The Netball World Cup is a quadrennial international netball world championship organised by World Netball, inaugurated in 1963. Since its inception the competition has been dominated primarily by the Australia national netball team and the New Zealand national netball team, 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.
|Upcoming season or competition:|
2023 Netball World Cup
|Formerly||World Netball Championships (1963–2011)|
|No. of teams||16 teams (2023)|
| New Zealand |
|Most titles||Australia (11 titles)|
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. In 1979 Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago were all joint champions. 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.
Performance of nationsEdit
|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)|
|Antigua and Barbuda||-||-||-||-||12th||9th||-||-||12th||-||17th||-||-||-||-||-||4|
|Republic of Ireland||-||-||-||-||10th||-||15th||10th||25th||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||4|
|Papua New Guinea||-||-||-||11th||-||-||14th||14th||15th||18th||-||-||-||-||-||-||5|
|Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla||-||-||-||-||=6th||Does Not Exist||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||-||-||-||-||16th||-||-||-||10th||-||13th||-||-||-||-||-||3|
|Trinidad and Tobago||4th||5th||=4th||4th||=1st||3rd||=2nd||-||6th||8th||10th||11th||7th||9th||9th||Q||15|
- Fourth place was shared because there were no finals: both teams 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.
- The title was shared because there were no finals: the top 10 teams played 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.
- 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.
- Suva, Fiji was scheduled to host the 2007 competition but was stripped of hosting rights following the December 2006 coup. The hosting rights were subsequently awarded to Auckland, New Zealand, and the competition date moved from July to November 2007.
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