Water Polo is an Olympic Sport for everyone from Beginner through to Masters!
The Water Polo was originally called ‘Water Rugby’ and it used to be played in the rivers and lakes in England. Water Polo referees always wear white clothes so that the players and the coach can identify them at night, strange isn’t it?
William Wilson of the UK is credited for giving rules and regulations for the game of Water Polo during the late 19th century.
There are many variants in Water Polo and each variant has its own set of rules and regulations.
The Goal Keeper is the only player in the team of six (juniors & women) or seven (senior men) who can hold the ball with both hands when they are within the five-meter area in front of the goal post.
Prince William of the United Kingdom used to be the captain of the St Andrew’s University Water Polo Team.
First time Water Polo was introduced in the Olympics in 1990 and Women’s Water Polo was introduced ten years later.
The size of the Water Polo ball is almost the same of a soccer ball or a volleyball.
A Water Player is allowed to make three serious fouls, which is called ejections. On the third ejection, the player is asked to leave the game for the rest of the game.
A 25 or 30-second shot clock is used by the timekeeper just to keep the game going.
In their first ever Water Polo finals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games, the Australian Women beat the USA Women to clinch the gold medal.
A Water Polo player can swim around 2 kilometres during the entire period of the game.
A Water Polo ball can speed up to 100 kilometres per hour.