WATER POLO

Two (2) events are included in the program of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for Water Polo: Men's Tournament (12 teams) and Women's Tournament (10 teams) 

QUOTA PLACES

Total quota places for discipline:

  Qualification Places Host Country places Total
MEN 132 (11 teams) 12 (1 team) 144 (12 teams)
WOMEN 108 (9 teams) 12 (1 team) 120 (10 teams)
TOTAL 240 (20 teams) 24 (2 teams) 264 (22 teams)

*Each qualified team will be able entitled to bring one (1) AP alternate athlete, and therefore 13 players, please refer to section: AP Alternate Athletes

Maximum number of athletes per National Olympic Committee (NOC):

  Quota Places per NOC
MEN 12 (1 team)
WOMEN 12 (1 team)
TOTAL 24 (2 teams)

Type of allocation of quota places:  Quota places are allocated to the NOC(s).

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY 

Compliance with the Olympic Charter and other relevant rules

All athletes must respect and comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force, including but not limited to Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).

Only those athletes who respect and comply with the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, including the conditions of participation established by the IOC, plus the rules of FINA, may participate in the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Additional eligibility criteria/requirements

Only the athletes who are eligible to participate at the official FINA Competitions, in accordance with the FINA Rules GR 2.5, are entitled to participate in the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

Men 

Number of quota places Qualification events

2 teams (24 athletes)

20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) 2022 

The two (2) highest placed NOCs from the 20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) (held in July 2023) will each obtain one (1) quota place. 

1 team (12 athletes)

Host Country

The host country NOC will automatically obtain a quota place. See Point F (below) for how an unused quota place will be reallocated.

5 teams (60 Athletes)

Continental Qualification

The highest placing NOC/NF in each of the five (5) Continental Championships will each obtain one (1) quota place.

Should any of these NOCs have already obtained a quota place at the 20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) (held in July 2023), then the next highest placed NOC from the respective Continental Championships will obtain a quota place.

Should any of the Continental Championships not take place, the next highest placing NOC from that respective Continent at the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 will obtain a quota place.

Should there be only one (1) representative from a specific continent, this NOC will obtain a quota place. 

4 teams (48 Athletes) 

21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 

The four (4) highest placing NOCs at the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 will each obtain one (1) quota place. If, for any reason, no team enters from a continent, or if there is an unfilled vacancy from among the teams qualified from World Championship Doha 2024, the next ranking team(s) will then be taken in order from their placing at the Doha2024 World Championships Tournament - Men.

 

Women

Number of quota places Qualification events
2 teams (24 athletes)

20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) 2022 

The two (2) highest placed NOCs from the 20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) (held in July 2023) will each obtain one (1) quota place. 

1 team (12 athletes)

Host Country

The host country NOC will automatically obtain a quota place. See Point F (below) for how an unused quota place will be reallocated. 

5 teams (60 Athletes)

Continental Championships

The highest placing NOC in each of the five (5) Continental Championships will each obtain a quota place. If the NOC is already qualified at the preceding 20th FINA World Championships – Fukuoka (JPN) (held in July 2023) (BL 9.3.10.3.3), then the next highest placed team from the respective Continental Championships will qualify. (FINA Rule BL 9.3.10.3.5)

Should any of the Continental Championships not take place, the next highest placing NOC from that respective Continent at the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 will obtain a quota place.

Should there only be one representative from a specific continent, this NOC will obtain a quota place.

2 teams (24 Athletes) 

21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024

The four (4) highest placing NOCs at the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024 will each obtain one (1) quota place. If, for any reason, no team enters from a continent, or if there is an unfilled vacancy from among the teams qualified from World Championship Doha 2024, the next ranking team(s) will then be taken in order from their placing at the Doha2024 World Championships Tournament - Women.

 

The host country is guaranteed one (1) team quota place per gender.

CONFIRMATION PROCESS FOR QUOTA PLACES 

Following each qualification event, FINA will publish the results on its website (http://www.fina.org/) and inform the respective NOCs of their allocated quota places.

The NOCs will then have 21 days to confirm if they wish to use these quota places, as detailed in paragraph H. Qualification Timeline.

The host country shall confirm the use of the allocated quota places to FINA two (2) weeks after the end of the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024.

REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA PLACES

Any unused quota places will be reallocated to the next highest placed NOC according to the ranking of the 21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024, as applicable.

REALLOCATION OF UNUSED HOST COUNTRY PLACES 

Any unused Host Country quota place will be reallocated to the next highest ranked NOC, not yet qualified, according to the ranking of the Continental Championships (for Europe).

AP ALTERNATE ATHLETES

Definition:

Ap athletes are non-competing athletes accredited in the “Ap” category who have different entitlements to competing athletes (accredited as “Aa”) as described in the “Ap” accreditation quotas and conditions outlined in the IOC Accreditation Guide. These personnel are not part of the athlete quota as described in Paragraph B. Quota Places. “Ap” alternate athletes could become competing athletes only under the conditions outlined in the IOC/Paris 2024 Late Athlete Replacement policy.

Eligibility: “Ap” athletes must comply with the same eligibility rules as competing athletes as described in paragraph C. Athlete Eligibility.

Quota: Each qualified team is entitled to one (1) Ap alternate athlete.

QUALIFICATION TIMELINE

Date Milestone

14-30 July 2023

2022 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka (JPN)

October 20 – November 5

Americas - Pan Americas Games in Santiago (CHI)

TBC

Europe – European Championships

TBC

Asia – Asian Tournament

2-18 February 2024

21st FINA World Championships Doha 2024

February 2024 (TBC)

Continental Associations to inform FINA about the Continental place and the teams at the Qualification Tournament

Oceania/Africa – Continental Selections

1 March 2024

FINA to inform NOCs of their allocated quota places

22 March 2024

NOCs to confirm their use of the quota places

31 March 2024

FINA to reallocate all unused quota places

July 2024

Paris 2024 Sport Entries deadline

26 July – 11 August 2024

Olympic Games Paris 2024

 

The qualification system (English Version) can be downloaded in the link below and it is also available on Olympics.com.  

Note: In case of missing information, Olympics.com is the only source of truth as the document available on their platform will prevail.