Waterpolo is a team water sport in which two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into their opponent’s goal. In the absolute and junior categories, the game consists of 4 quarters (or periods) of 8 minutes. Each team has only 30 seconds of ball possession in order to throw it to their opponent’s goal.
Its origin dates back to the 19th century. Waterpolo was a tough sport and some changes were made so that it stopped being so violent In the middle of the 20th century, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), made new rules so that the game was faster and more visually attractive.
This sport entered the Mediterranean Games in 1951. The edition of Tarragona 2018 will hold the women’s competition for the first time.
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