Underwater Football is a sport played within a swimming pool by two teams of not more than 13
players per team. Of these 13 players, only 5 shall be positioned in the play area. Each
player wears the basic skin diving equipment, i.e. fins, face-mask, and snorkel. The object of the
game is to carry a negatively buoyant ball underwater and deposit it within the opposing
team's goal area. The ball carrier may be tackled or stripped of the ball. But a tackler must keep
the ball in view and immediately release the ball carrier if the ball is dropped.
Typically Underwater Football is played as a club-based activity, with teams chosen from players
in attendance on a given evening. Rules spelled out herein are intended for tournament
play, and may be modified as required to reflect club requirements, pool situations, and player
For further explanation of strategies and suggestions, consult
The Manitoba Underwater Council
Underwater Football Coaching Manual.