13 Facts About Water polo


Water polo is a competitive team sport played in water between two teams of seven players each.

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Water polo is a highly physical and demanding sport and has frequently been cited as one of the most difficult to play.

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Special equipment for water polo includes a water polo ball, a ball of varying colors which floats on the water; numbered and coloured caps; and two goals, which either float in the water or are attached to the sides of the pool.

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Men's water polo was among the first team sports introduced at the modern Olympic games in 1900.

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One of the earliest recorded viewings of water polo was conducted at the 4th Open Air Fete of the London Swimming Club, held at the Crystal Palace, London on 15 September 1873.

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Rules of water polo were originally developed in the late nineteenth century in Great Britain by William Wilson.

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Water polo is popular in many countries around the world, notably Europe, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United States.

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Rules of water polo cover the play, procedures, equipment and officiating of water polo.

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Water polo is a contact sport, with little protective gear besides swim suits and caps with ear protectors, and thus injuries are common.

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Inner tube water polo is a style of water polo in which players, excluding the goalkeeper, are required to float in inner tubes.

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Women's water polo became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games after political protests from the Australian women's team.

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One of the most historically known matches often referred to as the Blood in the Water polo match, was a 1956 Summer Olympics semi-final match between Hungary and the Soviet Union, played in Melbourne.

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Professional water polo is played in many Southern and Eastern European countries like Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, etc.

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