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Netball Tournaments

There are a number of leagues and tournaments. Here is a list of the most well-known competitions:


  • National Schools
  • Premier League 1
  • Premier League 2
  • Premier League 3
  • National U14 Club Finals
  • National U16 Club Finals


  • World Netball Championships
  • World Netball Youth Championships
  • Netball Europe Championships
  • Netball Europe Championships U21, U19, U17
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Fast5 Netball World Series

Participating countries: Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Israel, England, Wales, Nothern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland.


FAST5 Netball

What is Fast5?

Fast5 is a modified version of netball which was originally called ‘fastnet’. It is a shorter, faster variation of netball where you can make shots worth multiple points.


  • Players: Teams consist of 5 players rather than 7
  • Time: Each quarter is only 15 minutes rather than 15 minutes
  • Coaching: Fast5 allows coaching during play
  • Power Plays: Each team can nominate a ‘power play’ quarter in which each goal will count for 2 points rather than 1
  • Points: 2 and 3 point shots can be scored from outside the circle. 2 points are gained from within the outer zone and 3 points from within the super shot zone. Both can be doubled in a ‘power play’ quarter
  • Centre Passes: After each goal is scored, the team that concedes the last goal will take the centre pass instead of alternatively
  • Tied games: Tied games are settled by penalty shoot outs


Fast5 World Series

Fast5 World Series


Rules of Netball

What do I need to play netball?netball post

The essentials:

  • netball
  • netball court
  • netball post
  • team of 7 players
  • umpires

The Rules

  • You cannot travel with the ball
  • Only 7 players per team is permitted on the court at one time
  • You cannot hit the ball out of a player’s hands
  • When defending the ball you must stand 3 feet away from the person holding the ball
  • No contact is permitted during the game
  • You cannot hold the ball for more than 3 seconds
  • Players cannot move out of the areas their position permits
  • You cannot catch the ball, release it and catch it again
  • When a ball is played out of the court, the team who last touched the ball must hand the ball over to the opponent for a throw in
  • When players are penalised for obstruction or contact they must stand beside the opponent as they take the free pass.

Technical Terms

Obstruction: When a player stands less tan 3 feet away from the opponent with the ball.

Contact: When a player touches the oppoenent with the ball.

Travelling: When a player moves more than 1 step whilst holding the ball.

Replayed: When a player catches the ball, releases the ball and catches it again.


  • Goal Keeper (GK)
  • Goal Defense (GD)
  • Wing Defense (WD)
  • Centre (C)
  • Wing Attack (WA)
  • Goal Attack (GA)
  • Goal Shooter (GS)

 The Court

netball court

The netball court is split into 3 sections called thirds. There are 2 goal thirds and one centre third and two shooting circles, also known as the ‘Ds’. There are restrictions on movements for each player:

  • GK is restricted to the respective goal third
  • GD is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third
  • WD is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third but cannot enter the circle
  • C can move freely on court except within the shooting circles
  • WA is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third but cannot enter the circle
  • GA is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third
  • GS is restricted to the respective goal third

History of Netball

Origin of netball

Netball originated from basketball and developed as the number of women participating in sport increased.

In 1893 a physical training college in Hampstead, London established a women’s basketball team which incorporated the rules from women’s basketball in the United States. Later, they changed the rules of the game as well as the equipment, replacing the basketball net with a ring attached to a post.


After the first set of rules were published in 1901, netball was introduced to other countries within the British Empire. The popularity of the game increased rapidly and was played in schools throughout the Empire. In 1963 the first international tournament was held in Eastbourne, England.

A variation of netball called Fast5 Netball has emerged in 2008.


In the late 1980’s men’s netball emerged in Australia and by 2006 both men’s and mixed netball is played all around the world.