SPORTENG specialises in the planning, design and construction phase consulting services of Fields of Play across all sports in Australia. Our experienced team all contribute towards designing high-quality Fields of Play for all levels of use.


Netball and basketball are one of the largest female community-based sporting organisations in Australia. They are a common external Field of Play within our communities. A well-planned and -designed netball facility can become a great place for elite and local netball competitions.

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External basketball courts are commonly used for casual games and training. This means there’s limited additional infrastructure supporting the basketball court other than the court itself and the goals at each end.

The design of a netball court must comply with International Netball Federation (INF) requirements, while the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) mandates the requirements for basketball courts.

Our team are well-versed with the sport governing body requirements and understands which surface system is best suited for your level of use. This allows us to design your courts to achieve a long design life.

Our technical expertise underpins all our projects, and we are regularly called upon to work on projects of high significance.

No matter if you’re a governing body or a local school, you will benefit from a sports field that puts the athlete first.

We guarantee that SPORTENG’s designs will meet your needs while complying with the ITF and FIFA standards.

SPORTENG projects run on time and on budget due to our team’s comprehensive 3D design work, exceptional engineering expertise, agronomic and irrigation consultation, along with clear on-site direction.

Our Design Approach

SPORTENG lives and breathes Fields of Play. We take our love of the game from the grandstand right into our office. We’re proud to be Australia’s leading Field of Play design consultancy.

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Our attention to detail is reflected in our mantra,‘measure twice, cut once’.

We’re dedicated to achieving the best results for your venue and its athletes, whether it’s a local legend or the next international star.

A poorly designed netball or basketball court pavement can lead to cracking, heaving or uneven settlement. The design of a netball or basketball court starts with the subgrade. Our design for pavements is simple. We conduct geotechnical investigations to identify any constraints the subgrade has on the overlying pavement, then address the subgrade condition and design the pavement accordingly.

How the court-associated perimeter drainage is integrated into the pavement can also impact the long-term performance of the pavement. We consider these elements in our holistic design approach, ensuring they are effectively incorporated into the pavement design.

We optimise every aspect of your facility by using the inherent engineering properties of all surfaces and building materials.

Sustainability Practices

Here at SPORTENG, we take a sustainable approach to all our designs. Not happy with just the status quo, we always strive to investigate new designs and construction techniques that deliver positive environmental outcomes.

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We believe sustainability is intertwined with sports greatness.

As part of this, we integrate your requirements, from budget to performance values, through to sustainability practices – this ensures we achieve a successful result.

For old external netball and basketball courts, we investigate the retention of the existing pavement material and re-use it as a subbase when we construct a new court. This helps reduce project costs if done correctly and further minimises the carbon footprint and waste disposal.

The SPORTENG team considers the whole-of-life cycle at every stage of design and construction. We make sure that a sustainable end-product starts at the beginning of design.

Netball and Basketball Surface Options

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Because players need to stop rapidly during game, there are limited playing surfaces that can accommodate netball and basketball. Choosing the appropriate playing surface should meet the needs of the end users and influence the pavement formation. Some of these surface options include:

  • Asphalt
  • Sand Filled Artificial Grass (SFAG)
  • Cushioned and non-cushioned acrylic.




We can install the acrylic systems and SFAG over a rigid or flexible pavement. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages:

Construction of an outdoor netball - basketball court
  • Rigid pavement, such as concrete, has the potential to locally bridge poor subgrade preparation. This, however, requires concrete joints within the Field of Play and can’t easily be repaired.
  • Flexible pavement, such as asphalt paved over crushed rock base, is a cheaper construction option and can be easily repaired. However, contaminated aggregate in the asphalt can stain acrylic surfaces.

At SPORTENG, we understand the strong relationship between the pavement and proposed playing surface. We will help you select the appropriate pavement for your netball and basketball facility based on your chosen surface type.

All perimeter infrastructure, such as concrete spoon drains and fencing, must be located outside the run-offs prescribed by Netball Australia and FIBA.

International Netball Federation Requirements

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Students playing netball on an outdoor blue basketball surface

Surface grades

Like most external Fields of Play, netball courts require a grade across the surface to support surface drainage. The gradient of the surface cannot exceed 1% in any direction.

Surface shape

Netball courts should consist of a single graded surface. The International Netball Federation (INF) and Netball Australia prefer a diagonal surface grade. But in some circumstances, an alternative surface shape may be more appropriate. We will ensure the required surface shape complies with the sport governing bodies’ requirements while best suiting the constraints of the site.


All perimeter infrastructure, such as concrete spoon drains and fencing, .all need to be located outside the INF and Netball Australia prescribed run-offs. Our designs ensure object free run-offs are obtained.


Depending on the level of intended use, you can consider a combined netball and basketball ring. Netball Australia don’t permit the use of combined goals for competition use. But for schools and casual play courts, these combined goals allow people to play netball and basketball on the same court.

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Requirements

Governing body requirements

Outside of court dimensions, run-offs and goal requirements, FIBA is more concerned with the requirements for indoor courts rather than outdoor courts. Most of the requirements dictated by the INF also apply to external basketball courts.