Information about Water Polo

Men's Water Polo was the first team sport at the Olympic Games, in Paris, 1904. The women joined the Olympic family in Sydney, 2000. The sport combines swimming speed, ball handling skills and team play into a game that is played in an all deep pool. Games last about an hour and during a weekend tournament, teams can play 4 to 5 games.
 General Rules

  • Teams are made up of 13 players - 7 in the water at one time, including 1 goalie and 6 field players

  • Play starts with a sprint by both teams to the ball, dropped at the halfway mark by the referee

  • After a goal, play starts in the middle of the pool. Teams can use this time to substitute players.

  • When the referee whistles to indicate an infraction - players must pass the ball to a teammate before shooting on goal, with the exception of a direct shot on goal from outside the 6 m line or a penalty shot

  • Players can advance the ball by swimming or passing

  • 1 hand on the ball, except goalies who may use 2 hands within their 6 m line

  • No standing on the bottom

  • Players may only be "dunked" if they are in possession of the ball. There may be contact away from the ball, but it will be up to the referee to decide if there will be any consequence.

RAMP Registration

Join thousands of association partners using RAMP Registration Solutions.

More Information

RAMP Official Assigning

#1 with Officials...for very good reasons.

More Information

RAMP Websites

Manage your identity from the palm of your hand to the top of your desk.

More Information

RAMP Team App

Keep your coaches, parents, athletes, and fans connected, seamlessly.

More Information