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Rules and Regulation


FR 9.1 Distinctive marks shall be provided on both sides of the field of play to denote the goal lines, lines 2.0 metres and 5.0 metres from that line and half the distance between the goal lines. These markings shall be clearly visible throughout the game. The white marker shall be measured from the anchor point and will be 0.3 metres to line up with the front of the edge of the goal line. This shall be consistent at both ends of the field. The 2 metre red marker shall be measured from the front end of the goal line extending into the field of play. This shall be consistent at both ends of the field of play. The yellow marker shall then extend 3 metres from the 2 metre marker into the field of play. This shall be consistent at both ends of the field of play. The middle section of the field of play will be green and should be 20 metres for the men’s game and 15 metres for the women’s game. There will be a white marker placed in the middle of the green area to denote the centre of the field. The exclusion zones shall be placed in the two corners on the opposite side of the pool to the official table. They shall be 2 metres in length and shall extend along the goal line.

FR 9.2 Platforms must be provided on both sides of the field of play, which shall be 1 metre in width and 70 cm in height above the water level. These platforms enable the referees to have free way from end to end of the4 field of play. Sufficient space shall also be provided at the goal lines for the Goal Judges. The platforms must be colour coded to meet the specification as shown in the diagram of the field of play Annex 4.

FR 9.3 Goals: The goal posts and crossbar must be of wood, metal or synthetic (plastic) with rectangular sections of 0.075 metre, square with the goal line and painted white. The goal posts must be fixed, rigid and perpendicular at each end of the playing space, equal distances from the sides and at least 0.3 metre in front of the ends of the field of play or of any obstruction. Any standing or resting place for the goalkeeper other than the floor of the pool is not permitted.

FR 9.4 The inner sides of the goal posts must be 3.0 metres apart. The underside of the cross bar must be 0.9 metres above the water surface.

FR 9.5 The underside of the crossbar must be 0.9 metre above the water surface when the water is 1.5 metres or more in depth, and 2.4 metres above the bottom of the pool when the depth of the water is less than 1.5 metres.

FR 9.6 Limp nets must be attached to the goal fixtures to enclose the entire pool space securely fastened to the goal posts and crossbar, allowing not less than 0.3m of clear space behind the goal line everywhere within the goal area.

FR 9.7 Automatic Officiating Equipment