Rules of Netball

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

World Netball introduced has an updated edition of the Rules of Netball in December 2023, which applies to international matches, and all affiliated competitions and events in Australia from 1 January 2024.

Educational Resources

To ensure that all members of the Netball Family are educated on the new Rules of Netball, World Netball have created educational resources, including videos and PDFs, detailing these changes. You can view the videos and documents at World Netball's website here

For any queries or clarification on the new rules please contact 

World Netball Rules of Netball Book *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 World Netball.

The World Netball Rules of Netball book is available for purchase through the Netball Learning platform for $21 (plus $9 P&H)* You will be prompted to log in to your learning account, or to create a new account if you are a first time user.  Order here

*Domestic orders only. International orders will incur a flat rate postage cost of $20AUD

If you are located outside Australia, we will contact you after your order has been placed to arrange payment.