There are striking similarities between these three sports, however only one of them isn't recognized as an official sport in The Netherlands...yet :). All three sports have the same feel of passing, shooting and scoring, but when it comes down to the different rules, things start to get interesting. 

As opposed to Basketball and Korfball, Netball has a lot of rules. Like, really a lot...we're not gonna lie. But that's what makes it such a fun and technical sport. Finding creative ways to work around those rules and challenging yourself (and your body) to do even greater things is what drives most Netballers to excel. 

Netball is played in most commonwealth countries, organized by the International Netball Federation (INF). There's even a Netball Europe! However, major European countries don't have a clue what Netball's all about. And that's why clubs like us here in Amsterdam, Utrecht, or Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Munich, Toulouse...Heck even Berlin are sprouting up all over the place. 


Netball is a ball sport for two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court divided into thirds, with a raised goal at each end. The objective of the game is for teams to score as many goals as they can, by passing the ball and shooting it into their goal ring. Players are assigned positions that define their role within the team and restrict their movement on court.

During general play, a player with the ball can take no more than one step before passing it. They must also pass the ball or shoot for goal within three seconds. Goals can only be scored by the assigned shooting players (Goal Shooter or Goal Attack). Netball games are 60 minutes long, divided into 15-minute quarters, at the end of which the team with the most goals scored wins.


There are seven players on each team. Each assigned position is only allowed in certain areas of the court.

  • Goal Shooter (GS) - Score goals and work closely with the Goal Attack in the goal circle
  • Goal Attack (GA) - To feed and work with GS and to score goals
  • Wing Attack (WA) - To feed the circle players giving them shooting opportunities
  • Centre (C) - To take the centre pass and to link the defence and the attack
  • Wing Defence (WD) - To look for interceptions and prevent the WA from feeding the circle
  • Goal Defence (GD) - To win the ball and reduce the effectiveness of the GA
  • Goal Keeper (GK) - To work with the GD and to prevent the GA/GS from scoring goals


In 1893, Martina Bergman-Österberg informally introduced one version of basketball to her female physical training students at the Hampstead Physical Training College in London, after having seen the game being played in the United States.The rules of this game were modified at Madame Österberg's college over several years. Substantial revisions were made during a visit in 1897 from another American teacher, Miss Porter, who introduced rules from women's basketball in the United States; the game also moved outdoors onto grass courts, the playing court was divided into three zones, and the baskets were replaced with rings that had nets.By 1960, the rules of netball were standardized internationally. An international governing body was formed to oversee the sport globally, now called the International Netball Federation (INF).