As a game, water polo is an amazing combination of a team ball sport and water. The game is similar to a scaled down version of soccer in the pool but utilizes a lot of the same tactics as basketball. The nets are smaller (3 meters across by 1 meter high), there are 6 players and one goalie a side, and the field is limited to the size of the pool. In addition, water polo has off-side rules, penalty areas, free throws and penalty shots.
The sport of water polo was first developed in England about 100 years ago with a group of horse jockeys mounted on wooden barrels knocking a ball around in the water. This “polo” connections has remained in name but no much in actual play.