International Netball Federation
|Headquarters||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|49 (and 25 associate members)|
The International Netball Federation (INF), formerly the "International Federation of Netball Associations" (IFNA), is the worldwide governing body for netball. The INF was created in 1960 and is responsible for world rankings, maintaining the rules for netball and organising the Netball World Cup. The organisation has five regional areas: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
The organisation is based in Manchester, England. The INF has over 70 national members which are grouped into five regional areas: Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Oceania. The INF is governed by a congress that meets every two years, a board of directors that meets three times a year, a chief executive officer and a Secretariat. It is also responsible for providing world rankings for national representative teams. The INF organises several major international competitions including the Netball World Cup. It is also a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.
In 1957, a pair of national netball organisations discussed the need to create an international governing body for the sport to help address issues like standardising the rules. This conversation was started between England and Australia, while Australia was touring England. In 1960, netball representatives from Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies finally gathered to create the needed organisation, the International Federation of Women's Basketball and Netball. The meeting took place in Sri Lanka, with rules for the newly creating organisation being created. A decision was made at this first meeting create a world championship competition for the sport to be held every four years, with the first event to be held in 1963 in Eastbourne, England.
The organisation has since undergone several changes. After all countries adopted the name "netball" for the sport, the organisation was renamed the "International Federation of Netball Associations" (IFNA). This name was used until November 2012, when the organisation changed to its current name, the "International Netball Federation" (INF), to bring it in line with other sports governing bodies.
Netball World Cup
The INF is responsible for organising the Netball World Cup (formerly the World Netball Championships), the premier event in international netball, held every four years. The table below contains a list of these championships/cups, where they took place and how many teams competed in the event.
|Year||Location||Number of teams|
|1963 Details||Eastbourne, England||11|
|1967 Details||Perth, Australia||8|
|1971 Details||Kingston, Jamaica||9|
|1975 Details||Auckland, New Zealand||11|
|1979 Details||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||19|
|1983 Details||Singapore City, Singapore||14|
|1987 Details||Glasgow, Scotland||17|
|1991 Details||Sydney, Australia||20|
|1995 Details||Birmingham, England||27|
|1999 Details||Christchurch, New Zealand||26|
|2003 Details||Kingston, Jamaica||24|
|2007 Details||Auckland, New Zealand||16|
|2011 Details||Singapore City, Singapore||16|
|2015 Details||Sydney, Australia||16|
Goals and objectives
The following (incomplete) list is a timeline of national organisations becoming affiliated with the International Netball Federation:
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- "History of Netball". International Federation of Netball Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "Netball as never seen before". International Federation of Netball Associations. 14 January 2009c. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
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- "IFNA: Wales". International Federation of Netball Associations. 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
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