What do you know about water polo?

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You may have often heard about water polo but without actually having played it. Just having several people playing with a ball in the water cannot really be considered as water polo...
Before we start, we are going to introduce you to this sport, which is physically demanding and requires precision and being dynamic.
 

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW...

Water polo is a sport that saw the light of day in England at the end of 19th century, where two teams of 7 players oppose each other. It became an Olympic sport in 1900. Each team is made up of 13 players: 7 first-team players and 6 substitutes

 

The game evolved with the arrival of the Hungarians in the competition, a very popular sport in that country. The rules were then changed and have remained unchanged ever since.

 

THE RULES ARE 

An official match is broken down into 4 quarters lasting 8 minutes of effective playing time. These quarters are separated by 2 minute breaks (except half-time, which lasts 5 minutes). Each attack is limited to 35 seconds.

 

The 7 players are made up of 6 'field' players and 1 goalkeeper. They normally organise themselves in a half-circle around a central attacking player (called centre forward).

 

This position is quite unique because the player turns his back to the opposing goal and faces his team mates. The substitutions (unlimited) are done in a delimited zone on each side of the game area.

 

Water polo is a physical sport because it is both a contact sport and an aquatic sport.

 

SUITABLE EQUIPMENT

Water polo is not played with standard swimwear and swim cap! You must equip yourself with a cap with ear guards to protect ears from blows. There is also specifically designed water polo swimwear: higher leg cut for greater freedom of movement, reinforced lining and chlorine resistance. For official games, you will also have to use a rubber ball weighing between 400 and 450 g.

 

Nabaiji or mikasa rubber ball, Turbo swimwear

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