Rules Of Netball


Keep up to date with the latest officiating rules download the Rules of Netball book or download the free Rules of Netball app.

Netball is an exciting, fast and skilful game of fair contest.  It is a game in which two teams of seven players each strive to keep or gain possession of the ball. Read more.

The 2020 International Netball Rules Book


Failure to take the court: A team has less than 5 players present at the start of a period of play or a team delays taking the court after a stoppage.

Late Player: A player who is not ready to take the court at the start of a match or when the match is to be restarted after a stoppage or interval. Read more.

Summary of main changes to INF Rules 2018


Domestic Rules Guidance August 2016

The Rules of the Game (2016 edition) are set by the International Netball Federation (INF) and should be referred to together with INF Match Protocols dated January 2016. The England Netball (EN) Netball Superleague will be played to INF Rules with no exceptions. Read more.


The international Netball Federation (INF) has released an updated set of Match Protocols to accompany the new 2018 edition of the Rules Book.

The match protocols are written to provide a detailed account of what responsibilities umpires have both before, during and after a match. Read more.

INF Match Protocols 2018


Game Management and Protocols, along with Position and Timing and Vision, form the three main techniques of umpiring netball. The term brings together actions that may be taken by Umpires (including Cautioning a player, issuing a Warning, Suspending a player and Ordering a player off); managing Foul Play (which encompasses unfair play, dangerous play and misconduct); and the discipline of Team Officials and bench players. Read more

Guide To Game Management 2018


England Netball is committed to providing answers to all of your rules questions and queries. All queries we receive from January 2018 can be found on this page and a running log can be downloaded below. Read more.

All queries from January 2018

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