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 Netball Rules - updated for 2024

In December 2023 World Netball launched the Rules of Netball 2024 Edition with free educational resources for all.

A comprehensive consultation process took place following the 2023 Netball World Cup with rule changes focused specifically on player safety and game management along with clarification and streamlining of existing rules such as contact and advantage. The layout of the rules has also been updated to simplify and encourage use by all of the Netball Family, not only umpires. These new rules come into play for all international matches from 1 January 2024.

View new 2024 Rules of Netball in English

Download Rules of Netball App for free:
Apps updated as new rules come into play from the 1st January 2024.

Netball New Zealand will be working closely with all Centres around New Zealand to ensure the changes are understood and applied from the start of our 2024 season.

Although the rules come into effect internationally from 1st January 2024, member countries may plan their domestic competition implementation date up to 1st September 2024 - accommodating northern hemisphere netballers who may be midway through their winter competition in January.

Translations into multiple languages will be made available. Any translation queries/requests - please direct to info@worldnetball.sport.

The Rules remain at all times the property of World Netball and copies of the Rules downloaded via the link above are strictly not for sale or re-print.  ​​​​​​​If you would like to purchase a Rules of Netball book these are available from our Netball Wellington Centre Online Shop (once 2024 edition in stock) or from World Netball via their World Netball Shop​​​​​​​

If a bit flummoxed about the new rules - we've compiled a one-page summary snapshot + one-page umpire hand signals to meet your needs!

If seeking further clarification...

Following the Rules of Netball 2024 Edition launch in January, World Netball have received lots of questions from the Netball Family, so have put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for us.

Click here to download the full list of FAQ’s

The rules that received the most questions were the new Short Pass rule and the Playing the Ball refresh, so they created some new educational resources for these two rules, including PDF’s and videos, to help make things clearer.



Short Pass

Playing the Ball

New Rule resources

To help you gain an understanding of the new rules - World Netball have kindly compiled a one-page PDF explanation and accompanying video.




2024 Netball Rule Changes Explained