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Fan's Guide to Water Polo Rules and Basics (1 of 5)

SportSpectator guide to water polo
Why is the whistle constantly blowing in a water polo match? What does it mean to drive? What are the roles of the drivers and hole-set? What is the egg-beater? The SportSpectator Water Polo Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial
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Fan's Guide to Water Page 1 of 5 (History & Object)

water polo player1- History & Object
2- The Essentials (Offense & Defense, Scoring, Etc.)
3- Fouls
4- Field Diagram and Positions
5- Glossary of Water Polo Terms


The history of water polo began in the 1870s in England. Since then, its popularity has grown, as shown by the addition of men’s water polo to the Olympics in 1900 and, more recently, women’s water polo in 2000.

Object of the game

To throw a ball through the opposing team’s goal to score a point. The team with the most points at the end of four quarters of play wins the game.


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