INF Netball World Cup

INF Netball World Cup
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2023 Netball World Cup
FormerlyWorld Netball Championships (1963-2011)
SportNetball
Founded1963
Inaugural season1963  England
AdministratorInternational Netball Federation
No. of teams16 Teams (2023)
Country South Africa (2023) (Host)
Venue(s)Cape Town ICC (2023)
Most recent
champion(s)
 New Zealand (2019) (5th Title)
Most titles Australia (11 titles)

The INF Netball World Cup is a quadrennial international netball world championship co-ordinated by the International Netball Federation (INF), inaugurated in 1963. Since its inception the competition has been dominated primarily by the Australian national netball team (the Diamonds) and the New Zealand national netball team (the Silver Ferns), as of the 2019 event having both medaled in every one of the 15 championships – Trinidad and Tobago is the only other team to have won a title (a three-way tie in the 1979 championship). The most recent tournament was the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, which was won by New Zealand.

History[edit]

Sign commemorating the 1979 World Netball Championships, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

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. The tournament was renamed to the World Cup as opposed to "Championships" in 2015. Since 1991 the tournament has maintained a format allowing semi-finals and finals matches to be played, where previously the tournament held no finals and instead utilised the round-robin system, which occasionally led to more than one nation being crowned world champions.

Australia or New Zealand have won the all of the titles, though emerging netball nations England, South Africa and Jamaica have come close to dislodging the top-tier nations on several occasions. South Africa finished runners-up in 1995 and England and Jamaica have contested several bronze medal matches and come up short in narrow semi-final defeats. The reigning world champions are New Zealand, who defeated arch-rivals Australia by one goal in the 2019 final. They will defend their title in Cape Town, South Africa in 2023.

Results[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

Year Host Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1963
Details
England Eastbourne
Australia
Round-robin
New Zealand

England
Round-robin
Trinidad and Tobago
11
1967
Details
Australia Perth
New Zealand
Round-robin
Australia

South Africa
Round-robin
England
8
1971
Details
Jamaica Kingston
Australia
Round-robin
New Zealand

England
Round-robin
Jamaica

Trinidad and Tobago[note 1]
9
1975
Details
New Zealand Auckland
Australia
Round-robin
England

New Zealand
Round-robin
Trinidad and Tobago
11
1979
Details
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain
New Zealand

Australia

Trinidad and Tobago
Round-robin[note 2] Round-robin
England
19
1983
Details
Singapore Singapore
Australia
Round-robin
New Zealand

Trinidad and Tobago
Round-robin
England
14
1987
Details
Scotland Glasgow
New Zealand
Round-robin
Australia

Trinidad and Tobago[note 3]
Round-robin
England
17
1991
Details
Australia Sydney
Australia
53–52
New Zealand

Jamaica
63–54
England
20
1995
Details
England Birmingham
Australia
68–48
South Africa

New Zealand
60–31
England
27
1999
Details
New Zealand Christchurch
Australia
42–41
New Zealand

England
57–43
Jamaica
26
2003
Details
Jamaica Kingston
New Zealand
49–47
Australia

Jamaica
46–40
England
24
2007
Details
New Zealand Auckland[note 4]
Australia
42–38
New Zealand

Jamaica
53–52
England
16
2011
Details
Singapore Singapore
Australia
58–57
New Zealand

England
70–49
Jamaica
16
2015
Details
Australia Sydney
Australia
58–55
New Zealand

England
66–44
Jamaica
16
2019
Details
England Liverpool
New Zealand
52–51
Australia

England
58–42
South Africa
16
2023
Details
South Africa Cape Town 16

Performance of nations[edit]

Pos. Nation 1st 2nd 3rd
1  Australia 11 (1963, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2015) 4 (1967, 1987, 2003, 2019)
2  New Zealand 5 (1967, 1979, 1987, 2003, 2019) 8 (1963, 1971, 1983, 1991, 1999, 2007, 2011, 2015) 2 (1975, 1995)
3  Trinidad and Tobago 1 (1979) 1 (1987) 1 (1983)
4  England 1 (1975) 6 (1963, 1971, 1999, 2011, 2015, 2019)
5  South Africa 1 (1995) 1 (1967)
6  Jamaica 3 (1991, 2003, 2007)

Participating nations[edit]

Liz Ellis, the most capped international player in the history of Australian netball, won the competition three times as part of the Australian national team.
Team England
1963
Australia
1967
Jamaica
1971
New Zealand
1975
Trinidad and Tobago
1979
Singapore
1983
Scotland
1987
Australia
1991
England
1995
New Zealand
1999
Jamaica
2003
New Zealand
2007
Singapore
2011
Australia
2015
England
2019
Total
 Antigua and Barbuda - - - - 12th 9th - - 12th - 17th - - - - 4
 Australia 1st 2nd 1st 1st =1st 1st =2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 15
 Bahamas - - 9th - 18th - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Barbados - - - - 8th - =6th - 11th 10th 7th 13th 11th 13th 12th 9
 Bermuda - - - - 19th - =10th - 23rd - 22nd - - - - 4
 Botswana - - - - - - - - - - - 10th 13th - - 2
 Canada - - - - 11th 12th =10th 6th 13th 13th 21st - - - - 7
 Cayman Islands - - - - - - - 16th 21st 23rd 24th - - - - 4
 Cook Islands - - - - - - =6th 5th 7th 7th 11th 7th - - - 6
 England 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 15
 Fiji - - - 8th - - 8th 11th - 6th 8th 9th 10th 11th 14th 9
 Grenada - - - - 15th - - - - - 20th - - - - 2
 Hong Kong - - - - - 13th - 17th 23rd 24th 23rd - - - - 5
 Ireland - - - - 10th - 15th 10th 25th - - - - - - 4
 Jamaica 5th 6th =4th 5th 5th 5th 5th 3rd 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 5th 15
 Malawi - - - - - - - - 8th 11th - 5th 6th 6th 6th 6
 Malaysia - - - - - 11th 17th 19th 26th 19th - 16th 16th - - 8
 Malta - - - - - - - - 27th - - - - - - 1
 Namibia - - - - - - - 13th 16th - - - - - - 2
 New Zealand 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd =1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 15
 Niue - - - - - - - - - 25th 12th - - - - 2
 Northern Ireland 11th - 8th 9th 17th 7th =10th 12th 18th 16th 19th - 8th - 10th 12
 Papua New Guinea - - - 11th - - 14th 14th 15th 18th - - - - - 5
Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla - - - - =6th Does Not Exist 1
 Saint Lucia - - - - =12th - - - - - 15th - - - - 2
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - - - - 16th - - - 10th - 13th - - - - 3
 Samoa - - - - - - - 8th 9th 9th 6th 8th 12th 10th 13th 8
 Scotland 8th 7th 6th 6th 9th 6th 9th 9th 22nd 20th 14th 14th - 12th 11th 14
 Singapore - 8th - 10th - 10th - 18th 20th 12th - 15th 15th 15th 16th 10
 South Africa 6th 3rd - - - - - - 2nd 5th 5th 6th 5th 5th 4th 9
 Sri Lanka 9th - - - - 14th 16th 15th 19th 21st 18th - 14th 16th 15th 9
 Tonga - - - - - - - - - 22nd - - - - - 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 4th 5th =4th 4th =1st 3rd =2nd - 6th 8th 10th 11th 7th 9th 9th 14
 Uganda - - - - =12th - - - - - - - - 8th 7th 3
 United States - - - - - - - - 14th 15th 9th - - - - 3
 Vanuatu - - - - - - - 20th - 26th - - - - - 2
 Wales 10th - 7th 7th =6th 8th 13th 7th 17th 14th 16th 12th 9th 7th - 13
 West Indies 7th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Zambia - - - - - - - - - 17th - - - 14th - 2
 Zimbabwe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8th 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fourth place was shared because there were no finals with both teams having won four of their eight matches, losing three times and drawing against each other. The tournament rules of the time did not provide any way of determining an outright winner.
  2. ^ The title was shared because there were no finals, the top 10 teams playing off in a round robin. Each of the top three teams won eight out of nine matches, losing once, to one of the other two. The tournament rules of the time did not provide any way of determining an outright winner.
  3. ^ There were no finals, the top 4 teams played a round robin tournament. Australia and Trinidad & Tobago ended the tournament with one win (against England), one loss (to New Zealand) and one draw (with each other). The tournament rules of the time did not provide any way to break this tie.
  4. ^ 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

References[edit]

Netball Scoop - Team Lists (World Championships)

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