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Water Polo Basics and Rules

This page is to help you learn water polo.  The left column has links to all the rules.  If you understand water polo but want to know more go through the links on the left and learn all the details.  If you are new to water polo or are a parent that knows very little or nothing at all, play the videos on the right.  By the time you are done with the videos you will amaze your child or grandchild.

FINA/USAWP Playing Rules
As the national governing body for water polo in America, USA Water Polo enforces FINA standards in its major national competitions. Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the International Federation (IF) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in the aquatic sports (its name translated from French is "International Swimming Federation"). FINA currently oversees competition in five aquatic sports: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming.
FINA Rule Book
Download the USAWP Playing Rules Get Acrobat Reader in PDF format here (changes noted in blue)

Download the Rule Changes Summary Get Acrobat Reader in PDF format here

New Rules Points Of EmphasisGet Acrobat Reader in PDF format here

This will help you understand why the referees do what they do