One of the questions people often ask when they first try netball is which position they should play. Here’s a guide on each of the positions to get you started!

Goal Shooter (GS)

As GS, you are usually the main goal scorer for the team, and likely the taller of the two shooters. GS plays within one third of the court, and usually stays in the circle for most of the play. Great GSs are able to get free of defenders in tight spaces, and are often needing to lunge or jump to catch the ball from feeders.


Skills you need:

  • shooting close to the net
  • getting free from the GK to receive the ball
  • using you body to ‘hold’ for space
  • jumping for rebounds after a shot

Great if:

  • you are the tallest one on the team
  • you can shoot under pressure

Goal Attack (GA)

The GA is usually one of the playmakers on court, being able help the team bring the ball through court and finish the shot. GAs all play very differently, most are great at shaking off their defender and making clever, well-timed drives into the shooting circle.


Skills you need:

  • shooting anywhere in the circle
  • receiving the centre pass
  • jumping for rebounds after you or the GS have taken a shot

Great if:

  • you can shoot from further away
  • you are athletic enough to dodge and outrun a defender
  • you can create play for others

Wing Attack (WA)

WAs are the power rockets of the team who have great footwork and agility, allowing them to shake off defenders. They usually have some of the best passing skills of the team and are able to put accurate feeds into the circle.


Skills you need:

  • receiving the centre pass
  • delivering good passes into the shooting circle
  • getting free from the WD

Great if:

  • you are quick and agile enough to get free from defenders
  • you are great at passing
  • you have good timing and awareness of space

Centre (C)

The C is the engine of the team and plays the full length of the court, except in the shooting circles. They usually have great stamina and skills in both attack and defence. The best Cs have great awareness and timing to balance the court and support through court play.


Skills you need:

  • taking the centre pass
  • working around the circle edge with the WA
  • delivering good passes into the shooting circle
  • always being available for support through court

Great if:

  • you are good at creating play
  • you are a good long-distance runner
  • you like both attacking and defending

Wing Defence (WD)

The WD plays in the two defensive thirds of the court, but have no access to the defence circle. They help the two circle defenders pressure the other team’s attack and create interceptions outside the circle. Great WDs have good footwork to deny the WA’s run and are also good at reading the opponent’s passes.


Skills you need:

  • defending the WA at the centre pass
  • defending the WA on the edge of the circle
  • receiving baseline throw-ins from the GK

Great if:

  • you have quick footwork
  • you are good at looking for interceptions
  • you enjoy playing centre court and defence

Goal Defence (GD)

The GD is one of only two defenders allowed in the circle and is tasked with keeping up with the opposition GA. GDs are usually athletic and are the key links between the defence and attack in the event of a turnover.


Skills you need:

  • defending the GA from mid-court to circle
  • pressuring the shooters when they shoot
  • bringing the ball down from defence to attack when there’s a turnover

Great if:

  • you can keep up with a speedy goal attack
  • you have good jump elevation
  • you are good at looking for interceptions

Goal Keeper (GK)

The GK is the last line of defence and are usually one of the tallest in the team. GKs are able to watch the play from the back and call out instructions to the GD and WD. Working with the GD, GKs pressure the shooters on shots and create interceptions for the team.


Skills you need:

  • pressuring the shooters when they shoot
  • jumping or lunging for intercepts in the circle
  • able to defend in small spaces

Great if:

  • you are tall and lengthy to apply pressure on shots
  • you have good jump elevation
  • you are mentally tough enough to compete one-on-one with the GS in a small space

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(Video credit: Sports Singapore)

2 thoughts on “Which Position Should I Play In Netball?

  1. This is a great article! – short and succinct in describing what’s required of each position. I find the videos particularly instructive as they illustrate your points visually. Find myself coming back to refer to this article frequently as I help my daughter understand the different netball positions.

    On a whole, keep up the great job with this website and the desire to continue nurturing this “beautiful game”!

    Best wishes!


    1. Dear Jeanette, thanks for your kind words – you made our day! We are glad that you found this article useful.

      If you have any other netball related questions, feel free to send them through to us and we will try our best to answer them. Thank you!


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