How does each quarter start in water polo?
Each quarter is started with the teams lined up on opposite goal lines. On a signal (whistle) from the referee, the teams sprint toward center pool for the ball. The team gaining possession of the ball advances it toward its offensive end of the pool by swimming, dribbling or passing the ball.
How long is water polo game?
Under FINA rules, a water polo match is divided into quarters. Each of the four periods is eight minutes long but because the clock is stopped when the ball is not ‘in play’, in real life the average quarter lasts around 12 minutes.
When was water polo invented?
The game of water polo was first played in the United States in 1888. It featured the old rugby style of play which looked like American football in the water.
Is water polo a rich sport?
Now a celebrated Olympic sport, water polo is not only rich in tradition but also in health benefits. This blog post will look at the origins and development of water polo, water polo in the Olympics and the health/physical benefits of participating in the sport.