The ‘Octopush’ Underwater Hockey That Triumphs in the United Kingdom

The rules are similar to those of traditional hockey…

The last fashionable sport that comes to us from the United Kingdom consists of a kind of underwater hockey called “Octopush”. The rules of the game are almost the same as those of traditional hockey.

There is only one big difference: the game played in a pool of three meters deep, at all times, is played underwater.

Two teams of up to ten players compete, with six players on each team in play at once. The remaining four players are continually substituted into play from a substitution area, which may be on deck or in the water outside the playing area, depending on tournament rules.

In-play members of both teams are free to swim anywhere in the play area and try to score by manoeuvring the puck into the opponent’s goal. Games consist of two halves, typically ten to fifteen minutes (depending on tournament rules; 15 minutes at world championship tournaments) and a short half-time interval. At halftime, the two teams switch ends.

There are several pieces of specialist equipment that are required to be worn during matches, some for protective reasons as the sport – with most of the action taking place out of sight and underwater – having a reputation as a hard contact sport.

 

Source: Atlas Agencia