Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships

The Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships are the premiere competitions for young water polo players in Great Britain.

The Championships are contested in three different age groups: U15, U17 and U19.

Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships 2022 (U17 & U19)

Finals Weekend: 7 – 8 May 2022
Venue: Liverpool Aquatics Centre
Early Round*: see Early Round schedule below:

Age GroupDateVenue
U19 Girls9 April
10 April
Lancaster
Haberdashers School
U19 Boys9 April
10 April
Haberdashers School
Lancaster
U17 Girls23 April
24 April
Grantham
University of Birmingham
U17 Boys23 April
24 April
University of Birmingham
Grantham

 

Competitors: visit Competitor Information page for the Draw and all other competition information
Spectators: visit Spectator Information page for general information, including how to purchase tickets

Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Championships 2022 (U15)

Finals Weekend: 17 – 18 December 2022
Venue: Ponds Forge, Sheffield
Key Documents: will be released in due course

About the National Age Group Championships

The 2021 U15 titles went to Cheltenham in the girls’ event and City of Manchester in the boys’ competition:

  • Click here to read a report from the Girls’ U15 Championships 2021.
  • Click here to read a report from the Boys’ U15 Championships 2021.

The 2019 U17 and U19 titles went to Newton Abbot, London Otter, West London Penguin and City of Sheffield respectively.

  • View reports and results from 2019 events on our Champs News pages

 

What is the format of the competition?

Each team will have seven players on the pitch at one time – six outfield players and one goalkeeper – and a squad of up to 13 to rotate from (including two goalkeepers).

The aim is to score more goals than the opposition and each team has 30 seconds of possession to do this in. If they fail to shoot in that time, play passes to the other team.

The sport is very physical and there are a number of different fouls which are classed as ‘major’ or ‘minor’. A player is excluded from the field of play for 20 seconds every time they commit a ‘major’ foul.

And if one player commits three majors, they cannot be substituted back into play after serving their 20 second penalty.

  • Click here to take a closer look at the rules of the game.
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