Quick Facts about the INF

  • Netball is played by over 20 million women and girls all over the world.
  • 90% are female: 19% of players are 26-35, 25% are 36-45, and 16% between 46 and 55.
  • The International Netball Federation is the sport’s world governing body.  We believe that the power of sport, of women’s sport, and of netball in particular, to change lives is extraordinary.
  • Our three main goals in our new four-year strategy are to hold Thrilling World Class Events, to Govern with Integrity and to Empower through Netball.
  • We have 71 member countries across five regions affiliated to the INF and 40 other netballing nations playing our sport.
  • Africa has the largest number of full member countries:  Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.  It also has Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria and Seychelles as associate members and many other nations who play netball, including Tanzania and Sierra Leone.
  • Our mission is to promote empowerment by working with our Members to provide safe and supportive environments to develop life skills and to sustain growth.
  • Our vision is a socially responsible sports movement, recognised universally for its positive impact on people and communities around the world.
  • Our values are to aspire to Excellence in everything we do, to hold the principles of Fairness and Integrity at the heart of our sport and to create opportunities to foster lifelong Friendships through the love of netball.
  • The Netball World Youth Cup, to be held in Botswana 2017, is our first ever World Youth Cup.
  • This competition attracted so much interest from our members we had to hold qualifiers in each of the five regions to establish 20 entrants.
  •  A world record crowd of 16,849 attended the Netball World Cup in Sydney, 2015.
  • Our Facebook reach for the Netball World Cup was 3,895,935.  Our TV audience was 7.5 million, with 850 hours of TV broadcast in over 100 countries. 102,674 tickets were sold and AUS$1.4 million of merchandise.  The event raised AUS$1.4 million of sponsorship.
  • The International Netball Federation won the coveted Spirit of Sport Award last year for our commitment to keeping young people safe in sport, beating the international federations of football, athletics and table tennis.
  • Our ground-breaking and award-winning development schemes such as ‘Goal’ in India use netball to transform the lives of women and girls from chronically deprived backgrounds.
  • We have introduced netball to war-torn areas such as Burundi, using the game as a beacon for peace, for which we won a Peace and Sport Award.
  • The World Health Organisation recognised netball with an Award for our work in increasing physical activity amongst women and girls in Tonga, a country with one of the highest obesity rates in the world.
  • Netball truly is a powerful force for good and is changing the lives of women across the world.
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