England Netball have confirmed that Netball Superleague fixtures will be played to a finish next season, meaning that tied games will no longer be an option.
This change in ruling fits in with the current international standard of playing matches to a conclusion and with several high profile stalemates last year, the added excitement and pressure will make for an even more thrilling season.
If the scores are level at the end of sixty minutes we will head into a period of extra-time, consisting of two, seven minute halves. If the sides are still locked together, the game will continue until one team has moved ahead by two clear goals.
In turn, Sky Sports have committed to a flexible schedule in all of their live broadcasts to make sure that fans are able to watch every single second as the drama unfolds.
Performance Competitions Manager at England Netball, Anneli MacDonald has welcomed the new change “With six draws last season, we felt it was important that these high pressure games were played to finish in order to replicate the conditions played at major competitions.
“This will benefit not only the players but also the fans of the Netball Superleague. The added excitement and pressure that comes with playing to a result will entertain all of those in attendance and the supporters tuning in to Sky Sports. This is just another reason we expect the 2015 NSL season to be the biggest and best ever.”
The 2015 Netball Superleague commences on Monday 26th January as reigning champions Manchester Thunder host Surrey Storm in a Grand Final re-match in front of the Sky cameras.