Netball is an exciting, fast and skillful game of fair contest. It is a game in which two teams of seven players each strive to keep or gain possession of the ball. Players have specified areas in which they can move (see The Positions below). The team with the ball, through running, jumping, throwing and catching, attempts to move the ball into its goal circle from where a goal may be scored, while the opposing team uses defensive movements and strategies to prevent this and to gain possession. Play restarts after each goal with teams having alternate possession. The team with the greater number of goals is the winner of the match.
Each player has a playing position determined by the areas on the court where they may move. The playing positions are shown by identification letters worn above the waist, on both the front and the back of the player. Those positions are: Goal Shooter (GS), Goal Attack (GA), Wing Attack (WA), Centre ( C), Wing Defence (WD), Goal Defence (GD) and Goal Keeper (GK).
The major aim of the game is to score as many goals as is possible from within an area called the Goal Circle, which is a semi-circle centered on the goal line and measuring 4.9 metres in radius (16 feet). Only two players from each team (the Goal Attack and Goal Shoot) may score goals, and only two players from each team (Goal Defence and Goal Keep) may defend goals from within the goal circle.