WP 14 METHOD OF SCORING

Water Polo Rules 2009-2013

WP 14.1 A goal shall be scored when the entire ball has passed fully over the goal line, between the goal posts and underneath the crossbar.

WP 14.2 A goal may be scored from anywhere within the field of play; except that the goal keeper shall not be permitted to go or touch the ball beyond the half distance line.

WP 14.3 A goal may be scored by any part of the body except the clenched fist. A goal may be scored by dribbling the ball into the goal. At the start or any restart of the game, at least two players (of either team but excluding the defending goalkeeper) must intentionally play or touch the ball except at the taking of:
(a) a penalty throw;
(b) a free throw thrown by a player into the player’s own goal;
(c) an immediate shot from a goal throw; or
(d) an immediate shot from a free throw awarded outside 5 metres.

[Note. A goal may be scored by a player immediately shooting from outside 5 metres after the player’s team has been awarded a free throw for a foul committed outside 5 metres. If the player puts the ball into play, a goal can then only be scored if the ball has been intentionally touched by another player, other than the defending goalkeeper.

If at the award of a foul the ball is inside 5 metres or closer to the defending team's goal, a goal may be scored under this Rule if the ball is returned without delay to either the place where the foul was committed, to any place on the same line as the foul or to any place behind the line of the foul provided the shot is then immediately made from that position.

A goal may not be scored under this Rule direct from the restart following:
(a) a timeout
(b) a goal
(c) an injury, including bleeding
(d) the replacement of a cap
(e) the referee calling for the ball
(f) the ball leaving the side of the field of play
(g) any other delay.]

WP 14.4 A goal shall be scored if, at the expiration of 30 seconds possession or at the end of a period, the ball is in flight and enters the goal.

[Note. In the circumstances of this Rule, if the ball enters the goal after hitting the goal post, crossbar, goalkeeper or other defending player, and/or bouncing off the water, a goal shall be allowed. If the end of the period has been signalled and the ball is then played or touched intentionally by another attacking player on its way into the goal, the goal shall not be allowed.

If the ball is in flight towards the goal in the circumstances of this Rule and the goalkeeper or another defending player pulls down the goal, or within his own 5 metre area a defending player other than the goalkeeper stops the ball with two hands or arms or punches the ball to prevent a goal being scored, the referee shall award a penalty throw if, in the referee’s opinion, the ball would have reached the goal line if the offence had not occurred.

If the ball which is in flight towards the goal in the circumstances of this Rule lands on the water and then floats completely over the goal line, the referee shall award a goal only if the ball floats over the goal line immediately due to the momentum of the shot.]