre high post.

The game consists of four quarters of 15 minutes each, with an interval of 3 minutes between the first/second and third/fourth quarters and an interval of 5 minutes at half time. Teams change end each quarter.

Each player has a designated area on court, determined by their playing position. A player may catch the ball with one or both hands and must pass it or shoot for goal within three seconds. Netball is a non-contact sport and no player is allowed to come into personal contact with an opponent in a way that will interfere with the opponent's play, either accidentally or deliberately.


The Official Rules of Netball are available in booklet form from the IFNA Secretariat in .pdf form HERE (Need to Adobe Acrobat)


Two umpires control the game and make decisions. Each umpire has control in the same half of the Court throughout the game.


The Timekeeper assists by tracking time while the game is taking place, in close liaison with the umpire. Two scorers keep a written record of the score together with a record of the Centre Pass, recording each goal scored unless notified to the contrary by the umpire. All unsuccessful shots are also recorded.


Match Officials are umpires, timekeepers and scorers. Team Officials are Coach, Manager, Captain, and two primary care personnel.


The ball used can be either a Netball or an Association Football size 5, measuring between 690 mm and 710 mm in circumference and weighing between 400 grams and 450 grams. It may be made of leather, rubber or similar material.


Most female Netballers wear blouses, polo shirts or t-shirts with skirts but attitudes are changing with microfibre dresses, for instance, gaining in popularity. Playing uniforms should include initials of playing positions, worn both front and back above the waist Lightweight footwear is worn but must not have spiked soles. 

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