What is Netball?

Netball is:

  • a collective sport between two teams of 7 players,
  • a sport of speed, agility and which requires good physical condition,
  • a sport practiced by 20 million people in more than 10 countries around the world,
  • a derivative of basketball which originated in England in the 1890s and a very popular sport in Commonwealth countries,
  • the first sport played predominantly by women, and which is more successful among women at international level than men,
  • since the 1960s, a standardized sport with the creation of the International Netball Federation and recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1995,
  • in New Zealand, the 3rd community on social networks after rugby and football,
  • Netball was discovered in France in 2010, and there are now around ten clubs throughout the country.

A sport originally created for women

“Netball became a women’s sport because it embodied feminine attributes and was considered by doctors, reformers, politicians, the media and middle-class women to be the best team sport for women and girls. .
Moreover, Netball flourished because women controlled it as their game outside of male influence.

General rules​

  • Matches are played on a rectangular field divided into three,

  • At the ends, 2 semi-circles which represent the marking zones, with a basket at each end,

  • There is a clearance zone around the field,

  • The ball is a little smaller than a basketball,

  • There are 2 referees who cover each side of the field.

  • Each team tries to score points by passing the ball across the court and shooting through the baskets.

  • Players are assigned to specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement in certain areas of the field. (see image opposite)

  • In the team there are only 2 out of 7 players who can score: GA and GS.

  • During the match, a player with the ball can only take one step, and can only possess it for three seconds before passing it to another player or shooting at goal.

  • It is forbidden to dribble the ball, and the opponent must be 90cm from the player in possession of the ball.

  • The winning team is the one that will score the most baskets during the sixty minutes of a Netball match.

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