Girls playing netball

Netball is the most popular team sport for women and girls in Australia.

Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with goal rings at each end. The object is to score goals from within a defined area.

Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.

The winning team is the one that scores the most goals within four quarters of play.


Different playing positions can only go into certain parts of the courts – not everyone shoots goals. Remember, stop once you have the ball.


  • Aerobic workout
  • Increase hand-eye coordination and motor skills
  • Improve teamwork and leadership skills
  • Make new friends


You will require sports clothes and shoes. Teams playing the game will require a set of netball bibs and a ball.

Seasons / typical registration periods

Registrations for local netball clubs and associations vary across the country. Check with your local club, association or state body for more information.

Levels of competition

Netball caters for all skill levels and ages starting from the age of five.

Fast5 Netball is ideal for girls looking to participate in netball socially. Fast5 is netball loosened up. It is social and exciting, with five players a side, rolling substitutions and the opportunity to shoot for one, two or three points.

Netball organisations

Netball Australia

Fast 5 Netball

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Similar options

Basketball and volleyball.