Equal opportunity, fair play and respect for an opponent’s skill and safety.

Those are the core values that the Rules of Netball are based on. To respect these values, it is the responsibility of:

  • Players to make sure they are physically and technically prepared to play the game, comply with the rules and take part safely and fairly
  • Coaches or teachers of the game to make sure that players are prepared in way that complies with the rules, as well as having an understanding of sporting behaviour and safe practices
  • Umpires to apply the rules of the game with impartiality, fairness and consistency
  • Controlling bodies, at all levels, to make sure the game is conducted and developed in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour.


What’s new in the Rules of Netball

The International Netball Federation introduced a new edition of the Rules of Netball in August 2015, which applies to international matches, and all affiliated competitions and events in Australia.

In July 2017, there were some small changes made based on feedback from member countries to provide further clarity around aspects of the Rules that were uncertain in practice. These amendments will apply from January 1 2018.

We’ve developed resources to help support the implementation of the updated rules and amendments. Use the links below.

Watch our Rules of Netball videos

Download the Amendments to Rules of Netball (PDF)

Download the Match Protocols for Umpires (PDF)

Download our Frequently Asked Questions

Download the Rules of Netball book* (PDF)

Order Rules of Netball book (Out of stock)


*Please note that this version is strictly for non-commercial use and not for re-print or sale.  The copyright and intellectual property rights for the Rules of Netball are owned by INF.


The INF recently advised that within the 2018 edition of the Rules of Netball, there is an incorrect diagram on page 31 (court surround). When using the rule book, refer to the new image below as correct.