What is Netball?

About Netball Portugal

General Rules of Netball

A netball game lasts for a regulation 60 minutes. This is split into four quarters, with each quarter lasting 15 minutes. Between the first and second quarter, and the third and fourth quarter, there is an interval of three minutes. Between the second and third quarter -half-time - there is an interval of five minutes.

A referee or umpire is allowed to call time and when they do, the time keeper will stop the timer, which begins again when play starts again. There is a maximum of two minutes allowed for an injury.

There are set positions in a netball team and these positions will limit where the player can be on the court.

  • Goal shooter (GS)
  • Goal Attack (GA)
  • Wing Attack (WA)
  • Centre (C)
  • Wing Defence (WD)
  • Goal Defence (GD)
  • Goal Keeper (GK)

A match consists of four quarters lasting 15 minutes each.

Each team can have a maximum of 7 players and a minimum of 5.

The court must be divided unto 3 sections, with each player holding a specific position on the court.

If a player moves into a position that they shouldn’t be in, they will be deemed to be offside.

Players cannot hold the ball for more than three seconds.

Players cannot take more than 1.5 steps when in possession of the ball.

The ball must go through the ringed hoop for a goal to be given.

The netball court, which is just bigger than a basketball court, traditionally measures up at 30.5 metres (or 100ft) long and 15.25 metres (50 ft) wide.

The netball court is divided into three sections and this impacts on where players are allowed to move. The sections are referred to as the two goal thirds and the centre or middle-third.

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