Polo is a team sport played on horseback, where the objective is to score goals by driving a small ball into the opposing team's goal using a long-handled mallet. Each team typically consists of four riders. The game is played on a large grass field, and matches are divided into periods called chukkas or chukkers. Key skills in polo include horsemanship, mallet handling, strategic thinking, and teamwork. The sport requires players to have a strong bond with their horses, as well as the ability to make quick decisions at high speeds. Scoring is straightforward: each goal scored by hitting the ball into the net counts as one point.

Polo is most popular in countries like Argentina, the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of the Middle East. Major tournaments include the Argentine Open and the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Polo clubs around the world host regular matches and training sessions, making the sport accessible to a range of skill levels.


Polo, often referred to as "the sport of kings," has ancient origins, believed to have started in Persia over 2,000 years ago. Initially, it was a training game for cavalry units, particularly the king’s guard. The game spread across Asia, becoming a popular sport among the nobility in Persia, India, and China. In the 19th century, British tea planters in India adopted the sport, subsequently introducing it to England. Polo then spread to the Americas and other parts of the world. Over time, the rules and style of play evolved to the modern game known today, with standardized rules and professional leagues, making it accessible to a broader audience beyond the aristocracy.


Polo is evolving to become more inclusive and accessible. Traditionally viewed as an elite sport, efforts are underway to broaden its appeal. This includes introducing more affordable versions like arena polo, which requires fewer horses and can be played indoors or on smaller fields. Global interest in polo is rising, with countries not traditionally associated with the sport showing increased participation.

The growth of women's polo is also notable, with more female players and dedicated tournaments enhancing diversity in the sport. Technological advancements in gear and broadcasting are making polo more viewer-friendly. These trends suggest a future where polo balances its rich heritage with modern, inclusive approaches, appealing to a wider audience.

Common Questions
Common Questions
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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3”-3.5” | 7.6-8.9 cm (Diameter)
3.5-4.5 oz | 99-130 g
Polo Ball
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480’ (160 yd) | 146.3 m
900’ (300 yd) | 274.32 m
432,000 ft² | 40,134 m²
Polo Field
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10’ | 3.05 m
24’ | 7.3 m (Inside)
1’ | 30.5 cm (Diameter)
18 oz | .51 kg
Polo Goal
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9”-9.25” | 228-235 mm (Head)
1.77” | 45 mm (Head Diameter)
50”-53” | 127-135 cm
17.1-19.93 oz | 485-565 g (Overall); 5.6-8.5 oz | 160-240 g (Mallet Head)
Polo Mallet
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