It’s All about Water Polo


You may have heard or seen this game called Water Polo, but do you know what it is about? Its history? its rules? Well then you are at the right place, it’s all about Water Polo in our this series of articles on Sportycious, so fasten your seat belts.

It’s All about Water Polo

Water Polo is also known as Polo and Wopo in many countries. The sport has been regulated by FINA and it was founded in the latter half of the 19th century. There are total 7 players in each team, including the goalie! Players are allowed to contact each other while passing the ball. Water Polo can be played both indoors and outdoors. Water polo ball, Water polo caps and Water polo goal posts are the major equipments required for this game. Water polo was first included in the Olympics in the year 1900.

General Information about Water Polo

Water Polo is a team sport in which 6 players plus a goalkeeper included. It has 4 quarters to complete a game. These quarters are called ‘periods’ also. Two teams, just like football, hockey or field hockey try to score maximum numbers of goals by shooting the water polo ball into opposition’s goal post. Each team can make six substitutions during the entire period of the game. The deepness of the water polo pool is about 1.8 meters. Endurance and stamina of a player is the main test in this game.

History and General Rules of Water Polo

It is thought that the game of Water polo was originated during the last half of the 19th Century in Scotland and it used to be called ‘water rugby’ by many. During the same time, William Wilson had developed this game and after the formation of the London Water Polo League the game has hit the new heights, to say the least. Water polo has been equally popular in the Europe, the United States of America, China, Australia and Canada.

The different levels of play have different kind of duration fixed for each Water Polo game. For example, in the Olympics each period has a length of 8 minutes each, same is with the FINA Water Polo World League competition. But in Senior club play, which is also governed by FINA, each period has 9 minutes duration. In the USA at University level, it has 8 minutes and at the Club and high school level it lasts for 7 minutes. For juniors, Freshers and under 14 players each period has a duration of 6 minutes only.


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