Understanding Water Polo: Rules of the game
In water polo, two teams compete in a swimming pool to see who can rack up the most goals. Here are the basic rules of water polo:
Players and Positions
Each team has seven players, including a goalkeeper and six field players. The field players are divided into two categories: attackers (two wings, two drivers, and a center forward) and defenders (a point defender and a hole set).
In order to score, the ball must be thrown into the opposing goal and must pass the goal line while being entirely submerged in order for the water to be considered a part of the goal. One team will emerge victorious if they score more goals than their opponent at game's finish.
Fouls and Penalties
Water polo is a physical sport, but certain actions are considered fouls, such as grabbing or pulling an opponent, impeding the free movement of an opponent, or intentionally splashing water in an opponent's face. When a foul is committed, the opposing team is awarded a free throw, which is taken from the spot of the foul. More serious fouls may result in the ejection of the offending player or a penalty shot for the opposing team.
Water polo requires swimming ability, ball skills, and strategic thinking. In both its playing and watching forms, the sport is thrilling and fast-paced.