Players’ Court Positions

Netball is one of only a few sports in which a players’ position determines where on the playing arena he is allowed to be active. In order to facilitate the understanding of this area of the rules, we have produced a descriptive table and an interactive diagram [currently disabled – sorry! It will be back.], both of which clearly show the areas of court accessible by the different positions.


Table detailing the permitted playing areas for the different position

Position Abbreviation Permitted Playing Area Opposing Player
Goal Shooter GS Attacking third of the court, including the shooting circle Goal Keeper
Goal Attack GA Center and attacking thirds, including the shooting circle Goal Defense
Wing Attack WA Center and attacking thirds, but not the shooting circle Wing Defense
Center C Everwhere except shooting circles Center
Wing Defense WD Center and defensive thirds, but not the shooting circle Wing Attack
Goal Defense GD Center and defensive thirds, including the shooting circle Goal Attack
Goal Keeper GK Defensive third of the court, including the shooting circle Goal Shooter