The aim is to work as a defending unit to force the attacking players into a small space leading to either a forced error, a tip or interception.


Netball Defensive Play

Organisation:  Set up an area approximately 5m square. Two teams of four players, one attacking the other defending. Attacking team pass the ball around the area while defence try to restrict their space by staying on the outside and forcing them in. Place a time limit or number of interceptions before swapping teams over.

Coaching Points


  • Defenders position body so attacking player has to move towards the ball.
  • Defending unit must communicate in order to work together successfully.




  • Increase the space in order to make achieving successful interceptions more challenging. Likewise if success is not being achieved by the defenders, the space can be made smaller.