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Women’s Water Polo at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The Women’s Water Polo Tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympics will feature ten countries and 120 water polo players, plus one reserve player for each team roster. Each country’s respective National Olympic Committee and National Federation confirm the team player rosters.


Image Source: Sabrina van der Sloot of Team Netherlands in action during the Women’s Preliminary Round match against Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The 6,000-seat Olympic Aquatics Centre will host the Preliminaries Phase matches from 27 July – 4 August. The tournament will continue at the Paris La Defense Arena for the Finals Phase from 5-11 August.

The Netherlands qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics by being the first-placed team at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. The Netherlands have podiumed three times at the Olympic Games: bronze in Tokyo, gold in Beijing 2008,  bronze in London 2012.

NETHERLANDS | TEAM ROSTER

Laura Aarts

Sarah Buis

Kittylynn Joustra

Maartje Keuning

Lola Moolhuijzen

Bente Rogge

Lieke Rogge

Vivian Sevenich

Brigitte Sleeking

Nina Ten Broek

Simone Van De Kraats

Sabrina Van Der Sloot

Iris Wolves

Spain qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics as the second-placed team at the World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka 2023. Spain clinched silver twice at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 and London 2012.

SPAIN | TEAM ROSTER

Paula Camus

Paula Crespi Barriga

Anni Espar Llaquet

Laura Ester Ramos

Judith Forca Ariza

Maica Garcia Godoy

Paula Leiton Arrones

Bea Ortiz

Pili Pena

Nona Perez Vivas

Isabel Piralkova Coello

Elena Ruiz Barril

Martina Terre

 

Australia qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics through the continental qualification positions for the continents of Oceania. Australia has won three Olympic women’s water polo medals: bronze at London 2012, bronze at Beijing 2008, and gold at Sydney 2000.

AUSTRALIA | TEAM ROSTER

Abby Andrews

Charlize Andrews

Zoe Arancini

Elle Armit

Keesja Gofers

Sienna Green

Bronte Halligan

Sienna Hearn

Danijela Jackovich

Tilly Kearns

Genevieve Longman

Gabriella Palm

Alice Williams

 

Greece qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics through the continental qualification position for the European continent. Greece has won one Olympic women’s water polo medal, earning silver at Athens 2004.

GREECE | TEAM ROSTER

Alexandra Asimaki

Ioanna Chydirioti

Chrysoula Diamantopoulou

Nikoleta Eleftheriadou

Athina Dimitra Giannopoulou

Maria Myriokefalitaki

Eirini Ninou

Maria Patra

Eleftheria Plevritou

Margarita Plevritou

Vasiliki Plevritou

Ioanna Stamatopoulou

Eleni Xenaki

 

Hungary and Italy qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics by the highest-ranked, not-yet-qualified country in the Women’s Water Polo Tournament at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024. Hungary has won one Olympic women’s water polo medal, earning bronze at Tokyo 2020.

HUNGARY | TEAM ROSTER

Kamilla Farago

Krisztina Garda

Brigitta Horvath

Rita Keszthelyi

Greta Kurucz-Gurisatti

Dora Leimeter

Alda Magyari

Geraldine Mahieu

Boglarka Neszmely

Rebecca Parkes

Natasa Rybanska

Dorottya Szilagyi

Vanda Valyi

 

Italy qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics by being the second highest-ranked, not-yet-qualified country in the Women’s Water Polo Tournament at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024.

ITALY | TEAM ROSTER

Silvia Avegno

Caterina Banchelli

Dafne Bettini

Roberta Bianconi

Agnese Cocchiere

Giuseppina Aurora Condorelli

Giuditta Galardi

Sofia Giustini

Claudia Roberta Marletta

Valeria Palmieri

Domitilla Picozzi

Chiara Tabani

Giulia Viacava

 

The People’s Republic of China qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics through the continental qualification positions for Asia. China has competed at three previous Olympic Games, finishing seventh in Rio 2016, fifth in London 2012, and fifth in Beijing 2008.

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA | TEAM ROSTER

Xiao Chen

Zewen Deng

Wenxin Dong

Yiwen Lu

Sanfeng Nong

Yineng Shen

Huan Wang

Xuan Wang

Dunhan Xiong

Jing Yan

Siya Yan

Jing Zhang

Qiyun Zhong

 

The United States qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics through the continental qualification position for the Americas. The Team USA women’s water polo team comes into Paris 2024 seeking their record-extending fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

UNITED STATES | TEAM ROSTER

Emily Mary Ausmus

Rachel Fattal

Jenna Michelle Flynn

Kaleigh Gilchrist

Ashleigh Johnson

Amanda Longan

Madeline Musselman

Ryann Neushul

Tara Prentice

Jordan Raney

Jewel Roemer

Jovana Sekulic

Maggie Steffens

 

As the highest-ranked country from the continent of Africa did not take their NOC quota position, Canada – the next highest-ranked country from the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024 that had not yet qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics – earned this quota position. Canada’s highest finishes in Olympic women’s water polo play is fifth in Sydney 2000. Canada has also finished seventh at both Tokyo 2020 and Athens 2004.

CANADA | TEAM ROSTER

Verica Bakoc

Serena Browne

Axelle Crevier

Jessica Gaudreault

Shae La Roche

Rae Lekness

Elyse Lemay-Lavoie

Blaire Mcdowell

Hayley Mckelvey

Marilia Mimides

Kindred Paul

Clara Vulpisi

Emma Wright

 


Image Source: Preliminary rounds of the Men’s Water Polo Tournament that took place in the pool at Tourelles during the Paris 1924 Olympics (Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Water polo is one of the oldest team sports in the modern-era Olympic Games programme. The Men’s Olympic Water Polo Tournament debuted at the Paris 1900 Olympics alongside another team sport: rugby. The first two water polo tournaments at the Olympic Games were played between clubs. From 1908 onwards, the Olympic water polo tournament has been between countries. At the Sydney 2000 Games, the Women’s Olympic Water Polo Tournament was added to the Olympic Games programme and has featured at every Summer Olympics since.


Image Source: Naomi Castle of Australia in action during the Women’s Water Polo match between Australia and the USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sydney (Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT)

Australia won the first gold in women’s water polo, followed by Italy – the only country to win both the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Water Polo Tournaments. The Netherlands won at the Beijing 2008 Games, which has then been followed by a period of dominance from the Team USA women’s water polo team. After winning Olympic gold at the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games, the USA women’s water polo team comes into Paris 2024 as the defending World and Olympic champions.


Image Source: Estelle Millot of France and Vasiliki Plevritou of Greece compete for the ball during a match at the World Aquatics Championships – Budapest 2022 (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

World Aquatics worked closely with the IOC Sports Department and the leadership of the World Aquatics Water Polo Technical Committee, and also consulted with its National Member Federations, to develop qualification principles for the water polo events at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The Aquatics Olympics Qualification Principles for the Paris 2024 Games were published on 18 June 2022. For these principles, please refer to the following link: Aquatics Olympic Qualification System Principles.

Following the conclusion of the water polo tournaments for men and women at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024, the Olympic qualification pathway for both genders for the water polo programme at the Paris 2024 Olympics was finalised.  World Aquatics published the qualified NOC announcement Water Polo at the Paris 2024 Olympics | Qualified NOC Quota Positions on 17 February 2024.

Driven by the vision of a world united by water for health, life and sport, World Aquatics is the international governing body for aquatic sports. Founded in 1908, World Aquatics is an independent organisation of 210 National Federations and five Continental Organisations.  

World Aquatics oversees six aquatic sports – swimming, water polo, diving, artistic swimming, open water swimming, and high diving – and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the leading global authority on these sports. 

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