On the club, national and international level, men's netball teams exist, but attract less attention than women's netball. Mixed teams are not uncommon in Australia and are very popular. Men's national teams do exist in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, India, England, Fiji, Jamaica, Kenya, Pakistan and the UAE.
In 1997, in England male participation comprised 0.7% of the total netball playing population within schools. Unlike women's netball at elite and national levels, men's and mixed gendered teams in countries like Fiji, Australia and New Zealand are largely self-funded. When administrators attend conferences for men's and mixed gendered netball, they also have to pay most of their own costs.
Netball started to become popular for male players in Australia during the 1980s as men started to watch the sport that their wives and girlfriends were participating in. In Australia, the sport began to be played with the appearance of mixed gendered social teams. In 1985, the first Australian Championship were held in Geelong. The levels contested included: Open, Open Reserves, 21 and Under, 19 and Under, 17 and Under and Masters. The South Australian Mens Netball Association was founded in 1998.
In 2000, the national organisation basically collapsed because of a lack of interest. In 2001, the South Australians tried to recreate the national organisation under their own state organisation, calling it the Australian International Mens and Mixed Netball Association. The new organisation held its first Australian Championships in 2002 for men's and mixed teams. In 2003, New Zealand entered a national team in the Open Mens Division and won.
In 2004, New Zealand and Fiji sent teams to compete in the Australian Mixed and Men's National Championships. On 6 August 2004, the men's national organisations for Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia attended a meeting where they agreed to form the International Men's and Mixed Netball Association. The following day, the organisation's first official meeting was held. The group decided that the International Men's and Mixed Challenge in August 2006 would be the first event they would organise, and that the event would be held in Fiji.
The 2009 International Challenge Men’s and Mixed Netball Tournament was held in the Cook Islands. Currently, the International Federation of Netball Associations only recognises women's netball.
The 2011 International Challenge Men’s and Mixed Netball Tournament was run by the Western Australian Men's and Mixed Netball Association (WAMMNA). It is the major international competition for men's and mixed gendered national netball teams. In the 2011 competition held in April, men's national teams from Samoa, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands are a few that will compete.
In 2017 the Australian Championships, held on the Gold Coast, were live streamed for the first time. There were nearly 140,000 viewers around the world who viewed the last 43 matches on the final four days of competition. The 2017 Asian Men's Netball Championship, held in Putrajaya, Malaysia, was live streamed on Facebook. India won the final over Pakistan 51-50 in a thrilling match, while Singapore beat Malaysia 50-48 to win the bronze medal. Hong Kong finished fifth.
The 2018 Australian Championships will take place in Sydney at Genea Netball Centre from April 1-7.
The 2018 Trans Tasman Cup will be contested between Australia and New Zealand across four divisions (U20, U23, Open Mixed and Open Mens) from October 23-28 at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide.
Mens Netball in Australia
State member organisations:
- Sunshine State Mens and Mixed Netball Association (QLD)
- Mens Netball NSW (NSW) -
- Victoria Mens and Mixed Netball (VIC)
- South Australia Mens and Mixed Netball (SA)
- Western Australia Mens and Mixed Netball (WA)
- Australian Defence Force (ADF)
- Australian Capital Territory Men's Netball (ACT)
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