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


Netball Defensive Play


Set up a 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 inside and forcing them out. Place a time limit or number of interceptions before swapping teams over.

Coaching Points


  • Defenders position body so attacking player has to move away from 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.