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The Fascinating Underwater Rugby

Rugby is frequently called "the game for animals played by gentlemen." Underwater rugby is similar to rugby football except for few facts like it is played underwater and the differences in name. The depth of water in the pool is around 3.5m to 5m. And the goals are heavy metal buckets with a span of about 40cm at the base of the pool.

In the game of underwater rugby there are two teams (blue and white), each with six players and each team has its six substitutes, try to score a goal by sending the slightly negatively buoyant ball (filled with saltwater) into the opponents’ goal. It is a fast and draining game; therefore, the substitute replacement to their players is required on the fly.

The ball can be passed in any course but with a condition that it must not leave the water. The ball flies about 2m or 3m before it is stopped by the water resistance. This makes good strategy and good (three-dimensional) arrangement essential. The players can use different abilities: potency, pace, mobility or simply low consumption of oxygen, are all similarly important. As many people don’t play underwater rugby, so it is usually played in mixed male-female teams.

Underwater rugby originated in Germany in the year 1961, underwater rugby legitimately became a sport in 1973. The first world championship was played in 1980. Not like traditional rugby on land, underwater rugby is a three-dimensional sport. In 1961 a member of the German Underwater Club (DUC) in Cologne, Ludwig von Bersuda, brought an idea of underwater ball game. As air-filled balls were not apt for underwater games, because they are buoyant and always revert to the surface. The first underwater ball was invented when Bersuda packed the ball with saltwater. Since the density of the ball became greater than that of normal water, the problem of ball floating on the surface was solved and, ball slowly sank to the bottom.

The sink rate was controlled by the concentration of the salt solution in the ball. Since soccer balls are too large to be practical, water polo balls are used. Since 1972, when the game was renowned as a sport by the Union of German Sport Divers (VDST), official German Championships have taken place. An unendorsed German Championship took place in 1971. The first German Championship was held in Müllheim, of course, and the first German Champions were TSC Müllheim. Underwater rugby and another aquatic game known as underwater hockey were officially recognized by the World Underwater Federation CMAS in the year 1978, and from 28 to 30 April, 1978, the first European Championships took place in Malmö, Sweden, and from 15 to 18 May 1980, the first World Championships in Müllheim.


• The players are not allowed to grasp and hold an opponent - unless you or the opponent seizes the ball.
• The players are not allowed to grasp on to the goal bucket.
• The referee won’t mind if you temporarily use the goal bucket to get your comportments as long as no adversaries are close by.
• The goalkeeper must not lodge his head, arms, legs, backside or any part of his body in the goal bucket and in the illustrated case the advantage rule applies though.

In order to play and understand the game of underwater rugby it is necessary to abide by the rules of the game. This article shed light on all the major and minor details of the game that can help you become an expert in the game. The game is a three dimensional amusing game to be played under the water which makes it more fun.

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