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The history of the game

Netball derived from early versions of basketball and began in England in the 1890s. It is most popular in Commonwealth nations, specifically in schools, and is predominantly played by women. According to the INF, netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries. In 1995, netball became an International Olympic Committee recognised sport, but it has not yet been played at the Olympic games.

Rules of Play

Netball consists of 14 players allowed on court at any one time. A team may take the court with a minimum of 5 players and maximum of 7. This image shows the 7 positions needed on the court for one team.


Goal Keeper (GK): Work with the GD and to prevent the GS from scoring goals.

Goal Defence (GD): Win the ball and reduce the effectiveness of the GA.

Wing Defence (WD): Look for interceptions and to prevent the WA from feeding the circle.

Center (C): Take the center pass and to link the defence and the attack.

Wing Attack (WA): Feed the circle players giving them shooting opportunities.

Goal Attack (GA): Feed balls to and work with GS and to score goals.

Goal Shooter (GS): Score goals and to work in and around the circle with the GA.

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