Water polo rule

Overview about the game

Water Polo has origin from United Kingdom and has been introduced firstly in Olympic Games in 1900. Generally, it is a dynamic teamwork game which requires all members have full of power and degree of stamina as well fast and furious action.

In each match, there are 4 sections including swimming, jumping water, throwing, catching and shooting to defeat the competitor team.

Object of the game

The purpose of Water polo is working as a team to move the ball into the competitor team’s net then reach the score. If any team scores more goals than the another, they are a winner. It’s not unusuall when one team can have 20 goals in each match.

In case that the end of game, scores of both team are balanced therefore penalty shootout is applied to determine the winner. Each player takes one shooting from the 5m line.

If the score remains equal, penalty shootout continues to be used to find the final winner. Until any team misses goal and the opposition scores, we can determine winner.

Players & equipment

One team has total seven players: six outfield players and one goalkeeper. Except a goalkeeper, other players move from position to position to protect their net and attract competitor’s net. They can change offensive or defensive position flexibly.

About equipment, there is no much  equipment to play this game. All things require a net and a ball. Besides it, players wear  swimsuits or trunks, swimming caps and goggles. That’s all to start the game.


One goal is legal when the ball passes the goal posts, under the crossbar and in the net. One player only has the right to possess maximum 30 seconds without shooting for a goal.

However, when player takes a shooting then the ball comes back this player’s position, 30 seconds required time begins again.