Sharelle McMahon stretches for the ball during a netball match

With a single gold medal up for grabs amongst the 12 competing nations, Commonwealth Games Netball is a fast and exciting display of athleticism, skill and tactics.

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Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player.

The game shifts quickly from defence to attack and this truly Commonwealth sport showcases the talents of female athletes from around the globe, where World Championship titles have been in the keeping of Commonwealth nations since their inception.

Netball has been a core sport since its introduction to the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

Governing body

Netball Scotland, formerly the Scottish Netball Association, was founded in 1946. It is affiliated to the recognised international governing body of Netball, the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA). Founded in 1960, and based in Manchester, the IFNA was initially called the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball.


Netball, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960 international playing rules had been standardised for the game.

As of 2006, the IFNA recognises only women's Netball.


  • SECC Precinct

    Information about the SECC Precinct as a venue for the 2014 Games.

Other websites

  • Netball Scotland

    Netball Scotland is responsible for promoting, organising and developing netball in Scotland from grass roots to elite level.