Netball Rules & History

This section offers an explanation to the rules of the game along with the History of Netball and the different associated organisations.

The objective of a netball team is to score more goals than the opposition. A goal is scored through a successful shot into the opponents hoop. The team which scores the most goals wins the match! Games are split into 4 quarters, each lasting 15 minutes.

The origins of netball lay in early versions of women's basketball. Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a Physical Education Instructor from Massachusetts, USA. It was soon picked up by Sendra Benson, a teacher at a nearby Women's college who adapted the game for play by females. Women's basketball quickly spread in popularity across the United States.

Here we explain everything you need to know about the regulators of the sport, giving information on IFNA, AENA,Welsh Netball Association, Netball Australia and Netball NZ.

IFNA - The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) is the world governing body for the sport of Netball. It is based in Manchester, England.The Federation was founded in 1960, following discussions to standardise the rules of netball. Prior to this, many different variations on the game were played around the world, and so international competition was difficult.

The All England Netball Association (AENA) is the national governing body for the sport of netball in England. It was formed on the 12th February 1926. When the Association was formed, 12 leagues and 21 clubs affiliated.

The three biggest international and domestic competitions in world netball include the Netball World Championships, The Superleague and the ANZ championships.

Netball World Championships

This is the biggest international competition in world netball. It first took place in 1963, and is held every 4 years. It is organised and regulated by the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).Since its inception it has been dominated by the Australian and New Zealand national sides.

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