The game of polo is undoubtedly one of the most elegant and spectacular sports in the world. And the symbiosis between the rider and the horse as they go after their rival in pursuit of victory is a real treat to watch. However, being regarded as a rather elitist activity, many are unaware of this game's rules. If you happen to take part in a game of polo, you should take note of the following tips.
Teams, scoring, and duration of the match
In a polo match, there are four players that make up each team and are numbered between 1 and 4. The number 1 is the expert in making goals. Meanwhile, although number 2 is also a goalscorer, he has to take greater defensive duties. Number 3 usually is the captain and the best player in the squad so he should play his role in defining a strategy. Finally, number 4 is the defense specialist.
The duration of a polo match is up to an hour but it can go into extra time and last 90 minutes. In addition, the time is divided into periods of seven minutes called 'chukkers'. 3-minute breaks are between chukkers, with an additional 15-minute halftime breaks. To score a point, one of the players must roll the ball into the opposing team's goal.