Water polo is a team sport, which is played in an all-deep pool, with two seven-member teams consisting of six field players and one goalkeeper. The aim of the game is to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposition’s goal, with the team that scores the most goals winning the game. The sport is similar to handball.
Each team has 13 players, of whom seven participate in the match. The players, except the goalkeeper, are allowed to use a single hand to throw or pass the ball, which resembles that of a football. A team may not have possession of the ball for longer than 30 seconds. Each game consists of four periods, the length being from 6 to 8 minutes, with a one-minute timeout between the 1st and 2nd period, a five-minute halftime break between the 2nd and 3rd period when the teams change ends; followed by another one-minute timeout between the 3rd and 4th period.
The Limassol Nautical Club has three Water Polo teams: the Men’s team, Youth team and Junior team. All three “ΝΟΛ” teams compete in the National Water Polo Championships and have each in their category proven to be one of the championships’ emerging Cypriot Water Polo teams, showing signs of improvement and progress year on year. This is also evident through our water polo players’ regular participation in Pre-National and National Water Polo Teams, in all categories. In 2013, the Limassol Nautical Club’s Water Polo Department started organising a mini Water Polo tournament in Limassol, as part of the LEMESIA International Tournaments event.
Training and practice takes place daily, except Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 until 10:00 pm, at the CTO Limassol Olympic Swimming Pool, under the guidance of a qualified Coach and Assistant. The Club accepts children from age 7 and above.