Rules and Updates

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World Netball (previously known as the International Netball Federation (INF)) announced the release of the 2020 Rules of Netball for implementation across all international matches from 1 January 2020.

Whilst the news of a change of rules often creates the idea that fundamental aspects of how the sport is played will change the updates to the 2020 rule book centre around a number of minor tweaks and ‘tidy ups’ to the existing text.

Like many other governing bodies across the world, England Netball has taken the decision to implement the new rules for all domestic competitions and leagues from 1st September 2020. This is to ensure there is adequate time for us to amend any course resources, competition regulations and for us to work with our dedicated County and Regional Officiating Leads to deliver any new rules sessions that may be required.

Please note the Vitality Netball Superleague will be the only league in England to be played under the new rules.

Further information will be circulated in due course but in the meantime should you require any further information please do get in contact with us at

England Netball wishes to acknowledge and thank the members of the World Netball Rules Panel for the hard work they have undertaken – Thank you!

Download the 2020 International Netball Rules Book

View the 2020 Rules Update video.

Please remember that any rules questions or queries can be sent to Officiating Department with more information found on our Rules FAQs page.

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