Beach Water Polo
Beach water polo is a team sport played in open water off the beach. The game is very similar to Olympic water polo which is usually played in an indoor pool, though played with just four players (a goalkeeper and three field players) on a smaller field size.
The rules for beach water polo have not been standardized. For the Beach Polo Cup on Longbeach 2019, the course size was 18m long by 11m wide. Buoyant lane ropes are used to mark out the area. The first team to score 5 goals won the game, the first team to win three games won the match. The match durations were from 20 to 30 minutes.
There are beach water polo tournaments held throughout the world. A beach water polo exhibition event will run concurrently to the FINA World Championships in South Korea in July 2019. Beach water polo has also been on the program for the Asian Beach Games since 2008.
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- Water Basketball — a mix of basketball and water polo played in a swimming pool with basketball goals.
- Canoe Polo — players in kayaks attempt to score by throwing or hitting a ball through a goal suspended two meters above the water.
- Water Volleyball — a team sport derived from volleyball in which the games are played in water.
- Kayak Football — participants in kayaks attempt to get a small soft football into the end zone.
- Open Water Swimming — competitive swimming races conducted over various distances (10km at the Olympics) held in rivers, lakes and oceans.
- Beach Basketball — a version of basketball played on sand with two teams of three players.