Game Play

Underwater Rugby is the single most game you can play in water wearing a bathing suit.

The game was invented in Köln, Germany 1961 and became popular in the Nordic countries first before it spread to South and now North America!

The first 3 practices are free!  After that it’s about $12 a night.  This is a non-profit group so all funds go to renting the pool, hiring a lifeguard and purchasing new equipment.
Underwater rugby is played in a pool where the length is between 12-18m, the width is between 8-12m and the depth is between 3.5 – 5m. The game consists of 15 minutes halves with a five minutes half time break. Each team is allowed to take one 60 seconds time out per game. The game clock stops for any infringements during the game.
Each team has 15 players, 12 of who play in any one game and three possible substitutes. During the game 6 players are in the pool with 6 exchange players on the side who can be substituted at any time. The players wear fins, a diving mask and snorkel.

There are different team configurations but generally a team has 2 forwards (center/right), 2 backs ( defence ) and 2 goalies. The idea is to keep possession of the ball and out strategize your opponents by using skill, speed and maneuverability all while controlling your breath hold.

A plastic ball filled with salt water is used to score a goal. The heavy nets are placed on the bottom of each side of the pool and are made of steel.
The teams start at each end of the pool with one hand on the wall. The ball is in the middle of the pool, on the bottom. When the referee sounds the buzzer both teams race to get possession of the ball.
The rules of Underwater Rugby are fairly simple. Basically it is a contact sport; a player with the ball can grab any other player to move them away or if they have the ball, can in turn be grabbed. Any infringement of the rules are judged by 2 referees in the water and one deck referee.
Kicks, hits, touching the neck or playing above the surface can be punished by warnings, free-throw or 2 minutes penalties. If the referees judge that an almost sure goal is stopped, a penalty through can be awarded.