Polo is a team sport where individuals who ride horseback attempt to knock a small ball into the opposing teams goal. Originating from the middle ages, polo is one of the world’s earliest team sports and was designed to train cavalry units in Persia. Played on a field nine times the size of a football field, two teams of four individuals ride horseback and use long wooden mallets to strike a small plastic ball into the opposing goal. Polo is played throughout the world, yet is often played by nobility such as the Royal British princes William and Harry.
What is polo?
Polo is a team sport and is horseback ridden. Polo is a game between two teams of four players each using long mallets pushing a wooden ball down a grass field to score a goal on the opposing team.
How long is a polo match?
A polo match lasts between one and two hours and is divided into chukker (periods) that last seven-and-a-half minutes. A polo match, depending on the tournament setting and whether or not the match goes into overtime, can consist of four to six chukkers.
How big is a polo field?
300 yards long (275m) and 200 yards wide (145m). At the end of the playing field, there are the goalposts on each end, and they require 33 feet (10 m) aside and 98 feet (30 m) behind them for the safety zone.
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