Water polo is considered to be one of the most enigmatic kinds of sports as there are very little development documentations and some historical facts are very ambiguous. But anyway all traces of the history lead to the water powers of the 19th century
The game's name inherited its origin from Indian word ?pulu?, that means ?balls? in all their variants. The first used ball presented a little rubber inflated ball. That was London Swimming Association that gave a birth to water polo in 1870 designing a set of common rules for indoor variant of water polo. This event predetermined future Olympic water polo.
The first model of this game was entirely different one from the modern that represents water polo at the Olympics. The game purpose was scoring the ball by planting it to the end of the pool using both hands. There were even some traditional tricks during the game performance that are sure not available at present time in Olympic water polo: a player could place little rubber ball into his swimming suit and swim under the water as long as it was possible reaching in this way the purpose. Today the rules are very free in the case of strategy choice.
The essence of the water polo (maximum close to the variant of modern Olympic water polo) was changed in
In the end of 19th century water polo in its Scottish variant gained extern popularity in main European countries:
Modern water polo consists of four periods, their duration depends on game level (8, 7, 6 and 5 minutes). Today the most famous and notable Olympic water polo players and winners are representatives from European teams. The