Netball Positions and Their Roles

Netball is one of the most popular sports in the UK.

It requires high levels of balance, fitness, coordination, and concentration.

Sport is a great way to stay healthy and even gain confidence, according to studies.

If you want to get involved, why not try some netball training drill videos such as those from or join a local team?

If you are new to netball or simply want to refresh your memory on the positions, take a look at the round-up below.

1. Centre

The centre must have exceptional levels of stamina, coordination and observation. The centre must be able to play both defensively and offensively and change the emphasis of the team and pace if necessary. The centre will also begin each gameplay from the centre circle and so dictates the initial movements of the team.

2. Wing Attack

The wing attack requires high levels of speed and must be skilled enough in both passing and footwork to ensure that the ball is always moving back towards the attacking players’ hands. The wing attack is chiefly responsible for getting the ball to the goal shooter and so is key in goal scoring.

3. Goal Attack

The goal attack and goal shooter work closely together to line up shots and score goals. They often have a strong bond on the court. When one is unable to shoot or at a disadvantage, the other can often compensate and shoot to score.

4. Goal Shooter

The goal shooter works within the goal circle and shoots to score by getting the ball into the hoop. They work closely with the goal attack and must have the highest level of accuracy within the team. They are also often amongst the tallest players.

5. Goal Keeper

The last line of the team’s defence, the goal keeper’s chief role is to defend the goal circle and prevent the opposing team’s attack players from scoring goals. Interception is a key skill, and height is a major advantage.

6. Goal Defence

Goal defence is the goal keeper’s key position of support. They must regularly intercept the ball and prevent attacking players from achieving a suitable position to take a shot.

7. Wing Defence

Wing defence prevents the opposing wing attack from working effectively and must be exceptionally observant, mobile and fast to react.