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About Netball World Series 2009
The top six netball nations will play by new netball rules announced today by the International Federation Netball Association (IFNA) for the World Netball Series.
Supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), a launch event in Manchester's Arndale Centre saw the unveiling of the rules and logo for the new fast-pasted and compelling Series, to be played in Manchester in October.
In the space of three hours, spectators will witness some of the world's greatest netball, promising a fast, ferocious and vibrant competition raising the profile of the sport and attracting new participants and spectators.
A number of innovative rule changes have been introduced for this high profile Series, designed to test the fitness, technical ability and tactical awareness of the best players in the world. Each game will be played over four, six-minute quarters, promising an awesome, high-energy spectacle.
The new rules are set to arouse interest, and once the game is witnessed, it is hoped spectators will be hooked and desperate to play the game themselves.
The following rule principles for the new event have been approved:
• Matches will be 4 x 6 minutes with 3 x 2 minutes breaks
• Rolling Substitutions: Unlimited number of Rolling Substitutions per team per quarter is allowed. Each team may make any number of Rolling Substitutions at any one time. A Rolling Substitute may enter the game while play is in progress. There will be a designated Substitution Box at each transverse line, and located next to the Coaching Area, where Rolling Substitute/s shall wait holding up a Substitution Paddle indicating the player/s to be substituted. Team changes may not be made during a Rolling Substitution, as the game is not stopped
• The Official Team Bench is located on the opposite side of the Court from the Team Benches and Substitution Boxes
• After a goal is scored, the game restarts from a Centre Pass taken by the team who conceded the last goal. The Captain winning the toss chooses end or 1st centre pass at the start of the 1st and 3rd quarter. The other team will have 1st Centre Pass at the start of the 2nd and 4th quarter
• There is no Umpire whistle after a goal is scored
• Coaches will be allowed to coach from the Team bench or coaching area, located in front of their team bench. The Coaching Area will be marked on the floor
• Each team will elect one quarter as a Power Play when any goals scored will be doubled. The elected Power Play quarter must be notified by the Coach before the quarter commences, by pressing the control button to turn on a light
• Shooters may shoot from inside or outside of the Goal Circle. All successful goals from outside the Goal Circle will be worth double i.e. two Goal Points. The umpire will signal a successful Goal by raising one hand for one Goal Point and two hands for two Goal Points (In a Power Play this could result in 1 Goal scoring 2 Goal Points or 4 Goal Points)
• All stoppages for injury or illness will be 30 seconds
Friday 9 Oct
Samoa v England 14:40
Australia v Jamaica 15:25
New Zealand v Malawi 16:10
England v New Zealand 18:35
Samoa v jamaica 19:20
Malawi v Australia 20:05
Jamaica v New Zealand 20:50
Saturday 10 Oct
Australia v New Zealand 10:05
Malawi v Samoa 10:50
Jamaica v England 11:35
Australia v Samoa 12:20
Malawi v England 14:35
Samoa v New Zealand 15:20
Malawi v Jamaica 16:05
England v Australia 16:50
Sunday 11 Oct
1st place team v 4th place team 13:05
2nd place team v 3rd place team 13:50
5th place team v 6th place team 14:35
Loser game 17 v loser game 16 15:20
Winner game 16 v winner game 17 16:05