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Hardly any other sport is as dynamic and fast as water polo. It has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years and is even more unusual than many other team sports. How players manage to keep an eye on the ball, opponents and teammates at the same time – and even in the water – is explained at this point, not least on the occasion of the 2017 World Swimming Championships, which will take place from 14 to 30 July. You will learn all about the most important rules of the game, get a brief overview of the history of water sports and we will introduce you to the best teams and important tournaments at present.

The rules of the game – Fast, faster, water polo!

In water polo, the rules are relatively uncomplicated and the game dynamics are basically similar to those of handball. During a match there are seven players (six players and one goalkeeper) in the water and try to score the goal of the opposing team as fast as possible. In most tournaments the teams consist of up to 13 players; the active players including the goalkeeper can be substituted as often as desired. In water polo, the movements require much more strength than in other team sports, so a game lasts only a relatively short 32 minutes. The game is played in 4 rounds and is extended by 2 x 3 minutes if there is a tie and – if necessary – by a five-meter shooting if it is a deciding game. At the beginning of each quarter, the referee throws the ball into the water at the centre line. The fastest players swim from the goal line to the pitch as quickly as possible to secure the ball for their team. At the same time, the remaining players swim to their respective positions. From this moment on, tactics and effective interaction are the most important factors.

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Surely you wonder how the players steer the ball towards the goal when they have to swim at the same time. In water polo, the equipment is guided by the head and the players move their arms like in the fast crawl style. Here it depends primarily on the speed, because each team has only 30 seconds time for an attack. This time ends either with a goal shot, as soon as the other team fights for the ball or with a free-throw, which is carried out approximately after the shot into the out or a foul.

A very special rule is that the ball can be touched with any part of the body: Head, shoulders or feet are the players’ choice. However, water sports enthusiasts may only touch the ball with one hand or one arm at a time. In addition, the players are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool during an attack – they are therefore neither allowed to run with the ball nor to push themselves from there.

Water Polo – The origin in England

Water Polo is one of the oldest sports at the Olympic Games of modern times and was developed in England at the end of the 19th century. In 1888, the first English championships were played and the London League was founded, a league that comprised five clubs at the time. In the following years the sport quickly gained popularity in Europe and the whole world. After the first Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, it took another twelve years before the first water polo championship was held in Germany.

Since the first competitions, there have been several countries that have produced particularly successful water polo teams. In Europe, Hungary in particular has a long history of success behind it and, with nine Olympic gold medals, is still one of the best teams in the world today. With four Olympic titles, Italy and the United Kingdom are behind Hungary. In addition, Serbia, Croatia and Spain in particular have made a name for themselves with numerous medals and repeated title wins.

Water polo in Germany: the lack of young talent

The German water polo team had its greatest successes in the eighties, when it became European Champion twice and third at the World Championships once. Unfortunately, Germany is no longer one of the best teams today. Unfortunately, the German team is currently lacking young talent and the same applies to its overall success. Nevertheless, we keep our fingers crossed for our team at the swimming world championships in Budapest.

So don’t forget to switch on the most important sports channels from 14 to 30 July and support the German team. Maybe you would like to try this extraordinary and exciting team sport with family or friends!