In 1960, representatives from Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies met to discuss standardising the rules of the sport. This led to the establishment of the International Federation of Women's Basketball and Netball (which later became the International Federation of Netball Associations). Formal rules were established at this inaugural meeting and a decision to hold World Championship tournaments every four years was also made. The first World Netball Championship was held in 1963 and was hosted by England. Since then there have been 12 more tournaments.
^Suva, Fiji was scheduled to host the 2007 competition but was stripped of the right as a direct result of the December 2006 coup. Hosting rights were subsequently awarded to Auckland, New Zealand, and the competition date moved from July to November 2007
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