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In 1891, a Canadian immigrant to the USA, James Naismith, was asked to invent an energetic indoor game for high-spirited young men.  He came up with basketball. It captivated his female colleagues so much that they began teaching it to young women, too.

Shortly after, Naismith's rules were misinterpreted by a sports teacher in New Orleans and netball was born. The new game quickly spread to England and British Commonwealth countries, where it continues to be played today.

Netball is a fast, skillful team game based on running, jumping, throwing and catching. Teams may include up to 12 players but only 7 take the court at any one time. The major aim of the game is to score as many goals as possible from within an area called the 'goal circle'. Only two players from each team may score goals: the 'goal attack' and the 'goal shooter'.

During The World Games 1993 The Hague, Netherlands, the netball finals between Australia and New Zealand were broadcast live to the game's most appreciative television audiences downunder.

It is estimated that there are in excess of 7 million women playing netball in 65 countries.
International Federation of Netball Associations
Further informations on the pages of the IWGA.


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