Netball was a sport that was developed around the time of Basketball however it became a popular sport for women only after the year 1891. The sport was actually even developed to increase the interest of women in sports which was one sector that was supposedly not very much keen in playing sports either to keep fit and healthy or to play social games. However as the game developed there was a need felt to organize the game rules and the same was done during the British reign in the British Empire.
During the first half of the 20th century there were many countries who willingly embraced the game for women and associations were formed as early as around the year 1920 where in many countries started organizing national level competitions. Also on an international level awareness for the game increased and in the year 1960, International Federations Netball Association started organizing tournaments for all the countries to participate. In the initial level, there were certain problems since every country has their own version of playing the game. Today all the international rules of Netball game are formulated and regulated by IFNA and today Netball is a game that has become a part of the Commonwealth Games since 1998.
First World Championships for the netball was held at 1963, as well as was hosted by England. And Australia has dominated this tournament, winning the events. At 1979 there were 3 winners. The three teams finished on same points: New Zealand & ‘Trinidad and Tobago’. Rules at a time didn’t give any other method of determining the outright winner, thus the 3 teams shared this title. Rules were actually changed so this will not happen again. At 2007, Fiji was been scheduled to host tournament however was stripped of right because of December 2006 coup. The hosting rights were awarded subsequently to New Zealand. Next tournament is held at Sydney 2015.
- First World Championships for the netball was actually held at 1963.
- At 1979 there were 3 winners and three teams finished on same points: New Zealand, Australia, and ‘Trinidad & Tobago’. Rules at a time didn’t give other method of determining the outright winner, thus the 3 teams shared this title.
- At 2007, Fiji was been scheduled to host tournament however was stripped of right because of December 2006 coup. The hosting rights were awarded subsequently to New Zealand.