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New Rules from FINA

20/12/18

Times are changing within the Water Polo world.

The FINA Extraordinary Congress approved in Hangzhou (CHN) the new Water Polo rules by a large majority of the delegates present – the proposals received 161 votes for “yes”, six for “no”, and only two “abstentions”

The rule changes approved by the FINA Extraordinary Congress were:• The possession time to be reset to 20 seconds after a) a corner throw awarded; b) a rebound after a shot which does not cause change of possession and c) after an exclusion.

• Inside the 6m area, when a player is swimming with and/or holding the ball and is impeded (attacked) from behind during an attempt to shoot, a penalty foul must be awarded (unless only the ball is touched by the defender).

• Free throw shall be taken from the location of the ball (except if the foul is committed inside the 2m line).

• A goal may be scored from a free throw awarded outside 6 metres from a direct shot or after fake or dribble or putting the ball on the water. (Referees shall use signals if the foul happened outside the 6m line.)

• A player taking a corner throw may shoot directly or swim and shoot without passing or pass to another player.

• An additional substitution re-entry area will be at any place between the goal line and the centre field line for flying substitutions.

• Each team may request 2 time-outs during the game at any time while possessing the ball – and a time-out calling device (button) should be used to call a time-out.

• The goalkeeper is allowed to move beyond and touch the ball past the half distance line.• There shall be a 3-minute interval between the second and third period.

• The use of audio equipment by the game referees.

• The use of game video monitoring system to identify and sanction incidents of brutality or extreme violence that occurred but were not appropriately punished or identified during a game.

• The use of video monitoring system to determine goal or no goal (where available).


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