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=== Timing ===
The game is officially played as a 14- to 20-minute game consisting of two 7- to 10-minute halves. The teams change ends at the half-time period, which is 1 to 3 minutes long.<ref>[http://www.canoeicf.com/dms/icf/documents/Disciplines/CAP/Rules/Canoe-Polo-Rules-2013---14/Canoe%20Polo%20Rules%202013%20%26%2014.pdf ICF Rules]. canoeicf.com</ref> Each half begins with a "sprint" where each team lines up against its goal-line and the ball is thrown into the middle of the pitch by the referee. One player from each team sprints to win possession of the ball.
=== Shot clock ===