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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. Water Polo matches are played in swimming pools with two teams, each with seven players (six outfield player and a goalkeeper) and six substitutes.

Benefits

Water polo combines the shooting skills of handball, the ball-handling skills of basketball or netball, and the speed and stamina of swimming. Players can swim up three miles at a high tempo in the course of a match. You can burn up to 500 calories in a session, making it an excellent way to lose body fat. Water polo also develops communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people.

Equipment

Water polo clubs provide balls, nets, referees and coaches to members. For beginners, all you will need is a swimming suit or swimming trunks, and a swimming cap.

Facts

  • The modern form of the game is based on the European version and made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900 when Great Britain won gold.

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