|Governing Body:||Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)|
As the name suggests, water polo is a team ball sport played in the water. It constitutes of speed, accuracy, endurance and team spirit. The game initially drew its rules and regulations from rugby and was played in lakes and rivers in the 1860’s which later moved indoors during the late 1870s.The sport gained popularity by the mid-1880 by that time water polo was more in resemblance to soccer with its passing and caged goals. Today, the game has become more technical than physical which calls upon speed, good swimming skills and team spirit.
Water polo became an Olympic Sport in 1900. FINA is the official governing body of water polo and organizes world championships every four years and a World Cup every two years.
To score more goals than the opponent team in order to win the play.
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The pool is divided into half by a middle line known as half distance line. It also has 5-meter and 2-meter lines, that are 5 and 2 meters from each goal line, respectively. Goal lines run the width of the pool. A re-entry area is marked at each end of the pool, 2 meters from the corner, on the opposite side of the official table.
Each goal comprises of a white, rigid goal posts, a crossbar and a net. The goals are rectangular in shape, they are three metres wide and are placed between the sides of the pool.
Ashleigh Johnson is a water polo player from the United States who plays at the position of a goalkeeper. She was the part of the squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and also at the World Championships in 2015 held in Kazan.