Dimensions of the pool
The distance between goal lines is
20m−30m for men and 20m−25m for
women. The width of the playing area
for all games is 10m−20m. The
minimum water depth is 1.8m.
The diagram below illustrates
standard measurements for a water
polo field, however, many pools not
designed for water polo play must be
adapted. For example, some pools
have a shallow end. With the
exception of the goalie, players may
not use the bottom of the pool to
stand or push off during the game.
Regardless of its size, each water
polo pool is marked with several
- white cones — goal line and
- red cones — 2m lines
- yellow cones — 5m lines
- Sides of the field of play
are marked red from goal line to
2m, yellow from 2m to 5m and
green from 5m to halfway. A red
mark is placed 2m from each end
to denote the re-entry area.
The inner sides of the posts are
3m apart. When the water is 1.5m
deep or more then the underside of
the crossbar is 0.9m from the
surface. If the water is shallower
then it is 2.4m from the floor of
the pool. Limp nets are attached to
the goal posts and crossbar to cover
the entire goal area.
The minimum distance from the
goal line to pool wall is 1.66m. The
distance between the goal line and
boundary of field of play is 0.3m.
The minimum depth of the goal is