Game rules.


  • 7 players (6 + goalkeeper) in the water and 7 substitutes. They can be mixed in the under 13 category and all male or female in the under 15 category, up to a maximum of 14 player in each match. The minimum recommended number of players is 11.
  • Teams can be composed of more than 14 players, but only 14 can play in each match.
  • If a team aligns two goalkeepers in a match, they must wear red caps with numbers 1 and 13, and they only will be able to play as a goalkeepers during this match.
    If a team aligns 14 players and only has one goalkeeper in the match, he will have to wear red cap with number 1, and the remaining 13 will be field players.
  • During the match it is not allowed the exchange of caps among players.
  • Each team should bring the caps of home and away ones.

Field of play:

  • Penalty area 5 meters (marked in yellow)
  • Offside area 2 meters (marked in red)
  • Goalpost dimensions: 3 meters x 0,90 meters
  • Ball
  • Under 15 male: number 5  - Under 15 female: number 4 women
  • Under 13: number 4 women

Duration of the game:

  • 2 periods of 17 minutes with a 2-minute interval between the periods
  • Time is continuous. Time clock will be stopped after each goal only during semi-final and final matches. Coaches can ask for one timeout for each half of the match, only in semi-final and final matches.
  • The team in possession of the ball has limit of 30 seconds
  • The referee can stop the match in case of force majeure


  • The basic rules will be the FINA rules


  • 3 points for victory
  • 1 point to each team for a draw
  • 0 points for a defeat
  • In case of draw between two or more teams at the end of preliminary rounds, will be applied the following criteria to fix the results:
    1. Direct match or league table from the direct matches
    2. Superior goal difference from the direct matches league table
    3. Higher number of goals scored in the direct matches league table
    4. Superior goal difference in the round
    5. Higher number of goals scored in the round
    6. By lot.


  • 1 referee per game
  • 1 judge to keep the scores and the chronology of the match

Important note:

  • Only the coach and the associate/manager are allowed to sit on the bench
  • Only the coach can move from the bench. When defending can move from the 5 meter to the bench and when attacking from the midfield to the bench
  • During the matches the coach and the associate/manager shall wear the pass provided by the organization