What is Water Polo?

Water polo is a fast-paced sport played by two teams in a swimming pool. There are goals at each end of the pool and, similar to other sports such as football, the winner of the game is the team that scores the most goals by getting the ball between the posts.

Each team is allowed to have seven players in the water at any one time (six ‘out-field’ players and a goalkeeper). Other than the goalkeeper, you will see the other players moving continuously around the pool.

They are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool and must tread water the entire time - although players use a movement called the egg-beater which is more efficient than the normal action of treading water.

Players can move the ball by throwing it to a teammate or swimming while pushing the ball in front of them. They can only hold the ball with one hand, other than the goalkeeper who can use both hands.

A water polo player can cover up to three kilometres in a game. Water polo players need remarkable stamina because of the considerable amount of holding and pushing that occurs during the game. Because it’s such a fast game and can be quite draining, each team is also allowed a maximum of six substitutes.

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.

Each team is only allowed to hold onto the ball for a maximum of 30 seconds before shooting for the goal. If they haven’t done this then possession passes to the other team.

 

Water polo can be introduced to young players through Mini Polo and is a fantastic sport to play with young people. For more information on water polo please visit the ASA website by clicking here.

 

There are many clubs within the North East who play water polo. For more information on these, please contact Judith Clayton:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ASA Inter Regional U18 Girls Championships Results 2015

Held on 14-15 February 2015 at Walsall Gala Baths

ASA Inter Regional Under 18 Girls Championships Results 2015

Water Polo Coach Development Day


Swim North East and the City of Sheffield Beacon Water Polo Programme invite coaches to a Water Polo Coach Development Day with Paul Metz on the 7th March 2014 at Pond's Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.


Paul is the coach to the 2008 Dutch Women's Water Polo Olympic Gold Medalists and has a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge.

 

The session will run from 10:00 - 16:00. The cost to attend is £10 for coaches within North East clubs, £15 for coaches from clubs outside the region and £5 for players.


The price also includes entry to the Sheffield v Cheltenham British Championships match which starts at 16:00.

 

Read more: Water Polo Coach Development Day

Water Polo Leagues

There are a number of senior and junior water polo leagues which clubs in the North East can compete in. For more information on these, please contact the people below:

 

Northern League : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wakefield and District League: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Central Lancashire Development League: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Water Polo Contacts

For information about water polo in the North East please contact the people below:

 

Northumberland and Durham Water Polo AdvisorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yorkshire Water Polo Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.